Brooklyn Bridge

After a 15 hour, all night drive to New York with the family, the Brooklyn Bridge was one of the first sites on our checklist to see. My husband had a special delivery on Long Island and we were along for the ride. NYC was a place I had fallen in love with years ago, a place I had promised the kids I would take them someday.  The day had finally come and the excitement of the family was beyond belief! 

I first recall being roused from sleep, in the wee hours of the morning, by the rumbling of the car as we were crossing Throgs Neck Bridge en route to Long Island. Looking south for any glimmer of NYC, still too dark, sleepy eyed and probably too far north, my plans were thwarted.  It wasn’t until we headed back into the city, just after sunrise; that we found ourselves headed directly into Manhattan via the incredible Brooklyn Bridge.  Maybe it was the gentle glow of the sunrise, maybe even the golden color of the massive limestone and granite masonry piers peeking through the early light and speaking directly to us. Or maybe, just the morning excitement of everyone first seeing the illuminated gates and web of steel suspension cables in a twisted perspective of converging lines welcoming us into Manhattan.  Whatever it was, the Brooklyn Bridge became the glowing magic doorway to the city that never sleeps…an inviting entrance that created a lasting visual symbol to the beginning of an exciting and amazing NYC adventure!

Brooklyn Bridge 11 x 14 Edition of 300 15 x 18 Edition of 200

Brooklyn Bridge

11 x 14 Edition of 300

15 x 18 Edition of 200

To purchase prints, click on the Brooklyn Bridge image above.

 

Prints available at http://www.uncommongoods.com/product/brooklyn-bridge

 

 

DIY Costumes

This is becoming one of our things, the kids and I making serious Halloween Costumes!  It started with their own leather (pleather from Target) jackets and real bull whips to add to their Indiana Jones Halloween costumes.  The following year, they wanted to be a "real" Military Lego Minifigure and Icee Polar Bear. Went to the army surplus store to buy an actual military dress uniform and sized it and fit it to a custom foam board body we constructed.  Went to the Brookfield Zoo to purchase a polar bear mask & paws.  Still needed to make the fur hat, hind paws and Icee Letterman sweater and awesome Icee Trick or Treat Bag.  Last year it was a Pokemon Card, a specific card mind you and a different Lego Minifigure, the Lego Robot. This year, it was Steve and an Enderman from Minecraft, again with specially designed Trick or Treat bags and accessories.  The products the kids love, come to life, their obsession of the year seems to crescendo into Halloween costumes.  We usually buy some store bought  pieces and add to the costume with some homemade accessories. The accessories are where it is at, the kids keep coming up with items to add, making their costumes more unique and their very own. 

Ingredients: Store bought finds + handmade crafting + DIY instructables + alot of foam core + glue gun+ cutting + pasting + patience + most importantly + kids imagination!

Enderman & Steve from Minecraft

Enderman & Steve from Minecraft

Enderman and his Grass Block Trick or Treat Bag.  Enderpearl inside. 

Enderman and his Grass Block Trick or Treat Bag.  Enderpearl inside. 

Steve Head to Toe with Custom  Iron Armor and Treasure Chest and Diamonds & Golden Apple inside. 

Steve Head to Toe with Custom  Iron Armor and Treasure Chest and Diamonds & Golden Apple inside. 

Pokemon Card & Lego Robot

Pokemon Card & Lego Robot

Lego Robot

Lego Robot

Pokemon Card

Pokemon Card

Icee Polar Bear & Military Lego Figure

Icee Polar Bear & Military Lego Figure

Looked all over for this exact color, finally went to Army Surplus and cut and sewed an actual dress military uniform to fit the foam core body we created.

Looked all over for this exact color, finally went to Army Surplus and cut and sewed an actual dress military uniform to fit the foam core body we created.

Particularly liked the Lego head we made with the cap of the yellow spray paint used to paint his head.

Particularly liked the Lego head we made with the cap of the yellow spray paint used to paint his head.

Icee with is custom Trick or Treat bag

Icee with is custom Trick or Treat bag

He's the Icee Polar Man! 

He's the Icee Polar Man! 

Creating A Website

This website has been long in the making!  Thought it was going to be a huge undertaking, didn't realize it was right at my fingertips.  Heard about Squarespace from the amazing photographer, Sheri@cityBeestudio.  Thanks Sheri!  Have always wanted a website, just didn't realize I was the one who was going to be creating it! 

Well, here goes...

I will be using this area mostly as a photo Blog,  posting pics of works in progress as well as, anything going on in my little world.  Below, I am working on a new Travel Watercolor that will be available Holiday 2013, titled I Believe, Rockefeller Center, NYC at my Etsy Store www.etsy.com/shop/reneeleonestudio .

My Travel Watercolor Series represent chapters of my life, culminating in an artistic journal depicting the places I have been and the experiences I have encountered along the way.  My goal is to complete at least one image from every state in the US. Almost there!

Please feel free to make comments and or ask questions.  Looking forward to figuring this all out!

 

Working on I Believe, Rockefeller Center, NYC