The Bean

I just returned from Chicago, setting for the 8th International Urban Sketchers Symposium. I always enjoy these events, not only because it’s a chance to re-connect with friends made over the years, but also because I meet so many people in my workshops who are excited to be drawing on location. What could be better […]

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St. Thomas Palm Trees 2

As my friend Margaret wrote in her post on Saturday, we spent a lovely afternoon together in St. Thomas recently. Sitting at a table with our iced coffees, feeling the breeze, hearing the birds, and painting two palm trees, just for the fun of painting them. It doesn’t get much better than that, kids! We […]

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Eid Mubarak!

My NYC neighborhood of Jackson Heights is home to a large Muslim population from Bangladesh, India, and Pakistan. Since this weekend was Eid, the end of Ramadan, our local park was turned over to a Muslim prayer service on Sunday morning. The prayer service was fairly short, and the Imam spoke in both English and […]

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Creative Study Tour

Last month, I had the opportunity to reportage the University of Kentucky “Creative Study Tour.” This meant I drew the two-day tour of New York City taken by a group of students from the University of Kentucky, in which they and their professor, Dr. Ryan Hargrove, met with professional creatives to hear about their process […]

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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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