It took a little while longer for the flotilla to arrive than had been announced. This wasn’t afterall, an airline flight or a train schedule we were waiting for. There were no stars making their way, no dignitaries—nothing that tends to bring people out in crowds like this on a hot late spring day. Making it’s way up the Hudson River, passing so many towns and villages along the way, was the Quadricentenial celebration of Henry Hudson’s voyage up the river that bears his name. A parade of ships that pay homage to the history of our great waterways.
Archive for August, 2009
This summer The New York Botanical Garden has hosted a series of exhibitions called the “Edible Gardens”.
I was fortunate enough to find myself in the middle of this delicious cooking demonstration. I’m going back when Emeril Lagasse shows up next month! Enjoy.
The end of summer is always bittersweet. Here’s a bouquet of flowers and hopes for a delayed winter! – Veronica
I think I’ll take a break from posting holiday facts on onedrawingaday. I will continue the project on my own blog, so come on over to check out what’s going on in the world on any given day.
So for the next few weeks, I’d like to share some drawings I made this summer during my trip to Greece.
Here is one I made in a small village called Pyrgos on the island of Santorini.
I’ve just returned from an amazing trip to Greece. My family and I visited Crete, Santorini and Athens and we were fortunate to have ample time to create some art. This painting is of the river Xydas in the village of Kalyves on the island of Crete. The three boats have become somewhat of a landmark/symbol of the village.
painting by Greg Betza
happy happy happy
go the animals
as they parade through the African village in Animal Kingdom
happy happy happy am I to be drawing them
Drawing this parade was really an adventure. There was no room to stall, no room to judge. I had to be quick and trust my instinct! When I looked a little harder and studied what was coming down the street, the experience was amazing. It was global, it was evolutionary, even historical. I guess the message was clear … that we all need to look a little closer at the world and appreciate it’s gifts - Michele
I’d encourage anyone to hunt for a parade today, even if it is on the subway. (No pun intended.)
If you’re interested in checking out the thumbnails visit michelebedigian.com
The first time I really paid any attention to these machines, roadway millers, was when they came rumbling down Second Avenue at 3AM many years ago. I was so fascinated by these strange looking beasts that I swore the next time I saw them I would grab my pad and pen and go have at em. About a year later they returned to the neighborhood, going up Third this time, so I spent some time in the wee hours of the morning drawing them carve the top layer of the city streets right off. They look too big to move fast but you figure out their top speed pretty fast when you take a seat a few hundred yards ahead of them to capture the approach and suddenly find yourself a moment from being in the back of a dump truck, via a meat grinder, an assembly line of conveyor belts and a little fall. Not my idea of a fair game of chicken. I moved.
Few things compare to the pleasure of going through a muesum and drawing what catches your eye…
Every Sunday I like to visit the Farmer’s Market and see what comes in from the farms around New York City. Lots of fresh produce, lots of freshly baked goods and lots of freshly cut flowers! Makes me feel like Eliza Doolittle when I get a big bunch of daisies to bring home to my apartment…it’s so lover-ly! Veronica
Another view of the Roxy Trees in Mad Sq. Park! Grass, bare feet, books and eats! Margaret
Believe it or not, not much is going on in the world today by way of holidays. So, if you’re thinking of doing something special and getting worldwide recognition for it, today is a great day to do it. It’s totally open for you!
In place of the usual holiday-themed drawing, I’d like to share a drawing I made years ago of my mother’s home town in Crete.
Another drawing from a few years back when I spent the better part of a long summer reportage-ing all around New York. Often I feel overwhelmed at Rockefeller Center, maybe because there is so much to look at, great art, architecture, tons of people, I don’t know, but on this day I was able to focus on this seasonal restaurant (it covers the ice skating rink in warmer weather) and do a pretty interesting drawing.
Drawing by Greg Betza
Sitting in the Bakery. It’s August 14, 2009 at the Magic Kingdom and I’m here drawing!
I flew home from Disney last night exhausted and missing it already.
Can it be that just two days ago I was sitting on Main Street listening to that familiar clang of the bells as the trolley strolled by, picking up the the tempting aroma of fresh baked cookies wafting through the Bakery doors while children big and small were running past me to get their autograph books signed by none other than Snow White herself?
The experience of drawing your way through Disney really is indescribable. This brief (but intense) study trip was everything I’d hoped for and more. The Magic Kingdom has always been a home away from home and it was incredible to be back. I’m looking forward to sharing more from the trip – once I get a chance to unpack all the pixie dust that is. Until then take the time to dream a little dream Michele
Ronnie, Marg .. xo
Walking through the second floor of the Met Museum in NYC
I love browsing through museums, and taking emotional notes with either my brain or my pen (or, as in this case, with pencil and crayon)
I had to post another drawing of these dudes. They are too cool. And such a part of summer in the East Village. That’s why I love my neighborhood – it hasn’t lost it’s personality over the years. Great stuff. Think I’ll have some fish for dinner tonight…I usually cast my line at the Associated Market though! – Veronica