Category Archives: Travel

Back in New York, Part 6: It’s fun being a tourist

It doesn’t get more touristy than Times Square. Can’t say I understand why tens of thousands of tourists parade through it everyday. But it is super-fun to sketch. Next stop? Grand Central. I wish I’d sketched the beautiful turquoise ceiling … Continue reading

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Back in New York, Part 5: Looking Up

Looking up. Buildings everywhere. The everyday, the famous. This one has one of those faded advertisements on the top of it, from the days of the elevated line in Manhattan. A water tower and fire escapes complete the scene. Synagogue … Continue reading

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Back in New York, Part 4

My favorite thing about Central Park is that you can always see the city skyline above the treetops. This is sketched from the top of a rocky outcropping in the park. Here is what I learnt about this rock. (Thank you, Wikipedia): In … Continue reading

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Back in New York, Part 3

Some of what I like best about New York is the little stuff that is so New York. A delivery bicycle chained to a lamppost on the street. Somewhere on Lexington Avenue. If you’re on Lex near Curry Hill, you’re guaranteed to … Continue reading

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Back in New York, Part 2

More from New York. An unusually warm spring weekend. Naturally, everyone seemed to turn up to walk the High Line. Perfect for crowd-sketching. Sketches from the Met. The temple of Dendur. I am always amazed at what it must take to move … Continue reading

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Back in New York, Part 1

Last month I was in New York City for too-short-a-trip. Between spending time with friends, visiting old haunts, showing the city to the kids and playing tourist, I ended up with quite a few sketches. Roosevelt Avenue, Queens on a weekend … Continue reading

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White buildings in Santa Barbara

More sketches from Santa Barbara (and one from Malibu). Sketching in Southern California means sketching a lot of white adobe-style buildings. Usually you can count on the warm-yellow sun to cast some great shadows for you. But I was there … Continue reading

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