Sunday, April 12, 2015

Picture that!


Gustavo gondolier and his pal, Mick.

The past few months have been busy for me, painting sets on a TV show
and finishing up March on a big La-Z-Boy commercial. 
and YES, their spokesperson, Brook Shields 
still looks gorgeous!

vintage doll head, part of set decoration - The Following

This was a nice quiet weekend. I caught up on some of my own work,
tidied up my apt and got back to a CKO class. 
I did get out and enjoy the sunshine a little, too :)
I'm so happy spring is here (is that too hopeful?) The temps look
like they will stay on the mild side. I really hope so. 
This was a tough winter, although some say it was no worse than last year. 
Somehow it just seemed to go on & on & on.



Last Easter weekend, Kristine was here reading Lovey Bunny at Book Court.  
It was the 1st time I've heard Lovey read aloud :)
I have no idea why there was such a large podium 
with decorative fabric for a reading to mostly children.
For a minute I thought she was about to give a commencement speech.


Afterwards, a few of us went for lunch and did some browsing at Yesterday's News down near me.
I almost bought these little cats! but sometimes a picture is enough. I guess.


Yuko liked this Holland sign. It's pretty great, walks a thin line between cute and creepy ;D


Love this car.


I always enjoy eating at Frankies, especially with Kristine, Yuko & Melissa Zexter 
who met us later, thus taking the place of Melissa Iwai who had to go home.
 As I always say, there must be at least one Melissa in the group ;) 
Thom left us for another dinner date. 
Unfortunately, no Tom, Dick or Harry to take his spot.

I never remember the name of this Sangiovese blend, but it's a current favorite.


Sunday, we all met up for the 1st day of Smorgasburg down at Brooklyn Bridge Park.
I also learned that Melissa Iwai lives on this charming street with one of my favorite houses (above).

M. Zexter, me, M. Iwai and Yuko - photo by Kristine


Just a great doorway in Brooklyn Heights :)


I made it to MOMA this week to meet up with my college friend, Wendy 
who brought her 15 year old daughter, Lucy for her 1st visit to NYC. 
Wendy's lovely mom, Rhetta (I haven't seen in about 20 years) came, too!
This shot is about as much as we saw of the Bjork show.
The museum was packed and I don't think any of us had the patience to get through it.
Instead, we hit the Design, Photography and Painting floors.


This Gauguin is a sentimental fave! I always love seeing it.

Wendy, me & Rhetta - in front of Rock Ctr Anthro window - photo by Lucy

I think Lucy was just as happy to visit Anthropologie and Free People, despite
having the same stores down in Richmond. It's hard to understand, 
but they are terrific shops and it's fun when everything looks great on you :)
:::


The topic of stealing ideas came up in my MATS Bootcamp class this week, 
in our private Facebook group. Each month we receive an assignment and most
of us share sketches and initial ideas with each other for feedback and sometimes for
encouragement. It's a great group, but this is something to think about. I doubt anyone is intentionally, "stealing" concepts, but it opened up a conversation. 
I love renowned ad man, Paul Arden's book -
"It's Not How Good You Are, It's How Good You Want to Be" great pieces of advice and philosophy.


and finally ... more Artwork by Allyn ...




and Lena
If you enjoy my work and have an interest in seeing sketches, progress shots and a variety 
of photos I take for inspiration and plain old fun, visit me on Instagram.

Have a great week!
xo, A

Saturday, March 28, 2015

Shop Allyn Howard- Society 6


I recently added some new things to my Society 6 shop.
Above, Lotta Buns in blue on orange background, inspired by fellow scenic, Will Valentin.
Certain designs are easy to customize and sometimes come out better than the original! 

Admiring Frederick Douglass, w/bunny bag, at the NY Historical Society

Well, I like both the pink and orange and I added some bunnies on green, too :)


Browse prints, pillows, bags and more in my Shop - Society6.com/AllynHoward




Salon style animal portraits are new to my shop, too!



Most of you Blipadee followers have probably seen baby Birds, they remain a favorite of mine :)


These two were just added today - Bunny Seascape and below, Bear moves on ...

Originals painted with acrylics on unprimed wood.

Drum roll, please ...

photo courtesy Melissa Zexter, decoration by me

Come see my lovey friend, Kristine Lombardi, read her new book Lovey Bunny
at my neighborhood bookstore, Book Court - Saturday April 4th 11am
I can't wait!


and just in time for Easter! 

detail - it's almost here! Easter illustration 

Have a lovely weekend!
xo, A

Saturday, March 14, 2015

My Comrades, an Exhibition and Lovey Bunny!

Shane Ingersoll, me and Michael Nirenberg (Ajamu "red cap" Kojo)  -   photo by Anne Harmon

Just another day in the studio - working the barre with my fellow scenic painters
preparing for our dance debut.


It's not as easy as we make it look ;)


Anne Harmon took the stage at Reverend Ike's United Palace
We're still doing work on The Following, filming there for a day or two.
We didn't have too much to do inside, just a little additional plug to paint, 
masking out some signs, things like that. 
I've worked there before, it's simply stunning! I wish I had pictures of the lobby.

photo by Jessie Walker, stand-by camera scenic

Here is part of the crew I've been working with since January. 
Left to right is Shane Ingersoll, Anne Harmon (behind me), Ajamu Kojo (biting my head), 
Michael Nirenberg, Dieter Council and in front, our leader, Travis Child
Sadly, this photo is missing William Valentin and Tim Daly
who regularly work on Travis' jobs. 


This mansion upstate was quite beautiful, yet much of it is dilapidated and 
there were some safety hazards that came up as we worked. I'm glad I'm in a union
that's all I can say.


Thursday night was the opening of a children's book illustration show with my good
friend, Yuko Katakawa and a few other CBIG members. 


I'm so happy for her! 
The opening had to be rescheduled because of snow last week and 
it was a nice mild night this Thursday, thus a good turnout :)
She has about 15 pieces in the show and sold 4!!

photo by Nina Edwards

(our lovely teacher from SVA's Continuing Education dept, where I met Yuko a few years ago)
Ruth Chan (also in the show) and Nina Edwards' cute & funny daughter.


I like that they asked each artist this.

photo by Kristine Lombardi

Here, just a small sampling of Yuko's work on view. 
The exhibit is at The Interchurch Center, near Columbia, and it's a large space with lots of light.
It's up until March 31st. Take a look if you're up that way.


Ruth and Barbara are also terrific illustrators and part of CBIG


I loved this piece by Violet Paek, she had a few water tower pieces on display.

Daniel Kirk listens intently as Kristine reads - photo by Melissa Iwai

Onto Kristine Lombardi's Big Event at Books of Wonder last Sunday.
Lovey Bunny made her debut March 3rd and Kristine was part of a panel reading. 
 This has been her dream for so many years. I felt terrible that I couldn't be there. 
I rarely have to work on Sundays, but I was working on a commercial that day.


Luckily, friends shared photos and I got to see video of her reading.
I knew she'd be great and she was! Kristine is super charming and funny.
I could not be happier that this is happening for her. 
She's a great friend and one of the hardest workers I know. 



Below, you can see where she'll be next.


I'm thrilled she'll be doing a signing at my local bookstore, 
Book Court on April 4th! I'll keep you updated.


:: Lovey at home ::

photo by Ajamu Kojo

Just giving a little more direction to performers, tying up loose ends...
It's almost there ;)

Have a swell weekend!
xo, A

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