Friday, February 23, 2018

Second acts, third acts...

More ancient PB history today.
It's "Career Wednesday" again!
I was listening to Tina Brown talk about her
"second acts, third acts, fourth acts," etc. on Charlie Rose
and I was reminded of some past acts of my own.
I used to use an airbrush and my illustrations were heavily influenced by
Japanese woodblocks for their compositions and coloring.
After a serious injury (shot point blank by a mugger in the chest) landed me in the hospital, I got interested in medical art...
Always lemons into lemonade is on my menu :) Really it was the pharmaceutical advertising art you see in all the medical journals.The movie TRON had just opened - the first film to use computer graphics extensively.

I combined the TRON look with old master drawings.... Still using the airbrush (PhotoShop was yet to be in the 80's) I came up with a transparent,futuristic style that suited medical art to a T!My first illlustration flyer brought in a ton of work. Advil ads, Prozac ads, high-tech anything ads became my caviar and champagne.
Medical advertising pays nicely.
I did covers for Time, Newsweek, Business Week, Omni etc.
Are you asking
WHO IS THIS PERSON? I've no idea and if I had to pickup an airbrush
now I'd be a goner. I did this for almost 10 years. Hillary Clinton came along with her cutbacks on pharmaceutical wastage-
among them, ads that ended up in the circular file
i.e. the wastepaper basket
i.e. what I was producing
And my very lucrative medical illustration business went down the drain. Around then I volunteered for the James Beard House. And a new career evolved that still kept me in champagne and caviar. From there I went on to wine art, but that's another Wednesday story.

41 comments:

La Table De Nana said...

Carol..first of all I am sadddened that you were shot..I had to reread that.
How aboslutely nothing short of miraculous that you are so fit..energetic..and optimistic about everything.
I hope you did not suffer for a long time with the recpercussions of such an assault:(

Then..just how talented are you? Such a stretch from what you do now..and that word everyone uses too much? Awesome? Well that work is awesome..in French..Génial? It is !!Génial..et awesome.

Applause.Do you remember the lines in a certain article?It hit me...maybe you too.

La Table De Nana said...

PS..cakes and cookies are airbrushed now too:) Can you imagine the ones you could do? MACARONS:)♥

Carol said...

I am amazed!

Lois said...

Great life story!!!!!
Your last illustration
looks like my joint pain!!!
Love your history! Lo

Parisbreakfasts said...

Ha! I just ate an airbrushed macaron!
Flavor mangue..miam

Parisbreakfasts said...

I was exceedingly lucky.
I lived around the corner from St.Vincent's at the time.
Several neighbors called the police. I was on the operating table in minutes.
After I locked my valuables inside my appartment of course.
Then I sketched my mugger when the police came into the recovery room...ahem 🎨

Ann K said...

Soooo interesting. You have had many lives

Anonymous said...

Wow! You are indeed awesome and so is your art. You sketched the attacker while in the recovery room? I hope that did not happen in Paris. What a story and probably one you do not share often. Wow!

Marilyn Miller said...

Just Wow! Sorry you had to go through that difficult time. I am so impressed with your transitions and being open to change.

Cheryl Taylor said...

You have to be one of the most interesting and talented jack of all trades involving art I know! So high tech on one end and soft and sweet on the other.

Jeanie said...

Fascinating. I'd seen your work long before I knew I'd seen it. Isn't that the way with artists who do illustrations for publications? Rarely a credit or buried if it is. I had no idea about the attack -- that's so frightening and bravo. That would flatten a lot of people. (Permanently) and I'm grateful you came back to bring the world art and color and Paris in the way you do. It's fun learning your story. Thanks for sharing it.

Barb said...

You are an amazing woman on so many levels. I bow to you.

Riki Schumacher said...

Really interesting so see your past talents, thanks for sharing. I can't believe you got shot, how horrible. Thank goodness you survived and recovered. You're a talented lady for sure.

g said...

Carol ...... I am rendered speechless...YOU ARE INCREDIBLE- does your talent ...vision innovation know no end....I am in awe cannot wait until the next installment! Did the incident happen in nyc-I am so glad you are here and cannot imagine the post traumatic stuff that goes along with that-your work is amazing because you are amazing-thank you so much for sharing!!

g said...

I second EVERYTHING that La Table de Nana sais...so much better than myself and WHAT THE WHAT-you sketched the assailant....WOW

Lynda said...

You need to write a book! Sounds like a best seller, especially with illustrations by you!

