Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Sketches of Spain: Barcelona in 2007

I uploaded a gallery of drawings to Flickr from my first solo reportage trip to Barcelona, Spain, in the spring of 2007. These drawings bring such amazing memories back...

"I was nervously happy my entire stay, imagining the big globe and myself as a tiny dot across the ocean from home, parents, friends…on my own, DRAWING."

Friday, November 26, 2010

Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Paris :: Part 6 : Le Musee D'Orsay

Here's a drawing of the great hall of Le Musee D'Orsay with it's magnificent gilded clock. This once-upon-a-time railroad station is now housing most incredible 19th-century art, including impressionism, realism, postimpressionism, and art nouveau. Turns out the museum is only 33 years old.  I LOVE this place like no other. There are giant Toulouse-Lautrecs (how DID he paint such huge canvases? "With a broom", jokes my teacher Ronnie, as she walks by.) There are Van Goghs, vibrating with so much energy that they practically emit sounds. There are Degas figurines-a whole wall of them! There is the famous Renoir's "Boating Party" painting  that Amelie's neighbor kept copying in the movie. There's the Monet's "The Picnic" that Picasso studied over and over again with his numerous iterations. There are Bonnards, Cezannes, Daumiers, Gaugins, Monets, Vuillards...all those great impressionistic paintings are so alive in person, so beautiful, that their impact just overwhelms. I get very emotional there. I miss you, D'Orsay. 

p.s. Happy Birthday, Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec! 

Saturday, November 20, 2010

On Happiness:

"The potter sleeps soundly, 
for no one would steal his clay." 
Indian Proverb

 (circa 2007) 

Friday, November 19, 2010

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

The Beautiful Wood-Pile

 Drawn on my iPhone over pastels on paper

Once at Mystic, I walk through the shipyard. It smells of wood. Wood is everywhere. Ship masts, tree trunks, chopped timber. A pile of cut wood is hypnotizing: planes run every which way under jumping sun rays. It's organized chaos, this beautiful wood-pile.

Masts and Restoration Shipyard Barn. 
Pastels on paper, iPhone

Monday, November 15, 2010

Drawing Music :: Grinderman @ The Nokia Theater

Nick Cave's punk rock band Grinderman shook the walls of the packed Nokia Theater on Times Square last night. Gladly for me, the mosh pit was subdued, but not without instigators.  It was deafening and awesome. And 53-year-old Cave jumped and kicked like a 20-year-old. That crazy Australian.

 Nick Cave.  Drawn on my iPhone

Grinderman at the Nokia Theater, NYC.   Drawn on my iPhone

Nick Cave.  Drawn on my iPhone

Thursday, November 11, 2010

Veterans Day Special

November 11 is not only my Dad's birthday, but also a day of tribute to veterans. Veterans Day memorial services are always accompanied by bagpipes in USA.  Coincidentally, I just stumbled upon  3-year-old drawings from the National Tartan Day that took place at the Grand Central station in New York in 2007.  Even though the drawings were made at a fun cultural event and are light-hearted, I still want to post them as my tribute.  A happy tribute made by someone who is lucky enough not to be touched by war.

Also, I realized that I have no idea why they play bagpipes during memorial services and googled it. One of the links offered the following:

If *you* happen to know the historical tie between US military and bagpipes, leave it in a comment, I'd like to know.

Tuesday, November 9, 2010

Drawing Music :: Bonobo @ Webster Hall, NYC

Drawn on my iPhone 
Simon Green (aka Bonobo) & Andreya Triana

If I knew 3 years ago I'll be seeing Bonobo live, I'd flip out.  I still love his music-don't get me wrong-but a few years back it was more like an obsession. Let the numbers do the talking: according to stats on my last.fm profile, since 2006 to date, I have played 59,750 tracks. Bonobo ranks as my top overall artist with 639 plays. And that's not counting my ipod/iphone "on the go " plays. I remember hanging out on his myspace page (way before FB!) and leaving him "come play in New York!" fan posts. So he finally did!

Bonobo, aka Simon Green, a 34-year-old bassist-producer-composer-musician-DJ from Great Britain, brought a whole crew of amazing musicians along. Everything was played live, and it was SUPER. All expectations exceeded x100. I waited to see Bajka, the singer featured on "Days To Come" album, but was pleasantly surprised by Andreya Triana instead. The venue was packed. The crowd was in a frenzy. Hey, that was Bonobo! Live in NY!!! Thanks for coming, Simon. You are clearly loved here.

Drawn on my iPhone 
Simon Green (aka Bonobo) He doesn't smile much.
Drawn on my iPhone 
Simon Green (aka Bonobo)

Drawn on my iPhone 
Simon Green (aka Bonobo) & Andreya Triana

Thursday, November 4, 2010

Keep Studying

 "Seemingly the most easy of crafts, drawing is the one which reveals most tellingly our incapacity to sustain true vision and our acquiescence to the ready-made." ~ Rico Lebrun

November Rain

Drawn on my iPhone