Wednesday, March 21, 2018

Argentina: Buenos Aires and Iguazu Falls

Tango in La Boca, Buenos Aires, Argentina. Soft and oil pastels on paper. 
I recently returned from Argentina - it was my first time below the equator - and brought these drawn memories with me.

Buenos Aires felt like a sprawling cosmopolitan collage of a city, with a mish-mash of architectural styles from different time periods. La Boca, a kitsch touristy neighborhood filled with street vendors, paper mâché toys and tango dancers, was the most fun place to draw: a fauvist dream come to life.

Restaurant in La Boca. Buenos Aires, Argentina. Watercolor and pastel on paper.
Tango dancers in La Boca. Buenos Aires, Argentina. Watercolor and pastel on paper.

We stayed in Recoleta neighborhood, and frequented this square near the old cemetery, to eat, have a coffee or an ice-cream break, or to watch the sunset.

Gigantic Fig (Rubber) Tree, which is actually classified as a shrub, because there's no central axis (trunk). These gargantuan shrubs surround Recoleta district in Buenos Aires.


Iguazu Falls National Park, which was a short flight from Buenos Aires, is a remarkable wonder of nature. The magnitude of Iguazu waterfalls (and there are many, comprising one giant conglomerate) is truly awe-inspiring. We spent a long day at that park, walking various trails all around the Falls, amidst many colorful butterflies, wild birds and animals, and fragrant prehistoric flowers (I lamented not being able to draw a fragrance... because some of those flowers were just intoxicating).

I've been recommending to put Iguazu Falls on everyone's bucket list. It's so worth the shlep :)

That orange triangle at the bottom is a boat with brave souls who ventured to take the lower trail and experience the waterfalls from underneath. One of these boats capsized in front of our eyes. I was not brave enough to go on the lower trail. Instead, I made some drawings. 

Showing this butterfly my drawing. 

Wednesday, January 10, 2018

Notes From Venezia

The main artery of Venice, the Grand Canal, from atop the Rialto Bridge. Such an elusive and surreal city...
Early morning by the Rialto bridge in Venice
Basilica in Piazza San Marco in Venice

Passing under the Bridge of Sighs

Gondola rides are the most magical way to experience Venice.

Missing this view...

Murano, the glass-blowing island of Venice

Early morning in front of Basilica San Marco
Early morning in front of Basilica San Marco
Gondola rides are the most magical way to experience Venice.
Gondolini, arriving to the blessing ceremony before the races
2-men racing gondolas, called gondolini, in a blessing ceremony before the races.
Gondolini races in Venice

Under the Rialto Bridge
The Rialto Bridge
A building under renovation on one of the side streets, away from the touristy bustle. Construction worker is getting supplies from his boat. Love the little bridges that lead directly to private doorways.
From the Rialto Bridge

Sunday, September 10, 2017

Bella Venezia

I just returned from a magical vacation in Venice.  What a dreamy place. There are many drawings and memories to share. But for now, here's a slice of a 360-degree panorama of Venice from the rooftop of newly-refurbished Fontego dei Tedeschi - a luxury department store, former post office. The building was constructed in 1228(!) The renovated department store opened in 2016. Building exterior remained unaltered, as all of facades in Venice are part of UNESCO world heritage property. That's why the skyline of Venice looks like an old engraving. There are no new buildings. 

Here are the rest of my drawings >

Sunday, August 13, 2017

"Macbeth" by the New York Classical Theatre

"Double, double toil and trouble; 
Fire burn and cauldron bubble."

