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Take an Architectural Tour with Me

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Did you know that you can trace the history of Western Architecture in the buildings in New York City?  You can, and I’ll show you.  This is a combination of some of my favorite things; New York City. long walks, and houses-really, buildings of any kind .   My reference here is Paul Goldberger's The City Observed; A  Guide to the Architecture of Manhattan .  This has been my Bible as I draw my favorite places in my favorite city and all quotes come from him unless otherwise noted. So put on your walking shoes, grab your metro card and let’s go. I promise you'll make your ten thousand steps. Let's start with the Egyptians.  If you want to see a pyramid you can go to Greenwood Cemetery in Brooklyn but this is a Manhattan tour. EGYPTIAN   Borough of Manhattan Community College-originally Pythian Temple. 135 West 70th Street, Thomas W. Lamb, 1927 This building is full of Egyptian references and embellishments, including a set of Kings o

Happy Birthday to all Libras

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Another Anniversary

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One year ago I posted this on Facebook' "You may have heard me say I intended to start posting on my blog. You’re probably tired of hearing me say it--but here it is."   I started with The Pelican. Remember him? Well, I've kept it up!  I've hit send every Thursday night, on a post to be delivered Friday morning. That is,  except for July fourth, which fell on a Thursday, and August ninth, when I forgot. And now, to celebrate, I have an announcement! I have, with the help of the wonderful Izzy Nova, tech teacher extraordinaire, built a brand new site with more of my drawings, an easier way to find things, and all my past posts, right there at your fingertips.  Just click here. https://www.barbaraswansonsherman.com I want to thank you all for reading my posts, especially if you took the time to respond.  It means SO much to hear from you. You are life's encouragers, and I think there's no more valuable friend than one  who listens and res

Cut and Paste: Fun with Robert Mitchum

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Has this ever happened to you?  You're looking for something, something important to you.  You know it has to be somewhere but where?  At last, it turns up and you realize that you had put it away carefully but then forgot.  You're happy to have it back but wonder what's happened to your brain. My precious objects that were lost and then found   are books of collage. Collage is another side of my work. After hours of painstakingly making tiny dots or crosshatches with a fine pen it's a joy to just let 'er rip, and I do mean rip.  Tearing through magazines and newspapers, looking through the mail for interesting brochures, I let loose.  I put things together for no other reason than that I feel like it. It's fun, it's freeing, and it inspires me to push myself in my drawings. Here's a series I did with Robert Mitchum as my subject.  I always thought he was very sexy---and a little scary, which may be what made him sexy. He walked like a big cat.

Let's Sit Down and Read

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I hope you had a great summer, with plenty of reading.   Henry James said,  “Summer afternoon, summer afternoon; the two most beautiful words in the English language.”   That had to include a book don’t you think? In July I said to Molly, “Here’s what we’ll do for your birthday.  We’ll go to a book store and you can pick out as many books as you like—well, five or six.  Then we’ll go out for lunch.   We’ll be the Ladies who Lunch.”   We had a wonderful time at Books of Wonder, on Eighteenth Street, where the staff is well versed in children’s literature.  Molly made her choices and also asked if we could get something for Teddy.  Then I led her to The Lion the Witch and the Wardrobe and said, “This is a great series, all about a magical place and I think you're ready for it.” She looked at it and said, “Then I want to start with the first one—this says number two.” Wait, what? I went to the desk and asked what was up.   “Isn’t The Lion the Witch and the Ward