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Waiting for the F trainSmith 9th Street “Waiting for the F Train” – 22″ x 15″ watercolor on 300# Arches cold press


My sister recently sent me this picture of our old Hitachi TV remote.  She wrote:

“Remember this remote? 

I think we had the same TV in the 80s.  I took mine to Alaska and back.  It’s gone now but I just found the remote.   Power. Mute. Channel. Volume.   That’s it.

I want that TV back.  Our remote now looks like it could launch the space shuttle and I can never figure out how to do anything with it.”

Yes, Alice.  I remember that remote.  And I too long for the old days.  I have a Smart TV.  I am an idiot and don’t know how to use it.  I was at a friend’s house with the same smart TV.  He showed The Husband and me how you take one cable, connect it to the back of the TV and the other end to your computer and voila!  You can get your computer pictures, play video games, watch Netflix, order from amazon, control the Mir space station and the Hubble telescope and who knows what else.

I can turn my TV on and off.  And sometimes change the channels.

The above painting was done over a number of months.  Now that it’s complete (maybe) I want to think about whether or not to deconstruct it like I did here and here.

Normally I would do the whole painting in a grisaille first and then add some local color. This time I thought I would switch it up a bit.  I started it as a grisaille and I then added color with the grisaille.

It’s finished.

For now.

I am thrilled to report that my painting “Girders” got accepted into the tri-state juried show “Line Describing a Cone” at the Katonah Museum of Art.  Even more exciting, the juror is a curator at NYC’s Museum of Modern Art (MOMA).

Girders Smith 9th St - 11-5-2014Girders – Watercolor on 140# Arches – approx. 19 1/2 ” x 22 1/2 ” framed

If you’re in the area, the show will be up until February 15, 2015.  Please stop by.

Here’s my name tag…so I guess it’s official 🙂

Carol King  Artist

Lest you think I’ve been resting on my laurels, here’s a study for another painting I’m working on.

Girders tooGirders two, WIP on 9 x 12″ Arches 140# watercolor paper.

I’ve also been working on some collages.  Here’s one I just completed.

Science SilenceScience Silence – collage on 8 x 10″ Bristol paper

As I type in all the sizes of the artwork, I am reminded of this map of countries that don’t use the metric metric systemWe are sorely outnumbered!   The US just never embraced the metric system.  Which is why every time I read a blog post that is not from the states I have to go to The Google to find out what size 20 x 25 centimeters corresponds to in inches.  I remember they tried to get us to change to metric when I was in grade school.  Clearly, that did not work.

Last but not least, my brother who does not read my blog emailed to say that my 7 year old nephew has his painting hanging in his grade school.  However, he also told me the Katonah Museum called.  They were going to bump a painting in the Katonah show to make way for my nephew’s.

Dillon's dinosaurs

Dinosaurs with volcano and pteradactyl

I may be biased, but I love this painting!  They can bump one of the paintings for this masterpiece any day.  Just not mine.  Actually, I’m sure they can find some wall space somewhere.  We can exhibit together, my nephew and me.

Xmas card 2014Holiday subway girders from an original painting posted here.

Dear family (except my brother who does not read my blog) friends, fellow bloggers (whom I also consider friends), Here’s wishing you a wonderful and happy Holiday Season, whichever holiday you celebrate.  May 2015 bring us peace all over the world.  Here’s to your health,  happiness and continued creativity!  Thank you all for visiting, reading, commenting and always putting a smile on my face.   And thank you all for sharing all of your wonderful artwork.   See you next year!


Girders Smith 9th St - 11-5-2014Subway Girders – view through the F train window coming into the Smith 9th Street Station – watercolor on 300# Arches 

Once again I started this painting with a grisaille (a gray value study). Which you can see below:

Girders Smith 9th St - 11-5-2014 Grisaille

I then dragged a large soft brush with clean water down the paper from the top to the bottom to spread some of the paint around.  This is slightly different than what I did in previous paintings seen here and here where I waited for the grisaille to dry and then splashed it with clean water followed by very diluted paynes gray and very diluted raw sienna.  The dragging of the water gives the painting a look of grittiness since this view is through a subway window.  To me it also adds a feeling of movement.

Girders Smith 9th St - 11-5-2014 with dragged down clean water

I then went back in and added local color.  Some green and rust to the girders and some more paynes gray to re-establish some darks and details.

Girders Smith 9th St - 11-5-2014  back in with local color

Finally I finished it with a little more detail to the paynes gray girders, local color and I added a raw sienna sky.   Cause really, wouldn’t a regular old blue sky just be boring in this painting?

Girders Smith 9th St - 11-5-2014

On another note the NYC Canstruction exhibit is going on right now in the Winter Garden at the World Financial Center.

Canstruction Annual Competition 

Exhibit Dates:
Begins: November 6, 2014
Ends: November 20, 2014

Exhibit Location:The Winter Garden and Lobby of 250 Vesey Street at Brookfield Place (formerly known as World Financial Center), New York, NY 10281

These are cool and fun with all the canned food going to the needy after the exhibit is over.   You can also donate canned food when you visit the exhibit.   How clever and creative are the people who put these together?


City Harvest Station

Owl - Give a hoot about hunber

jack August 09

July 4th Millie in Red White and Blue

This weekend was the 40th anniversary of Woodstock.  Which, as everyone knows, was not held in Woodstock, NY, but in Bethel, NY.  And I almost got to go!

I remember I was in a mini-skirt watching the Smothers Brothers on TV when my cousin Bobby from California rang the doorbell and surprised us.  He was out of the army and was going up to Woodstock.  He asked my mother if he could take me.  She said yes!!!!!  (I’m sure she had NO CLUE what he was talking about)  But I was so excited.

When I woke up the next morning, I went looking for Bobby.  He was gone!  I asked my mother where he was and she told me that during the evening my father and Bobby started drinking, got into a fight and my father threw him out of the house.  And with it my chance to go to Woodstock.  Damn!  But in retrospect, it saved me from a weekend of mud!

Here’s some quick portraits I did of my nephew Jack and of my mom.

Jack, my 16 year old nephew would not stay still.  He was playing Texas Hold ’em on my phone.  (Hello Gamblers Anonymous?)   Mom on the other hand never moved.  (She was medicated.) She is a good model.  Please note that she is not that blue in real life!  🙂

I started my “Watercolor for the Absolute Beginner” class this week.  What fun!  I’ve never actually had a basic beginner watercolor class so this was very interesting.  Turns out I knew more than I thought.  Also turns out I  don’t  know a lot.  (No surprise there.) We played with the paint, learned about how the consistency of the paint affects the color.  We made color swatches, lines, blobs.  We painted and then lifted paint from the paper.  And finally, the teacher showed us how to make some basic flower shapes which are here:

flower study 8-19-09I’m really looking forward to the next class!

*Update to my masking tape post* the subway stairway repair at Union Street is still not completed.  Is anyone surprised?

Masking Tape sign

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