Monday, December 31, 2007

New Years Eve at McSorley's

I'm not even going to attempt getting into McSorely's tonight, I'm sure it's going to be packed tight. Have a great evening how ever you choose to spend it and I wish you all a happy new year.

Sunday, December 30, 2007


two things the subway is good for, reading and drawing, that's if you can get a seat.

Saturday, December 29, 2007

Last Night at the Lobster

is the book I bought Angie for Christmas, she really enjoyed it and finished it already. You should go to Barnes and Noble and buy it, it's written by Stewart O'Nan.

Friday, December 28, 2007

Wine Reception

I'm receptive to a little wine on the odd occassion

Thursday, December 27, 2007

Holiday Cheer

Seems to have left the building

Wednesday, December 26, 2007

Boxing Day

and these two gentlemen retreat to the pub to discuss their unbelievable good fortune. New socks and underwear abound and 2008 looks like being a winner.

Tuesday, December 25, 2007

Merry Xmas

And look what was waiting under the tree for me this morning, I swear Angie can read my mind sometimes.

Monday, December 24, 2007

Macky's Jolly Christmas

This is Matt, he's one of the many regulars at the Old Town Bar, I could tell you many tales about Matt but for a glimpse you should go to YouTube and search for Macky's Jolly Christmas. It's festive to say the least.

Sunday, December 23, 2007

The Eve of the Eve

So you might as well take yourself off for a pint and reflect on all the new socks and scarfs that will be coming your way.

Saturday, December 22, 2007

Party Time

hope you're all enjoying the holiday festivites

Thursday, December 20, 2007

Oil Change

This is our car finally getting some TLC. Took it to a place on Bedford, those guys work quick. So did I. Not what you were expecting to see?

Three's A Crowd

As promised I found safe haven in a bar, no nudes here. The guy seen drinking the beer didn't like the guy in the white shirt, it was a very uneasy triad but enjoyable non the less.

Tuesday, December 18, 2007

Not a Bar

I wasn't in a bar last night and look what happened, tomorrow I'm going to a bar where I know I'll be safe

Silly Hats

These are subway drawings of which I have multiple filled sketchbooks, these I did yesterday on my way into the city. It's turned realy cold here but people in hats are fun to draw.

Monday, December 17, 2007


Here is another look at my new favourite bar. This also represents a new direction with the work although I'm not quite sure of what that direction is. Ultimately I'm putting together a collection for a book and exhibition.

Sunday, December 16, 2007

The Met

yesterday we went to the Klimt exhibit at the Neue to get inspired and then to the Met to do some drawing. We sat on the balcony and ordered a bottle of wine and got busy.

Saturday, December 15, 2007


Tom has been drinking at the Old Town Bar since the eighties. Can't argue with that.

Friday, December 14, 2007


I'm in a bar drawing dudes in a bar drawing. so what do you think about that then?

Thursday, December 13, 2007


It's been a while since I covered this subject, I ought to give it another look in a different medium. Till we draw again.

Tuesday, December 11, 2007


The return of the pencil.


this chap has clearly been through a great deal but the important thing is he held onto the ball.

Monday, December 10, 2007

Liquid Lunch

something tells me it's going to be a long week.

Sunday, December 9, 2007

Quick Study

Sometimes you just have to fire from the hip and see what happens

Saturday, December 8, 2007

Doing The Lords Work

And guess who that pint is for.

Friday, December 7, 2007

Today Is My Birthday

but I'm still younger than this guy.

Thursday, December 6, 2007

200 Park Slope

Happy hour from 11-7 on Fridays. Good Kitchen, about 30 beers on tap.

Wednesday, December 5, 2007

Not Nude

Couldn't talk this one out of her clothes, I must be losing my touch.

Tuesday, December 4, 2007


Lunch time trade at Bill's. The day time bar tender's name is Tom and he is as good as it gets, I'd draw him if he'd keep still. 54th st between Madison and Park, do yourself a favour

Monday, December 3, 2007


hopefully this drawing will take away some of those Monday blues. I like this one and I was getting a little bar heavy.

