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From My Sketchbook – Forensic Art?

I was away from home these past two weeks playing with the New York City Ballet up in Saratoga, NY.  With 3 rehearsals and seven shows per week, there was not a whole lot of time for sketching or cartooning.  Being in a hotel and having maid service and the chance to watch late night TV in bed was a nice perk, though.  In addition to lots of Food Network shows, my husband and I watched quite a few episodes of Forensic Files.  The latter got me thinking about what it takes to be a forensic artist, and if it is something I would ever be interested in doing (or could do.)  After digging a little online, I was surprised to learn that there are only about 30 full-time forensic artists working in the US.  The field is obviously tiny and highly specialized.  According to this article, becoming a forensic artist is usually somewhat of a round-about process which almost always involves working for law enforcement in a different capacity.  I was also intrigued to read about Lois Gibson, one of the most famous and successful forensic artists in the business today.  The importance of having people skills – forensic artists need to be highly empathetic listeners – combined with having artistic know-how would certainly be an interesting challenge.

For fun (and since I only did ONE cartoon sketch last week, tsk tsk), I asked my husband if he would participate in an experiment with me.  I asked him to think of someone, take a quick look at a picture of them, and then describe their face to me from memory.  I did all of the questioning and tried not to ask leading questions (i.e. instead of “Were their eyes brown?”, I asked “Do you recall the color of their eyes?”)

My first sketch (done in pen since that’s what I usually use for my quick sketches) resulted in this image:

My husband then told me that the nose was too high, the jaw-line should be thinner, the hairline lower and the hair “more wild.”  The second “blind” sketch resulted in this:

After he told me that he had been thinking of Leonard Berstein, we checked my sketch against photos of Berstein.  I think there is a bit of a likeness.  For sure, the exercise was thought-provoking and fun all around!

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From My (Saratoga) Sketchbook – Rhymes and Doodles

Two birds of a feather,

On a bench together.

Looked a bit more grubby,

Than sweet lovey-dovey.

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Friday’s Thought – The Garden of Our Thoughts

Dedicated to my husband on our 10th anniversary…
multiple hanging flower baskets

“If I had a flower for every time I thought of you, I could walk in my garden forever.”

(Alfred Lord Tennyson)

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Friday’s Thought – Concrete Thinking

Paradox

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July 11, 2014 · 5:24 pm

My Favorite Things – When the Stars Align

Outdoor concerts are NOT my thing.  I don’t really like attending them and I don’t particularly like performing them either.  But every once in a while the stars align – or, maybe more correctly, the weather cooperates – and I can’t think of a better way to spend the day.  Cap it off with an evening off for “date night” with my husband and I’m in heaven.

At 2 p.m. today in the pit at the Saratoga Performing Arts Center this was the task at hand.

In the NYCB pit

(And speaking of “hands”, my Bridge bid at intermission threw my partner for a curve!)

Bridge Hand

With the show concluded, my husband and I headed to Chianti for a romantic dinner à deux…

Dinner at Chianti

And then on to the local frozen yogurt hot spot for his and hers sundaes.

frozen yogurt at night

What could be more perfect?  Maybe only this…

lanterns and the moon

 

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Friday’s Thought – A Colorful One…

Photo of bed of colorful dahlias, taken by Joana Miranda

“Colors are the smiles of nature.”
(Leigh Hunt)

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My Favorite Things – Saratoga Springs, NY

You don’t have to go too far outside of NY City to find yourself among the quaint villages and towns of New England.  I’m fortunate to be playing this summer with the New York City Ballet Orchestra in the ballet’s summer home at the Saratoga Performing Arts Center (also home to the Philadelphia Orchestra during the summer.)

The town of Saratoga Springs is known for it’s curative mineral springs, but if drinking sulfuric water isn’t your thing, you can always browse the boutiques and shops, take in a gourmet meal, or head off to the Saratoga Race Track to cheer for your favorite pony.  Those horses are real, but if you can’t make a race, you can always pick a favorite from one of the many statues around town…

Photo of painted white horse in Saratoga Springs, NY, taken by Joana Miranda

Photo of painted black horse in Saratoga Springs, NY, taken by Joana Miranda

Photo of painted "Jazz" blue and red horse in downtown Saratoga Springs, NY, taken by Joana Miranda

Photo of painted horse with ice-cream cones in Saratoga Springs, NY, taken by Joana Miranda

If you need a boost, you can grab a cup of Joe here…

Photo of coffee shop in Saratoga Springs, NY, taken by Joana Miranda

Check into the magnificent Adelphi Hotel…

Photo of Adelphi Hotel in Saratoga Springs, NY, taken by Joana Miranda

Visit the old time apothecary, Menges and Curtis…

1871 building in downtown Saratoga Springs, NY, taken by Joana Miranda

Or, pick up a cigar at the tobacconist!

Tobacconist in Saratoga Springs, NY, photo taken by Joana Miranda

If you like Victorian architecture, don’t miss these houses…

Photo of brick Victorian era house in Saratoga Springs, NY, taken by Joana Miranda

Blue and white Victorian house in Saratoga Springs, NY, photo taken by Joana Miranda

You’ll feel like you’ve stepped back into a more genteel time…

Photo of flower pots on Victorian porch in Saratoga Springs, NY, taken by Joana Miranda

And you might even have time to stop and smell the flowers!

Photo of garden and iron fence in Saratoga Springs, NY, taken by Joana Miranda

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