Great dinner at P. F. Chang’s Chinese Bistro. At all their locations they have these great sculptures of Chinese War Horses. Horses in East Asian warfare are inextricably linked with the strategic and tactical evolution of armed conflict. A warrior on horseback or horse-drawn chariot changed the balance of power between civilizations. Watercolors with black art pens in an Alpha Series Stillman and Birn sketchbook.
New York City is such a vibrant and colorful atmosphere. I just love the street vendors, especially the fruit vendors that bring color and life into the city. The Green Vendors, with the support of city government, immigrants from all over the world sell healthy food on the streets in low-income neighborhoods to not only tackle the urban food crisis in areas bereft of nutritious fare but also in the hopes of providing a better life for their children. Faber-Castell Pitt pens with watercolor in a Stillman and Birn Alpha 9 x 12 sketchbook.
In the great New York City for a kick-off of a new restaurant project. The Upper East Side is a lower and smaller scale than the very tall skyscrapers of Mid-town and Lower Manhattan. This view is of the layers of buildings near the corner of 2nd Avenue and 78th Street. I do not really catch the depth and detail as well as I wished. Faber-Castel Pitt Art pens in a Stillman and Birn Alpha Sketchbook.
A quick watercolor of some of the Cone Flowers in our garden. They are so bright and cheery along with the Black Eyed Susan. The Coneflower is a native North American perennial sporting daisy like flowers with raised centers. Widely renowned as a medicinal plant, coneflowers are a long-flowering perennial for borders, wildflower meadows, and prairie gardens. Blooming midsummer to fall, the plants are relatively drought-tolerant and rarely bothered by pests. The flowers are a magnet for butterflies, and the seeds in the dried flower heads attract songbirds. Holbein watercolors in a Stillman and Birn Alpha Sketchbook.
My 200th sketch this year. The Raspberry (/ˈræzˌbɛri/) is the edible fruit of a multitude of plant species in the genus Rubus of the Rose Family, most of which are in the subgenus Idaeobatus: the name also applies to these plants themselves. These black and red raspberries were growing wild on the edge of a parking lot and were beautiful. Pelikan watercolors, F-C Pitt pens in a 5″ x 8″ Moleskine watercolor sketchbook.