Wednesday, May 25, 2011

back to battery park city

i've missed a few weeks of sketching
down at battery park city
which started in early may and i was pretty
rusty this afternoon sketching
our model estelle -
these are the best of a mediocre lot...

one minute warmup

i like this detail

not great but i do like the foreshortening of the legs

the coolest thing is that a sketch
i did last year is being used on the
handout posted and mailed to advertise the class.
it was supposed to have my name on it
but doesn't. maybe the next batch.

not sure that 'adult art' is the right headline
but i don't write 'em folks.

Sunday, May 22, 2011

saturday stroll

a walk in my mom's neighborhood

preakness saturday

a fire alarm call box


and a visit with a friend


childhood redux

this seems to be the first image extant
of me in proximity to
a. drawing materials and
b. a camera (or at least a camera case)

jillsygirl's childhood challenge continues
though may - check it out.

Friday, May 20, 2011

rainy day women

i had to take a cab today -
something i rarely do.
this image shot through the
window on bleecker street
makes it worth the cost.

Wednesday, May 18, 2011

savage beauty

no photographs allowed

i preface this by saying that i have never been
a fan of the metropolitan museum's costume institute -
mannequins wearing garments, no matter how exquisite or
historically relevant do not move me.

the alexander mcqueen show at the costume institute
is truly spectacular.

i'd seen photographs of his clothing, of course,
clips from his shows. and lady gaga has shown
them to advantage. (the silver dress and silver
armadillo shoes from 'bad romance' are here)
but these did not prepare me for the visceral response
his work calls up - more than even couture, his work is
sculpture in the form of body covering.

the show is open until july 31.
it will always be crowded.
go first thing in the morning if you can
or brave the crowds if you must -
but go.
these are masterpieces.

Tuesday, May 17, 2011


my friend hc
"hates pastels."
not sure why.

i did these
in new mexico,
most at ghost ranch
where georgia o'keeffe
once lived.

i'm hoping they allow her
to appreciate the medium.

hope she doesn't hate landscapes.

rio grande gorge

Monday, May 16, 2011


jillysygirl has posted a childhood challenge
with very few guidelines or parameters.
my long term scanning project unearthed images
of me that i can only relate to as a stranger.

i do not remember being
this child, having this
photograph taken.
i cannot recall the peasant blouse.

they are decidedly my eyes
looking out from that
tilted face, my younger,
fuller lips.
yet whatever else i
could say
would be fiction.

Wednesday, May 11, 2011

it was about the light in the trees

how it changed the day

and about water and reflection

Tuesday, May 10, 2011

the nobility of leaves

i took a walk in the woods.
where the ground was paved in
leaves. looked at as individuals
they make me marvel

Monday, May 9, 2011

a little green

just a tease from
my recent trip to massachusetts

Sunday, May 1, 2011

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