Watercolor on Paper
9 x 12 inches

For my 2nd personal project during my SVA Residency, I decided to write and illustrate my own New York-themed limericks, after reading A Book of Nonsense by Edward Lear.
It was a challenge to write (I’m not a writer!) but I had a lot of fun with these.
There was a gentleman with legs so long,
He felt that he didn’t quite belong
He went in one prance
From New Jersey to France
And put all of his thoughts in a song.
There was a hipster with a beard
Who said, “It is just as I feared! –
Two squirrels and a hen,
Four rats and a wren,
Have all built their nests in my beard!”
There was a man from New York city
Who objected to things he found creepy.
He hired 20 dogs
To catch all the frogs
In and around New York city.
There was an old woman from Flushing
Whose presence of mind was amusing
She purchased a cart
And rolled through Central Park
And escaped from the people of Flushing.
There was a young actress of Broadway
Who danced her way into the subway
When the doors squeezed her flat
She exclaimed “Look, a rat!”
This mellow young actress of Broadway.
There was a big buff man from Brooklyn
Whose head was as small as a push pin
So to make it look big
He purchased a wig
And paraded himself around Brooklyn


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