Sunday, May 3, 2015
Spiderman 2 and Egon
Another little test piece, about 4 inches high. Again, I probably won't be able to recreate the glaze again but hey, if was easy everyone would be doing it.
Do you see us there? It was in April, we were on our way to New York City. Wait! We aren't in that picture! We spent the $170 to get TSA PreCheck and ta-dah! ... I don't have to take off my belt or my shoes or, best of all, stand in a long line. Best money we've spent in years.
This was a quick and short trip this time as hotels are really expensive in April. We used to go in late January-early February when rates are really cheap but just didn't get it together this year. Turned out to be a good decision as nearly every weekend in January and February had flight problems as the Northeast was slammed with bad weather.
We were scrambling to get everything seen in three days, especially the Egon Schiele show at the Neue Galerie. He had a mostly strange and sad life and died when he was only 28. Some of the works in the show were things he had done as a 17-year old and his drawing skill was incredible even at that early age. He made some really weird stuff and some beautiful stuff too. This is a painting of his wife, Edith, and he's painted her as what I call a "gentle soul". She looks like someone you just want to give a hug to. She was pregnant with their first child when she died just 3 days before he died, both from the Spanish Flu.
When we go to New York City we always stay at the same hotel - I know exactly where to get giant breakfast biscuits (Donna Bell's), liquor (mandatory), snacks (Food Emporium) and food (Pret A Manger). At Pret A Manger we always see Tanya, who is an aspiring actress. We've been teaching her how to talk Texan: "Y'all come back real soon now."