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falling leaves 9-23-2013Falling leaves – watercolor on 9″x12″ 140# Arches coldpress

My brother who does not read my blog emailed me the story below.   He spends HOURS in his car commuting to and from his job each day and has seen many bizarre things while driving (sitting) in traffic on the LIE, the Cross Bronx Parking lot Expressway, the George Washington Bridge and many of the other terrible NYC roads.  My brother is one of the funniest people I know and is extremely talented and creative.  He really should be writing books or screenplays or TV shows.   Hey, anyone out there need a writer for a movie?   I got a guy for you.

So I’m sitting in traffic on the Harlem river drive rolling up towards the George Washington bridge.  I look over and the guy next to me is playing a trumpet in his car.

A trumpet?   That’s ODD I think.   Coincidentally I had my slide trombone with me so we engaged in an impromptu jam session.  Until traffic starting moving again, naturally.

The above painting was a fun experiment using leaves my friend Patricia collected in Connecticut and negative painting.   We painted with Joan Iaconnetti who I’ve mentioned before who is a wonderful teacher and painter of an underground/subway series which I love.  http://www.joaniaconetti.blogspot.com/  We chatted, laughed, ate organic apples from the farmers market, followed by yummy chocolate chip cookies.   We laid the leaves out in a pleasing design to get an idea as to how we wanted the image to look.   We then removed all the leaves but the first one and painted around the edges of the leaf.  We continued to do this with leaf after leaf.  We also made sure to go back and soften any hard edges we didn’t want.   Finally we went back while a leaf section was still wet to drop in some additional color around the edges of the leaves.   I had so much fun with this I will do a second one using an autumn color scheme.  Stay tuned.

Bike and graffiti on wall – Work in Progress on 1/2 sheet of 140# Arches coldpress

Now that Hurricane Sandy has come and gone the devastation still lingers.   Thank you to everyone who emailed, called, texted or commented on this blog to check on us.  We are both fine although I haven’t seen the husband in about two weeks with the exception of a quick hello or goodbye.

Everyone I know lost power, but some lost much more.  My sister-in-law and her husband live on the Rockaway Peninsula and lost everything on their first floor of their home as well as their cars.  My niece lived on the first floor of an apartment building and she lost everything. Here’s an interesting piece 60 minutes ran on a particular area called Belle Harbor where they live: 60 Minutes Belle Harbor.   But it wasn’t just Rockaway,  It was so many areas in the NY/NJ/CT/PA Metropolitan Area.  Little by little we are on our way to getting back to normal.

I finally got a chance to paint and started with the work in progress above of a city scene.  This is a building I see from the art studio window.   Someone painted a blue bicycle on a yellow field on a brick wall.  Add some graffiti, water towers and it’s right up my alley.  I’m thinking that after I finish painting it I may deconstruct it a bit by splashing water and paint on it.   Everything else in the City has been splashed with water!

11″ tall decoupage under glass vase

Here’s another vase I’ve recently completed.  It’s got blue birds and apples.   Silver metallic with a white background.  When I start out with just a clear piece of glass it’s called a vase.  Long “A”.  When I’m done and it looks like the above it’s called a VAHSE.   Just so you know.

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