After a particularly cold and snowy winter, the temperatures have turned a lot milder – even balmy – in the Big Apple. As I walked home through Central Park today, I snapped these pictures. As you can probably tell, I’m really eager for spring to arrive!
Red buds against a very blue sky.
Earthy reflections in ponds of melted snow.
And (hopefully) soon-to-be-budding trees reaching for the sky.
Although I had visions of spending some downtime sketching in a cafe this week, that time became quickly eaten up with rehearsals and practicing. (If you’re in the city tonight, you’ll find me on stage at Avery Fisher Hall in this performance) and on the weekend I’ll be in the pit at Wicked.)
So, in the end, it wasn’t a stellar week for my sketches, but I do like this one (done as I waited for an Uptown 1 Train)…
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…
As well as a handful of children sledding and frolicking in the park.
Meanwhile, large expanses of the snow remained pristine.
The apartment buildings along Central Park West looked alternatively ghostly….
Or like sugared confections.
While the lacy patterns of the snow-laden branches…
Were worth a second look.
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…
While the late night train schedule at Columbus Circle allowed me to capture this tall pixie in a more fleshed-out sketch.
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…
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?