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Friday’s Thought – Pondering the Fountain of Youth

“There is a fountain of youth: it is your mind, your talents, the creativity you bring to your life and the lives of people you love. When you learn to tap this source, you will truly have defeated age.”

(Sophia Loren)

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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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My Favorite Things – Illustrations by Hilary Knight

I’ve admired the work of illustrator Hilary Knight for a long time, so I was delighted to learn recently that there is an exhibit at the New York Public Library for the Performing Arts dedicated to Knight’s fascination and love for the theatrical world.  (In addition to this wonderful Hilary Knight’s Stage Struck World exhibit, there will be a second exhibit dedicated to Knight’s most beloved children’s book character, Eloise, opening up at the Historical Society in June.)

After my rehearsal at the David Koch Theater yesterday, I made my way around the plaza to the New York Public Library for the Performing Arts.  The Hilary Knight exhibit is immediately visible as you enter the library.  A fabulous mural featuring Knight’s colorful characters along with an interesting video interview with Knight greets you as you walk in.

(Here’s a portion of that mural…)

The long hallway is papered with posters from Hilary Knight’s prodigious theater poster designing career.  Most fascinating is to see the different drafts and versions for each poster.

Posters for such musicals as Timbuktu…

And Sugar Babies.

Taking it all in is almost an impossibility, but the standout impression is one of joy, movement and color!

On the opposite wall are display case windows with Knight’s sketchbooks…

Pen and ink illustrations…

And, of course, sightings of Eloise.

And early ink and sepia illustration shows Hilary Knight’s talent with creating harmonious and humorous movement…

And that humor is also evident in this more serious-looking pencil illustration.

Knight’s illustrations resonate with me because they capture the human spirit in all it’s conditions, yet always do so with movement and irrepressible joy.  This is an exhibit worth revisiting…and, lucky for me, it’s not only free to the public, but it just happens to be around the corner from where I’m working these days.

And that’s certainly something to be happy about!

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Friday’s Thought – Theme and Variations

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“Satisfaction lies in mindful repetition, the discovery of endless richness in subtle variations on familiar themes.”

(George B. Leonard)

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From My Sketchbook – My Peeps

Yes, these days my “peeps” – or the people I’m drawn to sketch – are the ones with unusual expressions and, often, quirky outfits.  Don’t get me wrong; I’ll still admire the rare specimen with the perfectly proportioned face, luminescent skin, elegant figure, and beautiful clothes.  But artistically speaking, it’s the humanity in the rest of us mortals that catches my attention and inspires me.  (Not to mention that there is charm and often humor in that which is unique.)

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From My Sketchbook – Variety is the Spice of Life

I’m blessed in that the many “hats” I wear – musician, cartoonist, illustrator – keep me mostly entertained and amused.  (And, when I need extra inspiration, there’s always my camera, or time spent cooking in the kitchen!) Of course, with a schedule of 43 Nutcracker shows this month, things are feeling maybe a little less amusing than I’d like, but I’m still finding time on the frequent subway rides to Lincoln Center to ground myself with some sketching.

Here is a potpourri of interesting and varied faces from this past week…

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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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quick-sketch-of-preppy-middle-aged-woman

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