Archive for August, 2010
These two roller skaters are at the CPDSA circle every time I’ve been there. They dance alone or with other skaters, but when they dance with each other it is truly beautiful. They glide in and out of each other; blending and parting, parting and blending. Her knee will go up and out as he sashays back and forth. They also make little moves with their hands occasionally. I really fell in love with this pair of roller skaters today. Sublime…
I had the opportunity to go out drawing in one of my favorite places last week, Bryant Park. In the summertime it overflows with life and is one of the best places for people watching. Here is a panoramic drawing I made while doing just that. You can see another drawing from the day at my blog www.gregbetza.com
©greg betza 2010
I thought it worth mentioning the Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum is hosting a series of exciting events associated with the United States Air Force this week from August 24th through August 29th. The mission is to bring together the Air Force and the general public and illustrate the incredible mix of services the people of the Air Force do; to show the big picture, its mission and way of life.
To check out more drawings I did on the Intrepid, click here.
Squeezing in those last days of summer at New York’s Central Park, by the Bethesda Fountain. The angel of the fountain looms large in the hearts of New Yorkers! I was able to spend a lovely day at the park with Studio 1482′s Margaret Hurst and Liz Steel, an urban sketcher from Australia. What a beautiful day to be in the city. I love New York in August because so many people are out at the beach that there is plenty of room for those of us hanging out here. You can even get a seat on the subway! Wish it would stay that way for longer than two more weeks…and by the way, happy birthday Marg! Posted by Veronica
This is one of many watercolor/caran d’ache/pen and ink drawings I’ve made at the CPDSA circle in Central Park. I was sitting on the ground getting an ant’s eye view of the skaters, so I decided to make the drawing about the skates and legs of the skaters. A little pen and ink, a little watercolor and a little caran d’ache combined to make a colorful, motion drawing of these great skaters!
here is a watercolor I made at Central Park. Get out and enjoy a park near you this weekend!
painting by Greg Betza
My opinion is just that, an opinion. Whether or not there’s ‘a right’ or some think it ‘wise’ to build a mosque two blocks from where the World Trade Center crumbled – the timing is awful.
There are pivotal moments in history that require time and space for those who experience its chaos to process, accept, and heal from suffering caused by the choice of others. If the 9/11 Memorial was already established and there was confidence restored in the system ‘the right’ might be easier for many to acquiesce. But does that actually make it ‘right’ ?
Ironically this is a drawing I did six years before 9/11.
Studies for project: Earth vs Humans
When the dog days of August hit my thoughts often go to the Magic Kingdom, where I’ve spent so many HOT yet satisfying August days. This is a study I did of the carousel one year – what a magical place to draw. Posted by Veronica
July 4 on St. John in the US Virgin Islands, is Carnival Parade Day! I was down there for my class reunion and we were all watching the parade when the Mocko Jumbies appeared! I felt like I was back in grade school watching the St. Thomas Carnival Parade under the arches across from the old cable office near the Fort. That was my favorite part of the parade, waiting for the mocko jumbie to appear from around the corner and down the street. I endured the whip snapping terrifying clowns so that I could revel in the joy of the towering Mocko Jumbies! Back then there may have been one or two Mocko Jumbies, today there are hundreds, men and women, girls and boys! Makes me happy…
It takes many hands to keep a ship in tip top shape! Even when it’s docked at the South Street Seaport -Despina
This has been some week. I recently ordered a new camera (see below) and as I awaited its arrival, my computer died. Funny coincidence, both the new camera and computer were here on Monday evening accompanied by a new moon in the sky. I think it’s time for new beginnings.