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August 24, 2018

wwii_fighter_plane_by_al_lau

I was on vacation, waiting for my flight at Midway airport in Chicago, and I see a WWII fighter plane hanging from the ceiling of the terminal. It’s a perfect time to draw something different :)

I hope everybody is having a great summer and fun travels!

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bicycle_classic_schwinn_v3_sm

This is a new version of my watercolour painting of an antique 1970’s Schwinn bicycle.

As a perfectionist, I keep tinkering with the details of the illustration.  This time, I’m happy with the final reworking… for now.

bicycle_stingray_green_by_al_lau

Here is an illustration of a classic bicycle with a basket. As a small modification, the basket of the model bike was originally made of metal, but I changed it to be wooden. Just to give it a softer Summer feel.

On the same subject of cycling, the car-free biking event, Summer Streets, is happening in New York City. It is three Saturdays in a row – August 7, 14 and 21. This recent weekend, I rode the path from Central Park down to the Brooklyn Bridge. It is a wonderful experience to ride in the middle of Manhattan without the chaos of taxis and auto traffic.

bicycle_high_wheel_sm

Watercolor of an antique high wheel bicycle.  Circa 1885.  The print is for sale at my shop.

watercolor_schwinn_bike_sm

This classic bike is in my basement.  Unfortunately, it was crippled after an incident.  It was perched on top of my roof rack.  Driving and turning a corner, the sheer heavy weight and centrifugal force made the bike bend at the fork and sideways.  The bike, after all, is a tank, due to its iron-like build.  Although damaged, it will return after some fixing.  I wanted to honor the Schwinn by drawing it in all of its glory.

Talking about biking, if you’re in New York City, take advantage of Summer Streets.  On three consecutive Saturdays (August 8, 15 and 22), Park Avenue and Lafayette Street is car-free traffic for cyclists and pedestrians.  The time block is 7am to 1pm.  The route is between 72nd to City Hall.  For more information, check out nyc.gov.

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