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. 

Memorial Day Weekend

Memorial Day marks the onset of summer on Cape Cod. I was lucky to spend this past memorial day with family at my parents' house in Pocasset. On Saturday, I went down to Barlow's Boat Yard with my dad for a few hours while he prepped his boat for the season. Growing up, I spent a lot of time here, sighing impatiently while waiting to set sail. As a sailing school drop-out, my activities aboard are generally limited to napping, snacking, and sipping cocktails.

Bucky Barlow's Boat Yard, Pocasset MA. © Carly Larsson 2015

Bucky Barlow's Boat Yard, Pocasset MA. © Carly Larsson 2015

 I remember one summer around the age of thirteen when I toiled away for hours in the hot sun, sanding and varnishing the woodwork on my dad's Cape Dory. Knowing I would never have chosen to do this of my own free will, I recently asked him what I had wanted in exchange. "Probably something designer.” My mother recalls a Marc Jacobs dress. I remember the one, navy with maroon polka dots. It was never acquired - I'm sure I was working off some other debt, and upon realizing the dress would never be mine, the project was promptly abandoned. Now over a decade later, my preferred kind of "boat work" is drawing them. 

My sister Elise sunbathing despite the arctic breeze. © Carly Larsson 2015

My sister Elise sunbathing despite the arctic breeze. © Carly Larsson 2015

I also spent some time on the beach. My sister is a brave soul, sunbathing in a sleeveless shirt despite the arctic wind and the fact that that the temperature barely hit high sixties. While she alternated between grad school homework and tanning, I sat bundled in my scarf and jacket drawing her and my cousin Jack, who was deeply absorbed in a crab hunting mission.

My cousin Jack on the beach, Pocasset MA. © Carly Larsson 2015

My cousin Jack on the beach, Pocasset MA. © Carly Larsson 2015

Sunday saw for more beach time with Thea, the sweetest little neighbor friend a girl could ask for. Here she is with her awesome fish pail (the mouth is the spout) curating her shell collection.

Miss Thea curating her shell collection © Carly Larsson 2015

Miss Thea curating her shell collection © Carly Larsson 2015

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!

Shapely Lady

I saw this lady leaning against the traffic light across the street the other day. Her silhouette made such a great shape, I grabbed the nearest drawing implement and captured her! I think she saw me staring at her out the window because she moved away pretty quickly.

The Charles W. Morgan in Boston

As I've mentioned, I spent the summer with Dalvero Academy doing a reportage project on the Charles W. Morgan, the world's last wooden whaling ship. I really need to go through all my drawings so I can do a more in-depth blog post about the events, but for now here's a quick one of the Morgan docked at the Charlestown Navy Yard in Boston this past July.

The Charles W. Morgan docked in Boston MA at the Charlestown Navy Yard, July 2014 © Carly Larsson

The Charles W. Morgan docked in Boston MA at the Charlestown Navy Yard, July 2014 © Carly Larsson

My friend Despina just shared her gorgeous drawings of the Morgan's return to Mystic Seaport, CT. Can't wait to share mine from that day - coming soon!   

Inside the Prison Ship Martyr's Monument

The Prison Ship Martyr's Monument is a memorial to the 11,500 American soldiers who died in captivity aboard 16 British prison ships in Wallabout Bay during the American Revolutionary War.  The history of the monument is really quite complex, but I'll try to sum it up. Remains of some of the soldiers who died aboard the ships were initially interred near the Brooklyn Navy Yard (Vinegar Hill) in 1808, but moved and re-interred in 1873 beneath a small monument in what is now Fort Greene Park. Funds were then raised for a larger monument designed by Stanford White. The monument is a granite Doric column 149 ft high, and at the top of the column sits an eight-ton bronze brazier (funeral urn) by the sculptor Adolf Weinman. 

Inside the Prison Ship Martyr's Monument, looking up © Carly Larsson 2014

Inside the Prison Ship Martyr's Monument, looking up © Carly Larsson 2014

The monument is rarely opened, but last Sunday it was open to the public and I had the opportunity to go inside for a few minutes and do a quick drawing (I got there just as they were closing it up). Apparently there used to be a spiral staircase leading to the top of the monument and visitors could pay to climb up and see the views of Manhattan, but now there's just a rusty ladder that looks like it might crumble if touched lightly. On the concrete floor there is a copper door leading to the crypt below (the crypt was not open).  Unfortunately I was rushed out before I had a chance to draw it. 

View of the monument from outside © Carly Larsson 2014

View of the monument from outside © Carly Larsson 2014

Fort Greene Park actually used to be Fort Putnam under the supervision of General Nathanael Greene during the Revolutionary War (1776) because it is one of the highest points in Brooklyn. It housed six eighteen-pound cannons and was the largest fort on Long Island. The fort was later renamed after Greene.

From My Window

Another quickie post today because it's a gorgeous Sunday and I'm itching to go out and draw! This one is a scene from my kitchen window a few weeks ago. The light was reflecting so beautifully off the buildings that I dropped everything & made this! Those Keds hanging off the traffic light have been there for over a year now. They used to be yellow; now they're bleached white from the sun. They've been through many a storm - snow, rain, sleet, etc. and still, there they hang. Pretty good endorsement for Keds' durability! 

