Friday, December 21, 2012


Hurricane Sandy dragged seaweed and sand along with water onto small streets in South Brooklyn. I guess, it attracted seagulls. Once I was walking and got stunned by big birds flying near my face. It was not as scary as in Hitchcock's movie, but it was pretty unnatural to see them so low and so many and so far from the beach.
So I did drawing of that street and added birds later. I still may replay the composition, because still unsatisfied with the result. But I am happy I did it, because so many visual thoughts stay undrawn and with all our busyness and rushing never reach the paper and fading away.
I used ink and Kuretake on Bockingford tinted watercolor paper. Funny, this was my last piece of this paper and suddenly I felt how good it was for ink, how much I want more of this paper in ivory and grey and white colors.


looseart said...

What an unusual view!! Very good capture!! Seagulls are aquite common sighting here, I can almost here their noises in your your picture!!

CrimsonLeaves said...

I love the addition of the birds, Nikira. I think you've beautifully illustrated your thoughts and a moment in time in the aftermath of Sandy.

Nikira said...

Thank you very much, Looseart! We are accustomed to seagulls near the beach, but here it was pretty surreal to see them and so low, and absence of people. I want to try to recompose it, hope, I'll have time. :-)

Nikira said...

Thank you very much, CrimsonLeaves, for your support. Yes, in my mind it was painful signs of Sandy. Today I heard again in more details story about death of our neighbor, how horrible it was for his family, how they barely escaped death. I was stupid enough thinking to go down to save my car, thanks to my daughter, who stopped me. :(