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I Miss New York! Well, Not Exactly….

I actually miss Manhattan.  Unfortunately, there was no magic way to teleport from Queens to Manhattan, and vice versa, so I was stuck, along with millions of others…with the subway.  I’ve seen some beautiful artwork romanticizing the subway, but it’s not a romantic memory to me.

But yes, I do miss Manhattan.  It’s the part of New York that songs are written about, movies are filmed in and life is as glamorous as it sounds.  The only way I would move back to New York, is if I could live in a comfortable home in Manhattan, but that takes lots of money and lots of luck.

So, you may wonder, what brought this up now?  It’s autumn, and it’s the time when I remember the sycamore tree out front shedding its leaves, and revealing the beautiful Manhattan Skyline.  So, here’s a memory of those times:

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Going Gold

It’s getting close to Labor Day.  Already, the trees around here are showing some touches of orange and gold.  I’m looking forward to cooler weather, and the autumn colors.  Yes, even I get tired of summer.

The last few drawing I’ve done have been green.  I’m getting a little bored, and want to shake it up a bit.

I’ve been thinking of the old neighborhood, back in New York City. Honestly, I don’t miss it much, except for a few neighbors and a couple of the outdoor cat.  This time of year, though, is the time that the butterfly weed is in bloom, gathering its winged admirers.  In case you don’t remember the drawing, here’s a revisit:

IMG_0426As for today, the most artwork I’ve done recently is for the Danbury Rocks project.  I’m made quite a few more.  I’m learning to incorporate the veins and planes of the rocks, making them more organic instead of geometrical  Here’s the latest batch:

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A Stroll in the Old Neighborhood…

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Here I am, being nostalgic again. As we were packing the car with a load of *stuff* to take to the new place, I saw my landlord’s chair, against the stone wall. He’s had it there all the years we lived there, probably many years before, and now….

It got me thinking of how the neighborhood had been good subject matter for my artwork. I didn’t have to go too far for inspiration.

So, for those of you who haven’t seen them, a parting glance of a little street, in a very big city:

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It’s a Secret

I bet you’ve been wondering why I haven’t been posting.  Well, no, not really, I expect you all have lives other than reading my blog.  But the truth is I haven’t posted for a while…and there’s a good reason.  I’m working on a drawing, but it’s a secret.

Why keep it a secret?  In some cases, I suppose, fears of plagiarism, thinking someone might steal your incredible idea and come out with a work, first.  Or maybe, it’s a work that so stupendous, you don’t want to lessen the “Wow” factor when it’s done.  Or maybe it’s a gift for someone who reads this very blog.  Yeah, it’s the latter.

So, in the meantime, I’ve got my show up at the restaurant “The Opendoor” in Long Island City, Queens, NY.  Also, a drawing of mine has been accepted into a juried show, “Woman Up”, organized in celebration of Women’s History Month.  My contribution, if you haven’t already seen it on this blog is “Black Madonna”.

 

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Another Wip…………and I LOVE computers <3 <3 <3

Yes, computers are awesome…but I’ll get back to that in a minute.

It occurs to me that I have done many drawings (including the one I’m working on now) of the sycamore tree out front.  I have however, never posted a photo of it, so you can see it’s beauty for real…so, here’s the view of the tree from my window, Queens row houses and all.

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So, now computers………..

I love the fact that I can go into a desktop publishing program, or even these days, a good word processing program, and come up with something professional looking by scrolling and clicks of the mouse.  Such a difference.

When I was your age (Yes, this is one of those) cut and paste was done by hand.  My parents enrolled me in a course in it, figuring that if I was going to be an artist, this would provide me with an income.  I was really sure that by the time I was 25 I was going to be rich and famous….but I went along with it anyway.

It was a matter of taking little printed papers with letters on them, and lining them up perfectly so they could be photographed for print.  Of course, if you drew a line in regular pencil, that would show up to the camera.  If you erased that would look even worse.  But there was a solution…..

Non-photo blue.

This was a color that was invisible to the black and white camera.  So, graphic artists used it to painstakingly line up letters.  Did I mention the pain in painstaking?  BTW, I completely failed at cut and paste.

I’m sure there are very few, if any, graphic artists who do cut and paste manually.  However, Prismacolor still makes the color.  I think because it’s a beautiful, clear, intense color.  It’s perfect for skies, imho.

So, here’s a detail from “Making Peace with December”to give you a taste of what I’m working on.  Also, a good example of Non-photo blue.

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Monday Morning coming down…

Happy New Week, my friends

Here’s the sketch for this picture that I don’t have a title for yet.  You can get an idea of the whole lost and found lines and color blocks.  I may get a chance to work on the large version today, but like most people….today I go to my day job.  I’ll be taking the late shift, so I have the morning.Scan_20140706 (3)

In my last post, I mentioned “A Step Up” as one of my failures.  I realize I shouldn’t be so hard on myself.  It was the first colored pencil drawing after having a respite of several years.  I hadn’t figured out exactly the direction I wanted to take in my work at that point.  So, for those of you who haven’t seen it:091

Goes to show what time and work can do.

But if I May Repeat Myself….

Coupla things…..

I went fulltime at my day job.  The idea was to have income while I worked on my art, and advanced my career.  As it turns out, the less spare time I have,the more I value it, the more I get things done. So, welcome me to the rat race my friends..

Also, I’m back in my old neighborhood where inspiration abounds.  Tenants moved into an apartment that had been vacant for years.  So, I looked out the window and saw this;

 

 

 

It’s a bit like “Louie’s Spot”, but then, artists do repeat themes.  So, I guess I can too.  After all, how many naked women did Picasso paint?

 

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It also reminds me of “A Step Up”, which is somewhere in a back post under a retrospective of my failures.

Anyway,it’s just screaming vigniette.

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Also, remember “Scraggly Weed”?  I was unhappy to see it cut down….but the stubborn plant is making a resurrection.

 

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Also realizing that WordPress has changed things a lot.  Once again, I have to learn how to use it.  I don’t have a clue.