Friday, January 29, 2016

Islesboro Maine

For my wonderful friends Anne and Peter Rothschild.
The haikus are Annie's, and express the poetry of the place perfectly.

Friday, January 22, 2016

Friday, January 15, 2016

Sparrows in Central Park 2016

These New Years sparrows are in Central Park, fluffed up for the winter. They congregate on the south side of the reservoir. The haiku is by Issa, translated by David G. Lanoue, from his website HERE
for them too
a New Year's feast...
pigeons, sparrows


karera ni mo ganjitsu-sasen hato suzume

Friday, January 8, 2016

San Diego Tango Festival

The San Diego Tango Festival was great fun. It was held at the Kona Kai Resort on Shelter Island In the Point Loma neighborhood.

Friday, December 18, 2015

2016 Winter Wings Birding Festival

This is a map for the Winter Wings bird watching festival in Klamath falls Oregon. February 11 thru the 14th. I have gone several times and seen sand hill cranes, hundreds of eagles, swans, snow geese, and heard wonderful lectures and talks. People come from all over, check out their website: WinterWings

Friday, December 11, 2015

Kingdom Of Bhutan

So far I have counted 27 different varieties of Bee Eaters, each one more colorful than the next. As their name says, they eat bees and wasps and flying insects. They are far ranging, from Europe, to Africa and China. The Blue-bearded bee-eaters like the sub Himalayan tropical forests of northern India.

Saturday, December 5, 2015

Calendar of Sorrow; American Gun Violence

United States of America 2015 gun violence Calendar of Sorrow 
Every person killed or wounded has a family that loves them and are crushed by the violence. The sorrow is exponential. Each heart with an X symbol represents someone who died, each red X symbol someone who was wounded, and each tear symbol a parent. Though there are far, far more people feeling sorrow for all these terrible life crushing events than shown here.

Friday, December 4, 2015

Gowanus Canal

The sign really does say END.
There are canoes here, people take them out on the canal. The 1766 map is from the wikipedia page on the canal. The people at the Gowanus Canal Conservancy were working hard the day I was there planting and cleaning up.

Friday, November 13, 2015

Muscota Marsh

Wednesday I went with the NYC Urban Sketchers to Muscota Marsh at the top of Manhattan Island.
If you like to draw, this is a wonderful group of people to connect with.

Friday, November 6, 2015

Unfinished Observations

Hand drawn map of Manhattan. People on subways, waiting for buses, kids playing soccer, the Monarch butterflies that migrate down the Hudson river, a last summer bee, it was starting to get cold. Fall 2004. 

Friday, October 30, 2015

The First Law of Ecology

I drew these butterflies, with a world map traced across their wings, when I was thinking about "The Butterfly Effect". (Click to go to explanation page)

The text I added to it is Barry Commoners first law of ecology, 

These are the four laws of ecology:
  1. Everything is connected to everything else. There is one ecosphere for all living organisms and what affects one, affects all.
  2. Everything must go somewhere. There is no "waste" in nature and there is no "away" to which things can be thrown.
  3. Nature knows best. Humankind has fashioned technology to improve upon nature, but such change in a natural system is, says Commoner, "likely to be detrimental to that system"
  4. There is no such thing as a free lunch. Exploitation of nature will inevitably involve the conversion of resources from useful to useless forms.

Friday, October 23, 2015

7 poems found on Manhattan Island

This is a map in process, and I would like to add to it. Besides the wonderful Brooklyn Bridge poems not included here, I am sure there are many more poems that are located all through out the city.

The mysterious shape in my drawing of the Grand Central ceiling is netting that was dangling the day I was there to sketch, during its renovation. The ceiling was renovated in the 1980's and early 1990s. The grime on the ceiling was mostly caused by cigarette smoke.
Grace Paley was a teacher at Sarah Lawrence, and I audited her classes, for the delight of of it.

