Thursday, October 23, 2014

WRITING BLUES




I’m sitting here in my study wanting to write…something - anything…but there is nothing I can find to hold my interest.  The writing gurus say one should be disciplined and write every day, even when the spirit is not there.  That is easy to say, but much harder to do.  Perhaps I’m spoiled, used to impromptu writing, where the subject grabs me and the words come tumbling out with little forethought; this has happened repeatedly, and I love it.  The only real work I have to do is the re-write. It is much more fun than sitting at the keyboard, wracking my brain for something of interest.  Besides, I write for my pleasure and enjoyment, so why should I burden myself with the rigid discipline of a professional writer?

On the other hand, even though I’m writing for personal pleasure, I want to write well, and that requires commitment and effort..  Looking at it that way, the discipline to daily writing takes on a different meaning.  It is impossible not to compare my writing experience with my art.  They both require the discipline of practice in order to achieve a degree of competence.  I read somewhere that to learn how to paint, one must paint, and to learn how to write, one must read.  That made sense to me and I began reading memoirs, essays, and other works of non-fiction by accomplished writers.  Time will tell if it has been an effective exercise.

Here is an idea;  I should keep a list of subjects I might want to write about, then periodically select one and simply begin writing, exploring the first thoughts that come to mind and letting them lead the way, with no pressure to complete a “finished” narrative.

Well I’ll be…I’ve just written 290 words about not having anything to write about.



THE DAILY URBAN LANDSCAPE #18 MARKET STREET - WILMINGTON DE

I will be in Wilmington today, and if time allows, will check out a new Jerry's Artarama store on Market St.  When I lived there, Market street had been converted to an urban mall, with no vehicular traffic, an experiment that was later abandoned.  When I visit now I have to adjust to this change, as well as many others since I painted this portrait of one block of Wilmington's "main street".

Market Street
Limited Edition print from original watercolor
12x37"
$50

The elegant structure in the middle is the Grand Opera House, with its cast iron facade.  It was restored to its original beauty in the late 1970s and is a great venue for live music and theater.  My very first art show was in The Grand Gallery in 1977 located on the ground floor. (long since gone)

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

THE DAILY URBAN LANDSCAPE #17 FOURTH STREET

Since I'm in the area I thought it only fitting that Wilmington be the subject of the daily urban landscapes for the next few days.  I loved the visual and culinary delights of Fourth Street between Market and King streets and the aroma of the cheese and olives in Colavritas' market.

Fourth Steet
Watercolor 1992
Approximately 15x30"

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

THE DAILY URBAN LANDSCAPE #16 DELANCEY PLACE, PHILADELPHIA

This was a challenging commission, working from a stack of photographs that was sent to me.  Unfortunately they were all mixed up and it took forever for me to figure out the right sequence.  Then I had to arrange a work space to accommodate 60 inches of watercolor paper.  But it was worth the effort - Delancey Place is one block of elegant homes in center city Philadelphia.



 Delancey Place
Watercolor  16x60"

Monday, October 20, 2014

THE DAILY URBAN LANDSCAPE #15 ODESSA DELAWARE

Left the hotel at 6AM only to find traffic backed up on the interstate on ramp.  Bad accident ahead.  Fortunately my hotel is just blocks from the highway and I have been able to reclaim my room and wait things out in comfort.  Thus this early post today.

I will be in or near Odessa MD today when I visit my daughter Beth.

December in Odessa
Watercolor  16x45"

Sunday, October 19, 2014

THE DAILY URBAN LANDSCAPE #15 CHESAPEAKE CITY MD

I'm posting this quite late since I've been on the road all day, on my way to Maryland.  Stopped for the night in Weston, WV.  It seems appropriate to share with you my painting of Chesapeake City on the Delaware canal in Maryland, a place I will be visiting soon.

Chesapeake City
Watercolor  20x30"

Saturday, October 18, 2014

THE DAILY URBAN LANDSCAPE #14 CAPTAIN'S ROW

Across the Potomac River from Washington DC is the town of Alexandria VA.  In the historic Old Town Alexandria is this lovely street, once the home to many of the local sea captains, thus the name, Captain's Row. 

Captains Row
print from original watercolor - 1989
12x37"
$50