I worked a double at the National Academy today, a booking that’s practically a staple in my art modeling schedule. “Saturdays at the National” as I like to call it. Morning painting class from 9 – 12, then afternoon painting class from 1-4. The one hour break between 12 and 1 is of course for lunch and, weather permitting, a casual walk on Fifth Avenue and in Central Park. Today, the weather permitted.
The midday sun was high and bright and direct. Unimpeded by clouds, it had free reign over the Upper East Side, casting shadows through the trees, between buildings, down onto the streets and all over Central Park. I took pictures of the marvelous patterns and they could be found literally everywhere. It was a shadow bonanza! And it reminded me that nature truly is the greatest artist.
So here are some of my shots. In this one, the dappled shadows make the pavement’s flat surface appear like cobblestone:
I love this one. Just by chance, those stretching runners stepped into the light spot of this shadow under the tree at the very second I snapped the picture:
Big, big shadow on the facade of the Guggenheim. Anything to improve the look of that building! 😆
The steps leading into Central Park. Such a pretty pattern:
An amazing tree shadow on the path along the reservoir:
The resplendent source of all this shadow-making, the artiste herself – the blazing sun above Fifth Avenue:
In the afternoon class, I showed Dan Gheno my shadow pictures. He really liked them which meant a lot to me. When we got to this one, he said “That’s your self-portrait!”. Probably the quickest self-portrait ever produced, yes I took a picture of my own shadow. So here it is, an artistic masterpiece! I call it “Self-Portrait in Shadow”, by Claudia Hajian 🙂