Art Excursion in New York

This past weekend was the best possible way to start 2019. Back in December, I surprised my wife with tickets to New York for her birthday. We’re both artists so we planned ahead and made a list of things we wanted to see during our visit. The excursion also acted as a research trip for the current project I am working on with Dr. Thiener Games. (https://www.drthienergames.com) We left at midnight and landed at 8 am in Manhattan and damn, it was cold.

Manhattan. 28 Degrees.

Manhattan. 28 Degrees.

We made it a goal to try and visit as many museums possible in our three days and what caught me off guard was how much history New York paid tribute to through statues and monuments. They called out so many amazing things in American history that it was hard not to be inspired. There were so many epic places and moments on the trip, but here are a few pictures that really resonated with me and had a big impact.

Arriving in Manhattan.

Arriving in Manhattan.

Federal Hall where George Washington took his presidential oath. The birth of the American Dream.

Federal Hall where George Washington took his presidential oath. The birth of the American Dream.

Frozen Lake @ Central Park. Living in San Diego, you don’t see this. Ever. I’m also really curious what the engraving of the stone I’m standing on is.

Frozen Lake @ Central Park. Living in San Diego, you don’t see this. Ever. I’m also really curious what the engraving of the stone I’m standing on is.

William Shakespeare in Central Park. As a visual story teller, this just hit me with a lot of inspiration to continue to refine the craft in all aspects.

William Shakespeare in Central Park. As a visual story teller, this just hit me with a lot of inspiration to continue to refine the craft in all aspects.

Dinner at The Ribbon.

Dinner at The Ribbon.

T - Rex at the American Museum of Natural History. The photo doesn’t do the size of this king justice. Keep in mind I’m 6’3. I might have let slip an, “Oh Shit” in front of a nice family.

T - Rex at the American Museum of Natural History. The photo doesn’t do the size of this king justice. Keep in mind I’m 6’3. I might have let slip an, “Oh Shit” in front of a nice family.

Theodore Roosevelt monument outside American Museum of Natural History. Did you know that it was because of him that we have national parks and game reserves?

Theodore Roosevelt monument outside American Museum of Natural History. Did you know that it was because of him that we have national parks and game reserves?

By the end of the trip I captured over 300 reference photos. It got to the point that we needed to stop at cafes along our journey to charge our phones from all the photos we were taking. When the trip came to an end and we were getting back on the plane, there were still so many places we didn’t get a chance to visit. We both decided we need to come back but could definetly wait until the summer.

If you have any recommendations on places to visit or things to do, I’d love to hear it in the comments!

Cheers,

Sean