Subway Portraits

Yesterday I took the subway to meet a friend in Queens. It was rush hour, so there were plenty of great characters to surreptitiously draw. 

A very serious man reading the newspaper on the G train © Carly Larsson 2014

A very serious man reading the newspaper on the G train © Carly Larsson 2014

Some men on the G train. I was inadvertently gracious to the guy in the front - he was about 20 years older than I drew him, but he moved so I had to fudge it a little ;) © Carly Larsson 2014

Some men on the G train. I was inadvertently gracious to the guy in the front - he was about 20 years older than I drew him, but he moved so I had to fudge it a little ;) © Carly Larsson 2014

Man on the 7 train © Carly Larsson 2014

Man on the 7 train © Carly Larsson 2014

Girl on the 7 train. Loved her puffy jacket and floral handbag. © Carly Larsson 2014

Girl on the 7 train. Loved her puffy jacket and floral handbag. © Carly Larsson 2014

Drawing on the train really makes the ride fly by. There have been times I missed my stop because I was so focused (luckily that didn't happen this time!)

When I showed my friend Siyeon the drawings later on, she knew exactly what train I saw each person on without me telling her. I thought that was pretty funny - It's so true that there are different types of characters that frequent each subway line! 

This cute little guy on the G kept peeking out at me. So cute in his little Converse sneaks. © Carly Larsson 2014

This cute little guy on the G kept peeking out at me. So cute in his little Converse sneaks. © Carly Larsson 2014

7 train © Carly Larsson 2014

7 train © Carly Larsson 2014

7 train © Carly Larsson 2014

7 train © Carly Larsson 2014

Chic ponytail lady, G train © Carly Larsson

Chic ponytail lady, G train © Carly Larsson

I loved the shape of this guy on the 7 train - so round! © Carly Larsson 2014

I loved the shape of this guy on the 7 train - so round! © Carly Larsson 2014

I must admit, I drew this kid out of aggravation. He was playing his soccer game with the volume on full blast. 7 train. © Carly Larsson 2014

I must admit, I drew this kid out of aggravation. He was playing his soccer game with the volume on full blast. 7 train. © Carly Larsson 2014

DUMBO Arts Festival

This past weekend was the annual DUMBO Arts Festival in Brooklyn. After 4 years living in Brooklyn and never having gone, I decided it was due time to check it out. 

"Circle Circus" an interactive sculpture by Saul Schisler. © Carly Larsson 2014

"Circle Circus" an interactive sculpture by Saul Schisler. © Carly Larsson 2014

There was so much to look at and so many people everywhere that it was a bit overwhelming at first, and I must admit I spent more time wandering around with my mouth hanging open than actually drawing. One of the first things I stopped to see was "Circle Circus" by Saul Schisler, an interactive sculpture consisting of an oversized spirograph accompanied by giant pencils. Both kids and adults were having a blast trying to operate the mechanism, and I heard a few people say they had a difficult time using the giant pencil. 

"Circle Circus" an interactive sculpture by Saul Schisler. © Carly Larsson 2014

"Circle Circus" an interactive sculpture by Saul Schisler. © Carly Larsson 2014

While I was drawing one guy told me he'd be more impressed if I was using a giant pencil. Unfortunately, I didn't have a large enough sketchbook for that (and also, random man, this may be shocking- but I was not there to impress you). 

The Eat Morris food truck on Water Street, DUMBO. © Carly Larsson 2014

The Eat Morris food truck on Water Street, DUMBO. © Carly Larsson 2014

After watching and drawing the Circle Circus for a while, my friend Betsy was hungry so we decided to check out the many food trucks lining Water Street. The lines were pretty long, so instead of waiting I snacked on some almonds and drew. The drawing above is of the Eat Morris truck which serves fancy grilled cheese. It smelled awesome and I learned later that they do gluten-free too.

Jumbo DUMBO Puppy sculpture by Shinji Murakami. © Carly Larsson 2014

Jumbo DUMBO Puppy sculpture by Shinji Murakami. © Carly Larsson 2014

Next stop was the Jumbo DUMBO Puppy, a huge sculpture by Shinji Murakami made out of cardboard boxes! To be perfectly honest, I wasn't 100% sold on going to the festival until I saw the Jumbo DUMBO Puppy online. It just seemed so goofy, and how can you NOT want to go draw an enormous puppy made out of cardboard boxes!? I was very tempted to draw on it, but alas it was not an interactive sculpture and I figured that would be frowned upon. 

Reflection / Kolonihavehus by Tom Fruin and CoreAct. © Carly Larsson 2014

Reflection / Kolonihavehus by Tom Fruin and CoreAct. © Carly Larsson 2014

Last stop was Reflection / Kolonihavehus by Tom Fruin and CoreAct. This one could be experienced both as a sculpture and a piece of performance art; there were 5 performances inside of it. The audience was invited to wander in and out of the piece as they liked. It drew a lot of attention as it was right on the main walkway of the Brooklyn Bridge Park.  Overall it was a good time - of all places I've drawn in public, I seemed to attract the least weird looks at the DUMBO Arts Festival :P Can't wait to go back next year!