Chic New Yorkers strike a pose in their Sunday best at New York’s Easter Parade and Bonnet Festival. This annual event dates from the 1870s, and was later immortalized by Irving Berlin, Judy Garland and Fred Astaire in the movie, Easter Parade. I’m always impressed by the participants’ creativity and enthusiasm. Clearly these people have spent days crafting their looks. It’s also a […]
From my series on looking at art…. perusing the wonderful “Alice Neel,Uptown” exhibit at David Zwirner Gallery, currently on view through April 22nd. This show focuses in on Neel’s intense emotional portraits, primarily of friends and neighbors, during the years she lived in East Harlem and the far Upper West Side. A nonconformist, who refused to follow […]
Observing the observers at the “Seurat Circus Sideshow” exhibit at the Metropolitan Museum of Art. This captivating show of sideshow-inspired artwork by Georges Seurat and other master artists, including Daumier and Picasso, runs through May 29, 2017. This watercolor sketch is part of my ongoing series on looking at art. It’s available as a print in my online shop, in […]
A recent trip to Palm Beach felt like a Technicolor world compared to gray wintry New York City. These were sketched on my iPad with the Procreate App.
Looking at Diane Arbus New Yorkers captivated by the early photographs of Diane Arbus. The exhibit, “Diane Arbus: in the Beginning,” is on view at the Met Breuer through November 27, 2016. From my ongoing series of people looking at art.
That End of Summer Wistful Feeling…. I know summer isn’t officially over, but Labor Day Weekend always feels like the end of summer. This contemplative beach scene was painted digitally on my iPad, using the Procreate App.
Gertrude Vanderbilt Whitney Surveys the Scene 100 Years Later From my sketchbook at the Whitney Museum. The museum’s founder, Gertrude Vanderbilt Whitney, as painted by Robert Henri in 1916, “observing” the visitors. This commissioned painting did not please her husband, Henry Payne Whitney, who refused to hang it in their home because she was, scandalously for the […]
Paris never disappoints, even when she is hobbled by strikes and floods (as happened during my visit last month). Here are a few Paris watercolor sketches from my recent trip. More to come soon.
Last month I spent several days in London, where I had the good fortune to attend the Royal Academy Summer Exhibit. What makes this show unique is it is so eclectic, with world famous and unknown artists shown side by side (& above and below). The exhibit is open to anyone who applies. If you saw Mike Leigh’s 2014 film, Mr. Turner, you’ll recall the showdown scene […]
New York lost some of its sparkle on June 25th with the passing of legendary photographer, Bill Cunningham. Long before street fashion blogs became popular, Bill was riding his bicycle around town, snapping pictures of fashionable New Yorkers from all walks of life. His weekly On the Street column for the New York Times delightfully chronicled New York style […]
New Yorkers are always out and about. At once anonymous and on display. Walking, eating, socializing, working, dreaming. This perpetual parade of humanity is a constant fascination and the subject of a few new watercolor paintings. > Purchase fine art prints here: Midtown Light & Shadows, The Pool Room at the Four Seasons, and the Guggenheim Inside.
A watercolor sketch from my looking at art series at the exquisite exhibit, Vigée Le Brun: Woman Artist in Revolutionary France, at the Metropolitan Museum of Art. This show inspired me in so many ways. Elisabeth Louise Vigée Le Brun was painting at a time when women weren’t allowed to attend art school, but that didn’t […]
Whenever I can, I attend live figure drawing sessions here in NYC. There’s really no better way to hone your art skills than to draw the figure from life. It’s one of those skills I’ll never fully master, but that’s what makes it interesting – and sometimes frustrating! These recent live figure drawings were made quickly, about 10 minutes per drawing, with blue PanPastels.
Some sketches from my recent trip to Florida….. The first sketch is from a fascinating exhibit at the Norton Museum of Art: “O’Keeffe, Stettheimer, Torr, Zorach: Women Modernists in New York.” Not that this has to do with Florida exactly, but it was an inspiring experience from my trip. Shown here is a self-portrait by the wonderful Florine Stettheimer accompanied by a couple of ladies in […]
From my sketchbook….. some inspiring looks from Fall/Winter Fashion Week 2016 in New York, Milan and Paris. An aqua blue dress by Carolina Herrera with a Jazz-Age feel. (Painted with PanPastels & available as a fine art print.) Alessandro Michele’s whimsical technicolor designs for Gucci. Karl Lagerfeld’s always-inventive variations on the classic Chanel suit.
Holiday Greetings from NYC! This festive red PanPastel sketch was made at the Society of Illustrators’ Sketch Night – a fantastic place to draw, particularly if you are interested in fashion. This is my last post of the year before taking a much-needed vacation. I wish you all a happy, healthy and inspiring holiday season!
A little holiday ballet art, inspired by the Waltz of the Flowers from the Nutcracker. Drawn with PanPastels on charcoal paper.
The latest in my series of sketches of people looking at art….this one from a beautiful exhibit of the late-19th-early-20th-century Danish painter, Vilhelm Hammershøi, at Scandinavia House in New York. The exhibit, Painting Tranquility: Masterworks by Vilhelm Hammershøi from SMK – The National Gallery of Denmark, runs through February 27th. Don’t miss it! His paintings have a luminous, lonely quality that reminds […]
In May 2015, the Whitney Museum of American Art relocated from it’s long-time home on Madison Avenue to a huge new space downtown. In conversation New Yorkers tend to refer to this new location as “the new Whitney.” I was at the new Whitney recently, and as usual I was drawn to museum goers interacting with the art. (This interest is morphing into its […]
As many of you know, I’ve studied dance, in one form or another, for most of my life. For many years I did flamenco, then couple of years ago I decided to return to ballet – something I hadn’t done since my early 20s! One of my teachers, Richard Marsden, has been teaching an advanced variation workshop and generously allowed me […]