M. Ward at Revolution Hall

I'm slowly getting back into the swing of things after an intense few months of traveling (and moving). This summer we spent some time with my parents on Cape Cod, visited friends in Boston, then flew to Westport Ireland. Shortly after returning from Ireland, we set out on a cross-country drive to Portland OR, where we now reside. Leaving Brooklyn was a difficult decision and continues to be an adjustment, but there's a lot to love about Portland. 

Portland Japanese Garden © Carly Larsson 2016

Portland Japanese Garden © Carly Larsson 2016

Last weekend was a milestone birthday for me, so Saturday we checked out the Portland Japanese Garden and had dinner at Bamboo Sushi (amazing), then saw M. Ward perform at Revolution Hall on Sunday. Above are the two drawings I got in at the garden before they told me I could not use ink or COLORS? I was going to buy a membership because the BBG's Japanese Garden was one of my absolute favorite places to draw, but this was a huge bummer so I didn't. 

Telekenesis opening for M. Ward at Revolution Hall © Carly Larsson 2016

Telekenesis opening for M. Ward at Revolution Hall © Carly Larsson 2016

Sunday we saw M. Ward at Revolution Hall, which is in an old high school auditorium (formerly Washington High School, built in 1906). There was no photography per the request of the artist, and it was really nice to be at a show where everyone was present, watching the show, and nobody was on their phones the whole time (honestly, when does anyone actually watch those iPhone videos they spend entire concerts filming?) Luckily, drawing was permitted, *unlike* at the aforementioned garden (can you tell I'm not over it?) A band called Telekinesis, pictured above, opened. They had maracas and got people dancing, which made drawing them great way to warm up.  

M. Ward at Revolution Hall © Carly Larsson 2016

M. Ward at Revolution Hall © Carly Larsson 2016

When M. Ward came on I was surprised how different he sounded live than on his albums. Not in a bad way - it still sounded like him - more in the sense that it felt like he was playing around, improvising and trying new things. I like that. 

M. Ward & his fluffy-haired bassist at Revolution Hall © Carly Larsson 2016

M. Ward & his fluffy-haired bassist at Revolution Hall © Carly Larsson 2016

I was happy he played some older favorites, like Chinese Translation from Post-War (drawing below). He also played a few covers, including Frank Sinatra, Buddy Holly, and John Fahey. I was improvising too, since it was pitch black in there and I couldn't see what I was doing. It was a pleasant surprise when the lights came on and the colors I was blindly grabbing out of my box of pastels were similar to the colors of the lights!

M. Ward at Revolution Hall © Carly Larsson 2016

M. Ward at Revolution Hall © Carly Larsson 2016

He is an unbelievable guitarist and was joined by some equally talented musicians, all from Portland. There was a lot of focus on the instrumentals and a few amazing solos. I love how he is able to incorporate influences from so many decades and genres, making them his own. That's something I aim to do in my own work. After all, it was Picasso who told us that "good artists borrow, great artists steal." 

M. Ward at Revolution Hall © Carly Larsson 2016

M. Ward at Revolution Hall © Carly Larsson 2016

Drummer for M. Ward at Revolution Hall © Carly Larsson 2016

Drummer for M. Ward at Revolution Hall © Carly Larsson 2016

Berkshires Weekend Pt. 1

The weekend after Thanksgiving, Grey & I drove up to the Berkshires to see our friends Ted & Betsy give a reading from their new book, How to Babysit a Leopard: and Other True Stories from Our Travels Across Six Continents at the Norman Rockwell Museum in Stockbridge MA. I'd never been to the Norman Rockwell Museum, and it was a real treat. 

Norman Rockwell's studio in Stockbridge, MA. © Carly Larsson 2015 

Norman Rockwell's studio in Stockbridge, MA. © Carly Larsson 2015 

After the reading, we ventured outside to check out Rockwell's studio (above). It's closed after October, but I snuck in a quick drawing of the exterior. It was a moody, grey day with soft diffused light. The deep azure mountains were blanketed in thick sheets of fog. I could get used to a studio with that view. We set out to capture some landscapes.

Landscape in the Berkshires © Carly Larsson 2015

Landscape in the Berkshires © Carly Larsson 2015

Grey had a vision for a photograph of a dilapidated barn in the woods, so for the rest of the afternoon, we went barn hunting. Driving aimlessly down winding country roads, we'd pull over every time we found one. I was freezing, so all these drawings were made from the passenger's seat with the heat blasting. 

western massachusetts barn
collapsed barn western ma

Grey deemed the barn (above, left) too dilapidated, having collapsed completely. 

barn western mass

This barn was not dilapidated enough.

barn western ma

This barn, leaning and sagging at angles I'm sure were not intentional, was juuuust right.

