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“Striped Tablecloth with Vase” – watercolor and white gouache on 1/2 sheet of 140# Arches paper. 

Well, really stepping into the late 20th century as I was told by a co-worker (who just turned 23) when I told him I FINALLY got an HD flat screen TV.   The Husband insisted that our really cutting edge during the Clinton administration Sony Trinitron was dying.  I refused to believe it.  He said “don’t you see the green halos around the people?”  I did not.  Until I did.  THEN we needed a new TV.

I don’t have HD vision, why do I need an HD TV?   Apparently, it doesn’t matter.   As I was watched the Macy’s fireworks on the 4th of July on the Sony Trinitron from the Clinton Administration, The Husband was watching it in the bedroom on the new HD flat screen as he dressed for work.   I heard him calling me.  Feeling a bit annoyed, (didn’t he know I was watching the fireworks), I marched into the bedroom demanding to know what he wanted. He pointed at the new HD flat screen with the fireworks show and all I could do was say “OMG!”  Yes, Virginia, there is a difference between my Sony Trinitron with a 20-year-old picture tube and a super cool HD flat screen with an LCD/LED/LBJ/IRT thingy.

I shouldn’t be afraid of new technology.  As long as I have friends like the aforementioned 23-year-old who I can call when I can’t figure out how to do something  on my computer.  Or getting my cell phone to stop saying stuff to me.  Why does it do that?   Now that I’ve moved into the late 20th century perhaps I can now make the leap to the 21st.  iPad 2 anyone?  Nah,   I would just spend all my time playing Angry Birds.

The above painting was done from a reference photo I found in my teacher’s studio.  Don’t know who the original artist was. Don’t know the original medium.   I painted it using watercolor and watercolor with white gouache for a more opaque look. It was great fun to paint.  Hope you like it.  (It looks better in HD!)

Water tower with graffiti.  Approx. 14″  x 21 ” on Arches 140# cold press paper

I find the criss-cross of NY buildings make interesting shapes, along with the water towers, vents, pipes, graffiti and iron work.  The husband has many opportunities to photograph quite a number of  buildings all over the City, but mostly in Brooklyn.  Many of the old buildings have now been turned into “luxury condos”  That, apparently, is the only adjective that can be used with the noun “condos”.  Luxury.  I long to see a sign that says “adequate condos”.

I believe I may have a theme going here and will continue with these buildings/water towers/cityscapes. (Until I decide to do something else.) Just like Stephen and his “pipe” series.  (The Pipe is a beach in South Africa.  I hope to visit someday as I’ve seen so many versions of it I feel like I’ve already been there.)

On another note,  here’s a picture of something I hadn’t seen before,  A man completely covered with cans.  The husband shot this photo before the “can- man” hopped on his unicycle and rode away.  He was spotted under the “el” in Williamsburgh.  (The “EL” is an elevated subway line.)  Was he making a political statement about recycling?  A fashion statement?  Or was this just the easiest way for him to get his cans to the recycling center for nickels?  I’m guessing he’s wearing about $5.00 worth of cans. Whatta you think?

Moving on…..   The sketchbook project!   Here’s what I’ve done so far.  The paper is super thin, so I’ve been working on other paper and then gluing that paper into the book.  Sometimes it can get a little messy.  You can see what I’ve done so far here:

And if you want to see another sketchbook in progress, here’s Alex’s (Pencil Scribbles)

If you’ve done anything for your sketchbook, please send me your link or become my friend on the website.  If you don’t know how to set up your profile and upload your photos, just ask.  I’m a pro now that Alex told me how to do it.  🙂


It was so cold here yesterday that the thought of working on these autumn leaves again didn’t seem right.  There are not many leaves on the trees anymore.   It was 26 degrees out when I went to walk Kaiya yesterday.  Brrrrr. At least it wasn’t snowing.  My niece reports snowstorms in Anchorage, Alaska.  And to think that just a few short weeks ago I was in the Caribbean, soaking up the sun, swimming, tanning and enjoying the “drink of the day”. (I’m still waiting for room service to deliver my breakfast.  Where is that guy?)

But all good things must come to an end, so I’m back home in the cold, back to work, and back to these autumn leaves.  I THINK they are done.  I used quite a bit of gouache on this painting.  More than I’ve ever before.

gouache (rhymes with squash) –noun

a technique of painting with opaque watercolors prepared with gum.

Most of my watercolors don’t have any gouache.  But some do.  There are some watercolor purists who say the “whites” of the painting should only be the white of the paper.  Oh well, I am not a purist.  I guess in this case the end DOES justify the means.  Or there are many roads to the same destination.  Or, …. oh ok.  I’ll just shut up.

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