We Were Alll Healers

In the aftermath of 9/11, with exception of hate mongering towards innocent Muslims, and some scammers, we all set about healing. I worked in Grand Central Terminal in the market at the time, and I noticed the difference in the customers’ attitudes. Whereas before, they would be distant and sometimes picky, now they seemed to value humans more. Volunteers came from all over the country, and there were volunteers to take care of the volunteers. Donations poured in in the millions.

There are two streams of thought about sharing the good you’ve done. Some say you have to “toot your own horn”. Then there is the “don’t let your left hand know what your right hand is doing”. So, I will simply say, I did my part.

Which brings me to the picture I’m working on. I’m a little puzzled about how to handle the trees. At sunset, you really only see the sillhouette of the trees, but somehow, just dark blobs don’t do it. So, here it stands, now.

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Let’s Bring it Down a Notch

It’s been a long time since 2001, and I have a little trouble reconstructing in my mind exactly what the sunsets behind the Twin Towers looked like. So, for inspiration, I turned to Google Images, and found a picture of Manhattanhenge. That’s when the sun lines up perfectly with the streets, so the sun sets between the buildings. Here’s what I found:

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As you can see, the colors are less pretty than what I had, and the buildings in front are much darker, and more in silhoutte. So, I’m making the drawing more somber, then the sketch.

One thing that’s obvious from the photograph, is the limitations of the camera, as opposed to the human eye. The camera reads the setting sun as white, whereas to the eye, it’s a glowing orange.

For glowing, I turn to the master, Maxfield Parrish. He managed to make his paintings glow with transparent layer of color over color. I’d love to see one in person, but you can still get the idea from his prints.

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So, I will try to duplicate his method, only using thin layer of pencil. Here’s where it stands now, and I’m going to have to do some research to remember the details of the buildings themselves.

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Cheerful Drawing of a Somber Subject

I did the small color sketch of “September 10”, and as I look at it, it seems awfully cheerful.  I did put in the World Trade Center Solstice as I had planned.  It came out colorful and happy.  Maybe that’s the way it should be…we were all so innocent then, and in a few  hours, that would end.

As I recall about the time leading up to September 11, the main news story was the disappearance of a Congressional intern, Chandra Levy.  That’s about all I remember.  The next day eclipsed all memories of what went before.

So, here’s the sketch of “September 10”Image

The Siren Call of a Steady Paycheck

Despite the fact that I’m planning my debut on the streets of Manhattan, I still am looking for a steady job.  Had an interview yesterday that went well….but I am wondering if I’m giving off signals that I just don’t want to be doing this anymore. 

Anyway……

Managed to get some of my little prints matted, and they look great.  And somehow, blurry as all hell this morning, I managed to finish “Tiger in the Jungle”.

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The Meaning of Life is Rain Puddles

Okay, now that I’ve got your attention…..

Here’s an update on “Tiger in the Jungle”. It’s coming out lower key than I intended, but I expect when I go over it with the blender, it will pop. Also, I’m at a very tedious point, the background. It would be good to listen to my iPod during this…but I lost the charger. Dammit.

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Also, I did an art show, doing portraits. Had 13 customers. So, I know in the right venue, this works. Here’s my partial set-up.

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And, as usual, I’m itching to get started on the new picture. When the Twin Towers were standing, twice a year, the sun would set between them….kind of a World Trade Center Solstice. I once tried to take a picture of that with a film camera, and a zoom lens, but it came out terribly blurry. And now, the opportunity is lost forever. *sigh*. But that’s what I intend to do with this drawing.

By the way, I was kidding about the meaning of life being rain puddles. Everyone knows the meaning of life is 42.

A Healing Peace….

Tiger in the Jungle is coming along nicely, but not enough progress to warrant a pic at this point. As I’m working at it, I already know what my next picture will be.

The anniversary of September 11 just passed. I wanted last spring to do something healing for the people affected by it, by drawing the new Freedom Tower. However, looking at my FB page, I realized many people, especially in the NYC area, are still processing the trauma.

So, for them, I’m doing a picture based on this photo my boyfriend took many years ago from our picture window. I remember the smoke rising from the empty area in the sky where this view used to be, and the smell of burning plastic wafting across the river.

So, here’s the photo reference, for September 10.569