Degas Monotypes at MOMA

“Make a drawing, Begin it again, Trace it, begin it again, And Retrace it” Edgar Degas

P1010459Degas  A Strange New Beauty is the title of this wonderful exhibit.  Degas monotypes are all about his love of experimentation.  I loved this exhibit.  I found it inspirational.  I wanted to start making monotypes immediately.P1010468

He became obsessed with monotypes and would print and print adding ink and subtracting ink.  On the monotypes Degas would add pastels, watercolor, charcoal or more ink. ”  A partner in his printmaking adventures Pierre-George Jeanniot described Degas’s anticipation as the monotype plate and paper were about to be cranked through the press:  When everything was ready Degas said, “what a terrifying moment! Go Ahead!  Start Turning!”P1010463

In this monotype”Three Studies of Ludovic Halevy Standing”  Degas drew in charcoal on the left.  The charcoal drawing was then run through the printing press with damp paper on top printing the 2nd drawing.



“Pathway in a Field”  pastel over monotype in oil on paper


Degas worked on a series of landscapes.  Degas described his landscape monotypes as imaginary and he was not interested in details.


Landscape with Rocks

Pastel over monotype in oil on paper



Twilight in the Pyrences

Pastel over Monotype in oil on paper


The Road in the Forest


Green Landscape


Forest in the Mountains

Landscape (Paysage), Pastel over Monotype in oil on paper.


South Carlsbad State Beach

Time to Go Camping


Oil painting at site 22

I needed to get out on a trip in Vanna.  I hadn’t been camping since October and I was feeling like I forgot how to leave town and get on the road.  The road was 1 1/2 hours down The 5 to South Carlsbad State Beach.  I had never been to this campground but had read about it.


Beautiful Sunsets

Each evening the ocean and water brought a  different light show.  It was spectacular!

I had a campsite right by the ocean.  Coffee and breakfast from the back of my van while listening to the surf. What could be better than this?P1000796

Painting by the back of the van I could hop in an read for awhile.P1000803

Painting away in watercolor and oils a few people stopped by to see what I was up to.



Watercolor View across the street.



Oil of view across the street

I thought the fence was to keep the squirrels out of the campsite!  BUT, noP1000806

 it was to keep me from falling over the edge.  Later the squirrel tried to visit my campsite.

It’s good I had this practice trip.

I forgot the most important things: plates but I made do.  It felt so relaxing to hear surf night and day while painting, reading and eating. Oh Yes, walking on the beach and riding my bike around the campground.  I was a happy camper!

November in New York

A ticket to the Whitney Museum of Art to see the Frank Stella Retrospective.P1000088

Some of his work is very exciting to me.


Frank Stella Epic Painting. This is the painting that you first see when exiting the elevator.


“Wooden Star”, Frank Stella, 2014


“Black Star”, Frank Stella, 2014


Women and mens room.  I hope the non-English speaking people can understand this??


I love all the balconies at The Whitney


Indoor Frank Stella sculpture


I love the views from The Whitney Museum


Indoor Frank Stella sculpture


I like this Stella sculpture.


“The Fountain”, 1992. Woodcut, etching, aquatint, relief, drypoint, collage and airbrush. Artist Proof, by Tyler Graphics. Mural scale print on 3 mammoth sheets of handmade Japenese paper, from Moby Dick Series.


Print by Frank Stella


3 Frank Stella sculptures

Statement by Frank Stella “There is an energy- and excitement-in the newer work that the stripe paintings didn’t have.  I don’t think you can do it all at once.  That’s why you’re lucky you have a lifetime.”


Frank Stella smoke prints Cigar smoke, Untitled late 1980’s


Print by Frank Stella

“You can only take advantage of those gifts that you really have- that are part of your character, and you’re lucky to be born with these gifts”  quote by Frank Stella.

Leaving the Whitney I find a lobster roll.


Lobster roll with pickles

I’m here for Thanksgiving with my son, daughter-in-law and 3 grandchildren but in between I visit as many museums and sights in NYC as I can.


beautiful sunset looking toward the Hudson    River.

I visit the MOMA to see the Picasso Sculpture Exhibit.

I also see an exhibit of Jackson Pollock.


“Untitled” Jackson Pollock, 1951


Sculpture Garden at the MOMA


Picasso sculpture of Goat

In between we visit with Ronald MacDonald.  Gourmet Cheeseburger dinner.P1000138


Passing through Grand Central Station

I visit Morgan Museum to see Matisse books exhibit.

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Matisse had many experiences illustrating books and working with friends.  I wasn’t allowed to photograph in the very interesting exhibit.

A trip to Wave Hill botanical garden in Riverdale.


It’s a beautiful day to do some sketching.


Lunch outside and sketching. A beautiful day.


small leaved Linden Tree



European Copper Beech Tree