Sloshing in the City

Who doesn’t enjoy a nice filthy slush puddle now and then? We New Yorkers are just loving it! It’s still only early February and I think it’s fair to say that this winter has been kicking our asses. But I try to look for the positives in most situations. They can be seen if we pay attention. One is the helpful, “looking out for each other” spirit that many people adopt during adversity. Someone slips and falls and folks are there right away to assist. An unspoken bond can be felt among city dwellers that we’re all in this together and once it’s over we can meet up on the Great Lawn in Central Park, bask in the  warmth of springtime and toss frisbees. In the meantime, let’s give each other a hand through this hardship. We can bitch about salt shortages and snow plows, or we can just buck up and deal with it as best we can.

Other positives include ice-encased tree branches and twigs and icicle formations, which are classically beautiful cold weather images. Also, the upper east side poodles and pomeranians in their little coats provide reasons to smile. Perhaps the most significant positive of winter in New York City is the indefatigable drive to keep everyday life going, business as usual … getting there, it’s all about getting there, slush puddles notwithstanding. Like the authentic New York City place that it is, Spring Studio keeps on going and doesn’t know the meaning of the phrase “snow day”. Instead, every day is a “drawing day”. And through the slippery subway platforms, overhead drippings, and transit delays, the faithful model shows up at the studio. She’s wet, cold, and disheveled, but she shows up 🙂

Created at Spring Studio on Monday night, a drawing of me by Robert Sebastiano:


4 thoughts on “Sloshing in the City

  1. Bill says:

    Ah, but that’s the thing about being a Muse. Claudia Hajian (or any of your colleagues) may be “wet, cold and disheveled” but, when on the model stand, he/she has the opportunity to rise above all that. And, judging from this drawing, it’s clear that’s exactly what you did.

    And a thank you to Robert for sharing his beautiful drawing.

    BTW, the frisbee is sitting right by my front door. . .

    • artmodel says:


      Thank you so much for your sweet comments! I suppose I can still pull off my “muse” role even amid winter annoyances. But I’m more than ready to pick up that frisbee. Spring, get here fast!


  2. Grier Horner says:

    Great drawing – and model

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