Thursday, August 22, 2013

like old times...

sitting at a table
in a museum
among friends
making collage.

this time at
the katonah museum of art
about an hour north of the city.

the exhibit
remix: selections from the international collage center
piqued our interest and didn't disappoint.
wonderful, varied work
contemporary and classic: 
a schwitters! a hannelore baron!

what we weren't expecting
was a workspace - granted
designed for the younger set - tiny stools
and safe scissors - but the bins of ephemera
and the glue sticks
were familiar and welcome.

i was especially inspired by paint swatches
and a bin of maps and map pieces...
and happier as i simplified...

Wednesday, August 14, 2013

wednesday at battery park city

sun in the morning
perfect for drawing shadows.

Sunday, August 11, 2013


didn't feel like drawing
or painting
or getting out of bed for that matter
so i pushed myself out the door
thinking - knowing - that sitting near the river
mixing color, drawing lines would
make me feel different,
likely better.

jumped into color,
layer upon layer
light over dark
stroke over stroke.

it satisfied me, this painting.

new colors, new directions...
i followed with a few quick sketch paintings -
wash pencil and white gouache

this new way of seeing my rocks
was tremendously satisfying.

they were rolled up and tucked into my tote bag
and they disappeared somewhere between
battery park city and home.

i've contacted the mta lost and found,
posted to craigslist,
retraced the route
with no luck.
so this is likely the only evidence of
this work.
i usually dont shoot in situ
but the light was good.
glad i took these.

Wednesday, August 7, 2013

sketching at battery park city

when rebecca raises her arms above her head there is not a piece of paper large enough.
these are not the best reproductions but i wanted to get them up. and yes, rebecca did stand on her head for a one minute sketch (the fourth one here)

Monday, August 5, 2013

a pretty perfect day

we've had an uninterrupted chain of spectacular weather and today was another of what i think of as 'ten best' days. as in one of the ten best days of the year. today's would likely be in the running for ten best ever if i kept track of such things.

my memory chuckles at the thought.

and then promptly forgets what it was laughing about.

i did nothing out of the ordinary - coffee at a table in the sun with the newspapers, pattern sketching in an altered book which i will have to find a way to share, a wander through the union square greenmarket tasting heirloom tomatoes and the afternoon at the strand. i didn't intend to spend five ! hours book browsing but the outdoor stalls were especially inviting and the bound galleys in the basement were piled high in several cartons in addition to the shelves.

from the outdoor shelves, with an eye toward future collage making, i scored a 1902 volume - 'the zoo book: wild animals and birds of jungle and forest', "profusely illustrated with copperplate etchings and line drawings" as it says on the title page. also a few color plates (above) $2

another $2 find - a charming four and three quarter by six and a half inch volume from 1946, 'spoken french for students and travelers', which i bought to alter but not yet - it's just too pristine and precious...

always thinking pattern lately (thank you Maryann)
i discovered a book about an artist i had never heard of: georgina von etzdorf whose work sings. that one set me back $3.

i debated all day the purchase, for $3, of a severely damaged - looks like it went through sandy - copy of a whitney museum volume from the cy twombly show of 1979. in the end i couldn't leave it behind despite the condition because the extraordinary work moves me (and the price of the book on amazon exceeds $60 these days...)

in the basement i scored a galley of the new kate christensen book 'blue plate special - an autobiography of my appetites' which has been favorably reviewed. another $2.99. galleys used to be 99 cents or three for $2. ah well. as i said: a good day for about thirteen bucks

the lagniappe: ( i never get to use that word!) this child's drawing (back and front) clearly a treasure map that slipped out of one of the books as i flipped the pages...

Friday, August 2, 2013

drawing from life

july 31 2013
battery park city
model: alana

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