Aug 31, 2010

Woman and child at the playground.

Aug 28, 2010

off topic: Blogger Secret Santa

Lifebeginsat30ty had the great idea of a Blogger Secret Santa where each participant writes on topics picked by another participating blogger.

Here's my topics:

1.  If you could change your profession or be anything else, what would it be?

If I could be anything else, and provided I had the ability, I'd be a surgeon. I once read an article entitled The Boy Behind the Mask, a Pulitzer Prize-winning feature about an ace team of surgeons who performed an extraordinarily difficult and dangerous procedure to reconstruct the face of a boy born severely deformed. What I admire about the surgeons in the article is they do something that helps others and is meaningful and challenging. To be in a profession where one has certainty of that profession's importance and purpose within society is an enviable thing. The article is quite long, but absolutely riveting.

2.  You've just scored a big job, you've been commissioned to do a portrait of a famous actress, one you can't take your eyes off of.  Who is it and how does the face to face time play out.

Kate Winslet. I'd have her sit for a short session and photograph her, then work up the painting based on that. Then I'd have her sit again for the final stages the painting. It would be a portrait, 3/4 view with a dark background and luminous light. I would really focus on her eyes, since that is what I find most captivating about her. I don't think I would talk to her though, beyond necessary pleasantries. I prefer to see celebs through the filter of the media. I'm not so interested in meeting any of them personally. Maybe it's because I don't think I'd be able to relate to their reality since I live a rather ordinary life.

Or, I'd want to paint Salma Hayek, in the style of a Varga pinup girl. But then again maybe not. I wouldn't be able to concentrate and I'd want to ask her why she married that old French dude.

3.  Write a letter to your future wife. Tell her what it is about her you love and what it is you promise to always/never do.

Wow, that is a stumper.

This reminds me of a friend who, when she was a college student, wrote letters to her unknown future husband. Many years later when she married, she showed her husband the letters. He appreciated them, but I think she was a little disappointed that it didn't play out quite the way she envisioned it. She was an avid reader of romance books and in her future relationship she wanted to have the witty banter of a Nora Roberts book. She wasn't naive, however. Deep down, she knew it was not realistic to expect this and was keenly aware of how disappointing people can be. But she was a true romantic at heart.

I'm going to beg off this last topic, as I'm a tad superstitious. I don't want to presume to know with certainty whether circumstances and events will play out in my life that way. Poop.

Aug 27, 2010

Aug 25, 2010

A completely uninspiring guy at the cafe.

Aug 18, 2010

A semi-regular at the cafe. I don't like to draw him because he constantly picks his nose while reading. I would have chosen a different subject but there wasn't much available that night.

Aug 16, 2010

off topic: Summer Inventory


Paintings completed:  3

Pimsleur audio language lessons completed:  14

Bouts with acute viral pneumonia whose
duration lasted longer than two weeks:  1

Exercise workouts missed following recovery from illness:  0

Crushes on beautiful, doe-eyed attorneys
that ended in disappointment:  1

Friends who began new relationships:  7

Pairs of jeans purchased whose price exceeded 250 dollars:  2

Dates been on:  4
Resulting prospects:  0

Thought about ex:  500+

Listened to "Cruel Summer" by Bananarama:  20+

Severity of mid-life crisis (scale of 1-10):  9.3

Overall satisfaction with summer (scale of 1-10):  1.7


Just a few more weeks and the summer of 2010 will be over...

Aug 10, 2010

Aug 8, 2010

Aug 6, 2010

A girl reading at the playground

Aug 4, 2010

An elderly woman at the sketchy playground

Aug 2, 2010

A woman at Bryant Park