Sally V said...

my husband just had sinus surgery and that illustration is a winner!

Parisbreakfasts said...

Yes it was in my hallway on the 6th floor of my apartment building in NYC in the west village.
And no I did not have PTS cos the guy was rather well-dressed and said nothing terribly threatening to me other than that I should open my door for him. I tried women's self-defense classes afterwards and could not bring myself to punch the bag much less anyone else. 😳

Parisbreakfasts said...

Thank you Riki,
I was exceeding lucky to have only a punctured lung and no residual medical issues afterward.
It may sound weird but there are advantages to being shot at point-blank - a much smaller hole than from a distance, so much less damage to the body.

Parisbreakfasts said...

Maybe a graphic novel?
I have had adventures..

Alice M said...

Please keep posting about your many career paths! So interesting......I'll bet the painted Chef's jackets are treasured keepsakes.

Looking forward to the next episode....

sukicart said...

Carol, thank you so much for sharing your amazing life with us. I am so sorry you went through being shot & so glad you came through with no lingering problems. Your art career is amazing & I am glad you ended up where we now find you & get to benefit from your your enormous talent.

La Table De Nana said...

I hope they caught the assailant😢

Madonna/aka/Ms Lemon of Make Mine Lemon said...

For some reason your post ended up in spam. I don't check it that often, but so glad I did. Your past lives are very interesting. So glad you survived such a catastrophic ordeal. I love your new life and your resilience. I would probably be face down in my bed with the covers pulled over. :)

Joyfulartist said...

Wonder woman for sure! Who knew and artist could have such a career. You did indeed turn lemons into lemonade, bravo!

Anonymous said...

This post left me totally in awe! For a moment, everything I saw and read left me speechless. You are as artistic as you are brave! A punctured lung is a deadly serious thing.
Every illustration here is "alucinante" as they say in my country. Brava!!!
Maria O. Russell

Victor V said...

Wishing you continued success. It is an inspiration to many!

MR said...

First of all, thank you for my Feb map��. So much detail & I love seeing your neighborhood-also the Berthillon menu & other goodies enclosed-your art always brightens my day.

I appreciate so much that you share your history with your latest post. The Tron phenomenon was revolutionary “back in the day” it was one of my favorite movies. Was your name in the credits? I remember that Advil ad...who knew it was you! It was also art that had never been done before and has not been done since.

CS said...

You are amazing and a survivor of the multi-faceted type. Thank you for the interesting personal story.

If I could ask a personal question. It’s ok to take a pass on this. You are the only person I know who has survived a gun attack. There is much discussion here in the states now as you might know about guns. I’m ok with hunting rifles but I question people who say they need/own/carry guns for personal protection and that doing so makes me safer. With your experience, what do you think? Do you carry a gun?

Parisbreakfasts said...

Absolutely not! Another good reason to live in France. No one else does here.
In the '80s in the US they didn't much either. New York was a different place back then with much drug-related crime before police chief Bill Bratten came in.

Shackleton said...

You are a class act no matter what number!!
Thank you for sharing such a wonderful, inspiring story.
Best regards from snowy Aspen, Colorado!

Parisbreakfasts said...

Hahaha interesting perspective Cheryl T!

Judy said...

Carol, I am so impressed by this post and your talent that I am beyond amazement!
I am so happy that you are getting to live your dream in Paris now!

Peggy B said...

Who coulda known?! I’m glad you continue to reinvent yourself.

Eve B said...

I am very impressed that you have managed to carve out such an interesting and successful career. I would love to learn more about that in your future novel!!

Kathy H said...

OMG - WHO WOULD HAVE KNOWN?? I loved the walk down memory lane and the artwork done (airbrush) - fantastic! (I feel a little bit like that myself - it is so long since I picked up a paintbrush...I think I wouldn't know what to do with it!) What a career you have (and had)!

Carol - it may be time to write your memoirs!

Jeanette, Mistress of Longears said...

OMG! Shot! And then you sketched your mugger? Eternal kudos!

Parisbreakfasts said...

Yeah don't mess around with artistes!!

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Jane said...

C'est impressionnant, Carol ! Impressionnant ce que tu as subi, impressionnant comment tu as réagi ! Je suis admirative de ta force et ta créativité.

Anonymous said...

What a life. Modesty is your middle name? I've followed you for a long while without ever imagining you were Super Woman. LOL. Thanks for letting us get to know you better. Again, what a life.

Be well.