Chris by Anne Watkins, 2012
One of the nicest parts of being a participant in an online community like Flickr is that you come across the nicest people and create more and more diverse friendships than you ever thought you might have.
Because I travel a lot in the course of my “day job,” I’ve had the opportunity and pleasure of meeting a number of Flickr friends. This past week I had the opportunity to meet New York-based watercolor artist Anne Watkins for the first time in person.
I first started admiring Anne’s work several years ago. Her simple and lithe brushstrokes reminded me of the illustrations used for print ads for New York’s stylish Paul Stuart clothing store. That probably shouldn’t have been a surprise because it turns out Anne is the creator of those illustrations. Go figure.
Anne's watercolors of New York and New Yorkers, especially her society ladies, are a joy to see. You can see samples of Anne’s work here.
Anne Watkins, 2012
I’ve been hoping to meet Anne for some time. A few years ago she had a show of watercolor portraits of dogs at a gallery in the East Village that opened the same weekend I was in New York. But other commitments intervened and I was unable to meet Anne on that trip.
So it was a special treat one afternoon last week when I was able to wander over to Bryant Park, where Anne was conducting an outdoor workshop. Just as it has been with many Flickr friend meet-ups, Anne and I didn’t greet as strangers, but instead embraced as old friends. Anne insisted that I sit for a quick portrait.
I hope this will be the first of many good conversations with Anne.
I Asked Anne to Show Me “Hostile,” 2012