October 31, 2008

Meet the correspondents: NEW YORK > Amanda Kavanagh

"I find myself waiting around a lot in this city; for subways, appointments, restaurant tables. Since I started carrying a sketchbook, the sweetest words to me are, "please have a seat and we'll be with you shortly". I jump at the chance to have a few guilt-free moments to draw.

I generally stick to architecture when I'm out sketching. I love finding those long-forgotten cornices and friezes high above the streets of Manhattan. The stuff you just don't notice walking by. I love to capture run-down Brooklyn neighborhoods that are on the brink of gentrification: Coney Island, Red Hook and the Gowanus Canal. It's all going to disappear in few years and I feel a need to document it.

I'm self conscious about drawing people at close range though, especially on the subway. But I think I've perfected my technique for avoiding eye-contact: keep your head down, draw up to the shoulders, and then if they start to catch on, stick a weasel-head on them."

• Amanda's blog: craftmonkeys.
• Amanda's art on Flickr.


Alessandro Andreuccetti said...

Hi Amanda, never visited New York, but hope to know something more from your excellent drawings.

problemchildbride said...

Brilliant to see you on here, doll! Really looking forward to this blog.

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petescully said...

that's a great drawing! i look forward to reading your posts.

Jenni.mystery said...

Can't wait to see your sketches. I was a New Yorker in all my past lives and one very briefly in this life.

Amanda said...

Thanks all. Happy to be here.

A Brush with Color said...

Ooooh, goodie! I'll look forward to it.

Anonymous said...

More than fabulous -
had a nice time with Your work.
Tschüs from Berlin
Ernst Josef

PS and for the modd:

And indeed there will be time
For the yellow smoke that slides along the Street
Rubbing its back upon the window-panes;
There will be time, there will be time
To prepare a face to meet the faces that you meet;
There will be time to murder and create,
And time for all the works and days of hands
That lift and drop a question on your plate;
Time for you and time for me,
And time yet for a hundred indecisions,
And for a hundred visions and revisions,
Before the taking of a toast and tea.
Thomas Stearns Eliot

Allison Malinsky said...

This is Allison, I used to work with your sister, Lydia! I was on this site, as I am an artist, and saw your drawings!
If you have a moment, I would love to get Lydia's email address to catch up with her. I met you at your house about five years ago, a wonderful Christmas party!
All the best,

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