Montefioralle Winery

Wishing a very happy anniversary to friends Jenn + Nick Vigliotti! I am honored to have been commissioned by Nick to do this piece for their first anniversary. It is based off a photo taken on their honeymoon at Montefioralle Winery in the village of Greve in Chianti, Italy. Apparently this winery has a painting contest every year - artists meet at the winery, partake in a complementary wine tasting, and spend the day painting the premises. Winners receive cases of wine and their work reproduced on a limited edition bottle. I know where I'm going on my next vacation! 

Labor Day

© Carly Larsson 2015

© Carly Larsson 2015

Happy Labor Day! This summer flew by, and was a busy one for me. While I didn't get much  vacation time this year, I'm grateful to have had a few opportunities to slow down and do some drawing just for me. Here's a quick sunset painting from early August, at one of my favorite spots in Pocasset, on Cape Cod MA, where I grew up. 

Happy Birthday, Melville!

In this same New Bedford there stands a Whaleman’s Chapel, and few are the moody fishermen, shortly bound for the Indian Ocean or Pacific, who fail to make a Sunday visit to the spot.
— Herman Melville, "Moby Dick"

In honor of Herman Melville's birthday today, here's a drawing I did last summer of the Whaleman's Chapel (aka the Seamen's Bethel) from Melville's Moby Dick. The Seamen's Bethel was built in 1832 as a nondemoninational church for the many whalemen to whom New Bedford was home port. It was tradition that one would visit the bethel at least once before setting out to sea. Melville himself came to New Bedford in December of 1840 and stayed until January the next year, attending many services here. 

Jury Duty

I was called for jury duty the first week of July. I was displeased, but instead of complaining - OK, along with complaining - I saw the people-watching opportunity for what it was. I grabbed a sketchbook and some pencils and arrived at the Supreme Court in Downtown Brooklyn promptly at 8 AM. An hour later, people were still trickling in, and nothing was happening.

This guy had the snazziest suspenders / haircut / color combo going on.

This guy had the snazziest suspenders / haircut / color combo going on.

Essentially, it was hours upon hours of waiting in "central jury" before being shown a cheesy informational film about how AWESOME and FUN jury duty really is. Most people had something to read or were on their phones and tablets, which made secretively drawing them a breeze. When people notice you drawing them they generally either a) get really uncomfortable and glare at you or b) act like they don't notice and start posing. 

Next we were ushered into the courtroom for a few more hours of waiting. Except this time, there were no books, beverages (i.e coffee) or recording devices allowed, and all cell phones/tablets had to be shut off. This is when the juror's body language (boredom and fatigue) started to get really good. I wish I had drawn more during this part, but wasn't sure if my pencil counted as a recording device. The police assigned to courtroom security were NOT the friendliest, and I was pretty intimidated...

The guy above gave zero f**ks. He would nap for a while, pop his head up briefly, look around, then resume napping. He also was an amazing shape and a lot of fun to draw.

Some guys sneaking onto their cell phones in the court room before the judge returned from lunch (30 minutes late).

Some guys sneaking onto their cell phones in the court room before the judge returned from lunch (30 minutes late).

I think the body language of the guy below pretty much sums up the entire jury duty experience:

Independence Day & The Mayflower II

In honor of Independence Day, I'd like to share a few drawings of the Mayflower II done on location in Plymouth MA last weekend.

Although the tradition of Independence Day was born of the Revolutionary War, the seeds of our country's independence were first planted on September 6th 1620 when  the Mayflower set sail from Plymouth England carrying 102 "brave" (or certifiably insane, depending on how you look at it) passengers looking to start a new life.

The Mayflower II docked in Plymouth MA with Plymouth Rock in the foreground. 

The Mayflower II docked in Plymouth MA with Plymouth Rock in the foreground. 

After two agonizing, stormy months at sea, cramped in dank conditions below deck, the colonists arrived in the New World. Five passengers perished at sea, and during the first winter more than half of the colonists died from malnutrition, disease, and harsh weather.

The ship's purser, Master Williamson on the half deck of the Mayflower II.

The ship's purser, Master Williamson on the half deck of the Mayflower II.

Two women gave birth on the Mayflower; Elizabeth Hopkins gave birth to a son, Oceanus during the journey, and Susanna White gave birth to a son Peregrine while the ship was anchored in Cape Cod Harbor. 

Susanna White gave birth to a son Peregrine while the Mayflower was docked in Cape Cod Harbor. Her first husband, Master William White, died during the first winter. Susanna then remarried Edward Winslow; the two were the first to be married in the New World and went on to have two more sons together.

