Sunday, April 21, 2013

City of My Dreams

I grew up in Brooklyn and then Manhattan, and the city holds a special place in my heart.  For the last 27 years, I've lived 15 miles outside the city in Glen Ridge, NJ, but NYC still feels like home.

On Saturday we had a New York City day.  Before going to see a show, we went to the Museum of Modern Art.  Here are just a few of the paintings that really struck me.  There was a Jackson Pollack painting that was an homage to Henri Matisse.  Both artists used large areas of black to illuminate light.

Jackson Pollack

Henri Matisse

This painting by Mark Tobey looked uncannily like stones I had photographed that morning! 

I loved this painting called "Figure" by Varvara Stepanova.  Each area of the body has such amazing texture.

Paul Klee's whimsical faces and cat with a bird on her mind made me smile:

As we left the museum, I saw a grate with a great pattern (yes, those are my boots!), and Samy bought a fabulous hat/scarf/gloves concoction:

We spied these amazing murals in the park between 49th and 50th streets:

The cityscape is my favorite! 

Had dinner with one of our dearest friends, Kathy Ricardo:

And then went to see Peter and the Starcatcher -- which I whole-heartedly recommend if you're in the NY area and want to see a wonderful, family friendly show!  There was a graffiti wall with the word "Create" on it -- and that little red shape at the end is Samy, adding her signature and a quote to the wall...

All in all, it was a great day in the city of my dreams.

I created this skyscape using the bottom of my Derwent Ink Blocks tin!  It's the sample for the class I'll be teaching at The Ink Pad on Sunday, May 5.  Here's a brief look at the process:

I'll also be teaching another 1/2 day class that day called "Manage Your Mediums!"  Here's peak at a sample of the canvas we'll be creating: 

 and a detail photo!  Visit the Ink Pad for more info about the classes and to register!

Thank you for visiting! I read and treasure every comment and will answer any questions as quickly as I can.

Linking up with Mandarin Orange Monday, Inspire Me Monday, Monday Mantras, Simon Says Stamp, Make It Monday, and Creative Every Day.
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  1. AMAZIING all this --- thank you Jessica for all this sharing we us!

    have a good week!

  2. I have always wanted to go to New York and the Museum of Modern Art, so thank you for taking me on a mini tour! Thanks for sharing your How To videos, you've given me some great ideas!

  3. Oh WOW !! fabulous works of art ! I wish I lived near enough to attend your class I would definitely be booking to attend ! :-)

    I love your video's and even though I can't attend I am going to get my stencils out and have a play :-)

    thanks for joining us on the Simon Says Stamp Challenge
    Lols x x x

  4. Looks like a wonderful day! And that cityscape you made is GORGEOUS!

  5. of all the work you showed, i like your skyscape the best! i really love that!

    1. aw - thank you! That is so sweet of you to say!!

  6. Love the hat that Sammy got and looks like you had a wonderful time. Love all the painting you showed us. What inspiration you saw! Thanks for sharing your day with us. Your City scape is so awesome!!

  7. thanks for sharing your great day in the city!! Next time I go I def. want to spend time at MoMa. Love Sammy's new purchase-it looks perfect on her.

  8. Wow, what a day in NYC and your painting of the city is so uplifting just like the buildings that touch the sky...Your classes will be amazing and I love that 3d flower, wow. xox

  9. Wow! What fabulous work!! Amazing!!

    I love NYC! Nothing like it!!

    Thank you very much for joining us this week at the Simon Says Stamp Challenge Blog!


  10. First of all - I LOVE your red boots, and Samy's awesome pants! You two are stylin! Love all of your pics of NYC too. I've never been but I want to go some day! I love your painting of the city - The texture, dimension and color are all so fabulous!

  11. These two classes look absolutely amazing...just a bit far for me!

  12. Seems like you are having tons of fun in your loved city...I have never been there, but I wish I can visit it someday in the future :) love the sunny skyscape you have created your day in mind ♥ Conny

  13. What a glorious day! Wish I lived closer so I could come to your classes!

  14. Your skyscrapes are amazing. Love them.

  15. Just wonderful! Thanks for sharing

  16. This is a fabulous cityscape!!!! Thanks for playing along with the Citiscape/Travel challenge over at the Simon Says Stamp Challenge Blog this week. I am in NJ, so I may just sign up for this class, it looks wonderful!

  17. I love the red boots too! They remind me of a really cool pair of red boots I had when I was a little girl - I loved them and should get some more too. I love the art inspiration too :)

    Thanks for linking up!

    Sarah @ A Cat-Like Curiosity

  18. Love both pieces! Wish I were local!!

  19. Your piece should be in the museum!!! I like it better than the ones there! REALLY! Great photos. I love NYC, and find it very inspirational as well!

  20. Beautiful, lively, colourful art. I love your orange MoM buildings pic. Just bursting with excitement!
    Thank you for sharing it on Mandarin Orange Monday:) And sorry I am so late getting back to you.

  21. What a great post. And I love this class you are teaching at The Ink Pad. Fab!!

  22. So wish I could come and be there for your classes. Beautiful cityscape!

  23. So I had the good fortune of being in both of your classes today - I am on a creative high! Thank was inspiring, fun, and I learned a whole lot.
    I also appreciate that you took the time to introduce yourself, and then went around the room, so everyone could introduce themselves. It really made, for an inviting, creative atmosphere!

    Hope to take some more of your classes in the future. Thanks again!


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