Don't miss New York Classical Theatre's 18th season this summer! An incredibly powerful production of Shakespeare's "Macbeth", directed by Stephen Burdman, is playing in Battery Park till 8/20; then in Brooklyn Bridge Park 8/22-8/27 [excluding Thursdays & rainy days]. All performances start at 7pm and are free to attend. Read this glowing and descriptive review by

The Three Witches in front of Castle Clinton, Battery Park

“Fair is foul, and foul is fair" 
The Three Weird Sisters and Banquo (Clay Storseth)

Macbeth (Will Dixon) and Banquo (Clay Storseth)
Malcolm (Ian Antal)

"Things without all remedy 
Should be without regard:  
what's done, is done"
Lady Macbeth (Jenny Strassburg) and Macbeth (Will Dixon)
Macbeth (Will Dixon) and Lady Macbeth (Jenny Strassburg)

"Come, you spirits. That tend on mortal thoughts, unsex me here, And fill me from the crown to the toe top-full. Of direst cruelty."
The Three Witches and Lady Macbeth (Jenny Strassburg)

Lady Macbeth (Jenny Strassburg) and Macbeth (Will Dixon)

Lady Macbeth (Jenny Strassburg)
The Three Witches
Banquo (Clay Storseth) and Macbeth (Will Dixon)

"Are you a man?"

Lady Macbeth (Jenny Strassburg) and Macbeth (Will Dixon) over Banquo's body

"Be this the whetstone of your sword: let grief
Convert to anger; blunt not the heart, enrage it."

Macduff (M. Scott McLean) and Malcolm (Ian Antal)

"Out, damned spot! Out, I say!"

Mad sleepwalking Lady Macbeth  (Jenny Strassburg)

"Out, out, brief candle! Life's but a walking shadow, 
a poor player that struts and frets his hour upon the stage 
and then is heard no more: it is a tale told by an idiot, 
full of sound and fury, signifying nothing." 
Macbeth (Will Dixon)

Make sure to check out some amazing reportage art of this production by my friends Veronica Lawlor, Charlotte Noruzi, Margaret Hurst.

Friday, July 21, 2017

"The Rivals" by the New York Classical Theatre

The New York Classical Theatre's 18th season started with Richard Brinsley Sheridan's comedy "The Rivals" (pictured below) and continues with Shakespeare's tragedy "Macbeth" (first performance is July 31 at the Battery Park's Castle Clinton.)

"The Rivals" is from 1775; it's a romantic comedy about tension between marriage for the sake of love and artifice for the sake of money. As always, I was blown away by the performances and loved drawing the actors (so much so that I attend 3 shows: at the Rockefeller Park and at the Carl Schurz park, with artists Charlotte Noruzi and Margaret Hurst. Check out their wonderful drawings of this play by clicking on their names).  New York Classical's stage is all of the park, and audiences follow actors from scene to scene. Performances are free to attend - all you have to do is show up at 7pm. It's an absolute treat and delight! Get the dates and locations for the upcoming "Macbeth" performances here>
Lydia: "How charming will poverty be with him!"
David (right) about Lydia: "She has a lapdog that eats out of gold, she feeds her parrot with small pearls, and all her hair-curlers are made of bank-notes!"

Sir Anthony Absolute to Mrs Malaprop: "Madam, a circulating library in a town is as an evergreen tree of diabolical knowledge!" 
Sir Anthony Absolute (right) to his son Jack, talking about his arranged marriage: "...the lady shall be as ugly as I choose"

Sir Anthony Absolute: "..don't put me in a  P H R E N Z Y!"
Julia to Faulkland: "My heart has known no other guardian - we will fly together."
Jack Absolute (right) to Faulkland (left): "You are the most teasing, captious, incorrigible lover!—Do love like a man"
Capt. Jack Absolute (right) to Faulkland: "YOU DON'T DESERVE HER!"
Sir Lucius O'Trigger (right) to Bob (left): "Can a man commit a more heinous offence against another than to fall in love with the same woman? Oh, by my soul! it is the most unpardonable breach of friendship.
-Capt. Jack Absolute [Reads.]:  "As for the old weather-beaten she-dragon who guards you.–Who can he mean by that?"
-Mrs. Malaprop:  "Me, sir!–me!–he means me!"
Sir Lucius O'Trigger: ''Modesty is a quality in a lover more praised by the women than liked.''

The End!