The William Carlos Williams poem, The Last Turn is beautiful, but stomach turning. I did not include the whole poem. 

Friday, October 9, 2015

Wickquasgeck Trail Manhattan Island

When I first looked into where the original Native American trail was on Manhattan, Broadway (marked in Puce) was what turned up on Wikipedia. But I looked at some old maps as well, and it seemed that the trail was not so direct. The topography, streams, forests, hills and rocky out crops all affected the path north.There is an interesting 1782 British War Office map credited to Great Britain, Stevens & Ben Franklin that shows original paths, forts, streams and hills for the length of Manhattan. (Many early Manhattan maps are just the southern tip) Also a posting by Krystal D’Costa at talked about the original trail not being present day Broadway.

Currently I think several different streets go along the Wiskquasgeck trail. The old topography is there, below the surface. Look for it. On my map, the trail follows the streets marked in Orange.

Here is the first sketch I did for it, a year or so ago.

What got me thinking about it again was this postcard from the Morgan Library.

This postcard is a page from New York: a series of wood engravings, by Ralph Ruzicka
with prose impressions of the city by Walter Prichard Eaton.

Friday, October 2, 2015

Spatial Thinking

How does your brain think about "Where am I?" and "How do I get there from here?"
Spatial Thinking!  Birds do it, bees do it, even uneducated trees do it, lets do it, lets...not get lost.
(Apologies to Cole Porter)
I worked with the teachers of a kindergarten and a first grade class to foster spatial thinking skills back in graduate school. Here is the hand out I made that lists the skills.
Please feel free to download and use for educational purposes. (not for sale or alteration)

Friday, September 25, 2015

Homework from graduate school

While I was attending Graduate school in geography at Hunter College, I also did a yoga teacher training. Here I combined the two. Just for fun.

Here I have layered the yoga chakras, (centers where wheels of energy exist in the body, and which can be considered esoteric knowledge) with historical maps. Giving the maps, by association, an esoteric element as well.
What I was thinking: That each of these maps, + 1 globe, has a quality of the chakra it is paired with.
The globe for the Sahasrara chakra (enlightenment) because the globe is the only non-distorted map.
Two map projections overlaid, for the Anja chakra, (intuition) because this shows us what we can (hopefully) sense, that any map is distorted by either distance, area, or shape.
The Fuller projection for the Visuddha chakra (Expression) because Buckminster Fuller expressed himself in so many areas, so well. 
The Bonne projection for the heart. Because it looks like a heart.
The Molliwede projection for the Manipura chakra (strength) because of its accuracy of proportions. 
The Mercator projection for the Svadisthana chakra (creativity) because, wow, you can get where you are going with Mercator. Science as an art. (but remember, Africa is bigger than Greenland)
The T and O map for the Muladhara chakra (the root chakra, survival). Because these are lovely early depictions of medieval Europe.
DISCLAIMER: These are just my loose interpretations, I am not an expert on the Chakras.

Friday, September 18, 2015

The Invitation Only Zone

A True Story about North Korea, Japan and Abduction by Robet S. Boynton

These 3 maps were created for Robert S. Boyntons amazing book, "The Invitation Only Zone"
Take a look here, at the books website.

Friday, April 17, 2015

Going for a walk in Alger

In January we visited the city of Algiers in North Africa. It is a mysterious city.
It is built on hills and there are beautiful views, but the traffic is desperate.
  The tiles you see in the doorways, courtyards and fountains came in ships as ballast.
My sister Elise made this map into a scarf, light and airy on silk chiffon.
Take a look here: Poetry Of Place Pop Up Shop

Friday, March 6, 2015

Betrayed by Destinations

Pen & ink and watercolor on paper. After  Piri Reis, the turkish admiral and cartographer.
Say Whay!? Gallery Journeys Show, framed by a quote from the Welsh poet Gynn Thomas;
 "The beauty is in the walking, we are betrayed by destinations."
Opening March 7th

Monday, November 17, 2014

Three Minutes In Poland frontispiece map

Three Minutes In Poland; Discovering a lost world in a 1938 family film. Written by Glenn Kurtz.
An amazing story, I loved making this map.Published by Farrar, Straus and Giroux
Click the publishers link, it has a wonderful description of the story Glenn tells in the book.

