Tag Archives: Art

An Urban Paradise

I have concentrated on natural beauty as paradise. The truth is, though, some of us have found our paradise in a big city. What can be paradise among t he noise, bad smells, crowds and dirt? It’s a matter of being part of a community. For some of us, that’s paradise..

Here I am featuring the lower Manhattan skyline as it is, now. The tall building is the Freedom Tower, the new World Trade Center. I also played a lot with types of pencil strokes…scribbles, parallel lines, and more in order to create a more atmospheric effect.

Okay, doing non-profit landscapes is all well and good…..but how do I get them out to people? I don’t have money to promote them, and most art shows cost plenty to participate. The internet of course, but I’m among how many billions of websites? It’s a miracle anyone finds me.

In NYC,it’s legal for artists to set up their work in certain places, as long as they have a business license. Despite that, artists do get harassed by the police. I’m not sure I’d want to deal with that. It would also take away from my precious weekend time off. So, I’m still thinking, and open to suggestions.nycatdusk72

Yellow Brick Road

Well, despite leaving this blog unattended, I have been busy.   Here’s the latest.  Somehow, I managed to draw this on the back of a self-portrait without realizing it.   I don’t know if that makes it more or less valuable.yellowbrickroad72

Also accomplished today!  A cake!  Sort of decorated….I’ve got a long way to go.


Well, done some more thinking about what I’d actually like to do with my life.  I would like to leave this world a better place, although I probably said that before.  I think I accomplish some of that at work, just being cheerful and friendly to customers.  Maybe somewhere along the way, I’ll make someone who is having a bad day feel better.  Not saving the world exactly,  but piece by piece, maybe I can do something.

Which brings me back to Paradise.  I doubt that I’ll ever make a living as an artist, and now, I don’t think I want to.  It’s lonely, and worrying about making ends meet without a steady paycheck does not appeal to me.  Not to mention, I’ll always have to make pictures for the market.
Instead, back to these little pictures.  I’ll make them small, but affordable.   Pretty much  making my costs back…..materials and a little for labor.  Maybe, they too, can do something for someone who  needs it.

Little by little.  If everyone did their part, this world would be a paradise.

My Big Break

The art reception is over, and now I’m a famous artist!  Or, not, depends on how delusional I am on any given day.

The reception went well.  Turned out to be just a few friends, and we all had a nice visit.

Just what I was expecting, I don’t know.  I was incredibly anxious on the way to Birch Coffee, and on the verge of hyperventilating.  Frankly, I was going back and forth between visions of having all my work down,lined up against the wall, and being instructed to get it the hell out!  Or the other swing, a crowd of people, just waiting to meet the newly discovered great artist.  So, everything turned out okay, no complaints here.

Thanks to all my friends who came.

The one thing left, is which picture will be left behind.  As part of the agreement, Birch Coffee will take one of my drawings in exchange for displaying my work.  I kept the work out of the shop that I really wanted to keep.

Bets from my friends as to which will go: House at Sunrise



I should start a pool.

Another thing I’ve decided, is to make “Embracing my Inner Cat”, as not for sale.  I’ve started using it as a trademark, and also, it is a picture of my dear cat, Hannako.  For those of you who have never seen it:

“Construction” had been finished, but I’m waiting for better light to photograph it.

My Hanging

Having nothing exciting to do on a Sunday on a holiday weekend, I figured I’d post.  Maybe there are actually some people like myself, who, sadly, have nothing better to do than browse the internet.

Yesterday, I hung my show.  These things never go smoothly, but as time goes on, it gets easier.  I had the help of Dearly Beloved, who thankfully took over and did most of the work.

The fellows who work in Birch Coffee were busy closing up after the day.  I felt bad at first that I was keeping them there late, but turns out, it takes them a long time to close.  The cleaning man and the manager were still there when we left.

I found a few things out….the signs that I so carefully made to go with the drawings were way too big for the walls.  I will have to go back and change them.  Also, the frames that I thought all matched, didn’t.  My idea was to have a very professional looking show with a consistent look.  Didn’t look all that bad really.

Got home, and ate a lot of black raspberry ice cream for dinner.

Now, I have some time on my hands. I still have things to do for the reception, but I’m taking a rest and doing neglected tasks.  I actually cleaned in my studio!  Believe it or not.

And then, I got some work done on “Construction”.  Here is a shot of how it stands,now;


Happy Labor Day everyone!  I’ll be selling pastries.

Help Wanted: An Inventor

For sometime, I’ve been looking for the perfect art supply.  It can take images in my mind, project them directly from my eyes, and develop the picture on the paper, with absolutely no handiwork from me.  If you can come up with it, I guarantee you’ll make a fortune.

But since that doesn’t exist at the moment, I drag my way doing hand drawing.

On this piece, I’m going to be taking it slow.  Remember, I’m throwing out the rules on this one.  Remember what happened last time I took a risk?  Right, disaster.

So, easy does it.  Or maybe I’m just a glutton for punishment.

Anyway, here’s the beginning of “Construction”.  I’m starting with a detail and working outwards:


Breaking the Rules

Sometimes, in both life and in art, you have to say “screw it” to all the rules you know.

Actually, I can’t think of a good example of life, at the moment, but I’m sure others have.

I have always relied on a limited palette to hold together a composition.  Then I was faced with this:



I took this photo with my cellphone.  I was looking to capture the cliché of paradise of being in the sky with clouds.

As I looked at it, I saw a wide variety of colors…..and just using a limited palette won’t work.

Another rule I broke was never to draw a sunset, too cliché.  I think though, that the urban foreground with the construction and crane makes it original.

Here’s the initial sketch…got a lot to do before I do the big one.



Art Career and the Day Job

Sometimes, at work, I feel like shouting “Quick!  Go back to school and become an accountant before it’s too late!”



No, I lie.  I spent many years trying to come to terms with working a menial job, when I wanted to be an artist.  Spent many years in frustration, thinking, “I’m better than this”.

But the truth is, for anyone in creative fields, unless you’re really lucky, you’re going to have to deal with the Day Job.

It’s all in attitude.  You can use the experience to give you ideas for your art

Or you can look at it as a form of art in and of itself.



You can do things well, and take pride in your work no matter what you do.  You can relate to other workers, and make their days happy.  And so on.

Sometime ago, I came up with the idea that your life is your greatest creation.  If you’re the new-agey type, you can think of all the positive work you’re doing as creating an aura of beauty around you.   If you’re not new-agey, at least you can see your life as the memories you will create of you for other people.

So, in a little while, I’ll be going into work and selling pastries.  But I’ll be having the time of my life doing it.



Stick a fork in it

Sometimes, the hardest thing in art is calling it quits.  I don’t mean art totally, but each piece has to have an ending, and it’s usually far short of the perfection that you intended.

So it is with Sunny Chair Paradise.  I like it, but it doesn’t live up to what I’d like it to be.  It’s a quandary that effects all creative people, I think…when is good enough, good enough?

I know if I tried to do another version of this, I would be so bored with it, I’d ruin it.

As for calling it quits, I’m running out of ideas for the paradise series, and getting a lot of ideas, otherwise.  So,while I will revisit paradise in the future, it won’t be my main focus.

So, here, without further ado, is Sunny Chair Paradise.



For those of you in NYC, I will be having a show in the month of September at the Birch Coffee House, at 5 East 27th Street, Manhattan.  There will be a reception Thursday, September 6, from 7:00-10:00 pm, and I welcome all my readers to come./

Hope I see you there!