I almost made it to Christmas. Here is the last of the Santorini drawings that I am posting. It is one I made while waiting for the ferry to leave the island. I thought it very fitting.
Archive for November, 2009
I would’ve saved her the last piece. Thanksgiving is the one day of the year I wish lasted a little longer, (no joke). So when I imagine stretching the holiday I can’t think of anything better than finding turkey and maybe some cranberry sauce in the rare sighting of leftovers following the feast ….. well, possibly pumpkin pie!
Three ideas for leftover cranberry sauce I found which might be a twist on the old if you’re interested; Try warming it and serving it as an ice cream topping, or mix it with cream cheese (and really impress with an eye-opening spread for bagels or toast). Better yet, melt it in a saucepan over low heat with a bit of butter and use as a chicken glaze. Whatever you prefer, whole-berry or the jellied type, (that could be a story in itself) … mangia! – Michele
p.s. Dom, do you think she’d like apple?
Thank you Lord,
For all of my family, all of my friends, for this country we live in, all that you provide us with and for the time given to us on this Earth.
This is one of about two thousand drawings I’ve done of my beloved fellow-New Yorkers. I love drawing people, especially extreme ones, and nowhere are folks more who they are than in the big apple! This couple was shopping at Rockefeller Center, if I recall correctly.
Just before Thanksgiving, and I want to give some thanks. Thanks to beautiful friends and family. Thanks to the members of Studio 1482 that I’m lucky to be a part of. Thanks to the terrific clients that I’ve had the privilege of working with. Thanks to all of the wonderful students that I’ve taught and also learned from. Just thanks. I love this holiday because it lets me remember how grateful I am for all the people who have come into my life and the experiences I’ve had over the years. Happy Thanksgiving. – Veronica
This is a drawing I made in Veronica’s illustration class at Pratt. They were having a great time and it was fun drawing the students drawing!
A few months back I wrote and posted a drawing I did while standing on what’s been called the most expensive strip of real estate in Europe, La plus belle avenue du monde (”The most beautiful avenue in the world”) also known as the Avenue des Champs-Élysées in Paris, France.
It got me thinking about what defines a beautiful street. Maybe it’s the buildings? or maybe it’s the people? maybe it’s a style? or even a way?
or maybe it’s simply the color of it ALL … the buildings, the people, the style AND it’s way. Whatever it is, some really do inspire.
I love my NYC. I feel so comfortable walking down my streets. I have not a worry in the world, now of course I have all four eyes open it is still NYC after all.
Those who know me know my alter-ego is Wonder Woman. I admire her grace (just erase the image of a running Linda Carter for the moment, and instead picture her righteous blue eyes and patriotic panties). As a little girl I wore Omi’s red boots and protected our garden from evildoers with my clothesline lasso. The image below is a portrait of my personality, though I do always wear my tiara in case I am in an accident. By the way, did you know WW is one inch taller than Superman? According to Wikipedia, Diana Prince is 6’4”, and Clark Kent is 6’3″ (please don’t come after me, comic book nerds, I am just sharing trivia I found online). I love that Wonderwoman is pretty but not a sissy–After all, she is an Amazon (though thankfully she is not quite authentic in that she is perfectly symmetrically intact (look it up if you are puzzled).
Following up with my recent Halloween parade post (parade) I thought I’d put up this drawing I made of the spectators. You can see, some of the people are watching the parade, some are watching the watchers, and some are having a cocktail party on the city bench. It’s really a relaxed, easy scene – what used to be called, ‘groovy’. Very different from the Yankees victory parade vibe! – Veronica
I can tell that the holidays are getting closer because my drawings of Santorini are running out!
That must sound strange to any of you that that didn’t read this previous post of mine. I have been steadily and faithfully posting this series of drawings from Santorini since I got back from Greece this past Summer. I decided early on to keep going until the drawings ran out, or until Christmas time -whichever came first. Eerily, it turns out I have just enough to get me to mid, or late December.
So, here’s yet another from Oia. -Despina
My sister celebrated a very big birthday this week and as a gift, my brother, wife and I are sending her to Paris (she’s already in London) for a whirlwind tour of the city TODAY. Hoping she’ll have an amazing time I thought I’d share a drawing made while I was in Paris a few years back. Happy Birthday sis.
Last Saturday I had the privilege to attend the commissioning ceremony of the USS NEW YORK (LPD 21). Traditionally the commissioning of a naval vessel is a time of celebration, the welcoming of a new ship and its crew to the fleet. It’s a symbol of our national pride and steadfast resolve. Yet on that day, I have to share, it meant even more. It’s been eight years since our country was attacked.
What makes the USS NEW YORK so special is what it’s built from. There’s 7.5 tons of sacred steel recovered from the World Trade Center site that’s been forged into its bow with the intent to Never Forget.
Above is a page from my sketchbook that afternoon.
As expected, there were several dignitaries in attendance. Among them stood our Secretary of State, Hillary Clinton. I think one of the most moving and memorable things she said is “By commissioning this ship today, we’re noting the best and the worst of humanity… and sometimes we are stronger in the broken parts.” I couldn’t agree more.
Being present to see the order to man the ship and bring her to life was a gift me, my Dad and those affected by 9/11 will forever hold in our hearts.
To all the crew and commanders of the USS NEW YORK, I pray your journey be true and may you always return home safely. Welcome and thank you – Michele