Sensei’s Award

According to Wikipedia, the word Aikido is formed from three kanji: ai, which means joining or combining; ki, which is spirit or energy; and do, which is way, or path. So Aikido is the Japanese “way of combining forces,” or “the martial arts principle of blending with an attackers movement for the purpose of controlling […]

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LGBTQ Rally

This reportage illustration is from a rally in front of the Stonewall Inn in New York’s Greenwich Village recently. The community came out in support of the trans-gender kids that will be affected by the new administration’s position rescinding protections that had allowed transgender students to use the bathroom that corresponds with their gender identity. […]

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Gelato Man

So the holidays are over, and the spring semester has begun. I took my location class to the Chelsea Markets in NYC last week- one of the great things about teaching location drawing is that I get to visit all of my favorite NYC haunts every fall and spring. Chelsea Markets is kind of like […]

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Gratitude

A week after Thanksgiving and moving into the holiday season here in the US, I’m continuing to think a lot about gratitude. This drawing is of a taxi driver I met in Havana, during a visit to the city in 2015. He was a very warm person, and between his pigeon English and my pigeon Spanish, […]

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Pray With Standing Rock

Today, November 26, at 3 pm Central Time, people all over the world will observe 30 minutes of silence and 30 minutes of prayer, in support of those standing at the front lines of Standing Rock. As I made the painting above,  I was thinking of the thousands of protesters converging at the Standing Rock Reservation, blocking […]

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Election 2016

On the week of a very contentious presidential election here in the United States, I thought I would post this drawing of a little girl that I made on Election Night, standing with her flag in front of the Empire State Building. Her pride and hope are evident, and her sweetness and innocence are the perfect antidote […]

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Liberty

In honor of Election Day in the U.S., coming up on Tuesday, I thought I would post a drawing of the Liberty Tree in Walt Disney World. The fact that the liberty bell has a crack in it can only remind us that liberty is a fragile thing, which must be watched and guarded at all times. […]

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Blessings

Had the pleasure of attending the double wedding ceremony of Savi and Chris – one Hindu and one Christian. Both ceremonies were beautiful; I was especially touched by the end of the Hindu ceremony, where the couple sat and each guest showered them with a few grains of rice. So intimate. Congratulations to Savi and […]

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