Over the past few weeks I’ve had a drawn out battle with a friend called painter’s block (which always turns out to be a great thing, fortunately). It forces me to stop, reset, and find new ways to be inspired.
I moved to New York during it’s finest autumn days, which quickly turned into what seemed like a never ending winter wonderland. At last, those days are over, and the sun has finally pierced through the constant blanket of winter clouds. I’ve even managed to get my first lopsided bit of sunburn…
With the newly blossoming trees and colorful florals everywhere I look (both online and off), I’ve been inspired to get out and explore the incredible island of Manhattan.
Lucky for me, on just about every single excursion I have witnessed some beautiful moments in New York. Between the piano man in Union Square, giant flower arrangements being rolled around the stark contrast of a concrete jungle, and my new favorite spot, the storybook-like scenery (Alice in Wonderland statue included) of the Central Park Sailing Pond (which I’ve found myself at 4 times in the past 5 days).
Sketch of the Alice in Wonderland statue in Central Park.
These moments are what makes living in New York so special. It’s quite the opposite of where I grew up, but equally as wonderful. I’ve consequentially devoted an entire sketchbook to documenting these everyday sights and moments in New York…
Toy sailboats at the Central Park Sailing Pond.
Piano Around in Union Square.
Central Park fishermen.
If you follow me on instagram, you know that I’m most inspired to paint in the late evening hours. Maybe it’s from the years of staying up late painting as a kid, or after work when I had a separate day job, or the silence of the world fast asleep, but those midnight hours are some of my favorite to dream…