We already knew what fate had in store for us---- the storm of the century was coming Sunday, so Amanda and Walt and I headed straight for Chinatown the afternoon I got to New York. It was my sole chance at outdoor sketching on this trip.
I first sketched a fortune teller who played an erhu, a two-stringed violin-like instrument, in between fortune-seeking customers.
While Amanda and Walt were sketching a storefront in one direction, I looked down the street to a vista of lanterns and signs and sketched it.
The other two went to Pearl Paints to buy supplies. I sketched a display of peking ducks hanging in a restaurant window. I got some weird looks from patrons and workers alike, but as much as I sketch in public, I'm used to it.
That night, Walt, Amanda and her husband Jimmy and I ate at a Thai restaurant on Bayard Street. I sketched Walt while we waited for Jimmy to arrive. He looks very poetic and ethereal here, but don't you believe it. He's spreading vicious rumors about me on his blog. Winona Ryder, indeed.
I'm having a lovely time, in spite of the weather and Walt's calumny. More sketches to come!