Battled Through the Semester, Here’s What I’ve Done All This Time, Huge Update!!

14 June 2018

My absence due to trying to stay on top of school has left you out of the loop, unless you have been following me on social media like Facebook and Instagram, so I want to make it up to you by showing the highlights (for me) and not showing every single sketch. Some have stories, many do not, but I will start where I left off at the end of April.

A couple of train sketches:


This next sketch, the train must have been stuck between stations so I managed to scratch out a few more details that I normally wouldn’t have focused on:


Julia and I  are at this point trying to find a new place to live, which is frantic in NYC, so much less time was spent on sketching than on apartment searches, but nevertheless, here are a couple of hurried sketches.


One of the apartments I saw was on Madison Street, jut below the Manhattan Bridge. Here’s a quick sketch before the appointment to see the apartment.


The apartment had five and a half foot ceilings with a singed out fake fireplace. Someone tried to actually use the fireplace and it was not pretty. My neck hurt from being bent over. That apartment was meant for smaller people than me and Julia, that’s for sure.

On the way to see other apartments, I scratched out a couple of hurried train sketches:


There was an apartment available at West 71st. Street, so I met the agent, but not before taking a quick sketch at Verdi Square, the West 72 Subway Station park.


Later that day I received news that my younger step-brother Richard had died. I made this self portrait titled  Self Portrait with Jade and Thoughts of Richard:


Finals week was approaching and my sketches had to be quickly done on the subway to and from school.


Here’s a quick lunch-break sketch


Back to the subway. Quickly as possible.


Finals week finished, overdue assignments handed in, a celebratory sketch titled Lunchtime, a Happy, Magical Time   done at Lenny’s Bagel Shop,


A New York City Urban Sketchers event gave me the opportunity to sketch one of my heroes, Mark Leibowitz, sketching with his Ipad at the main plaza of Lincoln Center using my Moleskine Watercolor Sketchbook, double vertical spread, as an experiment.


Finally having found a place to live, I now focus on filling out internship and job applications. I usually start my day at a coffee shop fueling my planning session where I make punch lists and get motivated. I also try to grab a quick sketch or two before I get to work. This first sketch was odd. Done at Birch Coffee at Columbus and 97th Street, the woman on the right panel was carrying a cardboard box which held a large dead bird that was also made out of cardboard. The sketch couldn’t do it justice, but the memoty of its hollow cardboard beak, a toilet paper cardboard base, looked as creepy as anything I have ever seen, not to mention the reverence which the woman carrying this box was emanating. I feel as though I am missing something! Religious? Stage set prop? I don’t know. Creepy? Yes!


Then Birch Coffee house got busy for a while.


Another morning started out at the Paris Baguette, planning session in place, and a couple of unsuspecting models.


Then this gentleman sat at the table in front of mine and read the paper. Something about his mood and essence struck me. He was slightly frantic, so I sketched quickly.


Another morning at Paris Baguette, where it takes an incredible amount of patience and tenacity to endure and survive the line to get to the register. It is always nice to have a table for myself though so I can sneak in some sketches.


Being a fountain pen fan, it is always nice to connect with another fountain pen fan. Here is a sketch of Larry Berrones who has been complimenting my work, and asked if I would do a sketch of him so he could use it for a design for one of his new T-shirts. This was done from a recent video that he made, this particular scene was significant for me because he was emphasizing the importance of family values, and how introducing members of your family to fountain pens can strengthen the bond between family members. This is not the way I usually draw, but I gave it a shot.  He told me that he really enjoyed the sketch and would use it. For me this is an honor. Thank you so much, Larry! You ROCK!!


Back to my morning ritual this time starting at Birch Coffee


Lunchtime break at Starbucks, where I found a couple of victims.


Next morning at Birch Coffee, a heated discussion captured my attention


Early lunch at the Paris Baguette


Later coffee break at Lenny’s Bagel where this lonely woman became my next model. It was hard to see her loneliness, and to make matters worse, a visitor arrived, smiling and posing in front of her. ” You don’t recognize me, do you?” The lonely woman looked at her and there was no sign of recognition, and perhaps even some shame in not knowing who this person was. It was a lot to take in. The lonely woman awkwardly moved her cane and made space for this unfamiliar friend to sit and join her in conversation.

Maybe next time I see her I will offer to buy her a coffee and sit and talk with her, help her to think about her memories, where she came from, why Lenny’s Bagels, etc. She probably wouldn’t recognize me again, but at maybe I can hear about some happy times she had in her life. I know people who have lost their ability to remember stuff. It is heartbreaking stuff. The mind can be so fragile. Life can be so fragile.


Getting caught up, finally, this morning at Paris Baguette, a conversation:


After my morning warm up, I had a much needed pedicure at a new place close to where I live. May did all of the heavy lifting, she even gave my ears a good waxing. Hopefully Julia will approve of the work, and she can make an appointment there too. Here’s Mimi doing the heavy lifting:


Fashion 74 Nails closed its doors, so here is the first attempt at Oasis, Broadway and 87th. Thanks, Mimi!

Well, that was a lot to catch up on. I hope it isn’t too all over the place. Thank you all for being so patient!

See you later! (not much later, I hope!)



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