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Artist’s Notebook: Grand Central Market

“Grand Central Market” by Marion Eisenmann

Marion Eisenmann and I made an art excursion to Grand Central Market on Broadway last year so she could try out a new Tradio pen on some sketch paper, but she wasn’t happy with the results, although I liked it quite a bit. Last week, we roamed downtown looking for subjects and went back to Grand Central. The market was fairly busy with shoppers, even though it was Super Bowl Sunday, and all the TVs were turned to soccer games instead of football. Afterward, Marion returned to her drawing and did what I think is a lovely job with it.

marion_eisenmann_2009_0710 Larry Harnisch / L.A. Times
Here’s Marion with two children who were in Grand Central Market when she was making the drawing. People always like to watch her work.

Marion reminds me that the kids were sweet but maybe a little distracting.

Note: In case you just tuned in, Marion and I are visiting local landmarks in a project inspired by what Charles Owens and Joe Seewerker did in Nuestro Pueblo. Be sure to check back for another page from Marion's notebook.

By the way, Daily Mirror readers have asked about buying copies of Marion's artwork. Naturally, this is gratifying because I think Marion's work is terrific, and one of my great pleasures is sharing it with readers every week. We have decided that the project is a journey about discovering Los Angeles rather than creating things to sell. Marion is busy with other projects and says she isn't set up to mass-produce prints but would entertain inquiries about specific pieces. For further information, contact Marion directly.

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