Friday, October 31, 2014

THE DAILY URBAN LANDSCAPE #26 BLUES IN THE NIGHT

I'm quite proud of this painting, and I wonder if I have the patience to do something like this now.  I don't know the exact location of this corner.  It was painted from photos I took during a weekend in NYC in 1982 or 83.

Blues in the Night
Watercolor
20x30

Thursday, October 30, 2014

THE DAILY URBAN LANDSCAPE #25 HISTORIC NEW CASTLE DELAWARE

Arm chair traveling is great; yesterday at this time I was looking at Atlanta GA and today I'm back in Delaware.  New Castle, located on the Delaware river a few miles below Wilmington, was on the Rockefeller "short list" of towns considered for historic restoration, but it eventually lost out to Williamsburg VA.  I'm sure there are many in the town who do not see that as a loss.


Historic New Castle
12x37
$60

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

THE DAILY URBAN LANDSCAPE #24 PEACHES ANYONE?

I painted and published two Atlanta skylines, one for myself and one for a client.  I spent an entire day driving around the city in a rented car photographing everything and anything.  Once I returned to the studio I was able to create these compositions:

Atlanta Skyline
12x37"

Southern Jewel
12x24"

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

THE FOG FRIEND





In a recent post about friendship I described a categorical list of friends: the best friend forever, the spiritual friend, the friend that makes you laugh, and more.  Driving from Crossville TN to Paducah 3 days ago I discovered a new and vital friend…the Fog Friend

At 5:30 in the morning I stepped out of the hotel in Crossville into an incredibly dense fog.  Slowly and cautiously I crawled onto the Interstate just a few blocks away, unable to see anything beyond 30-40 feet.  Even though I am a Tiger, I must admit it was a little frightening as I crawled along I-40 west, grateful for the occasional respite from the fog when I could see perhaps 100 feet ahead of me.  About 30 minutes into the drive my new friend appeared, an 18-wheeler that was traveling at a speed consistent with the conditions.  I quickly fell in behind him and proceeded to be his puppy for the next 2 hours.  On several occasions another car would get between us, much to my dismay, but their relationship with the fog friend lacked the commitment of my own. As we approached the Briley Parkway in Nashville I was prepared to say goodbye, but to my delight my friend proceeded onto the parkway, and I followed him until the approach to I-24 where I lost him in another cloud of dense fog.  But from Crossville to Nashville, the driver of that 18-wheeler was my best fog friend forever.

I made it on my own from Nashville to the KY line, where the fog finally dissipated and I enjoyed a peaceful drive through Kentucky farmland bejeweled with autumn colors.

THE DAILY URBAN LANDSCAPE #23 PARMA ITALY

Today's UL will take us all the way to Parma Italy, and the lovely Via Garibaldi. 

Via Garibaldi
Mixed media
20x30"
Price on request

Monday, October 27, 2014

THE DAILY URBAN LANDSCAPE - a.k.a. It's not a barn

I arrived home around 10 a.m. yesterday, and as I've done on other occasions, wondered why I ever left Paducah.  I miss it as soon as I leave.

Today we go back to the northeast to the island of  Martha's Vineyard and the town of Oak Bluff, where you can see an incredible collection of Victorian cottages.  These "doll house" like homes are situated in a circular pattern around what once was a large pavilion where church services were held.

Oak Bluff
Print  10x24" from an original watercolor

Sunday, October 26, 2014

THE DAILY URBAN LANDSCAPE #21 Nashville

I made it to Crossville TN before everything in me gave out.  After multiple tries I finally found a hotel room, and am now about to crash.  Since I will be in Nashville tomorrow morning...today's UL will be from that fair city to our south.  (I will post this tomorrow a.m.)

417 Union St.
Watercolor  12x18
A great place for brunch