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Chelsea water towers 8-18-13Chelsea water towers 13 1/2 ” x 10 1/4 inches on Arches 140# coldpress

If you think you’re experiencing deja vu, you’re not.  I’ve done this painting before here. I think I like some of the first painting better, but for sure I like the sky in this one much better.  The buildings are a bit more wonky (a highly technical artist word) but so is everything in NYC.

In the post where I had originally showed the first time I did this painting I noticed that I had done a short review of some recent plays that I had seen. So, to continue the tradition, here you go:

  1. Kinky Boots – it won the Tony this year so I was expecting more.  It’s a cute musical with lots of drag queens.  It was fun and enjoyable although my theatre going buddies did not agree with me.
  2. Matilda – Ugh, I still have a headache from those kids screaming singing.  My theatre going buddies once again disagreed with me on this one.  They liked it more than Kinky Boots.  I was not blown away by either one, but would take Boots over Matilda.
  3. Pippin – I had seen it the first time it was on Broadway, but really only remember Bob Fosse’s dancing.  I went not expecting to like it but I really did like it a lot.   The circus setting was lots of fun and Andrea Martin stole the show.  The night I was there Paul Shaffer, Martin Short and Eugene Levy were all there.  Martin Short and Eugene Levy performed with Ms. Martin in the Second City (SCTV) troupe.  And my friends brought a huge bag peanut M&Ms which of course we opened before the show started.  We know the rules.
  4. Here Lies Love – The Filipino Evita.  It was the story of Imelda Marcos and not once did they mention shoes.  I really enjoyed this show.  My theatre going buddies were mixed, but mostly they liked it.   This is not a Broadway show, but was at Joe Papp’s “The Public Theatre”.  Since it was a much smaller venue, the audience was on the floor and the performers on a few stages on either side of the audience and also in the middle. Some of the stages moved and at the end we could all go on the stage and dance.  Needless to say my sister and I were the first ones up there to shake our booties.

The MTV VMA awards are taking place at the Barclays Center which is a few blocks from where I live.  Earlier today I saw a few of the streets closed off but didn’t really pay attention.  Later this afternoon, I saw many more streets shut off, and tons of people gathering.  What does a native New Yorker do when she sees a crowd gathering?  Walk, nay RUN in the other direction.

My dog was camera shy this week so here’s a sunflower for the almost end of summer:

Sunflower 8-25-2013

David’s Sunflower – Watercolor and gouache on Arches 140# coldpress – SOLD

Driving home late one night on the LIE (Long Island Expressway) I said to the husband:  Why are you taking the GCP instead of the LIE to the BQE?”  I thought…why do I sound like a song from HAIR?

LBJ took the IRT Down to 4th Street USA. When he got there what did he see? The youth of America on LSD. LBJ, IRT, USA, LSD;    LSD, LBJ, FDR, CIA;  FBI, CIA, LSD, LBJ (If you’re singing along, you probably can no longer stay up past 10 pm.)

I recently saw HAIR on Broadway.  I love HAIR.   I can sing all the songs and oft-times do. When I saw HAIR the show was featuring Ace Young and Diana DiGarmo.  Ugh!  I was so not pleased.  If those names sound familiar I’m guessing you CANNOT sing all the songs from HAIR and you CAN stay up past 10 pm. Yes, Ace and Diana of American Idol fame.

I thought I had given up those kinds of shows a long time ago, but I have now been sucked into Bravo’s “Work of Art”. Have you seen it?   Based on Project Runway, 10 artists compete by doing “challenges”.  They are then judged and one person wins and one person gets the boot.  I thought I would HATE it, but it turns out I actually like watching the artists’ thought processes and what they come up with.  Is it really art?  Who knows.  The winner will get a show at the Brooklyn Museum.  And since I’m in walking distance of said museum, will I go see the show?  You betcha!  Have you seen the show?  What do you think?

I did the pears above by first doing a random background of color and then painting the pears while working with the background that was already there. They remind me of tie-dye. (Which reminded me of HAIR.)   I really like the left and center pear.  The white of the center pear is mostly the white of the paper with some dirty water painted in.  The right one can use some work, but I decided I would rather try it again then overwork it, so here it is.

The pots below were done by first spraying the paper with water where I wanted the flowers to be and then dropping in paint and letting it spread on its own.  I then painted in the pots.  I like the looseness of these, but want to do these again too, so I can try to get more white of the paper in the flower bunches.


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