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The Empress

The Empress, drawn at Megabites.
The Empress, drawn at Megabites.

At Megabites for the Usual

Back to the familiar diner routine and napkin doodling!

Yesterday, I felt the need to veg out on the couch in my PJs, read a book and some blogs, drink hot chocolate and do absolutely nothing related to art. That’s not entirely true though. When I accidentally woke up at 4:30am and saw how the light was in my apartment, I started to take abstract photos for my next photography assignment. Then, I went back to sleep and vegged.

I think downtime is important though. Today, after my usual Earl Grey tea and breakfast at Megabites, I took a stroll to the Brooklyn Flea Market on Lafayette Avenue. It has become a popular destination for foodies (plenty of artisan food stands), antique collectors, and clever things made by local New York artists. For me, it was a great place to get inspiration for interesting abstract photography shots.

So, if you are ever in the Downtown Brooklyn area (5-10 minute walk from Atlantic Terminal), go check it out. Click HERE for more info on it.

Enjoy your Saturday strolls and don’t forget your sharpies!

~MKF~

The Brooklyn Doodle

Best Napkin Doodles of the Past 100 Postings

Bauhaus Bubbles

Bauhaus Bubbles

Masterpiece Blogger Presents: Blog Art Theater <curtsy>

Going to use my best New York City Brahman class voice. Ahem!

What you can see here is an assemblage of shapes reminiscent of Wassily Kandinsky’s artistic compositions during the Bauhaus Movement. Using only lines and shapes on a napkin canvas, the artist (moi!) is able to capture the spiritual transcendence over the general gloom of her soggy sandwich during her lunch break in the teacher’s lounge. As the artist tested the structural integrity of the ultra soft napkin, she excavated through the depths of her subconscious as she dug beyond the veneer of the first napkin layer, a.k.a the mask, only to find the darkness of the expo marker revealed. John Keats would probably refer to the carefully rendered art on these napkin leaves as the vale of soul-making if he were alive in this century. The anguish and the struggle to burst forth beyond the confines of the preexisting structures that exist in the shapes, representative of societal structures, is evident and yet the minor attempt for the self to burst forth through the napkin and through the structures that trap her merely resulted in imitating the structures that already exist. Beautiful and tragic! sigh. Moving on…

Resuming my New Yaaawk accent (pronounced ‘axe-cent’):
Yeah, it ain’t bad! What’s the score of the World Cup teams?

Tree of Life

Tree of Life

Happy Friday! Went to a street sale and bought a used copy of the movie, The Fountain. If you haven’t seen the movie, I highly recommend it but it might take a few views to really get what the director is going for. The whole movie is based on the desire to find eternal life. One man in present day, finds it through his medical research. One woman in his past life finds it through creating in death. After she dies, her body deteriorates and it nourishes the tree. She becomes the tree. The birds eat fruit from the tree so she becomes the birds, and so on…

That movie led me to thinking about Fibonacci’s number sequence which is a pattern found in all things including nature and human beings. In made me feel like we are all one, people and the natural world.

So anyway, I began to draw stripes on the arm of the man which is holding a striped branch that he took from the tree behind him. I wanted a repetition in the complex striped design in the tree to be reflected in the human arm and the branch (the tree’s metaphorical arm).

Maybe I’m putting too much thought into this napkin piece. It was lunch time when I drew this, once again. The napkin came from the best deli in East New York that makes something called a Jacked Up sandwich…hot, melted pepperjack cheese on honey turkey and the works.

Napkin drawing has been a great way for me to distress at work so I’ve been doing quite a bit there. I’ll do my best to visit some other parts of Brooklyn for my next one.
Doodle & De-stress, everyone!

Keats’ Isabella

 

Victorian Frock
Victorian Frock

Drawn at work again during my lunch break on a left over napkin from the end of school year party. One more week to go until my Summer Break! This doodle reminds me of a John Keats poem that I read when I was a British Literature major called, Isabella; or, The Pot of Basil.

Isabella is from an aristocratic family but they are broke. The family fortune relies on her marriage to a prosperous gentleman. However, she falls for one of the workers, Lorenzo. The brothers aren’t having it though so they kill Lorenzo off by decapitating him. Lorenzo’s ghost gives her the head’s up (no pun intended) on his body’s whereabouts. She searches in the night to find him (the part that reminds me of my doodle) and decides to put his beautiful head in a giant pot of basil to preserve his beauty. She carries the pot of basil with her everywhere since his death left her in a delirious state. She never marries and the brothers become destitute (I suspect). The poem is based on Boccaccio’s story but I fell in love with the Keats version of the story. Click HERE to see the full poem.

