Wednesday, February 28, 2007
Sunday, February 25, 2007
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Friday, February 23, 2007
Wednesday, February 21, 2007
Thursday, February 15, 2007
Saturday, February 10, 2007
Something went wrong during the first layers of egg. The surface was a bit greasy but I didn't think much of it since the paint layers were fresh and to what I could remember from working in this medium years ago, that feel was normal. It wasn't after I had applied some glazes of oil on top when I noticed that there wasn't something right about the whole thing. After letting the oil dry I ran my fingers through the surface and to my astonishment pigment was coming right off, in the same way when you run your fingers through a dusty book. As many artists do, I freaked out. The more I rubbed the more pigment would collect on my fingers. I didn't know what to do. I knew the painting was heading on the wrong direction so I decided to stop and figure out what was I to do.
A few weeks ago I checked the surface again and it was still the same result. But this time the paint film was weak and still fresh. To my surprise, without any effort and with my finger nail, I was able to scratch the surface all the way down to the chalk ground. Paint was coming right off and I felt incompetent. This morning, after staring at the painting for a few minutes trying to come up with a game plan, I attacked it with a palette knife and started to scrape off the paint layers. I proceeded by sanding down the remains of the emerald green I was working with. I only removed the old paint from the background of the picture since this seemed to be the only problem area. Now it is time to do some more damage control with paint and try to bring it back to life.
Wednesday, February 07, 2007
It is taking a little more time to settle than I originally thought. My studio is set up but not ready to start work yet. In the mean time I will share images of my neighborhood, Astoria. On my way to/from the train I walk trough a ten block strip on Ditmars Blvd full of restaurants, pharmacies, grocery stores, jewelries and gift shops. Ten blocks is a long way to walk in the cold winter days but it goes by fast if you window shop and people watch.
Restaurant Mezzo is a great place to eat if you want to stay in the neighborhood. I had dinner once before in this place and I thought the food was amazing and the atmosphere was great. What's cool about this place is that on one night of the week they offer belly dancing entertainment while you dine. Pretty cool right?
Taverna Kyclades the most popular place to eat in the strip. This Mediterranean seafood restaurant is sure to please your appetite and senses, that's if you are willing to wait the long lines in any day of the week, especially in the summer, when the place is hopping all day and night.
Crown Chemists in one of many independent pharmacies where you can get just about anything over the counter and prescriptions. During the December Holidays this place lights up the corner in red and green.
Martha's Country Bakery stole my heart away more than a year ago when I first moved to this area of Queens. This amazing bakery can't do wrong, pastries, cakes, coffee, ice coffee, ice cream, you name it. If it's sweet they got it. I love walking by the front of Martha's and inhaling the warm fresh aroma of their baked goods. I do have to control myself since eating too many of their treats might lead me to gain a number of pounds.
Sunshine Fruit & Vegetables is a small charming market devoted to fresh fruit and veggies. This place reminds me so much of the "verdulerias" you find in Peru, that's why when walking by I feel like I'm home. Sunshine is one of two places where you can find fresh veggies. Top Tomato, is another independent veggie place, in a much larger scale, that's open 24/7. I'm sure most of the still life painters would fall in love with both places. For other boxed and canned groceries there's another 24/7 market, Trade Fair, situated right in between both veggie places.
The Bagel House recently became my morning pit stop before heading to the train. This family owned business provides great friendly service to those of us who are running late to work. Their specialty is the bagel, but you can find other things like the Panini dello Chef, a sandwich with grilled chunks of steak, caramelized red onions, mozzarella cheese, and grilled peppers. One of the best steak sandwiches I've ever had, for sure!