Friday’s Thought – On Landscape Painting

Central Park garden at Bethesda fountain

“All gardening is landscape painting.”

(William Kent)

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My Favorite Things – A Moment in Time

Happy accidents of light and darkness…moments that caught my eye today.

A dark canopy frames the Beresford…

The Beresford as seen through the trees

While crisp blossoms obscure high rises in the distance.

flowering tree on the reservoir

Water drops glisten…

Fountain in Central Park(And X marks the spot!)

light in the trees

These are just a few moments in time!

reservoir at dusk

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New Illustration From Joana Miranda Studio Is Turning Heads…

She's All That cropped for blog

And you can pick up your own copy here!

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From My Sketchbook – Week 15

My sketches this past week ran the gamut from head to toe.

Or, perhaps it would be more correct to say “feet”…


Quick ink sketch of feet in retro heels

To “torso!”

Quick ink sketch of woman in cargo shorts waiting for subway

In case you’re just joining in, I started a sketch project 15 weeks ago.  My aim is to sketch something (preferably a live subject) every day.  Although I wish I could say that I spend my afternoons leisurely sketching in a café, the reality is that my sketching times are usually confined to subway cars or platforms as I’m en route somewhere.  Even though the conditions are far from ideal (poor light, rumbling trains, unstable work surfaces, etc.), I’ve found that sketching is a great way to make time fly – not to mention that it keeps me  from being tempted to plug in and TUNE OUT!  (Thankfully, I seem to have no shortage of plugged in/tuned out subjects…)


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My Favorite Things – A Luncheon in the Clouds

Yesterday I caught up with a good friend over lunch.  She suggested we meet at Robert, the ninth floor restaurant in Columbus Circle’s Museum of Arts and Design.

If you’re hurrying by the sleek facade of the Museum of Arts and Design, you could easily overlook this gem.

Museum of Art and Design at Columbus Circle

But if you’ve got good eyesight (or a zoom lens!) you’ll notice that that this restaurant on the southwest corner of Central Park has an incredible vantage point.

Photo of the restaurant Robert from the outside

 The menu is cheery and straight forward…

Robert wine menu

With clean and fresh flavors that are matched by the airy and light ambiance.

Restaurant Robert decor

orchid vases at restaurant Robert

I ordered the endive and apple salad with chicken…

Endive and apple salad with chicken at restaurant Robert

(And loved every bite!)

Tables by the window are booked weeks in advance…

View looking north from restaurant Robert

But even if you can’t nab one of those, you’ll still be guaranteed a great view!


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Friday’s Thought – Happy Times


“It is the season now to go about the country high and low, among the lilacs hand in hand, and two by two in fairyland.”

(Robert Louis Stevenson)

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From My Sketchbook – Week 14

This week I was called in to observe a rehearsal at the ballet.  Although I was there for study purposes (and so needed to focus on the music), I was still able to squeeze in this quick sketch of one of the cellists before the rehearsal started…

Sketch of Hannah

(Hannah is incredibly talented, not to mention beautiful.  Check out her website here!)

Of course, my weekly sketchbook project post wouldn’t be complete without a subway rider sketch.  So here she is…

pretty girl on the subway


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