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If all goes as planned the Charles W. Morgan will return home next Wednesday after her 38th and most likely last voyage. Sailing into Mystic will mark an amazing moment. History has been forever changed. I am very fortunate to have been a small part of marking the past few years down in her honor.—Dominick
I love the lazy days of summer. This is a watercolor I did in between napping, on a blanket at Brooklyn Bridge park. Thought it would be fun to use only watercolor to make a little reportage drawing of this couple having a romantic afternoon.
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If you are following the Tour de France you are probably watching a live stream from the Champs Elysees in Paris right now. When I was there drawing the crowds and waiting for the cyclists, it was thrilling to be so near the Arc de Triomphe in a city that is so beautiful, watching and drawing an event that has such a long history. ~Despina
I made this drawing with one thing in mind “marks”. Thank you to Van Gogh for the lesson.
© Greg Betza 2014
There’s a non-governmental organization located in Israel (active for seven years now) dear to my heart called Kids Creating Peace. KCP offers spiritual education programs for personal and societal conflict management and resolution among children and youth in Israel and Palestine. They believe children and youth need practical tools to deal with life’s challenges, and that the moment they feel more self-confident they are able to come to terms with the Other and avoid prejudice.
More than 10,000 Palestinian and Israeli children from East Jerusalem, Holon, Ramat Gan, Rishon LeZion, Nazareth, Zarzir, Petah Tikva, Rehovot, Barkai, Rosh Ha’ayin, Taibe, Lod, Ramla, Tira, Abu Snan, Daliat al-Karmel, Tel Aviv-Jaffa, Beit Hanina, Hizma, and Shuefat Refugee Camp have been through this program. Over time KCP has cooperated with the USAID and other organizations on dialog programs and have successfully achieved real change. It’s amazing, with so much death, destruction, and pain in the Middle East today it’s hard to imagine this organization can survive. But just yesterday I heard that a group of children from KCP have been summoned to the UN to discuss potential solutions to the conflict they are facing at home, and they are on their way. In awe, maybe this is a lesson we can all take something from. – Michele
I am not one for summer. Or at least not the summer that everyone else partakes in. The sun is a beautiful thing but I like it better when we are tilted away from it rather than towards it, bathing in the solar warmth is no where on my to do list. But the one thing I do love is walking beneath the trees, with the rays fighting to shine through the heat blocking leaves. Midday I saw some people strolling along the East River, enjoying the shade. The ground below may not have been cool and soft as I prefer, but I was envious of their position over mine as I passed by.—Dominick
Quick ink thumbnail of the interior of St. Patricks Cathedral, NYC.
Another ship drawing, this time of the USS Constitution, docked in Boston harbor. I sailed up to the Constitution on board the Charles W. Morgan (more on that in a later post) and she was an awesome and imposing sight. The Morgan felt light and airy next to the Constitution’s huge black hull and black wiry lines. Wow. They called her “old ironsides” because her hull was made of live oak, and cannonballs bounced right off it. I know I’d run if I saw her coming!
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PS see a preview of my drawings from my amazing Morgan voyage HERE. We had fog the whole way – it was so romantic and appropriate.
There has been a lot of talk about doing away with handsome cabs around New York’s Central Park, and while I would be sad to see another NYC icon fade, I do feel for the horses…
I made this drawing in 2009 while on the island of Santorini. You’ll notice ship masts and buses in the background. We were all waiting for our ride off or onto the island…which, by the way, is one of the most naturally beautiful places I have ever visited. Click here for more drawings made on that trip
©Greg Betza 2014
Greg’s post this week on the Tour Du France reminded me of that trip abroad together. This was a drawing I had done entering the Hall of Mirrors in the Palace of Versailles. The wonder, the enormity of it all was intense. It was the symbol of royal absolutism and the embodiment of classical French art. I had lived in Paris while in college but years had gone by since I’d been back. I was 15+ years older on that trip and yet, came home with new eyes and a new found appreciation for the love of Paris. Simply magical. – Michele
I said last week that drawing has been on my mind lately. I can’t begin to say how much so. It should be on my mind this much everyday. One Drawing a Day and you have 365 at the end of the year. Pretty good numbers. But none the less, the act of drawing, the reason for drawing, all the nuances of drawing, they have all been at the forefront of my mind. When I posted last week I thought about posting the above drawing. It is very old. It gets older every year. There isn’t anything special about it other than there are few from this time that I actually remember. I want to say it is 15-years old but it could be older. I was studying and sketched this quickly. The head on the right is a study in structure. It is not mine, but a guiding hand from that day. I guess that is why I remember this drawing.—Dominick
On Tuesday, July 15, I will be riding as a 38th Voyager on the Provincetown to Boston leg of the Voyage of the Charles W. Morgan.
Can’t wait to share my drawings and experiences with all of you who follow this blog! But right now, I’m sailing… : )
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Top mast on the Charles W. Morgan at Mystic Seaport. The top mast was put in place on November 11, 2013, just a few months ago. That’s hard for me to believe because she’s now under sail going from port to port in New England. Provincetown is her current stop. Dalvero was there! And we were drawing an incredible mural for the whales and the Charles W. Morgan!
I made this drawing while on a ferry that was circling around the Morgan as she was on one of her first trial runs after being restored. The last wooden whaling ship in the U.S. is really a big deal in New England. And for the whole world too! Her 38th voyage will be dedicated to whale and ocean conservation. The Dalvero Academy was in Provincetown yesterday working on a mural for the cause! Check out some pictures on their facebook page. And “like” the page for updates on this great project. It is GORGEOUS! Too bad I couldn’t join them! ~Despina
The Tour de France is back. I was there to witness the final stage in 2006. Here is a reportage drawing from that day on the Champs-Élysées.
©Greg Betza 2014
I found myself drawing, painting, cutting paper, using digital and sculpting all in one image hunting for “beauty”. So much fun. Another lesson in letting the process be …..loved it!
Happy Friday! Michele
I saw this woman get on the train yesterday and immediately she moved around in such a way that I had to draw her. I think she knew. —Dominick
It’s so nice, in the middle of a busy time with work, to take a day off with family and just relax. I did this watercolor in Astoria Park, in Queens, NY. Was it before or after my nap? I can’t remember…I definitely know I had some delicious Greek food later that day. : )
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Another drawing of the Charles W. Morgan as part of her 38th Voyage. This drawing was drawn while the Morgan was docked at the New London pier. It’s such a reward to watch the hands on process of everything that has been done for the restoration and sailing of the Charles W. Morgan.