Snow is NOT white. Trust me I’ve seen enough snow this winter to last a lifetime. But amidst all the whining and complaining about the snow, every time I look out the window, or as I walk or drive through town, I am overwhelmed by how beautiful it is. I’ve seen lavendar snow, orange snow, periwinkle snow, even GREEN snow. I’m setting up my easel by the window, I hope to get in a painting of the colorful snow before it all melts away. I tried pastels today, but it’s not cutting it for me. See more snow pastel drawings on my blog ~Despina
This drawing was made the same day as my last post. I was in a minimalist mood I guess. This is a drawing of a girl relaxing under a potted plant with camera in hand. If you’re lucky enough not to be snowed in this weekend, get out and take some pictures (or do whatever it is you love to do).
The fountains mingle with the river
And the rivers with the Ocean,
The winds of Heaven mix for ever
With a sweet emotion;
Nothing in the world is single;
All things by a law divine
In one spirit meet and mingle.
Why not I with thine?—
An excerpt from “Love’s Philosophy” by Percy Bysshe Shelley (1819). Hope you have a peaceful, loving, giving Valentine’s Day. – Michele
The last patch of color I saw before getting on the train this morning. Oh how I wish I had a snow day too. —Dominick
This past Saturday morning, despite the FREEZING weather, I decided to go over to Main Street in Flushing, Queens, and draw the lunar new year parade. There were two distinct sections to the parade: one was Chinese and the other was Korean. It was so interesting to see the differences, graphically, between the two cultures. The Chinese section of the parade was very gold and red and super decorative, with swirling dragons and lions – very Art Nouveau. The Korean section was mainly blues and white, and very geometric – large angular shapes and over-sized details. Kind of Constructivist in feeling. The amazing thing to me is that the Chinese and Korean calligraphy shows similar differences. Guess you can’t ignore culture!
You can see more drawings from the parade here, and see if you agree with my assessment of the two cultural graphic styles!
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PS How cute are the little guys practicing their Taekwondo in the parade? What energy – they were kicking up their little feet all the way down the street. I guess when you’re 7 years old, that’s the kind of energy you have to expend!
There are all kinds of people who go to the Metropolitan Museum of Art. This is a very informal couple sitting in a very formal setting. This drawing was drawn at the end of the hall to the left of the museum entrance when it used to be a restaurant. I liked it then. You felt like you were a part of the museum, not a visitor.
I think now might be the perfect time to dive back into this particular project. ~Despina
I did this drawing while watching the wait staff appear to huddle up, make a plan and BREAK off into action. It was quite amusing!
The drawing above is one of a series of drawings I made of a large food market in Barcelona. Maybe since I’m snowed in I’ll be able to scan the rest of them.
Hope you’re keeping warm, wherever you are.
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It’s always so much fun to look at a huge mess like this scene from the demolition site of the old Giants Stadium. It’s “eye candy”. From the mountains of gravel to the crooked metal beams, the whole scene became one giant texture. See a couple of more drawings from that day on my blog. Today, the scene is much different as Superbowl XLVIII gets underway. Luckily, we got a beautiful day, so those football fans are sure to have a “ball”. hehe. Happy Superbowl Day! Go Peyton! ~Despina
The Koi fish is not only beautiful but it is a symbol of ambition and perseverance for its ability to swim against the current and even travel upstream. Koi are also viewed as having a radical, ‘non-conforming’ life force.
The Koi is quite the role model for the independent thinker.
I never get tired of looking at the Guggenheim Museum. What a beautiful building. It was a bit cold when I drew this, but sunny! Polar vortex, polar schmortex.
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