Thursday, December 11, 2014


On Monday I went into NYC to meet two non-sketching good friends for a day of shopping, talking, and seeing "THE TREE." We were meeting at noon up by the Time Warner Center by Columbus Circle, but I went in early because I wanted to sketch the Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree. I had sketched it with the scaffolding around it a few weeks ago and needed to do it finished. It was very cold out but I stood leaning against one of the buildings and sketched. I finished most of the sketch before I had to go hop on the train to meet them but added the lights with gel pen when I got home.

I did a few sketches on the train going into the city. I think everyone I sketch on the train is connected to their cell phone. lol

The Time Warner Center had these fabulous star decorations that changed colors every few minutes. Which color do you like? My favorite is the purple.

We shopped at the Holiday Market at Columbus Circle and then headed back to see the Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree lit up at night. It looked great!

The statues of the soldiers were fun too.

Here I am (left) with Maureen (center) and Rhea (right).

On the way back to Penn Station we passed this display in front of one of the buildings.

The city is so great at this time of year!


  1. Joan! I so very much love this post! Love all your wonderful photos!
    Your Christmas Tree painting is spectacular!
    Wonderful work as usual!

  2. LOVE NYC ! And your sketches are fantastic!

  3. I love New York City at Christmas! THanks for sharing your photos and your tree painting is magical.

  4. Joan, your sketch is beautiful!! I love all of the photos too! I'd love to see New York at Christmas...the store windows...the ice rink and tree...sigh...

  5. I love the sketch. Looks like you and your friends had a thoroughly wonderful time.

  6. Joan, sounds like such a fun day out. Hope your shopping went well too. I like the purple ones too.

  7. Michael, thanks so much for visiting and commenting.

    Hilda, isn't it so much fun? Thanks.

    Celia, it is magical at this time of year. Thank you.

    Thank you, Sherry, it is the perfect place to visit.

    Carol, we had a lot of fun. Thanks.

    Maggie, each time I saw a different color I that one! lol Thanks.

  8. Waah! I want to see that tree too!!
    You really captured the majesty and magic of it in your stunning painting Joan! A very festive post with great photos of you and your friends and all the festive scenes!