Portrait of an Artist’s Studio, Five Pointz

Portrait of an Artists Studio sketch by Eliza Stein

Portrait of an Artists Studio sketch by Eliza Stein

A few years ago, I visited The Five Pointz Building in Long Island City (the one with all the graffiti) for the first time. It was a dizzy overwhelming day because there are hundreds of studios in there AND an American Apparel textile factory downstairs, so I went home with loads of colorful fabric scraps that I crocheted into a rug… of sorts.

I drew this sketch when I insisted on sitting for a few minutes after climbing down from the roof (shouldn’t have taken the fire escape).

Illustration Friday: “Obsession”

It wasn’t me or my undeveloped motor skills, Momma! Can’t you see I’ve got scribbleomania?!

Ahh yes, The Wordsworth Book of Intriguing Words, by Paul Hellweg, Wordsworth Editions Ltd., 1993. I don’t remember how this book came to live on my shelf, but it’s rescued me from many a case of artist’s and writer’s block. Its old title was The Insomniac’s Dictionary, which explains a lot.

It’s been some time, hasn’t it? I started out with an acute case of gamomania*, which ended abruptly in May, and the excitement of that day soon led to an extended period of clinomania**, kathisomania***, and hypnomania****. What a cluster  of obsessions that was! The only cure for it was more clinomania, so you can see how time got away from me. I think I’m free of obsessions for now, except perhaps scribomania*****, which is not scribleomania at all!

* marriage, **bed rest, ***sitting, ****sleep, *****”writing a long succession of unconnected words.”

They Draw and Cook …book?

I wish I had known about this website sooner! They invite illustrators to draw their favorite recipes and submit them to the site for all the world to see. Most of them are easy to follow and I intend to try a few of them at home when I get the chance. One of the best things about the recipes is the variety of countries the artists come from: living in New York I always assume I’ve tried every kind of cuisine at least once, but I didn’t know about baleadas from Honduras until a year ago.

I was in a hurry to finish this by Oct. 10, because the site’s editors have a book deal, and they’re considering all recipes received by that date for publication. They have a huge number to sift through: find about about the project here.