Gaudi Inspires At Grant’s Tomb by Lesley A. Powell

Gaudi Inspires At Grant’s Tomb


This summer I discovered Grant’s tomb at 123rd street and Riverside Drive. Around the monuments are mosaic benches inspired by Gaudi. I went up many times this summer to paint. I love the whimsical nature of the benches. Many times I went up to do plein air watercolor paintings. Watercolor one has to see the form and then be spontaneous. Overworking makes the painting muddy.

Using the images from photos and watercolor painting I began
playing with collages on the ipad and paper. From these ideas I started an oil painting. Oil painting allows a different process. One can add/subtract and then add layers. Each form: watercolor,collage and oil, invites a different play of color, texture and form..

This oil painting is still a work in progress.

Dance around a Gaudi thought

Published by Lesley A. Powell

Lesley Powell received a BFA-Dance from Temple University in 1978. She choreographed her own work and presented throughout the tri-state. Lesley was on the faculty of Drew University from 1991-2001, teaching classes in modern dance, dance history and choreography. She has been a teacher at Dr. Bacharach’s Osteopathic Center for Sports and Dance Medicine and JRW, and a physical therapy practice using Pilates for rehabilitation. She received a certificate in the Franklin Method March 2007. Lesley has been training Pilates teachers since 1999 first with the PhysicalMind Institure and now Balanced Body. She is now faculty for Balanced Body University, a Pilates Certification program, since 2007. Lesley continues to teach at Movements Afoot as well as guest lecturer internationally sharing her expertise on the body and fitness.

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