Exquisite Corpse

My studio-mate, Bernie DeChant, is pretty compulsive about his print process when it comes to his photographs. He spends a lot of time doing test prints and proofs, making sure everything looks just North of perfection. In practice, this means a lot of partial images and unsuccessful prints get thrown out or discarded. And sometimes--every once in a while--I pick one up and draw on it . . .

Given Tree

Alden and I were talking about trees the other day. He has a lot to say about pretty much everything, although being pre-linguistic at his tender age, I can't really pretend to know his take on a given subject. I do know his passion knows no bounds.

Anyway, I was telling him about the now virtually gone subtlety of weather and wishing that he could have seen a spring and winter like the ones I used to know when I was a kid. I was wishing he could have met my mom and seen the weeping willow at the top of the hill by my grandmother's house. I was remembering the past in a bittersweet way, wishing it wasn't gone so he'd know what I knew and why I knew it.

And he smiled because everything is new to him, especially his memories. . .

Brooklyn Spring

 Over in Carroll Park, the children dressed in black are out with their parents after spending the last few months inside. Alden and I are enjoying wandering the city with warming air. We're raising a city kid on museums and subways, free concerts and backstage passes. Let the sun shine, we're ready for the Spring!

Over in Carroll Park, the children dressed in black are out with their parents after spending the last few months inside. Alden and I are enjoying wandering the city with warming air. We're raising a city kid on museums and subways, free concerts and backstage passes. Let the sun shine, we're ready for the Spring!

Village Blues

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Binky Griptite, last night at Greenwich House, playing the blues for the Uncharted Series. Griptite turned the venerated music school into a roadside blues bar--people even gathered on the sidewalk outside to listen. The place was so packed I actually had to sit on the stage to get this drawing. There are worse places to be than at the feet of Binky Griptite when he's playing guitar...

Late Night Subway Sketch

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Around midnight last night, I walked through a sprinkling of snow in Times Square, over to the F train at Rockefeller Center. The train pulled in just as I got to the platform and I got a seat by the door, pulled out the drawings I had just finished and looked them over. Then I lifted my head, glanced at this guy and started drawing. By the time I looked up to check a detail, he was gone, so I can't really say if it's a good likeness...

Live On Stage!

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Here's my drawing--and two great photos of me drawing it--live on stage at the Greenwich House Music School last Thursday night. I'll be drawing live before every show on Thursday nights through the end of the Uncharted Season!

The photos are by Peter Parrella!

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If you don't know where you're going, every way is up... 

The Conversation.

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Alden has begun talking without words. He looks directly at me and goes on at length about whatever's on his mind, long meditations, short observations, tart dismissals and joyful bursts. I do my best to respond. "Oh, yeah?" I say. "Is that right?" I ask. He smiles or sighs or looks away, translating from pure feeling, making music from intonation, letting me know what he's thinking without the refinement of language...

Employee of the Month with Catie Lazarus: March Edition

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Liz Tuccillo ("He's Just Not That Into You", "Sex And The City") Syd Butler (Late Night With Seth Meyers) and Cynthia Nixon (come on, like I have to tell you) were the guests at last night's Employee of The Month Show at Joe's Pub . I drew this on stage during the show. Catie says I always make her look like a muppet. I say, only God can make a muppet.