Friday’s Thought – After the Rain


“A wind has blown the rain away and blown the sky away and all the leaves away, and the trees stand. I think, I too, have known autumn too long.”

(e. e. cummings)

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From My Sketchbook – The Long and Short of It

These days as I’m looking for subjects to sketch, I usually go for the more interesting and unusual face types.  As you can see from the sketches below, my subject’s faces this week ranged from long, to rectangular and even slightly squat-shaped.   (I’m pleased to say that as I sketched the woman with the sunglasses and leopard print coat below, a fellow passenger watched from over my shoulder and gave me a big smile and a thumb’s up.)





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My Favorite Things – Hunter’s Moon Over Manhattan

Apparently, tonight’s Hunter’s Moon is such a rare combination of the planets being aligned (well, the sun, moon and earth, that is) that we won’t be seeing another one like this until November 25th, 2034.  Not sure where you’ll  be on November 25th, 2034 and missed tonight’s moon? Don’t despair – I just got back from the Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis Reservoir tonight where I took 137 pictures of the moon as it rose over Manhattan.  (Even better, I’ve edited down the pics below to just my very favorites.)










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Friday’s Thought – Nature’s Amen


“The Amen of nature is always a flower.”

(Oliver Wendell Holmes, Sr.)


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From My Sketchbook – A Slice of Humanity From New York’s MTA

I’ve been riding the subway A LOT these past weeks.  And I’m delighted to report that I finally wised up and started purchasing weekly passes instead of just putting a chunk of change on my metro card and riding “pay as you go.”  The upside to adding time to your metro card is that you have unlimited rides within the time frame you choose.  Which means that using your card feels like having free money…and who doesn’t like that?  I’ve also had fun, as usual, looking for interesting faces to sketch.  This week I stuck more to the cartoon style I’ve been embracing of late.

Here were a few of my companions…






P.S.  As promised, here’s a link to my latest spooky cartoon illustration which is now available as a greeting card over in my shop at Etsy.




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Friday’s Thought – Mirror, Mirror


“It is the spectator, and not life, that art really mirrors.”

(Oscar Wilde)

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Not the Winner, but Thank You Anyway!

I’ve been meaning to thank all of my fans for taking the time to vote for my Arte Diem fashion illustration in the recent Dick Blick Art en Vogue Fashion Art Challenge.  While my illustration wasn’t selected as one of the winners, your votes certainly made me feel like a winner!  

If you’re interested in seeing the winning selections, please click here:

Meanwhile, I’ve wasted no time in getting back to the drawing board!  My latest illustration gives a nod to the spirit of October and the season of ghosts, goblins and things that go BOO in the night.


(P.S. The greeting card version of this illustration will be debuting in my shop at Etsy soon.) 


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