Finished at last!
OK, this piece was conceived as an image for the “NYC, Real & Imagined” book for ICON5. I wasn’t able to finish the color version in time for the conference so I submitted a b/w version to Julia Breckenreid. Now that I’ve finished the watercolor/dye version, I want to do it again, 5.5 ft. x 6.5 ft., in oils. I’ll probably never get around to that. But it would be fun. Anyway, what could be more symbolic of New York, and appropriate for an illustration conference, than Edel R. sketching in Central Park? All the characters are celebrities that Edel has done portraits of. The caribou is from his theatre poster for “As You Like It”.
In the background is Christo’s dream-like installation “the Gates”, which enthralled me when I walked through it.
I wanted to do this painting in a style similar to the Taj Mahal book. I don’t know if I succeeded or not.