Friday 6 May 2016

Sketching in Times Square

                                           Joan Tavolott holding my book in front of the Rockefeller Centre

I'm having such a great time here in New York and there have been many highlights. One highlight has been meeting up with Joan Tavolott. We have followed each other's blogs for a couple of  years now. In fact, it was Joan's prolific sketching exploits that first inspired me to begin sketching on location when I went to the UK in 2014. So it was a real treat to get the opportunity to meet Joan in person and to sketch together.

We found a spot to sit in the heart of Times Square.



It was so much fun, even though I was turning into an ice block as time wore on. My fingers were numb! No wonder, as the forecast maximum for the day was13C!!! Afterwards we found a cosy diner where we warmed up over lunch and a long chat. Then we walked several blocks to MOMA where we enjoyed viewing a very extensive collection of works by Degas. We also had a look through the regular exhibits and I was thrilled to stumble upon Van Gogh's Starry Night. Only the day before, I had come across my very favourite Van Gogh painting at the MET - Cypresses in Wheatfields.

Joan and I had such a great day together - she is every bit as lovely as she comes across on her blog. If you're not already a follower of Joan's you can check out her prolific and inspiring blog by clicking here

I had hoped to be posting more regularly but I'm finding the blogging app I've bought isn't working properly - or I'm not working IT properly. I'm not able to reduce the size of more than one or two of the photos I post.

I did another sketch today and I will be joining Joan and the other NYC Urban Sketchers tomorrow.


  1. It;s great you are having a marvelous time. Always great to meet a fellow blogger.

  2. What fun! I'm so glad you had the opportunity to hook up.

  3. It has been fun sharing NYC with you! Too bad you can't get all the photos to resize. Technology can be so frustrating at times. Thanks for another fun day today.

  4. Oh dear Wendy What a delightful day I an sure spent with Joan. She is so amazing and faithful in het sketching practices. She is certainly an inspiration to me. So fun to see the two of you together. Hope you are enjoying your visit here. Hugs!

  5. Sorry to have missed meeting you in NY- but thanks for your comment on my blog. Hope that in the future, our paths will cross...

  6. what a thrill to finally meet up and sketch together. chuckling at your reaction to the temps must feel like the great white north to you.