Saturday, May 15, 2010

Two people I miss

Yaisha and Katiana
Charcoal on bond paper
18 x 24 inches
Barbara Muir 2010

Two of my favorite people in New York City -- and there
were many -- are these two young women Yaisha (pronounced
Jaisha) and Katiana who work as receptionists at
the El Qujiote restaurant on West 23rd Street. I will eventually
do a painting of them, but for today I've done a charcoal
drawing. They made our visits to the restaurant a complete
treat. And more than that in the few minutes of seating us
at our table they made us feel like we were friends. This is
a knack that many people in New York have. They know
how to reach out and make people feel welcome. That's
just part of the reason (a big part) why we love New York.
Another was the stuffed filet of sole at the El Qujiote, one of
the best fish dishes I've ever tasted. Oh yeah, and that's saying
something from a woman who eats fish in the Maritimes for
three weeks every summer.

Have a loving-the-people-around-you day.


Linda Popple said...

Just got back to your blog. I couldn't access it since you left for NYC. Anyway, I just quickly browsed the last few posts and I like your sketches and hope your son is better (6 wisdom teeth! YIKES!). Poor guy.

I'm looking forward to getting back into my routine, too.

Melinda said...

These young ladies radiate beauty and friendliness. They represent NY quite well!

Looking forward to more photos and work.

Anonymous said...

HI Barbara,
Yes, i did wonder where you went...but then this morning saw your comment on Linny's blog, so figured you were back at it. welcome back! I'm looking forward to hearing about your trip, sounds fun.

Barbara Muir said...

Hi Linda,

Yes it was somewhat traumatic losing it at that red hot moment, but I'm so happy it's back. I'm glad you like my sketches. I'm planning to do more.

Take care,


Barbara Muir said...

Hi Melinda,

They certainly are both beautiful and friendly, and incredibly hard workers. Don't you love the uniforms. The jackets are actually bright red with black lapels -- hard to convey in black and white.

Thanks so much.

Barbara Muir said...

Hi Sally,

Whew! Boy am I glad to be back. It was beyond fun in New York it was amazing.

Take care,


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