Sketchbook Selfies

This is a little game I like to play with myself. I'm always snapping pics of the scenes I go out and draw, so from time to time, I'll take a sketchbook "selfie" (to use the buzz word). Sometimes it works, sometimes not so much. Here are some of my favorites. 

Peak's Island, Maine

Peak's Island, Maine

Central Park (the one that started it all)

Central Park (the one that started it all)

our apartment in Astoria, Queens

our apartment in Astoria, Queens

Mets Game

Mets Game

Country Club Plaza, Kansas City

Country Club Plaza, Kansas City

Bryant Park

Bryant Park

Sandy Sketches

We're going on day two of being holed up in our litter apartment here in New York. We were very fortunate and have both our power and internet, but that doesn't mean it's been all movies and beer for the last couple of days. We did to quite a bit of prep before Sandy rolled through. Bought tons of food and filled every possible surface in our kitchen with containers of water...

Yesterday, while I drew everything in site, Zack worked diligently at the kitchen island on some architecting...

The most visible damage on our street is a tree that lost it's branches and rested ever so delicately on the near by power lines...

I watched it happen last night around 6 and just waited for the power to go, but you know what...it never did! we are truly lucky. My heart goes out to those not as fortunate as us. Especially those and the family of those at the NYU Hospital that lost it's power and the people there who were busy fighting for their lives in the first place to prepare for another disaster. For some reason, that story struck me most of all. I hope everyone has been relocated and doing the best they can.

The Night Train

I finally had a few days free to work on a piece that's been rolling around in my mind for a while. Inspired by one of those weekend summer nights in New York when the commute home seems to take longer than the night itself (you subway riders know what I'm talking about). It's always easier when you have someone to rest your head on. And you know that person. And it's not the homeless man you see every week.

Spring?

The trees are in bloom, Mr. Tastee has returned, our apartment is toasty, but outside the wind is incessantly beating against our tiny apartment building...ahhh, March.

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work in progress, statue: Three Dancing Maidens by Walter Schott, Central Park Conservatory Garden

On Location: The Met

Yesterday, I was fortunate enough to go on a backstage tour of the Met with my drawing class. This was hands down one of the coolest museum/tours I have been on in NYC. If you are ever visiting or even if you live here, I highly recommend adding this destination to your list. There's no photography allowed, and our tour was a short 90 minutes, so all the drawings were done while walking alongside our amazing tour guide, Brett (who you'll see depicted in the plaid Blazer). I felt like I was participating in some sort of drawing-on-location Olympics. So little time. So much to see. 

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On Location: My Block

This series of images was done for a drawing class assignment where we were asked to explore a city block (any city block) choose three locations and draw and interview people at those locations. Out of fondness and convenience, I chose my block...the upper stretch of Central Park West. The locations: Central Park, The Parkside Deli and a Christmas tree stand. Enjoy!

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On Location: Christmas Tree Stand

Last week, I returned to New York City after a particularly emotional Thanksgiving back in Kansas City. Perhaps it is because I feel like I'm entitled to a little comfort this year, but I have wholeheartedly thrown myself into the Christmas spirit. Aside from going on a week long bender of Christmas music and stocking up on holiday themed items from Trader Joes, I ventured out to a little Christmas tree stand across from my apartment to do some drawings. Any votes as to which one should be my Christmas card this year (in the case that I actually find time to make one!)?

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On Location: My Studio!

Drawing class this week was in the classroom. Not that doesn't have it's perks (think limber dancers, masks, guys with sticks and girls in big hats), but those are more about experimenting. This week's location drawing comes to you from the window inside my studio.

I'm so lucky to have a great space that looks North out over Manhattan. It's mostly water towers and skyscrapers, but that's fine by me! I get to see some pretty great sunsets off to the West and at night, I get to peek into everyone's apartments. I'm thinking of getting some binoculars. What do you think?