I warned you all last Friday. A week ago your PopCulteer spent a few hours in Manhattan. I was in a hotel room with an amazing view, and I took tons of photos which will inspire the works you’ll see in this space for the next several weeks.

Today’s art is a study for larger painting sometime later. It’s a detailed look at some of the roofops we could see looking down from the 44th flour.  I used two different photos for reference (one taken in the afternoon, the other the next morning) and tried to employ some of the techniques I’ve learned by swiping from Edward Hopper.  Rather than imitate his composition, I veered more in the direction of the 1960s Batman TV show.

This was done in acrylics on heavy duty watercolor paper.  I’m very happy with the high-detail look, since I’m currently battling a heat-induced flare-up of Myasthenia Gravis. Some of the later works in this series are sure to be less realistic and perhaps more impressionistic.  My fingers weren’t happy trying to maintain this style. Luckily it’s a smaller piece. When I blow it up later for a big canvas, I’m gonna have to rest up and probably work on it in the Winter.

I was trying to capture a bit of the feel of the heat in the city, combined with the kind of rooftop landscape that you found a lot in Marvel Comics in the 1970s.

To see it bigger try clicking HERE.

Over in radioland, Monday at 2 PM on The AIR, we bring you a classic episode of Psychedelic Shack, and then at 3 PM a classic edition of Herman Linte’s weekly showcase of the Progressive Rock of the past half-century, Prognosis.  You can listen to The AIR at the website, or on the embedded radio player elsewhere on this page.

Psychedelic Shack can be heard every Monday at 2 PM, with replays Tuesday at 9 AM, Wednesday at 10 PM, Friday at 1 PM,  and Saturday at 9 AM. You can hear Prognosis on The AIR Monday at 3 PM, with replays Tuesday at 7 AM, Wednesday at 8 PM, Thursday at Noon, and Saturday at 10 AM. You can hear two classic episodes of the show Sunday at 2 PM.

At 8 PM you can hear an hour of Polka-heavy musical funniness from Weird Al Yankovic on The Comedy Vault.

Tonight at 9 PM the Monday Marathon presents ten hours of mind-expanding joy, with a marathon of Nigel Pye’s Psychedelic Shack.