Friday’s Thought – The Little Details

“The true secret of happiness lies in taking a genuine interest in all the details of daily life.”

(William Morris)

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From My Sketchbook – Rhymes and Doodles

The New York City Ballet fall season started up today, and I headed back to Lincoln Center for a full day of rehearsals on Swan Lake.  The pace at NYCB is always in high gear (opening night is tomorrow!), and to top off 5  1/2 hours of orchestra rehearsals, I then headed off to the Empire Hotel to support my husband who was acting as emcee for an evening of music and talk with some of the choreographers of the new works being put up this season.

Not being as youthful as I once was, I found myself fading fast as the evening wore on.  A big hint that I had reached my limit was when my black ballpoint pen ran out of ink and it felt to me like the world was ending.

Note to self: Get more sleep and carry around a spare black ballpoint pen!

I did manage this sketch of a patron listening in rapt attention to the music.  (She actually WAS wearing a striped shirt in shades of blue!)  So…

It’s all good!

She listened to the tune,

Which ended all too soon.

Then my black pen up and died,

And I left feeling fried.

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Friday’s Thought – For Children of All Ages

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September 15, 2017 · 7:47 pm

My Favorite Things – The Cleaning Ladies of My Youth

Actually, there was only ONE I really remember.  Her name was Fernanda and she worked for my aunt in the little town of Algueirão outside Lisbon, Portugal.  While we played with her daughter (who was close in age to me and my sister), Fernanda cleaned…

And cooked.

(She was pretty tolerant of our antics, but when we crossed the line, she’d come after us with her slipper.)

But at the end of the day, there was always laughter and plenty of hugs!

(Illustrations © Joana Miranda)

 

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From My Sketchbook – Rhymes and Doodles

It was hard to sketch shortly,

Since my subject was portly.

But he posed like a film star,

While enjoying a cigar.

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Dark Humor for a Sunny Sunday…

I’ve been taking an (all-day) break it seems from cleaning the house.  But the interruption hasn’t been due to laziness or frivolities.  I’ve been hard at work on my latest cartoon art.  I’m calling this one Death and the TSA.

Here it is in the inked, pre-shaded stage…

And here it is in its final shaded version!

(To see close-up details or to purchase the greeting card version, click here.)

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Friday’s Thought – The Fires of the Mind

“The mind is not a vessel to be filled but a fire to be kindled.”

(Plutarch)

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