My Favorite Things – A Snow Day in the Big Apple

It’s been snowing all day in the city.  My afternoon student cancelled and, miracle of miracles, I also had no scheduled rehearsals or shows today…or any other reason to leave the house except to enjoy the beauty of the white stuff.

Although most people stayed in, there were a few pedestrians…

Woman in black with umbrella in the snow

As well as a handful of children sledding and frolicking in the park.

children playing in the snow.

Meanwhile, large expanses of the snow remained pristine.

snowy day in Central Park

The apartment buildings along Central Park West looked alternatively ghostly….

Central Park West in the snow2

Or like sugared confections.

Central Park West in the snow

While the lacy patterns of the snow-laden branches…

snowy branches

Were worth a second look.

two women in the snow

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From My Sketchbook – Week 4

My sketch-a-day project could well be entitled “The Subway Diaries” because at this point – except for one sketch – all of the others have been done either on the subway or while waiting on the platform for a train to arrive.

This pair of legs caught my eye on the C Train…

torso sketch from subway

While the late night train schedule at Columbus Circle allowed me to capture this tall pixie in a more fleshed-out sketch.

woman waiting for the subway

With a slightly lighter work schedule this week, and maybe the opportunity to treat myself to a coffee in a cafe, I’m hoping to change up the focus of my sketches a bit.  Stay tuned…

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Walk Like An Egyptian…A New Illustration Goes Slightly Awry

I was pretty pleased with my latest illustration when I left it this afternoon.  However, spending a few hours away gave me “new eyes”, and I realized that the way I’d positioned my model’s feet was slightly reminiscent of an Egyptian hieroglyph!  So I plan to give the illustration another shot tomorrow.

Who knows, maybe she doesn’t even need the legs?

Gifted

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Friday’s Thought – Cause and Effect

icy trees

“Let us love winter, for it is the spring of genius.”

(Pietro Aretino)

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My Favorite Things – The Organized Chaos That Is New York

Be it daytime…

Signs in Midtown

Dusk…

Signs in Little Italy

Or Evening…

TSQ Brasserie

This is my kind of chaos!

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From My Sketchbook – Week 3

As you can see from this collection of quick sketches (again done on the subway on my way to playing shows at Lincoln Center) it’s continued very cold in the Big Apple.  Everyone is bundled up – sometimes in hats AND hoods.  Not fun, but it does make for interesting sketches…

Woman with hat and hood on the subway pen sketch by Joana Miranda

 

pen sketch of woman with earbuds on the subway by Joana Miranda

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Friday’s Thought – The Thoughtful Soul

Snowy scene over bridge in Central Park

‘The thoughtful soul to solitude retires.”

(Omar Khayyam)

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