A perfect day for painting

Friday, August 31, 2012

Same weekly haunts, different subjects. An old woman reading a magazine in the sunny triangular pedestrian plaza near Eataly:

Woman in the triangle near Madison Square Park, New York, NY

And the view looking south, as the light began to work its magic.
Looking south, 25th & Broadway, New York, NY


Summer Staycation

Thursday, August 16, 2012

A week off from work, just to enjoy the August sun and showers and splash paints about at the beach and read big hardback books in the porch.

Yesterday in class with Anne I had just enough time to capture this lovestruck couple in Madison Square Park before the threatening skies finally opened up and I had to rush off to dinner at Mas la Grillade.

Romantic couple at Madison Square Park, New York, NY

Today, on the other hand, was bright and clear and just begged for sand and flip-flops. I threw some supplies into a jute bag and spent an hour at West Beach drawing the sun-worshippers.

Woman on West Beach, Stamford, CT

Man on West Beach, Stamford, CT

I love this woman's hat, don't you? Way to rock that straw fedora!

Woman at West Beach, Stamford, CT

Off to sip a glass of lemonade and contemplate dinner...


New in Town: Harlan Social, near Fairway in Stamford

Saturday, August 11, 2012

Sketch on the menu, Harlan Social, Stamford, Connecticut

So pleased that we now have yet another option for dining within a 2-mile radius of our house - Harlan Social, in the complex that already has Le Pain Quotidien and Fairway and Design Within Reach. Stopped there for dinner the other day and enjoyed everything we ordered. And they have paper menus! That they encourage you to take home! So naturally I sketched the hopping scene while waiting for my sublime velvety mango panna cotta.

And lest you think I've been on a total sketching diet since the Urban Sketching Symposium in Santo Domingo -- here are some sketches I did a few weeks ago during our local production of "Romeo and Juliet" by Shakespeare on the Sound in Rowayton. The actors were superb, but we felt that this particular production with its added scenes and lines was a bit over the top. I don't mind when a director sets plays in modern times, but sometimes you just want the bard's words straight up.

In keeping with the pastiche, I used some antique liquor receipts (scored at a Vermont flea market) as a background for my drawings.

Sketches from "Romeo and Juliet" by Shakespeare on the Sound, Rowayton, CT

"Romeo and Juliet" by Shakespeare on the Sound,  Rowayton, CT