Wednesday, 23 February 2011

The Armchair Tourist - Bound for Boston

It seems like forever since I last blogged although it has only been just over a week.  Time has just gotten away from me since we got back from Skye.  I still haven't done any new artwork since completing the sketchbook project although I have a million sources of inspiration to draw from (pun intended) if I can ever manage to motivate myself and/or find time.

I did print off 30 greetings cards (5 each of 6 different designs) and took them up to Assisi Animal Sanctuary for them to sell at the weekend so hopefully they might be able to make some money from those.

Anyway,  I did a post a couple of weeks ago called the Armchair Tourist - Roussillon and mentioned that I might make it a regular spot, using paintings of places I haven't been to as an illustration and with some useful/useless bits of information about the place which might inspire me and/or you to go there at some point in the future.

This week's hot spot is actually a wee bit of a cheat as I have been there before, twice in fact, but I didn't take the photo I used as inspiration to paint from and it's been 11 years since I was there so it has probably changed so much I would need to go back again anyway!

So, things I know about Boston (and things I have gleaned from Google!)

  • It is the largest and capital city of the state of Massachussetts.
  • It was the location for serveral major events during the American Revolution including the Boston Tea Party - which I learnt was not actually an Alice in Wonderland style tea party at all but rather was when a group of colonists boarded ships full of tea and threw it all into Boston Harbour after officials refused to return the taxed tea to Britain.
  • I spent Millennium Eve in Boston (more specifically a town not far from the city called Hull) - although this was not as exciting as it sounds as I had the flu and missed all the celebrations trying to sleep it off - I wasn't even awake to see the ball drop!
  • The pub that inspired the setting of the 80s sitcom Cheers is located on Beacon Street in Boston. The sign outside was used in the opening credits of the show.
  • It was home to one of my favourite 90s TV shows - Ally McBeal - the building
    used for exterior shots of the law firm is also located on Beacon Street!
  • Locals say things like 'wicked pisser' (pronounced pissah) which apparently means something that is either really amazing or really rubbish depending on the way in which it is said!

Credit: Kimber Butler from http://www.paintmyphoto.ning.com/
Next week, we're heading down under and after that I'm all out of sketchbook project paintings and will have to actually start painting something new!!

6 comments:

  1. We spent the millennium New Year in New Orleans - and that was as exciting as it sounds ;)

    The husband has been to Boston twice for business trips and brought me back postcards from MIT and CHEERS bar glasses - he says the traffic is AWFUL which, as we hail from Chicago - home to some of the worst traffic on earth, is saying quite a bit! I hope to view the East coast one day, it would be nice to see a bit of America that was developed before the 20th century!

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  2. I like your Boston painting quite a lot. The view is somewhat similar, actually very much alike, the view I have here in Chicago when coming back from a walk along the lakefront. I live in one of those tall buildings next to the lake. Your sunset colors are beautiful!

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  3. Drama Mama, I would love to go to New Orleans - I can only imagine how amazing it would've been to spend New Years there and especially a biggie like the milliennium eve! As for the traffic in Boston - I genuinely can't remember as 1) it was so long ago and 2) I didn't do any driving myself while I was there. I do remember that the locals in Hull didn't think anything of getting in their cars after a night in the local bar which I found a bit worrying but everyone looked at you like you were mad if you suggested walking anywhere over there!!

    Alex, thank you so much for your kind words. I was actually supposed to spend a whole summer in Chicago on an exchange programme when I was 14 but I broke my leg at the start of the summer and spent 12 weeks in a plaster cast instead - always been gutted I missed out on that. Maybe someday I can tick the Windy City of my list too!

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  4. Hi Nicola,

    I like your Boston painting. The orange sky is beautiful.

    I seem to remember a book I read a long time ago called the armchair tourist or traveler or something like that. Anyway, I like your idea.

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  5. Hi Nicola, I like the painting that you did. I recognize the photo. :) Glad that you were able to use it. Nice idea on the armchair tourist. Are you still painting?

    Catch you on paint my photo. Happy travels.....
    Take care,
    Kimber Butler

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    1. Hi Kimber, gosh this post seems so long ago! Yes, thanks for the photo inspiration-I do love paint my photo! Still painting a lot, mostly animals and raindrops these days!

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