Thursday, February 16, 2012

New York City art and theater

Busy few days included a visit to The Montclair Art Museum in Montclair, NJ to see the special show "George Inness Private Treasures" and to attend a play reading of "Christine De Pizan Writing For Her Life" by a friend Lorraine Liscio.

If you can make it to the George Inness show it is certainly a treat and the ten paintings are from private collections and may not be available for viewing again. There is also one painting by George Inness, Jr. which shows Inness painting outside his studio in Montclair. The paintings ranged from whispy soft atmospheric scenes to crisper sun lit scenes as only George Inness can portray.

The play reading was the first time I had experienced a play reading without the staging and it was a treat. The actors did an wonderful job of transporting the audience to what was happening in the life of Christine Pizan in the 1400's, Paris, France.

When one visits New York City there are always special things that happen and my special treat was staying with Lorraine's friends Miriam and Hank Blaustein in Brooklyn, NY. Miriam is a warm and welcoming hostess. Hank Blaustein is a well known illustrator and author. He has written and illustrated books and company reports, here are samples of his work that you can see . I asked Hank for some advice to help me improve my sketchbook technique something I have recently been interested in doing more. He showed me some Rembrandt books of drawings and suggested learning from the master. It's interesting to think that a person who illustrates mostly in a cartoon fashion still learns how to make them great art by studying Rembrandt. By the way Hank's sketchbooks are amazing and I could certainly learn from studying his drawings.