Wednesday, May 13, 2020

First Mother's Day in New York City

Coffee at 8th Avenue and 23rd Street, NYC
charcoal on bond paper
18 x 24 inches
Barbara Muir © 2010
When I first started showing in New York, I tended to be
in group exhibitions in May.  What could be more perfect --
new York in May is so beautiful. We'd been there once
before when we were visiting my sister who lived
in Philadelphia at the time.  But that was a kind of
crazy whirlwind one-day drive through with my

To actually stay in a hotel in New York City, wander
around in the neighbourhood, eat at cafés and super
restaurants, and visit the big galleries -- the Met, the MoMa
and the Frick.  Exciting doesn't begin to describe it.

Another surprise was that everybody talked to us.  It
was shockingly friendly, and of course we fell
deeply in love with the place.  To me the couple
in this drawing, based on a photo taken on Mother's
Day in New York City, exemplified the city.  On
the weekend New York men, who are very good
dressers relax by taking off their ties.  They still
go out for lunch and dinner in suits.  Not everyone,
but enough to make an excellent impression.  They
look wonderful.  This fellow still had his tie on.

The couple graciously said I could take their photo.

Have a loving your life day.

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