Rainy Day in Havana

The title of this post says it all…it was a rainy day in Havana. But really, that is only the beginning of what one could say about Havana. A most unusual place, seemingly cut out of another time, with so many extremes and hundreds of sensations. I loved the place and it’s people. Havana sits […]

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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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Cigar Roller

In honor of President Obama’s visit to Cuba, thought I would post this drawing of a cigar roller in Havana that I made last June. The process is still done by hand, and the cigars are, of course, legendary. I will be posting more drawings from that trip on my blog in the next few […]

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Cuban Town

Been such a busy last six months, I still haven’t scanned most of my drawings from my trip to Cuba last June. This one is a study of a small town we visited, on our way through the Vinales Valley. What a place – such color! It really is true, the colors of the country are […]

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Urban Sketching Handbook

Happy to announce that my book, The Urban Sketching Handbook: Reportage and Documentary Drawing has been released this month by Quarry! It’s illustrated with my location work, along with the work of my friends at Studio 1482, Urban Sketchers, and Dalvero Academy. It has ideas and advice for creating reportage drawings and telling stories with your […]

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It’s Opening Up Now

The US and Cuba are on a path to restore diplomatic relations on July 20 – a historic event. On my recent trip to Cuba, I saw a lot of poverty, as in this neighborhood surrounding the house that “Papa” Ernest Hemingway lived in for years. When I talk about this, people will sometimes say to me, “Well, all […]

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Cuban Cigars

As Marg pointed out in yesterday’s post, we just returned from Cuba. I have been fighting a traveler’s cold, and not able to scan too much yet, but wanted to put up this drawing as a ‘bocadito’ – or little snack. Will be posting my drawings and thoughts on the experience on my home blog […]

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ARMANDO in Cuba

This gentleman’s name is Armando. He lives in Cuba. Ronnie, Julia and I were drawing on the waterfront in downtown Habana when this gentleman showed up. He threw flowers in the water. We asked him why he did this. He said it was for his baby daughter, that she would be well. He asked us […]

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3/20/2010_1:32pm

An annual visit to the Orchid Show at the NYC Botanical Gardens is such a delight for the senses. This year’s show features Old Havana and the Cuban countryside designed by Jorge Sánchez. I can’t plead with you more, mark it down and make the trip! It’s truly incredible and only there until April 11th. […]

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