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This is not my Photograph

Fabulous Photo

I found this on Google Earth, and it’s credited to Jan Prosek.  I’ve been trying to seek out a website or a link to his work, to give him proper credit. It’s fantastic.  I have artist envy.

I also wish I could find a way to paste the image in, rather just link it.

In other news, my wrist has gotten to the point where I can very gently do some artwork. I’m still too fragile to do large projects, so I’m working on Christmas cards.  Yes, I know it’s February, but I want to have an inventory by October.  I plan on doing a show then, and yes, they’re something that actually sells,.

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Like this one.

While I’ve had this right-handless problem, I’ve been going over the past, drawings I did of NYC.

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Going back to the glamorous days of working in the gift shop of the Metropolitan Museum of  Art.  Lots of great perks, but I really, I mean really hated the job.

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Speaking of both the Met and Christmas cards, this is the card I did of the Angel Tree.

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For day jobs, I worked twice in Grand Central Terminal.  One of them was in the Market, at a little shop called Adriana’s Caravan.  It was the most interesting jobs I ever held.  Totally loved it, part of a great team. The store had a good following, too.

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Visiting gorgeous lofts.  This one  was in Tribeca.

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And having a skyline view to sketch from my studio window.

Yes, sometimes I miss New York.  Our first night when we moved into Manhattan, we said “I don’t think we’re in Kansas anymore”.  It was an exciting time,  but all the excitement wasn’t good. I was there for 9/11,for instance. Also  trying to navigate the crowds on 5th Avenue on Black Friday put an anxious lump in my throat.  Not to mention the subways……………..

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So, I guess I’m back in Kansas, or Connecticut as it is.  There’s no place like home,

 

 

 

 

Speaking of Christmas Cards…

The below Christmas card is not mine.  I wish I could claim it, but no, it’s the creation of one of my favorite illustrators, Evynd Earle.

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This is from a card that is actually for sale at the Metropolitan Museum of Art Gift Shop, where, once upon a time, I actually worked.

So, since my steam has run out on doing little individual Christmas cards, and I’m devolving into half-asseddness with them, I’ve decided to go back to the idea of a good, winter themed drawing.

I’m thinking of this, from my much younger days:

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And to review, this which I just posted a couple of days ago;

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And the picture of this door, I snapped earlier in the day:

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And from this mish mosh, I’m getting an idea…things the make you go hmmmm…….

Happy Thursday, to all!

 

Remembering New York City at Christmas

I’ve been dreaming about New York City recently…yes, I do miss, and I don’t. I think of the times when it has been idyllic, the glorious views, the excitement, but then…I gotta remind myself of why I left.

Anyway, in the spirit of remembering what’s good about New York, if you can ignore the stampedes of harried Christmas shoppers, the crowded, cold, drafty subways, the dirty slush….enough already!  It was beautiful in many ways.  The trees, the holiday store windows, the lights and all, and one of my favorite memories, was the Angel Tree at the Metropolitan Museum of Art.

Despite customers who demanded customer service that was beyond human capabilities, I did get some perks.  At Christmas time, in the medieval section they put up the tree decorated with angels. Looking at it, I got the old feeling that I hadn’t experienced since I was about 9 years old…that of the magic of a Christmas tree.

So, my impression, on my latest card…done from memory, not true to life.  If I had taken a reference photo and drawn it, well, that would be art based on other art, based on other art.  I felt funny about that.

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As for Christmas in NYC, I have some haunting memories.  I will leave you with this:

 

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Putting things in perspective…

The word perspective can mean a couple of things.  First of all, the problem I had with Scraggly Weed, and getting the straight lines all wonky.  Nearly did it again on Tiger.  This time, I caught myself in time, before I really made Hannako’s face asymmetrical, and a general mess.   An eye by the nose, and another one half-way up the forehead, would not have been good, except if I wanted to draw a monster.  I wanted to draw a cute cat.  So, this time I hung it vertically, and it made a load of difference.

 

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Perspective is also how you view life.  Right now, I’m feeling more optimistic…have made the decision to set up my work near the Metropolitan Museum of Art, even if it means investing money from retirement savings.  At least, I would have some money coming in.

So, see you on the streets of Manhattan!