UNTERMEYER PARK: HAUNTINGLY BEAUTIFUL

A magical journey to Untermeyer Park. Stunning yet haunting. With a nefarious past.

In the 1970’s it was in such bad decay. There were no gardens. No fountains. It was overgrown and falling apart.

The story of satanic activities and the Son of Sam hanging out in the midnight hours is really creepy.

On a happier note John Lennon visited the decayed Temple of Love. Here he is right before his untimely murder.

Untermeyer Park has been restored from its evil past. A must see in Yonkers.

ART IS EVERYWHERE!!  THE BRONX IS BEAUTIFUL!!

Yesterday I was in a pity pot about how awful my life is.  I’ll never be successful with my creative business and I will end up living in poverty.   AND I DON’T HAVE A VALENTINE!!   HYSTERICAL!!!

I had to meet my ex-husband in the city in -15 degree weather.  I hopped onto the 1 train and continued to cry under my two wool scarves.  Then I peered up from my hide-out and noticed a young couple across the way happy to be together on Valentines Day.  THIS CHANGED MY BRAIN!!   I ACTUALLY THOUGHT IT WAS A WONDERFUL PICTURE!!  I ASKED IF I COULD TAKE THEIR PICTURE FOR MY BLOG.  

I FORGOT ALL MY PROBLEMS AND NOW KNOW THAT PEOPLE ARE SO MUCH A PART OF MY LIFE AND ART. 

  

A TREASURE FOUND IN HASTINGS ON THE HUDSON – THE AMAZING ART OF MINIATURES 

I had to do a separate post on D. THOMAS FINE MINIATURES.  An incredible store of doll houses and miniatures.  Yes these places do exist.  They are in hidden alleys and appear to those who believe in art of doll houses. 

My son Dan came upon D. THOMAS Fine Miniatures hidden in a mews of stores.  When we walked in it was like being transported to another world.  Darren T. Scala is the Artist/Proprietor.  He was a delightful person who showed us around.  He actually was looking for an artist who could teach a workshop on painting miniatures.  He asked if I could do that and when he explained that it would mean sizing down masterpiece art into a 1″ or 2″ scaled version I had to decline.  I’m good at small paintings but not traditional masterpieces.  If anyone out there can do this give Darren a call.

So my curiousity  about this art had me search for what a true miniature is.  What is the history of the art.  And how a store like this can exist selling such a specialty item.  Let’s face it, I never knew that miniature collectors and the artists that create these miniatures were around. 

So what is a miniature?  According to Wikipedia, a miniature is a small-scale reproduction, or a small version.  It includes paintings as well.  These paintings are very small and extremely detailed. 

And of course there are the beautiful doll houses and the furniture created for them.

Here are some things from D. THOMAS Fine Miniatures.  


 

BUT WAIT.  IN THE BACK OF THE STORE WAS AN ARTIST RENDITION OF THE BACK BUILDINGS FROM THE ALFRED HITCHCOCK MOVIE “REAR WINDOW “!!   WAIT A MINUTE I THINK I SEE GRACE KELLY IN ONE OF THOSE WINDOWS!

D. THOMAS Fine Miniatures is located at 579 Warburton Avenue Shop #6, Hastings on Hudson, NY 10706

dthomasfineminiatures.com 

Here’s a great link with more incredible artists creating miniature scenes. The site is Mental Floss.

http://m.mentalfloss.com/article.php?id=30804

PAINTING PLEIN AIR NEW YORK

imageimageimage I am so grateful to my favorite instructor at the Art Students Leagu

e, Dean Hartung, for giving a weekend workshop on plein air painting.   We went upstate and it was my first time painting outdoors .  I bought special plein air easel.  It turned out to be a clumsy, cumbersome wood easel and I spent more time fussing with it than painting.  It tipped over in the wind and sent all my supplies into the Hudson River.  Never buy something that looks good at a cheap price.  I painted and cried every time the easel tipped over.  And putting wet canvas on it was a challenge.  A Monet moment it wasn’t

in spite of all this I came home with these lovelies!