NYC long weekend to see the Michelangelo Drawings

The incredible show at the MET will only be there until mid February. My sister Tobie encouraged me to go since the drawings will only be shown this one time. We jumped on a plane and had a wonderful long weekend in the Big Apple. It even snowed all day on Saturday and accumulated 7″—what a treat!

Of course, I sketched. Here are the pieces I did.

Found this great bar, the Fat Cat, with live Jazz



Through the window at Tea and Sympathy in the West Village. While waiting for my old friend, Amy.
Artifacts from the wonderful National Museum of the American Indian in the old Custom’s House in lower Manhattan
Please excuse. A doodle to fill my time on the plane.

No Coasters at the Howlings

NoCoasters_LeeWe went to see the wonderful No Coasters a few weeks age at the Howlings up in Healdsburg a few weeks ago. These native mid-westerners, Lee Bloom (piano), Brandon Essex (bass) and Carrie Jahde (drums) played fantastic jazz. They played a smokin’ version of Epistrophy. Go see them–they are fantastic! Thank you Kellie and David for hosting another great concert.

I couldn’t help but draw while the music pulled me along. Here are my renditions.


My dad gave me a wonderful book of New Yorker illustrations by the incomparable Saul Steinberg. I’ve been poring over this coffee table book for the past month and his style sank into these drawings of the musicians. I love the way Steinberg includes words, numbers and punctuation in his drawings and his line are simple and whimsical but his work is genius. NoCoasters_Brandon