I Shook My Groove Thing

[Melanie Reim in New York City] Yes, it is true. I am an old disco queen. I went from rocking out to David Bowie, when the songs were new, to leaving home at 11pm, totally dolled up, only to roll into work at Newsweek Magazine the next morning after dancing the night away. So, you can […]

Home Away From Home

[By Melanie Reim in Santo Domingo] It’s no secret that I spend much of my down time in my adopted country, the Dominican Republic. When I was invited to judge the national art competition for Diario Libre at the end of May, I was so excited to being going “home” again- and tried to make the […]

My First Hundred Days, Part l

[By Melanie Reim in New York City] It’s just about 100 days or so since Election Day in the US. So many of us here now characterize our time as before and after, a chilling reminder of how significantly times have changed overnight. It is an historical time, and when history happens, artists rise and […]

Dancing Lines: Ink Drawing on Location, People, Places and Things

Worlds collide and ink will splatter as Urban Sketcher Kiah Kiean Ch’ng, from Penang, Malaysia and Melanie Reim, from New York, USA, join forces to deliver a power-packed workshop where line drawing will rule. The passion and process of drawing architecture and people and the combination of both, with KK’s infamous, hand-crafted twigs and Melanie’s […]

Election Night 2016, NYC

[Melanie Reim & Veronica Lawlor] On Election Day in the USA, urban sketchers Melanie Reim and Veronica (Ronnie) Lawlor decided to document together at the Javits Center, NYC, where Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Rodham Clinton planned an election night event for her supporters. Here is their conversational account of the day, and some of their drawings: Ronnie, […]

Dunes Days

[By Melanie Reim on Cape Cod]  The sky is as clear and crisp today in New York as it was so many days on Cape Cod this past summer. But the air is filled with an aura of nervous anticipation-“Doomsday” keeps running through my mind- and then, I thought, I will choose to think about […]

Pride Without Prejudice

[By Melanie Reim in New York City] There are barely words to describe being witness to the Pride Parade in New York City today, but I will try. Jubilation, reverence, defiance, happiness, indignation, respect, fun, honor, fun, fearless, free and of course, pride. All there, multiplying those messages with every group that congregated, every flag that […]

A Room, A Roof, with A View

[By Melanie Reim in Spain] For over thirty years, I have lived in New York City, on Riverside Drive-but I do not face the river from my apartment. In fact, I have one of those quintessential stories, where I face a brick wall, with a little sliver of sky above, so my apartment is not […]

Still Berning

[By Melanie Reim, New York City, Washington Square Park] Well, part of my sabbatical experience/promise to ME, is to get out and draw more- so although this post is not related directly to my sabbatical project, it is about getting out there and experiencing through drawing on location, all the happenings out and around me. **This […]