Susanna White gave birth to a son Peregrine while the Mayflower was docked in Cape Cod Harbor. Her first husband, Master William White, died during the first winter. Susanna then remarried Edward Winslow; the two were the first to be married in the New World and went on to have two more sons together.

It's believed that none of the colonists would have survived the first winter without the help of the local Wampanoags, who taught the colonists how to hunt, fish, and grow corn, beans and squash.

A Wampanoag winter home, or "nushwetu," housed 3 generations.

A Wampanoag winter home, or "nushwetu," housed 3 generations.

Devin Newhkuhshan Wixon, a Native American Interpreter at Plimoth Plantation, making a fishing net and canoe.

Devin Newhkuhshan Wixon, a Native American Interpreter at Plimoth Plantation, making a fishing net and canoe.

So today, while we celebrate our independence and recognize the people who risked their lives to found this country, we should really be recognizing and thanking the Native Americans, whose generosity and respect for life helped many of our ancestors survive the first few years here (and who, not long after, faced genocide and were forced out of their homelands at the hands of the colonists, leading to hundreds of years of systemic oppression which continues to be perpetuated to this day). 

Mystic Winter

With a snowstorm to ring in the first day of spring this year, I was certain winter would never end. As sick as I have become of layers, hunching into my jacket and doing the penguin waddle over treacherous sidewalks, the harsh cold was not without its beauty. Here are a few little watercolors I made on a trip to Mystic Seaport with Dalvero Academy this past February. We will be back this weekend, and here's hoping the snow and ice have thawed!

© Carly Larsson 2015

© Carly Larsson 2015

© Carly Larsson 2015

© Carly Larsson 2015

NYC Marathon

© Carly Larsson 2014

© Carly Larsson 2014

Every year I intend to get out and draw the NYC Marathon, but for one reason or another it never seems to happen. I live a block from the marathon route, so there really is no excuse! This year I was able to catch the tail end of it and get a couple quick drawings in.

© Carly Larsson 2014

© Carly Larsson 2014

© Carly Larsson 2014

© Carly Larsson 2014

The Great PUPkin Dog Costume Contest

Yesterday I went to Fort Greene Park for the 16th Annual Great PUPkin Dog Costume Contest hosted by Fort Greene PUPs. As I expected, it was a hilarious event with many creative costumes. There were over one hundred entrants and they went by pretty fast, so it was a good challenge! Here are some of the dogs I drew! The winners were Ira Glass in first place, the G train in second, and third was Devo, who unfortunately I didn't draw. As always, please do not print or reproduce these without permission! If you see your dog and would like to purchase a print, or would like to use the drawings for some other purpose, please contact me at carly@carlylarsson.com. Thanks!  

Liberace Sled Team dog - this guy had a partner that I didn't catch © Carly Larsson 2014

Liberace Sled Team dog - this guy had a partner that I didn't catch © Carly Larsson 2014

Stay Puft Marshmallow Dog © Carly Larsson 2014

Stay Puft Marshmallow Dog © Carly Larsson 2014

© Carly Larsson 2014

© Carly Larsson 2014

Balloon dog! © Carly Larsson 2014

Balloon dog! © Carly Larsson 2014

Therapist dog © Carly Larsson 2014

Therapist dog © Carly Larsson 2014

Barking Bad dog, complete with a bag of blue meth © Carly Larsson 2014

Barking Bad dog, complete with a bag of blue meth © Carly Larsson 2014

This Dogzilla costume was hand knitted. © Carly Larsson 2014

This Dogzilla costume was hand knitted. © Carly Larsson 2014

This dog was wearing a green shirt with kale glued all over it © Carly Larsson 2014

This dog was wearing a green shirt with kale glued all over it © Carly Larsson 2014