Monday, September 29, 2014

Mr. B's New York Map Transforms...

 into  a scarf!

The New York Historical Society now has Bemelmans New York map as a silk scarf.

Thursday, June 26, 2014

Ludwig Bemelmans New York

'Madeline in New York' is opening on July 4th at the New York Historical Society. It is Madeline and more.  Ludwig Bemelmans was a prolific artist, creating sketches and paintings for books, restaurants, textiles. The show brings together a range of his work, and you can feel his delight in life.
 This is a ghost map of where he lived, worked, ate, and drank in New York. Don't miss the wonderful murals at the Carlyle Hotel in Bemelmans Bar and you can still feel his spirit in Gramercy park.

Monday, June 16, 2014

Blue Dogs

I have been drawing lots of dogs lately. Mostly from photo's friends have sent me of their rescued dogs (but not all). These dogs are actually every color, fur and mutti-ness know to man, plus some that are purely pure bred. I made them blue because of a piece of advice my illustration teacher, Charles Slackman once gave me: (on submitting final sketches)  "always put in a blue dog, it gives the art director something to take out." 

Monday, June 9, 2014

Flower Power

The current book I am working on includes a character who drives a classic VW bug.
This drawing is based on my wonderful high school friend Judy's car. We had so much fun scooting around the Main Line after school and on the week ends.

Friday, May 30, 2014

"It's not down on any map, true places never are..."

The Say What!!?? Gallery in Tannersville, NY had a show this winter about the quote "Its not down on any map, true places never are" from Moby Dick by Herman Melville. Love is not down on any map, but we all have an internal compass to get there. Poets express this. Here are four guiding quotes, set to the four cardinal directions. These thoughts can help find the way.

True North: 
"Love is the voice under all silences, the hope which has no opposite in fear; the strength so strong mere force is feebleness: the truth more first than sun, more last than star..." e.e. cummings

True East:
"Your task is not to seek for love, but merely to seek and find all the barriers within yourself that you have built against it." Rumi

True South:
"I love you without knowing how, or when, or from where. I love you simply, without problems or pride: I love you in this way because I do not know any other way of loving but this, in which there is no I or you, so intimate that your hand upon my chest is my hand, so intimate that when I fall asleep your eyes close." Pablo Neruda

True West:
"Once the realization is accepted that even between the closest human beings infinite distances continue, a wonderful living side by side can grow, if they succeed in loving the distance between them which makes it possible for each to see the other whole against the sky." Rilke

Visit our Pop Up shop to see this as a scarf.

Tuesday, May 27, 2014

A Walk With Mr. Bemelmans

A wonderful artist and writer, (he wrote and illustrated the Madeline books) as well as a great character, Ludwig Bemelmans had a colorful life. A fair amount of it was here in Manhattan, in NYC. Over a year ago, my friend Jane took me on a “Bemelmans” walk. It was delightful, and so I made this map.

Wednesday, January 8, 2014

Hot Chocolate!

These are all wonderful places to have a cup of hot chocolate. 
You can tell the area I spend the most time in is Chelsea and Flatiron. 
Cafe Sarabarsky on the upper east side has a lovely atmosphere, 
and is in a terrific museum, the Neue Galerie.
 Boucheron Bakery on the west side has a nice view of Central Park.
These days are terribly cold so hot chocolate is extra fortifying. 

