From My Drafting Table: Mug Shots…

It’s been a busy week for me…which isn’t all bad since my husband was out of town.  Between running back and forth to rehearsals and shows, I also kept myself entertained by creating “mug shots” at the drafting table.

Meet my friends…

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Friday’s Thought – On Metamorphosis

photo of catepillar

“What the caterpillar calls the end of the world the master calls a butterfly.”

(Richard Bach)

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My Favorite Things – Furry Creatures

You wouldn’t believe it, but Block Island, RI is home to llamas…



pair of camels


And even an alpaca…

funny alpaca

(Or two!)

pair of alpacas

Now you might wonder how this is possible, but if you pay a visit to North Light Fibers, a working yarn and textile mini mill, all will become clear.  And since we’re speaking of yarn, keep in mind that it isn’t just for sweaters and mittens.  Meet Serafina the Ballerina my birthday bunny which was hand-knit for me this year by my sister.

Serafina the Ballerina

bunny doing the splits

That’s all folks!


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From My Sketchbook – Week 19

I thought I would have lots of sketching time on my recent trip to Block Island, RI, but the trip was a bit of a whirlwind.  When we weren’t busy getting there and back, we were touring the island, eating and drinking and focusing on enjoying the company of family.  So my sketchbook project did fall a bit by the wayside last week (at least it didn’t fall into the ocean, though!)

Here are two sketches which I did today.  I wished I had more time for the first sketch – a very elegantly dressed middle-aged woman in the act of covering her ears as the express train roared by.  However, she was sprightly and moved away from me on the the subway platform before I could do her justice .  The second sketch is of an older gentleman who was seated near me on the train.  My pen wrinkles look heavy-handed, unfortunately, but I do think you can still see that he had a kind face.

woman with large bag and wedge shoes

middled aged man sketch


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Keeping it Simple…

In the quest to create illustrations that are whimsical, upbeat and fun, I keep coming back to the need to keep things simple.  You’d think “simple” would be easy, but it’s actually not!

After hours of slaving at my drafting table today (ok, I’m exaggerating, but maybe not as much as you’d think!) here’s what emerged…

Cafe des Amis( By the way, I also joined Instagram today, so if you’d like to follow me there I’ve added an Instagram button to the sidebar of my blog. )


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Friday’s Thought – The Art of Rest


“Rest is not idleness, and to lie sometimes on the grass under trees on a summer’s day, listening to the murmur of the water, or watching the clouds float across the sky, is by no means a waste of time.”

(John Lubbock)

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My Favorite Things – A Visit to Block Island, RI

With the New York City Ballet spring season coming to an end this past Sunday, my husband and I got our first taste of summer vacation.  Since our free time is limited, we made the most of it by leaving on Monday morning for Block Island, RI where my husband’s sister and brother-in-law own and run the Old Town Inn.

Old Town Inn

The accommodations are charming, and the food (all cooked by my husband’s brother-in-law) is exquisite!  You’ll find breakfasts that feature home-cooked breads…

cutting the bread

And vegetables grown in the garden by the side of the house.

broccoli in Dave's garden

If you like dramatic landscapes and quick changing weather, Block Island is for you.  The day we arrived was overcast…

houses on Block Island

view of salt pond on Block Island

And by the next morning, a dense fog was rolling in.  

bluff in the fog3

bluff on Block Island in the fog

bluff in the fog4

The smell of the ocean…

ocean on Block Island

Combined with the perfume of the wild roses covering the bluffs, was intoxicating!

roses on the bluff

The views far…

lighthouse on north point of Block Island

And near were peaceful and ever so good for the soul.

rock pile by the ocean

Late in the afternoon, the sun came out and burned off the fog.  We went for a walk and passed sunlit ponds…

pond on Block Island

And rolling meadows.

Field and house on Block Island


two adirondack chairs the the Old Town Inn

You bet!


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