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Napkin Doodle Photograph Winner

Good Morning!

Some good news…

About a week ago, I posted a photo of a napkin doodle as I usually do. Usually, I take the photo but I forgot my camera that day. My fiancé who is knee deep into photography decided to take the photo for me (and I should have given him props in my blog for it). Click HERE to see the original blog.

What’s really, REALLY cool is that he won a photography competition through AdoramaPix on Facebook and got $50 in photo lab credit. I’d like to believe it’s all good karma for helping me out with my blog. The competition was to come up with a photo that fits the “Coffee” theme. The judges had nice things to say about different aspects of the photo including that they loved my artwork on the napkin. Made me feel pretty good.

If you have Facebook, you can check his winning photo out HERE!

Um, that’s all. ::curtsy::  …more napkin doodles to come.

Art and Protests

“Everything is art. Everything is politics.” -Ai WeiWei

Felt compelled to go my first protest at Union Square in Manhattan this weekend. I almost didn’t. If given the choice, I would rather NOT be the person behind the bullhorn shouting for reform. My younger self might have enjoyed that attention and sense of conviction. My present self feels the need to hear both ends of any issue. I decided to get information on the issues surrounding the NYC March Against Monsanto because the whole idea of Genetically Modified Organisms (GMO) in our food supply didn’t sit well with me. Our country’s leaders seem to feel it’s just fine. Many people there attributed GMOs to Colony Collapse Disorder in bees throughout the world. So, I went and took photos of the protest, the signs, the costumes, the ways people got their message across. Here’s what I saw…

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This banner was made with seeds which are in danger of being genetically modified as a way to repel insects among other things. The bees which help to pollinate are significant in the banner since they have been dying off en masse since GMOs have been introduced.

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I thought the “Unarmed Civilian” statement was notable given the way protesters had been treated in the past during the Occupy Wall Street days. She was ready though and the protest commenced peacefully without interference from the NYPD.

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Bravely announcing on the bullhorn!

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“Bee” the change!

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Waiting with signs to begin the long walk through the city. Some individuals gave out handmade signs that they created for those who didn’t have any. Many of the signs were very colorful, like the ones below.

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And the march began.

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Not everyone felt the need to grab the bullhorn and shout. All people, outgoing and shy, were concerned about our food. We gave our support in a way that fit within our comfort levels. Some were uber creative while others were direct, clear, not loud but equally powerful. At the very least, I felt I could share my photography to get people wondering, questioning, and finding answers on their own.

Something Random Today

Something Random Today

Did this doodle at, um, I forgot. Okay, so this was a crazy weekend!

I went to the National Arts Club in Gramercy Park to see the documentary, Inocente with a Q&A and art reception on Thursday. Such an intimidatingly beautiful place! If you’re in Manhattan, go check it out. They seem to have a lot of interesting venues there.

Then, I had to head to Long Island after work to the Huntington Arts Council on Friday to see the, Day on Long Island photography reception for my boyfriend (his photo was being displayed). So inspired by the talent there that I decided to register for a course in photography this summer. I’m really excited about it!

I trekked over to Babylon Village, NY on Saturday morning to see Art by the Falls hosted by the Babylon Village Arts Council. I picked up painting there and got to talk to a bunch of different artists on their techniques. I wish I took a notebook with me.

On Sunday, I thought it was the perfect day to bike ride to Coney Island and take photos. The clouds added to the drama of my pictures with the carnival atmosphere. I was happy with them. Was especially happy to have bumped into a musician who was playing his guitar with his many parrots. Unfortunately, one of the parrots made a nest out of his collected money.

So yeah, I lost track of my blog, my napkin doodling, and I am having such a fun time visiting all these different venues. I feel like the creative juices are replenished and I’m ready to return to creating again. I have no idea what this doodle is, by the way. I wish I could come up with some Jungian esoteric explanation but, today, it’s a doodle. Your insights are welcome though. I know it was coffee induced though. Must return to my tea drinking habits, me thinks!

Paying My Respects to Jean-Michel Basquiat

Believe it or not, I can actually draw.

-Jean-Michel Basquiat

Every artist, writer, musician needs to find their muse. It could take the form of nature, God, someone you admire, or maybe it’s just a cup of tea. For me, it’s usually the latter which is why my doodles end up on napkins. Every now and then, I like to go beyond the café or local diner and see where my adventures take me. Recently, I picked up a book called New York’s 50 Best Places to Find Peace and Quiet by Allan Ishac and located a great bike destination for a rainy Tuesday afternoon: The Green-Wood Cemetery. Seemed a bit morbid but it was lauded as a Historic Landmark with beautiful art, sculpture, nature, and architecture and it was an easy bike ride through Park Slope, Brooklyn. I made it my mission to find the grave of the artist, Jean-Michel Basquiat, which would be a full hour hike through the rain on many winding paths. Luckily, I had a map and a camera to make it all worthwhile. Here are some of the highlights of my journey…

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This is the chapel and the entrance gate is behind it.

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Many expressive sculptures through the path that are over 200 years old. And finally, I find my muse and add pay my respects  which was added to an odd assortment of things that others have left in tribute to the great artist who addressed many social issues in his art work.

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Rest in Peace, Basquiat! He “doodled” with a purpose and spoke loudly for the silent and disenfranchised. Check out his work at www.basquiat.com.

Find your muse, pay your respects and happy doodling!

Being Visible

We pass the time of day to forget how time passes.

-Hipolito, from the movie, Amelie

I pass my time doodling on napkins in diners, cafes, or pubs while drinking tea or whatnot. It’s my thing. It’s how I pass the time. It’s how I can freely be myself without worrying if I said the wrong thing or had the appropriate emotional response to the people and events around me. It feels like my own private sanctuary where I can get lost, put myself in a trance, and be present to my life as it happens in a peaceful way.

Every now and then, I like to share my doodling ruminations but am unsure how to do it. That’s why I take pictures of it and have started this blog. I have been doodling on napkins long before I started this blog. I didn’t keep all of my napkin drawings though and I left them behind with the money for my check. The finished product was not always as important as journey of drawing.

Today, something unexpected happened that reminded me of the movie, Amelie. In the French film, the main protagonist is a waitress who secretly does kindnesses for the people she encounters silently everyday. For instance, she takes a quote from the book written by one of her regulars, Hipolito (who thinks he’s a failed writer), and creates a bit of graffiti with it on the side of a wall that he passes every day. You can tell it means the world to the writer who feels heard.

So, I’m doodling on my napkin when the two waitresses at my favorite diner, Mega Bites, which is on DeKalb Ave. near the (Saturday) Brooklyn Flea market, approach me. Apparently, my aunt had come in earlier that morning and told them how I won a photography competition through an organization called Bicycle Utopia for the Am I Invisible? Bicycle Photography Competition. I was one of five winners to win $200 for my photograph. Here’s the link to the site. You have to click through to find my photo: Bicycle Utopia.

Anyway, the two ladies told me that they heard from my aunt that I have a blog on my napkin doodles. They wanted to show me that they have been collecting my napkin doodles all year. I was completely moved by this and asked if I could take their photo with the collection for my blog and they agreed. Here they are!

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So, I guess if anyone decides to venture into Brooklyn, visit them. If you ask to see the collection of my napkin doodles, they have a bunch of them. Some of them, I had completely forgotten I’ve drawn. To see them all together like that makes me feel like I have passed my time well with my morning tea and the universe took care of the sharing of my doodles. I felt like the Hipolito.

Once again, I will share this week’s napkin doodle and encourage you to do the same with your art, your passions, your life’s drum. Share who you are.

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Enjoy Spring! Get inspired by nature! Doodle and share!