NYC-So I'm sorry; I'm sorry... at a street phone in the Village! by James Lewis Hamilton

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737 views by 17 July 2014

Walking down the street in Greenwich Village it was cold with some stiff breezes blowing. I was headed for a warm restaurant at a fast pace, ducking around the other pedestrians. Then I saw the sign for my sanctuary, and simultaneously heard the words at the top of the sketch in a loud voice in a very typical New Yook accent.
Just before ducking into the doorway I turned and took a mental picture of where and who had spoken those words. There she was, bundled up, high black boots, scarf flying in the wind, phone held away from her ear and mouth as she continued to shout into it. In a great burst of laughter I sat at the first vacant table and scribbled out this sketch. It is one of my all time favorites… the capture of real life!!!
It’s drawn in my Canson sketchbook and like life itself is a grand experiment.
Loading these drawings has kept me up late repeatedly, so I’ve not only qualified as an insomniac, but a devoted addict of RB!
I hope you get even half the LOL I’ve gotten from this over the years. ;-)))))))

A persona who has apparently lived a relatively long, varied and eclectic life. My Red Bubble portfolios reflect my seeming persona… and IF there’s any veracity to these reflections then some sense of HUMOUR and enjoyment should be PRESENT!
‘Ola!’ ;~}}}

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  • artisandelimage
    artisandelimageover 5 years ago

  • inspired again…. thanks!

    – James Lewis Hamilton

  • aaeiinnn
    aaeiinnnover 5 years ago

    how i admire your ability to create an animated sketch without need of detail
    to date mine look like a baby has scribbbled on the page

  • Okay, I’ll go look at your scribbles… they’re probably better than you think… we’re our worst critics usually.
    When I first committed to pen and ink, versus pencil you can erase… I had to come up with a strategy to shut up my critic, particularly as I started any sketch. What I came up with was my personal “forgiveness policy”
    How it works for me is this: I see a sketch potential; I pull out pad and pen and adjust my view position if needed or possible; I make some minor composition decisions and THEN draw the first pen line.
    It IS always WRONG (to my critic) It never quite follows the original ‘composition decision. BUT, I say to myself; “so why are we sketching?” My forgiveness answer is "Because it’s FUN and I want to!" I go on with the inner chat; “That goofy line is now ‘what is’ and it’s what’s going to direct this sketch, not some earlier un-executable thought.” and “I’m going to follow through and finish this sketch, no matter how it turns out, that’s the ‘perfection’ I’m following!”
    Usually that’s enough and the critic scurries back into the shadows he hides in… and I do finish every sketch… they’re not all good, there are a few I won’t load… but I never tear a page out… every drawing is some record of a moment… and that act of drawing enhances those moments down through my memories, reminds me of all the gratitude for experiences and places I’ve been.
    Thanks for your comment and I hope you can find your own version of ‘self-forgiveness’ and draw with lovely laughter!!!

    – James Lewis Hamilton

  • Jeff Schauss
    Jeff Schaussover 5 years ago

    This is choice

  • Choice? Her choice to play the roll of public display of silliness… or my choice to applaud her wonderful act? The world is a stage… and blah blah… am I just acting out unconsciously OR can I be aware, even and often in hindsight, whether I played my roll well… and ideally from my heart…


    – James Lewis Hamilton

  • JKKimball
    JKKimballover 5 years ago

    Yep, This is New York!
    very cool !

  • Yup! New Yook-New Yook… how I love it!!!


    – James Lewis Hamilton

  • Jeff Schauss
    Jeff Schaussover 5 years ago

    Extreme Choice Think about it what nut case could be diverted from all the wonders of New York to spend his time capturing this moment of this lady’s life Maybe this is the woman who’ll get in touch with you I love it it’s great

  • Oh, I’ve been such a ‘nut case’ so much of my life (still am I’m afraid to admit) that I’ve missed the glories that surround me too. This gal was such a wonderful reminder for me of exactly this… maybe that’s why she was playing that roll so well that day… just for me… and all who see this sketch…
    silly is as silly does!

    – James Lewis Hamilton

  • Just re-read your funny comment… missed the ‘thrust’ the first time through… too much bubble goin on…haha… Yes, I can imagine her Bmail to me already…. sorry it’s censored and I had to report it…haha

    – James Lewis Hamilton

  • Shulie1
    Shulie1over 5 years ago

    I can see her perfectly!

  • and whoever is on the other end of that phone… poor dears… we usually save conversations like this for family or spouses…

    – James Lewis Hamilton

  • Jeff Schauss
    Jeff Schaussover 5 years ago

    You see it wasn’t silly at all. Think of all the emotions you stirred from the people who got to see this. I hope you get that B Mail I really do. By the way this was years ago what are you sketching now?

  • not sketching or painting much… except loading stuff to RB and the occasional Photoshop fix or sometimes from scratch… like w/benefits tee… my life has been phases… sometimes this, sometimes that… RB has been enough of a retrospective that in many ways its been an integrative process… an ownership… and even a laughter about my past…

    – James Lewis Hamilton

  • rubyjo
    rubyjoabout 5 years ago

    oh i love this, you captured it well

  • Ah yes, those fleeting moments when we catch a glimpse of life… i’m so grateful for my fast sketch ability… thanks for commenting…

    – James Lewis Hamilton

  • banrai
    banraialmost 4 years ago

    love this

  • OH, she’s an iconic NYC classic… my laughter still rings!

    – James Lewis Hamilton

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