Iris 2014

Having so much time these days I’m sure you find yourselves looking into the past. Whether through your memories or through digital files, and sometimes we stumble upon something we had forgotten. Such is what happened with this drawing from 2014. Greg Betza ©2020

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In Memory

Often when I have a reportage job coming up, I’ll spend some time practicing on location before I start the project. This is one such drawing, made in my NYC neighborhood of Jackson Heights in February of this year. It was a cold but sunny day, and I scored a seat in the window of […]

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The call that never came

Back in 2012 I was called for jury duty for the first and only time. Of course looking back on rooms full of people waiting to be called on to fulfill their civic obligation, it makes you wonder how this process will change post COVID-19. Anyway…I sat there for 3 days, watching TV and making […]

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Acts of Community Love

One bright spot of hope in this global pandemic has been the love that ordinary people are showing for each other. Acts of bravery, by those working in our hospitals; acts of kindness, by those delivering groceries, sewing masks, and checking in on neighbors; and acts of determination, by those working to find a cure […]

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Prague Cafe

Thought I’d post this drawing I made in a cafe in Prague last July. I was sitting in this beautiful place, drawing with a friend, and it felt like a dream. Looking at it now, it feels even more dream-like. I look forward to the time when sitting in a cafe is part of life […]

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Zoom

Sometimes something positive comes from something negative. Along with everyone else, artists are also unable to get together…and yes, artists do get together quite often for various reasons, and one of them is to draw from the figure. Live figure drawing had been all but erased from the planet until some very industrious people decided […]

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More jazz

blue nile club NOLA

As I club-hopped down Frenchman Street in New Orleans I stopped in a half empty club called the Blue Nile, which quickly filled up once this brass/percussion band hit the stage. I believe there were 7 musicians up there at once. Lots of energy. I was interested in the blue and yellow lights for some reason, […]

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William

My 10-year-old nephew gave me a sketchbook for Christmas, so I drew his portrait on the first page and gave it to him. He was so cute: He held very, very still while I was drawing, but his eyes were just about popping out of his head to watch what I was doing. After I […]

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