Little Mermaid dog (had a Flounder counterpart) © Carly Larsson

Little Mermaid dog (had a Flounder counterpart) © Carly Larsson

Hula girl © Carly Larsson 2014

Hula girl © Carly Larsson 2014

This Hungry Hippo dog did not look amused © Carly Larsson 2014

This Hungry Hippo dog did not look amused © Carly Larsson 2014

Tater Gets a Bath © Carly Larsson 2014

Tater Gets a Bath © Carly Larsson 2014

Fluffy strawberry dog © Carly Larsson 2014

Fluffy strawberry dog © Carly Larsson 2014

Pineapple dog © Carly Larsson 2014

Pineapple dog © Carly Larsson 2014

Yankees player dog © Carly Larsson 2014

Yankees player dog © Carly Larsson 2014

Firedog © Carly Larsson 2014

Firedog © Carly Larsson 2014

Pug lion © Carly Larsson 2014

Pug lion © Carly Larsson 2014

Dust bunny dog © Carly Larsson 2014

Dust bunny dog © Carly Larsson 2014

Baby clown © Carly Larsson 2014

Baby clown © Carly Larsson 2014

Dorothy and a tornado © Carly Larsson 2014

Dorothy and a tornado © Carly Larsson 2014

Indiana Jones dog © Carly Larsson 2014

Indiana Jones dog © Carly Larsson 2014

Times Square Naked Cowboy (he didn't have a guitar though!) © Carly Larsson 2014

Times Square Naked Cowboy (he didn't have a guitar though!) © Carly Larsson 2014

Photoshopped Beyonce dog © Carly Larsson 2014

Photoshopped Beyonce dog © Carly Larsson 2014

F22 Bomber dog © Carly Larsson 2014

F22 Bomber dog © Carly Larsson 2014

Bee dog © Carly Larsson

Bee dog © Carly Larsson

NYC sewer gator © Carly Larsson 2014

NYC sewer gator © Carly Larsson 2014

Chia Pet © Carly Larsson 2014

Chia Pet © Carly Larsson 2014

Lobster bisque © Carly Larsson 2014

Lobster bisque © Carly Larsson 2014

Taco dog © Carly Larsson 2014

Taco dog © Carly Larsson 2014

Skeledog © Carly Larsson 2014

Skeledog © Carly Larsson 2014

There was a whole pack of these emoji dogs, but they went by too fast! © Carly Larsson 2014

There was a whole pack of these emoji dogs, but they went by too fast! © Carly Larsson 2014

Unicorn ballerina dog © Carly Larsson 2014

Unicorn ballerina dog © Carly Larsson 2014

Baby butterfly © Carly Larsson 2014

Baby butterfly © Carly Larsson 2014

Baby Christmas ham dog © Carly Larsson 2014
Brooklyn Bridge dog © Carly Larsson 2014

Brooklyn Bridge dog © Carly Larsson 2014

Paper shredder © Carly Larsson 2014

Paper shredder © Carly Larsson 2014

Selfie dog! © Carly Larsson 2014

Selfie dog! © Carly Larsson 2014

The G train dog won 2nd place. Its costume transformed into a shuttle bus. Jokes were made about the dog arriving on time. © Carly Larsson 2014

The G train dog won 2nd place. Its costume transformed into a shuttle bus. Jokes were made about the dog arriving on time. © Carly Larsson 2014

Hungry Hippo guy again © Carly Larsson 2014

Hungry Hippo guy again © Carly Larsson 2014

Cup Noodles! © Carly Larsson

Cup Noodles! © Carly Larsson

Wooly mammoth dog © Carly Larsson 2014

Wooly mammoth dog © Carly Larsson 2014

Minion dog © Carly Larsson 2014

Minion dog © Carly Larsson 2014

An adorable burger pup © Carly Larsson 2014

An adorable burger pup © Carly Larsson 2014

Shih Tzu in a toilet © Carly Larsson 2014

Shih Tzu in a toilet © Carly Larsson 2014

Morning after Mardi Gras dog © Carly Larsson 2014

Morning after Mardi Gras dog © Carly Larsson 2014

Mail dog © Carly Larsson 2014

Mail dog © Carly Larsson 2014

Eeyore dog © Carly Larsson 2014

Eeyore dog © Carly Larsson 2014

Chipwich dog... was actually white, but there was some ink spillage, so I just went with it ;) © Carly Larsson 2014

Chipwich dog... was actually white, but there was some ink spillage, so I just went with it ;) © Carly Larsson 2014

Hedwig and a dementor. There was a child with them dressed as Harry Potter © Carly Larsson 2014

Hedwig and a dementor. There was a child with them dressed as Harry Potter © Carly Larsson 2014

Fish dog © Carly Larsson 2014

Fish dog © Carly Larsson 2014

Alter cockerpoo © Carly Larsson 2014

Alter cockerpoo © Carly Larsson 2014

Star Wars ATAT © Carly Larsson 2014

Star Wars ATAT © Carly Larsson 2014

Shark dog © Carly Larsson 2014

Shark dog © Carly Larsson 2014

50 Shades of Grey dog © Carly Larsson 2014

50 Shades of Grey dog © Carly Larsson 2014

Sexy police lady (note the garter) © Carly Larsson 2014

Sexy police lady (note the garter) © Carly Larsson 2014

The winning costume, NPR's Ira Glass © Carly Larsson 2014

The winning costume, NPR's Ira Glass © Carly Larsson 2014

My friend Audrey went and drew at the Tomkins Square Park Dog Parade on the same day - For more cuteness, check out her adorable and hilarious drawings!