Tag Archives: New York City

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,

 

 

 

 

Not for Sale

My wrist is getting better, and I am savoring (More like salivating over) the prospect doing artwork again.  Yes, in a little more than a week, my cast will be off. A little physical therapy, and I’ll be good to go.

After that announcement, I want to know…are you tired of blogs (including mine), trying to sell you something?  Well, I’m going to put a reverse on that, and show you what you can’t have at any price.

 

 

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This is my cat, Pumpkin.  Not for sale, because, damn, it’s Pumpkin!

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I gave this to a friend.

 

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This one, because I’ll be damned if I know where it is.

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This was given to a different friend as a house warming gift. Boy, did my bf get pissed I did that. But, he never told me he liked it!

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I bartered this one for energy healing sessions.  BF was pissed about that, too. In all seriousness, if I had known it was so special to him, I would have bartered something else.

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I finally learned my lesson.  BF loves it. Not for sale

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This one I bartered for an art show in a coffeehouse in Manhattan. Yes, exhibit space is so competitive, you have to give some kind of exchange for even a coffeehouse show.

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SOLD!

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This one I lost by default, because I left it at a gallery too long after the show was over. we didn’t have a car back then. i always meant to make arrangements to pick it up, but time went by faster than I realized.

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One of  my favorites. Given to a friend. I do have reproductions of it.  No reproductions of my friend. She’s one of a kind.

 

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Given to a charity.

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Given to charity.

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Given to charity

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SOLD!

 

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Sold!

 

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Of course my favorite, and my logo.  And damn! She was my cat Hannako!

 

There’s more, but that’s it for now. My finger is tired. When the cast comes off, I’ll be able to type normally, again. I’m thankful for that.

 

 

Bricks

A little background info….

I’ve been away for a while, in case you haven’t noticed. I needed some time to reflect, think about where I’ve been, where I’m going and most importantly, where I am.

And it all comes down to bricks…well, sort of.

When I first really got going working in colored pencil, I lived in Greenwich, CT. Somehow, and for what reason I can’t figure out, I became drawn to drawing (Ha) buildings with bricks. I sweated tears over each individual rectangle, making sure it was perfect.

Then I landed quite happily but totally unexpectedly in Manhattan. Again, loads and loads of bricks to be drawn! I still was sweating over each and every single detail.

 

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So, then due to circumstances which are beyond explaining.  I landed in Queens, a little community called Sunnyside.  And much to my delight, I found bricks!  By now, I was taking those little rectangles in stride.

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Then after 20 years of ups and downs and all arounds in NYC, I ended up back in Connecticut in a small city called Danbury.  It’s as a large of a city as I want to deal with for a while.

And whaddya think I found there?  My first picture there, bricks.

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And bricks and cats.

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After this much needed break, guess what I start with?

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And a familiar door.  Yes, I know it’s October, I started this pic in May.

It’s Raining In New York

As well as raining here.

My friend just asked me the other day if I regretted moving from NYC  to Connecticut.  Truth is, I don’t.  I think I already went into how I remember the romance and excitement of the City, but not the humdrum stress.  Like the idea of New York City in the rain.

Of course, there are some things I miss and always will.  For instance, the white cherry blossoms at the beginning of spring.  The skyline at night:

In general, I miss a lot of the human made parts of the vista.  Yes, I enjoy nature, but for art, it starts to lack an interesting focal point. Yeah, really.

So, in honor of the memory of what is not really New York, here are some ATCs I made while I was trying to think of a way to make money.  Funny thing, I never did find out a way..

 

The Worst of 2016….and Moving Forward…

I’m still a little groggy this morning.  I stayed up until midnight to see the ball drop in Time Square.  Makes me think, all the years I lived in New York City, and close proximity, I never made good on my intention to go to New Years in Times Square.  I think the lack of available toilets is what discouraged me.

However, let’s get to it.  My worst work of 2016.  I do this to keep it light on my part, and to keep it real.  Everyone puts out a clunker now and then.  So, here ’tis.

Shrubbery.  It is.  It’s not really all that bad, but then, it isn’t good either.  Just laying there, in mediocrity, like yesterday’s stale sandwich.

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My comforting observation to myself, is that my worsts don’t seem to be as bad as they used to be.  Happy New Year…may 2017 be bright and populated with happy little clouds and trees, with friends.

After Not So Careful Consideration

I’m going to work again on the Rainbow.  I realize, that for one thing, I made it look as if someone took DuPont house paint, and painted the rainbow on the sky.  It’s not luminous.  And for that, it will take careful, detailed work.  In other words, I’ve got to get back to being big.

Not a problem, really.  When I think about doing an idea for a drawing, I almost always want to shout.  For that, it’s got to be large.

Another thing…I wanted to make the storm clouds a better abstract composition.  I’m still thinking that over.  I realize there’s got to be some structure in a skyscape, which is funny when you think that it’s made up of air and moisture.

In the past I did a drawing of a late afternoon, before sunset.  I realized just putting colors in abstractly just didn’t do it.construction272_thumb.jpg

The fact, that I did this from a reference from a teeny tiny photo on a flip cellphone camera, probably had something to do with it, too.

Any, I also am posting another pic of me at the winter boutique.  I must have been talking the whole time that my friend had her camera on me.

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Concentrate on the Rainbow…….

Let me repeat that: Concentrate on the rainbow.  Sounds very Zen and wise, doesn’t it?

Concentrate on the rainbow…..

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Well, it makes for a pretty lousy composition for a picture, doesn’t it?

When I was doing the original drawing, that’s what I did…I concentrated on the rainbow. And thinking of it, and the context of my life at the time, that’s what I did there, too….

I kind of flubbed in a landscape in the original drawing which didn’t really complement or add any ooomph! .  Also, making the move away from NYC, I concentrated on the promise of a new life, but didn’t take into account making a whole new structure…. Work, and community.  It takes a while to establish such things, I realize, now.  You can’t just concentrate on the rainbow, and have it all come out right.

You have to have landscape that anchors the sky and the rainbow, and leads into it.  I also realize I have to work a little harder to get established in Connecticut, in much the same way I worked hard over 20 years ago, in NYC.  I forgot I guess, that such things don’t come automatically, or even all that easily.

But isn’t this a much better composition for a drawing to work from?

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