Monday, August 15, 2011


Last Wednesday I climbed into "Hymn4Her's"van and we drove up the Jersey turnpike for their gigs in Brooklyn and the Village.

While Lucy and Wayne were unloading and setting up at the "68 Jay St. Bar," I did this drawing looking up the street, towards the Manhattan Bridge.

My job for the next three days and nights was to look after Diver while her parents performed.

Some regulars at the bar, waiting for the show to go on.

Others watching during the performance.

We spent the night at the home of a friend. Her row house is one of hundreds built by Donald Trump's father
back in the 1930s. Very charming and very retro.

I awoke hungry on Thursday morning and found breakfast (?) at a "take-out" around the corner.

I lingered long enough to draw this poignant woman, a "regular."

The next night, in the village, I stayed in the van while Diver slept. Here again, an observed "NY Moment,"
on the sidewalk.

We had to be back in Philly Friday for a live interview/performance in the studios of my old stomping grounds, KYW-TV 3. Even Diver got in the act on the noon show "Talk Philly." Check out the interview here:

I'm not so sure Diver believed me when I told her Silver-Pop-Pop worked there way back in the '60s and '70s. be once again young...and so naive. (A Christmas party, as I recall.)


  1. I believe, Silver Pop Pop! Thanks for sharing the journey.


  2. Ahhh; sweet thoughts from a "Jersey Girl."
    Thanks Val.

  3. OMG!
    So much to take in..
    Your grand daughter is adorable - those ringlets!
    Love the drawings with your scrawl included.
    No wonder you have a gazillion sketchbooks filled up!

  4. Hallie Desilet, tampaAugust 18, 2011 at 4:03 PM

    I enjoyed every piece of your artwork; it's easy to see where the artistic genes flow from. You have a beautiful family and are truly talented and blessed!