Monday, December 9, 2013

Moon Dog Calendar 2014

From Wikipedia: "moon dog,(scientific name paraselene... i.e. "beside the moon") is a relatively rare bright circular spot on a lunar halo caused by the refraction of moonlight by hexagonal-plate-shaped ice crystals in cirrus or cirrostratus clouds. Moon dogs appear 22° to the left and right of the moon. They are exactly analogous to sun dogs, but are rarer because to be produced the moon must be bright and therefore full or nearly full. "

We had a dog when I was growing up, Wolfie, who loved the moon. And how he would howl! Do all dogs love the moon?

Wednesday, August 14, 2013

Book Walk Philadelphia

You can walk from the very touristy part of Philadelphia to these fun bookstores.
Explore! The many small side streets have charming houses, cobblestones, and quiet.
Like going back in time.

Monday, August 12, 2013

Wedding; First Anniversary Map

This map honors the First wedding anniversary of my wonderful yoga teacher Stacey, and her husband Christopher.
It includes their vows, where they first met, courted each other, honeymooned, and places they love in New York City.
Also, their delightful kitty Ella.

Saturday, April 6, 2013

American Crow

Yesterday  5 crows flew to the water tower and roof top across the street.
They come in as a group, then split up to different directions,
but all double back to land on various sides of the roof top.

Monday, March 11, 2013

Mosquito Inlet Florida

In the spring, the east coast of Florida is home to mosquito's, but also butterfly migrations, turtles arriving to lay their eggs, and beautiful songbirds making their way north.

Monday, February 4, 2013

Doves in Every Direction

This map, "Doves in Every Direction" was created for a the show 'Journey of Peace' at the Concordia College Gallery in Bronxville, NY.
There are over 300 species of doves in the world. They live on every continent except Antarctica, part of the Sahara, and the North Pole.
From mangrove swamps to high alpine forests, they exist in every kind of terrain. Doves are universal symbol of peace.

Available as a scarf in our Etsy Shop shop. 50% of profits from the sale of this scarf will go to the wild bird fund, dedicated to saving injured birds and other small wild animals here in NYC. 

Friday, January 18, 2013

ZipCodes Numbers Place

Manhattan Island zipcode map

Selected for an upcoming show at:


February 8 – March 25, 2013
"We are symbols, and inhabit symbols"
- Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803 - 1882)

Sunday, January 6, 2013

Psyche of Manhattan

This is a map I made in graduate school. You can think of the city as a character, with a conscious aspect and an unconscious aspect. With Freud's traditional view of the mind; ego, superego and id, how much of each does Manhattan have? The data was from the phone book (yes, there were still phone books when I made this). Therapists offices represent the ego (Freud)  escort services represent the id, (Kinsey) and police stations the superego (B.F.Skinner). I sketched the faces and made stamps. The ego is clustered on either side of central park, with a second grouping down in the village. The Super ego is evenly spaced about the city. The escort services are clustered in lower midtown, with another group in east Harlem. So what do we see? More ego, than anything else, id that has its own territory, and little over lap between them. The superego is evenly distributed so a balance is maintained.

Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Travel with Me

Look Inside
Cover of my sketch book, TRAVEL WITH ME.
Part of an Art House Co-Op Sketch Book Project.
The sketch book is about my visit to Liberia on the west coast of Africa,
and Paris, at the end of January 2012.

Monday, January 2, 2012

2012 FULL MOON new moon

The background color is a nod to the ceiling of Grand Central Terminal. A few sun events are included.
The solid circles are full moons the unfilled circles new moons. The left hand side is the day of the month. Across the top are the months of the year.

Thursday, December 1, 2011

Wednesday, September 7, 2011

Spatial Thinking

The Image here has been recently been reposted in a clearer format. See October 2, 2015 on this blog.

Tuesday, May 10, 2011

Info-Graphic of my hospital stay

I became ill on a visit to Cairo, Egypt. The Dr in Egypt thought I had a stomach flu. But it was my appendix. After it ruptured, I felt a bit better, and flew home. It turned out I had both the appendix and a bacterial infection. Not much fun. But making this graphic was.