Joy Deluxe - Version 2

I had brunch this weekend with a childhood friend who I haven’t seen in twenty years. JK is as vivacious and radiant now as she was when we were growing up together in the Philly suburbs. We had a wonderful time catching up and looking into the future while also strolling down memory lane. Before we parted company, she unexpectedly gave me some old photos and a watercolor I had painted in my early teens.

My early fixation on fashion

I’m guessing that I had leafed through Vogue and tried to copy some looks. Aren’t they very Dynasty-meets-Claude-Montana-and-YSL? And the idea for the bright red lips came from Paloma Picasso. Inspired, I came home and dug through some of my own old boxes of stuff and found a simple throwaway sketch from more than a decade ago.

Sketching when bored using markers and colored pencils, circa 2000?

I think the model resembles Jennifer Flavin Stallone. Or, perhaps actress Jessica Paré who plays Don Draper’s new young wife Megan on Mad Men, one of my favorite TV shows that is never on enough. Amazing how everything old becomes new again.


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  1. […] it’s a respite from our glowing screens and always-on digital lives. Maybe it goes back to my childhood love of sketching with real colored pencils—we didn’t have apps back in the […]


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