Sunday, December 2, 2007

White Horse Tavern

This is another view of the White Horse Tavern from the dinning room at the end of the bar, you can see the door in the first drawing so I'm sat on the other side. All I'm thinking about when I see this is that the chap in the blue shirt with his back to us hasn't heard from his daughter in a while.

Saturday, December 1, 2007

Drawing session

People can be more interesting than stuffed animals although this is often not the case.

Friday, November 30, 2007

Social Solitude

wireless service has forever changed the landscape. Social solitude is how Angie put it. i went to two such places to draw yesterday and didn't buy so much as a bottle of water or say a single word.

Thursday, November 29, 2007

White horse Tavern

Is on Hudson St and 11th. yet another of New york's landmark bars and the place in which Dylan Thomas drank himself to death (18 whiskeys). Originally built in 1817 it became the White horse in 1880. Great light for drawing. As with most of these great bars, I like to get there around opening time, choose my spot and watch the locals turn up.

Wednesday, November 28, 2007

Ulimate Nude

This lady really took it all off. Last night we drew at the Bodies exhibition, they open up after hours some nights for artists to go and sketch.

Tuesday, November 27, 2007


A quick linear study done during lunch yesterday. As I've often said, I find it hard to keep things simple so this one made me happy. Also Bill's, on 54st is another of New Yorks great bars and former speakeasy, I'm thinking of giving my own bar tours.

Monday, November 26, 2007

Nice Pair

McSorley's serves it's own ale which comes ethier light or dark. It also comes two mugs per order. Fine by me.

Sunday, November 25, 2007


Can't say enough good things about this place. It opened in 1854 and survived prohibition. Reeks of history,a must if you live in New York or if your'e a tourist, which is why I don't go near the place at weekends. Best sampled during the week at lunchtimes when you can see the place for what it is, a living museum.

Saturday, November 24, 2007


It's not a bar or a nude, normal service will be resumed as soon as possible.

Friday, November 23, 2007


this was done really fast, just to see what I could do when I thought I wouldn't have time to do anything at all. I caught my reflection in the mirror behind the bar, yes I'm really that suave.

Thursday, November 22, 2007

She'll Not Do

England's football team manage to snatch defeat from the jaws of victory. Business as usual as these likely lads will attest to. England duly sacked their manager after failing to qualify for the European Championship next year. Managing England is a thankless task, talking of which, Happy Thanksgiving.

Wednesday, November 21, 2007


Sometimes lying down on the job is acceptable although it's never worked out for me.

Tuesday, November 20, 2007

Last Class

Things got a little out of hand at the Museum of Natural History last night. My lawyer has advised me to make no further comment.

Monday, November 19, 2007

Beer Nymph

This drawing represents a kind of love story, a man who's seach has come to an end, enters the world of eternal bliss. Well, maybe not eternal but certainly for the next couple of hours for we all know bliss can be fleeting.

Sunday, November 18, 2007


this bicycle is a memorial for a woman rider who was hit by a truck on fith ave in Park Slope.

Saturday, November 17, 2007

Morning Coffee

You made it to another weekend. Thats no mean feat these days. Congrats.

Friday, November 16, 2007

Chad with Guinness

or Guinness with Chad, at the risk of upsetting Sam Adams

Thursday, November 15, 2007

Angie Draws a Bufflehead

As per your requests I'm posting Angie's drawing below. We've got one more class at the Natural History Museum on Monday, after that I guess we'll have to draw the cat's.

Angie's Bufflehead Drawing

Angie can be quite the bufflehead herself.

Tuesday, November 13, 2007


Tried something new last night. Failed more often than not but this one worked and I'm going to keep trying this for a while.

Happy Hour

This is a gouache study of a sketch I made during an extreamly busy bar session. I had plenty of time to do a drawing, it took forever to get served.