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Saturday, June 5, 2010

Mini Art Coming Soon.....

Since both Walter and I are confined along with Mookie for the next couple of days, I don't think I am going to get much done on the townhouse. I hate to start and then have to stop for cat sitting. At least that is my excuse and I am sticking with it.

At least, while I am sitting still, I can play with sketch pads.

I went and found some of my doodles from college. Actually I like them better than the "real" art.

We had an Aesthetics professor that encouraged drawing instead of taking notes. I saved some of those.

For some reason, I was into creepy crawlies even back then. Tessie likes some of them and they will probably get re drawn and put in her house somewhere. I started playing with one of snails a little while ago. I'm not happy with it yet, but I will keep working on it. She says I will....
This is one of my very favorites and it will probably go in the living room. Right size, right colors. Poke the photos to see them better. That is, if you are still with me and haven't ran screaming from the room yet.

I thought that I would throw in a couple of my other favorites from way back when.

This one is an oil painting that I did in one of my classes from a sketch that I did in Jerome. For those that don't know, Jerome is a "ghost town" to the north of us, up on Mingus Mountain. It was a Phelps Dodge mining town. Then it pretty much died when the mine closed. People started moving there in the 60s and it became a really neat artist's colony. I spent a lot of time up there when I was in college.

The painting is of a "cat house". I could see another view of it from above because the town is built on the side of the mountain and everything is slowly sliding down the hill. Really. Anyway, this house was turn of the century and in total ruins by the time I drew it. It was really interesting because the roof was gone in places and you could see down into it. The top floor was made up of very small, about 8' by 10' rooms...... Every lady of ill repute had her own room....If you think about it, it must not have been pleasant. I did a series of the abandoned buildings. This is the only one that I have left. It has always been my favorite.

I will show you one more before I go away and stop bothering you today. This one I did a couple of years ago. It's to show you that I can draw if I really want to. I was reading a book on Leonardo Da Vinci and this drawing caught my eye. I sat down and copied it.....NO I didn't trace it. I just channeled the man.

Unfortunately, I can't afford one of his sketches. He has always been one of my favorites. I can, however grab a pencil an imitate him. It was fun to try.

Back to cat sitting....Maybe tomorrow I will work on the house or at least some furniture. Wish me Luck!


The Old Maid said...

I love the painting from Jerome. It is beautiful! It reminds me of the photos I took on Thassos Island - there is too a very dead town there with lots of building almost collapsed or empty and to the still standing ones you can go inside and see how people lived there. You can still find private things there too.

Margaret said...

Your drawing is amazing, you really do have talent as an artist. I also loved drawing when I was younger, then did some classes when I was older but rarely get around to it now. But you have inspired me to sit down with pencil and paper and just enjoy it.

Kathi said...

Thanks so much for sharing your drawings. They are all very different and all very good. Can't wait to see your up down entrance doodle in Tessie's house.

miniacollection said...

Your drawings are super. Thank you for showing us.

Sans! said...

I have enjoyed your drawings Casey, very much . I would have kept every single piece if I were you. By the way, I am sure there is a market for Leonardo da Vinci's copies :):).

Katie said...

Oh Casey! I just love the 'Cat House" As you may know, I too have a thing for old buildings:) Love how you took a memory and made art out of it:)


Karen L. said...

I used to live in Tucson, then Phoenix before moving to Washington state. I love Jerome, it is a piece of history. Can't wait to see more mini art.