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A Tribute To Doris Day: Your Light Will Shine On Forever

It's ironic that last week, I suddenly felt the desire to watch some of my favorite Doris Day films. I will sometimes get like that, where I need a "Doris Day Fix" because whenever I watch one of her films, or even see her face, I immediately feel good. Her films are the perfect little pick-me-ups, especially good for unwinding after a tough day at work, and always good for a laugh and a smile.

Doris Day films always make me feel that all is well because she had a bright light that emanated within her, touching my heart. She was very much like one of my other favorite leading ladies, Audrey Hepburn. They both had an ethereal quality about them. Like two beautiful earth angels.

Therefore when I discovered on Monday, the 13th, that Doris Day passed away, I couldn't help but feel the loss of someone very special.

For all her fame and prosperity, Doris Day experienced a great many challenges and hardships during her life. Yet, she never allowed those things to hinder her light.

The Colors And Sunlight Of Spring

Don't you just love this time of year?

It's kinda like when Autumn (my favorite season) moves in and you begin to feel a change in not only the energy around you, but also a change in everything you see. That's one of the main things I love about moving back to the Northeast from South Florida. I LOVE the change and shift of the seasons; each one offering something different.

Spring is the season of renewal, bright colors, and sunlight.

Lately I've gotten lazy with my DSLR camera, by using my cell phone to take pictures because it's so much easier and faster to just click the camera button on my phone because it's more readily in my hands. However, I wanted to break away from my habitual usage of my phone camera and get back into using my Canon. And using it on manual mode.

Today, my day off, I spent several hours outside trying to capture all the beautiful color and sunlight of spring before it's gone.

The Line King: The Al Hirschfeld Story

I recently watched a fascinating and entertaining documentary about an American caricaturist, entitled, The Line King: The Al Hirschfeld Story.

For those of you who are not familiar with Al Hirschfeld, here is a brief biography:

Best known for his black and white portraits of celebrities and Broadway stars, Al Hirschfeld was born in St. Louis, and later moved with his family to New York City, where he received his art training at the Art Students League of New York. In 1924, Hirschfeld traveled to Paris and London, where he studied painting, drawing and sculpture. When he returned to the United States, a friend, fabled Broadway press agent Richard Maney, showed one of Hirschfeld's drawings to an editor at the New York Herald Tribune, which got Hirschfeld commissions for that newspaper and then, later, The New York Times.

Hirschfeld's style is unique, and he is considered to be one of the most important figures in contemporary drawing and caricature, having influenced countless artists, illustrators, and cartoonists. His caricatures were regularly drawings of pure line in black ink, for which he used a genuine crow quill.

My Muse: The Streets Of New York City

I always return from New York City filled with a surge of creative energy because that's what it does to me, and to so many other people as well. It ignites my senses so that everything I see, hear, touch, taste and smell, becomes acute. You would naturally assume that one would become distracted and overwhelmed by all the things going on around you in New York, but you don't. Well, at least I don't. Ironically enough, I become more centered, focused, and calm. Yet at the same time, excited and energized. 

New York City is my muse.

It feeds me soul food, filling me with inspiration.