My Favorite Things – L’Amour


L'amour with text


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From My Sketchbook – The Little People

Sometimes my best sketches emerge at the corners of my sketchbook.  They’re sort of afterthoughts – squeezed in beside more “serious” attempts – and it’s maybe because the pressure’s off that they turn out to be the most successful.  In any case, every sketch teaches me (a little) something!

So without further ado, meet the little people:

The Little People 1

Little people 4

Little portrait

Little people 3


Little people 2


Little people 5


Filed under art, cartoon illustration, drawing, drawing faces, illustration, ink sketches, New work, Pen Sketch, Quick Sketch, sketchbook

Friday’s Thought – Moonrise

Moonscape over Goose Pond

“The moon, like a flower

In heaven’s high bower,

With silent delight

Sits and smiles on the night.”

(William Blake)


Filed under Friday's Thought, nature, photography, wisdom, wise quotes

My Favorite Things – Decompressing in New Hampshire

After almost non-stop spring and summer work interspersed with a move and international travel, it’s been REALLY nice to decompress this week at my mom’s lakeside cabin in New Hampshire.  Meal times are a highlight of each day and our entertainment consists of simple pleasures like loon-watching, berry picking, swimming, sitting on the dock and playing board games.

Here’s a snap-shot of our day so far:

Loon-spotting on the dock this morning…

Loon on Goose Pond

Was followed by a stroll through my mom’s garden!

bees on the daisies

Then we were off to pick fresh raspberries…


And blueberries!

pick your own blueberries

blueberries on the bush

Back at home in time for lunch with our loot…

fresh picked berries

What could be better?


Filed under My Favorite Things, nature, photography, travel, travel photography

From My Sketchbook – A Few Funnies for a Rainy Day

Our first day of vacation at my mom’s cabin in the woods has been soggy and cold –  not so great for doing anything on the pond, but perfect for sitting inside and working on some cartoon illustrations!  And so I did.

Here are a few “selfie” inspired cartoon sketches…

Joana cartoon

Little Miss Muffet

And a cartoon sketch loosely based on my mother, who kindly consented to “sit” for me.

Meh-meh on her phone


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Friday’s Thought – On Simple Pleasures

Crayola colors

“That man is rich whose pleasures are the cheapest.”

(Henry David Thoreau)


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From My Sketchbook – Ripped from the News

There hasn’t been very much free time for sketching during my stay in Saratoga.  When I’m not in the sticky, hot orchestra pit rehearsing and playing for the shows with the New York City Ballet, I’ve been mostly trying to recuperate in the comfort of the AC in our hotel room.  It did occur to me, however, that I might find good subject matter on the TV, so I made up for lost time yesterday with these sketches while simultaneously catching up on the news!

A security guard outside the Democratic National Convention…

quick ink sketch of security man outside DNC convention

On the golf channel… 

Quick ink sketch of left-handed putter

CNN commentator Wolf Blitzer (accompanied by faces seen during the advertising breaks)…

Sketches inspired by tv

A commentator during the Republican National Convention…

Commentator on the RNC

A detective on Forensic Files along with another political commentator…

Quick ink sketches of news figures

And thus concluded my evening of channel-surfing!


Filed under art, cartoon illustration, drawing, drawing faces, From My Sketchbook, Influences, ink sketches, Quick Sketch, sketchbook, Weekly Sketch Project