From My Sketchbook (What I’m Sketching and Why…)

I filled the last few pages of a Crescent Rendr  Sketchbook yesterday and will start in on a fresh one today.  The Crescent Rendr brand sketchbooks are my go-to sketchbooks because they feature:

  • bleed-proof, wrinkle-free pages which allow you to draw/paint on both sides of each page
  • discreet size (perfect for a pocket or purse)
  • sewn binding for open-flat access

I’ve discovered that I’m sort of addicted to sketching in public (or, to be more precise, sketching THE public.)  I find it immensely appealing and gratifying because it:

  • forces you to get faster with your gestures
  • puts you in the moment
  • makes waiting for the subway/train/plane fun
  • gives you lots of free subject matter
  • provides a record of your travels

As I flip back through this particular sketchbook I’m transported to our flight to Paris in June and walks along the Seine and in the Jardin du Luxembourg, then back to the cafes along Central Park, then to our hotel room in Saratoga, NY (for lots of TV watching of the Democratic and Republican conventions) and on to a very relaxing week spent in NH at my mom’s cottage.  The last few pages are filled with my favorite subject – fellow commuters on the subway as I make my way around NYC.

Enjoy!Thin Asian man checking his cellphone

Quick sketch of bald man on the subway

Middle aged woman concentrating

Man in sunglasses riding the subway

Old man on the subway

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The Empty Nesters – A Sunday Funny

Empty Nesters with text


(P.S.  The greeting card version of this illustration is now available in my shop at Etsy.  Click here to purchase.)


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Friday’s Thought – On Travel

Information kiosk at Grand Central Station

“Wherever you go, go with all your heart. “


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A Thursday Funny – Marital Bliss

Marital bliss for blog


August 18, 2016 · 3:40 pm

In Olympic Form – A Tuesday Funny

Olympic Form for blog


August 16, 2016 · 9:26 pm

From My Sketchbook – Back at it in the Subway

Although the oppressive heat in NYC this past week made going outside almost unbearable, I did have to brave the subway a few times.  Here were some of my companions…

Sketch of young African American man waiting for the subway

Quick sketch of African American man on the subway

When I wasn’t traveling about town, I was firmly planted at my drafting table working on whimsical cartoon illustrations.  My latest – a gift for my conductor husband – is called At the Ballet:

At the Ballet watermarked


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Friday’s Thought – Earthly Wonders

Goose Pond sunset

“When I admire the wonders of a sunset or the beauty of the moon, my soul expands in the worship of the creator.”

(Mahatma Gandhi)


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