January 2018

Monochrome Rockaway

Technically, my second watercolor of 2018. The sky was cloud covered—a thin layer—wherein the sun could be made out in the late afternoon. The Atlantic provided a nice reflection in response as distantly, a large freighter and tug traversed the shore opposite my perch in Rockaway Park. Namely, Sandy Hook. There was no fire of sunset, in fact it alls seemed monochromatic to me, the clouds appeared bleached as backlit by the sun and everything took on a cool blueish hue.

I enjoy the attempts to document what is there in watercolor. So many subtile, atmospheric qualities to the scene and though defused a simple narrative on a stage about eight miles distant. Regarded and ignored typically as an art subject I would think, but there is a drama there, a tone. We'll see how many more I'll be able to get done this year.

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Zombie snowpopcolypse bomb cyclone

Didn't document the zombie snowpopcolypse bomb cyclone, but I did make my first watercolor of 2018, featuring the setting sun over Sandy Hook as seen from Rockaway Park, NY. One of those occasions where my poor scanner didn't--IMHO--adequately reproduce the color of my scan; regardless of the care I put into adjusting the balance. The original is so much more satisfying. Just the same, hope you enjoy it as you sketch-on into the New Year.

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The Last Drawing of 2017...

What to do on New Year's Eve? Val & I are not the Ball-Dropping-In-Times-Square types, so we took up an invitation to hit a Brooklyn open mic at Sir D's Lounge. Joel premiered a few original songs and the rest of the crew played a range of material spanning the blues to Gordon Lightfoot tunes. Afterward we reveled into the later hours with the musicians at Santa Fe, a Mexican restaurant nearby. Prior to all this, we visited the Rodin show at the Brooklyn Museum. Os (the fellow wearing the "scoop" cap) had the honor of being the very last drawing of the year. Got four scribblings in. Great way to end 2017 and a wish goes out to all youse FB buddies to enjoy a spectacular 2018...Happy New Year Y'all!
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