Flower for the Samurai Seven

Your work is to discover your work and with all your heart to give yourself to it.” -Buddha

Kinjo Napkin Doodle 042
Drawn at the Japanese Fusion restaurant, Kinjo, after watching the movie, The Seven Samurai at the Brooklyn Academy of Music (BAM)

 

 

Russian Tea

Cammerari Doodle

I’d like to believe this is a cute Russian soldier. When I was a wee lass, my grandmother would buy little Disney figurines for each new child that was born. She went through all of the seven dwarves with my older siblings. I’m the ninth child so she ran out of Disney figurine ideas and I ended up with this tiny Russian soldier with a heart on it’s sleeve. I’m not Russian but maybe I was in a past life or something. Anyway, I wish I knew what happened to it. So, this doodle sort of reminds me of what it looked like.

Speaking of all things Russian, I ventured out of Brooklyn yesterday to a place far, far away in the land of Manhattan. I went to the Russian Tea Room. See below…

My proof I was there. :)
My proof I was there. 🙂

No, that’s not tea (it came later, complete with sour cherries to sweeten the tea). And no, I did not create a doodle on their napkin so I really shouldn’t post this. They had cloth napkins. Fancy schmancy stuff!  It’s not like it didn’t cross my mind though. However, since this IS a blog about doodling in Brooklyn. I managed to find one of their printed napkins and brought it back to Brooklyn for a future doodling date in the near future. Yes, you heard me. I actually looked for their napkins to bring home so I might have the PRIVILEGE of doodling on them. My commitment to napkin doodling knows no bounds. Russian Tea Room napkin coming soon!

I’m going to end this blog posting with a Happy Father’s Day! Here’s a tribute to all the cool dads out there. Click HERE to see how one dad that actually doodles all over his son’s lunch bags.  Keep doodling and share them with the world!

XOXO

Mary

Queens for a Day

Perfect Spring Day for a Bike Ride Yesterday! I ventured through Williamsburg and passed Greenpoint and went over the Pulaski Bridge that connects Brooklyn to Queens.

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My favorite destination is the Socrates Sculpture Park! Here, you can check out the sculptures of emerging artists’ works for free while taking in the beautiful Manhattan skyline. The cool thing about this park was that it used to be an abandoned lot surrounded by mostly warehouses in the neighborhood but a group of artists took it over and transformed it into a beautiful park and an artist residency. Now, people go there to take a free yoga class, watch a free outdoor movie, or check out the farmer’s market. There’s always something going on over there that’s interesting. I even caught a free modern dance performance there once. Here’s what I saw yesterday while they were setting up for their next exhibition of emerging artists…

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Amazing! I love how found objects created something so beautiful, colorful, and biomorphic. It’s worth seeing since the sheer size of it dwarfs the trees surrounding it and you can spend time seeing all the details and objects that went into creating it. I love it! There are quite a few other sculptures being set up there but they weren’t completed yet so, I took a walk down the street to another sculpture garden.

The Noguchi Museum is worth a trip for a bit of peace, art, and nature. I decided I would take my sketch book with me, sit at one of the wooden benches lined with bamboo trees clinking behind me and absorb the sun, beauty, and rock sculptures created by the Japanese-American artist, Isamu Noguchi. While there might be occasional distant sounds of the city surrounding it, Noguchi’s rock sculpture garden feels as though I have been transported to another world. This is also where I saw my first Cherry Blossom tree blooming of the Spring season. I decided to spend time with it and sketch a bit. Here’s what I created…

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Not going for accuracy here but it put me in the right meditative state. The Cherry Blossom tree symbolizes the fragility and beauty of life. I felt that was worth a reflection and a nice rest. Completed the trip with something from the tea café inside the museum before heading back to Brooklyn.

Nature has a way of inspiring the creative spirit. So when I reached good old Mullane’s Bar and Grill before checking out an interesting Sci-Fi Film Noir at BAM, I was ready with my Sharpies when the waitress brought me a wad of napkins. Clearly, she knew her customer. While I would like to say that all this nature inspired some peaceful, beautiful doodle of nature, I was gearing up for a pretty scary film so I went back to drawing my monsters. When I used to work in a bookstore, I read a book (can’t remember the name of it) that claimed you need to draw 1000 monsters before you become a true illustrator. The idea stuck in my head so I do it now an then. Here’s last night’s napkin doodle…

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Pretty, right?

That’s all for today. Happy Doodling! …and get outside and spend time with nature!

Love,

MKF

 

 

Masked Lady

Masked Lady

Read about plague masks in Dan Brown’s book, Inferno, so I thought it might be fun to create a foreboding female character racing through the woods with one on her face with trees and thorns for adornments. Could be an interesting Halloween costume one day.