My next piece won’t be part of the paradise series. It’s going to be a full-size drawing of the rebuilding of the World Trade Center, as seen from my window. Here’s a quick sketch….of course I have to work on those verticals.
The bombings in Boston reminded me so much of the atmosphere around NYC after 9/11. It’s both a personal, and a community metaphor of rebirth. I don’t want to go into any patriotic mumbo-jumbo, but nations can rebuild and be stronger. So can people, I’ve seen it in myself, and many others. So, here’s to rebirth.
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.