There Is Always Hope

Sometimes an image comes out of nowhere – not planned or deeply contemplated, it just emerges. That is exactly the case with this one. So much so I couldn’t even put a title to it. It always puzzles me when this happens and I begin searching for its origins – it usually has to do with my own emotions.

This year I have faced a series of difficulties, none of them disastrous, but each setting me back. At times it seems like I am running through darkness, maybe a tunnel or an alley. My legs are tired and it is difficult to make progress, like running through water.

I believe this image is my own artistic encouragement to myself. Though the situation may feel dark with narrow walls, and my feet may feel heavy, make the best of the situation, and play in the water.

Hustle on the Hudson

The Hudson is teaming with various ships, boats and barges all scurrying about their business of moving people, transporting cargo or patrolling this busy river.  A flotilla that consists of everything from the monstrous cruise ships to the micro kayaks graces the waves of the “Great North River”, once discovered by the Dutch but previously occupied by Natives.

Among the hustle of the river are the tugs.  They are the servants of the seas, the labors of the harbors and the toughest, hardest working on the river.

Every year the Working Harbor Committee celebrates these tough guys with an event honoring their craft. The Tug Boat Races.  Actually it is more than a race.  The event includes a nautical version of arm wrestle, a show of colors, and a demonstration of skills.   The 2018 Tugboat races are arriving September 9 on Pier 84 beginning at   10:30.  Hope you make it.

 

Artist Inspirations: Edward Hopper

I recently came across an image titled Approaching A City by Edward Hopper.  The painting has simple lines, intriguing colors, and a story to tell.

Studying the paintings of masters I begin to ask myself, how the techniques would be applied to my medium, photography-based digital art.

Here is Hopper’s piece that inspired my effort.

approachingacity by edward hopper