It’s summertime. We take a break from our jobs, schools, daily routines and even wean ourselves away from the internet. Driving down the hill to get the New York Times we pass a bear crossing the road. Squirrels play nearby. We soak up new experiences and come home renewed.
Quite a contrast from when Megan and I were blogging about our experiences in New York.
When the plane was about to land, I was so excited about seeing New York, and spending it with my grandmother. I’ve heard so much, but it was a thousand times better than anything I could have come up with. Anyone could tell it was New York from when you stepped outside and there were 2,000 bright orange taxis waiting outside. The line seemed to never end! As soon as we got to Soho, I had already seen so many lights shining out of each and every building! The next week we saw the amazing metropolitan that constantly surprised me with all the amazing displays, we saw so much art and tasted the famous New York pizza! we watched out for all the fashion, watching all the latest trends, and the amazing comme de garçons where so much detail and time went into designing those amazing dresses, shirts and shoes! We also saw the two most amazing musicals, which are now my favourite, spider man and newsies! the choreography was amazing, and when the actors were swinging off stage and into the audience, it was amazing! When we came out of the theatre, despite it being dark outside, time square lit up like it was day! Every single corner was flashing, and shining! We took an amazing panorama photo, capturing every corner of time square. We visited Christies auction house, where paintings, pictures and objects were being sold for thousands of dollars! When we went behind-the-scenes, We touched the most amazing paintings by Degas, Vincent Van Gogh , Renoir, and Gauguin! It was amazing, and when we were sittings in an auction, I had to be careful not to accidently raise my hand. One of our favourite restaurants there was Vin et Fleur, we went there three times during the week and the bartender made the most delicious drinks. We named my drink after our waiter, Bartholomew Surprise. When we had to go over to the airport, I wanted to stay in New York with my Grandmother, but I had to go home. New York was decently the most amazing trip I have ever been too.
This one is worth clicking on to see drawing detail
Pros and Cons of Online Collaboration Between Grandmother and Granddaughter
First of all there are demographic variables. The participants are from England and America. The 8-hour time difference causes havoc when it comes to connecting with each other. One is asleep while the other is awake. Data collection is difficult to achieve. This depends on scheduling of family activities, school functions, business meetings and painting sessions in the studio. Unforeseeable circumstances such as email addresses not working or, well, life intervenes. The reliability of the posted message is important. The blogger needs to post with some sort of regularity otherwise followers will lose interest and move on. (There is a little tongue in cheek here.)
According to our outline Megan was going to begin this section of Carla and Megan’s Blog It’s Sunday night in America. Megan is asleep in England and about to wake up and go to school. It’s time for me to post a blog for Monday morning.
Collaboration between grandmother and granddaughter must be flexible so I’ll start. We are soul mates when it comes to drawing. It’s fun to be together because we are both used to sketching all the time, usually with someone patiently waiting for us to finish so everyone can move on. In New york we just followed our path to wherever it lead, with a little advanced planning. When I was back at home I found my first ‘official’ sketchbook started at the suggestion of an art teacher when I was almost 18. I wonder what she will be creating when she is 18?
We went to an exhibit about the role of fashion in Impressionist art at the Metropolitan Museum of Art. Displayed next to some of the paintings were manikins in dresses of the period. Megan whipped this out in about 5 minutes. Here is another one worth clicking on to see the detail of line.
I had seven days to create a book. Here you followed a work in progress. We were going to see if in a week I had a finished product. for Sketchbook Project 2013. If not – zilch. Today is the day I must have it in the mail going to Brooklyn, New York. The book isn’t finished , but I wouldn’t say I have zilch. There are some interesting pairings happening. I have the beginning of an Artists’ Book. Right now it is a traditional 7″ x 10″ codex book. But the opportunities for change are endless. Check out this website about Artists’ Books. http://www.philobiblon.com/isitabook/bookarts/index.html
The book was going to be titled, Chairs, but now I’m thinking the title will be Sit. I’ll probably add some text, maybe just a few adverbs thrown in. The readers will be the ones to interpret the book’s contents. It may be a one-of-a-kind Artists’ Book or a small edition of 30. The structure of the book will probably stay the same. Maybe I’ll make a small edition of Sit just xeroxing the contents, binding it or stapling it together in order to sell it on Amazon.com for a very reasonable price.
Right now many of the original terra cotta warriors from Xian are on exhibit in New York. At the same time, contemporary artist Gong Yuebin, has a show at the Crocker museum in Sacramento California. Gong has interspersed life size modern warriors marching with copies of the original warriors, but the modern soldiers are carrying nuclear missiles.
In the summer of 2002 My son and I visited East China. We were on one of the last Yangzi River cruises before the Chinese flooded the three gorges. I have many sketches and poems all ready to put together into an artist’s book or an edition – just haven’t gotten around to doing it. I took different weights of paper to draw on. I had some transparent paper along just in case and ended up using it when we were in Xian.
How am I going to get my daily post written when my husband is in the other room watching all the previous seasons of the TV show? It’s his first time watching it so he’s catching up. I hear Peggy talking in the background. Gotta run in and see what she is up to. What’s Don doing? Sterling Cooper – I wonder what words of wisdom he will be saying? How am I going to pick and upload an image when I want to see what Betty is wearing? Ahhh the music. That means the end of that episode. Was it really like that when you were an ad man on Madison Avenue in the 60’s?
Alfred Molina plays Mark Rothko. Eddie Redmayne plays his assistant. There is no intermission. The words are poetic, the acting intense. If you were painting in the early 60’s or interested in art around that time go see this play. It’s about Mark Rothko’s commission to paint murals for the Four Seasons Restaurant at the Seagrams building in New York. It certainly brought me back to that time. I was putting the records on while stretching and priming big canvases. The actors prime a huge canvas on stage. A good read is Lee Seldes’ book, The Legacy of Mark Rothko. It’s the true story of his daughter and the collectors of Rothko’s paintings, a greedy bunch they were those men from Marlborough gallery.
Only in New York would you see a scene like this, two people going by a walking painting and not even looking! The guy is carrying a huge painting that reminds me of the work of 16th century Flemish painter Pieter Bruegel the Elder. The shape of the boy being lead in one direction is echoed in the painting. The aritist has tied his pants at the ankle. Do you suppose he carried this painting on a bicycle? If I followed the rules of a good photograph I’d probably toss this one. The car is in the way. I could clone it out in Photoshop. I’m leaving it. This is a moment captured in New York City, November 2009.