My absolute favorite part of NYC is Central Park. It's where my husband and I first got to know each other, where we spent beautiful fall days, and where we got engaged. Now, we live within a 10 minute walk to the park and to my favorite spot there, the Children's Zoo and Delacorte Clock. The area around this part of the park is all for children. There is a petting zoo and a larger zoo with pandas and penguins and monkeys. There are statues of Alice in Wonderland and Hans Christian Andersen reading to children. There's that famous lake with remote-controlled boats. My favorite animals in the zoo are the sea lions, which you can see without entering the zoo. They always make the kids laugh with their belching noises. As you stand watching the sea lions (which I've named Edgar, Oscar and Lucy), you can also listen to the nursery book rhyme music coming from the Delacorte Clock.
Its dancing animals making music are a wonder to behold. It makes me feel like a kid again, standing in Germany, watching those old clocks turn in the squares of medieval towns. I've dedicated a series of drawings to these animals; in fact, they were much of the inspiration for my shop's theme (a whimsical menagerie). I'll be sharing them one by one. My favorite is the bear. If you look closely, you can see him; he's the right-most figure. He is joyous, lighthearted and delightful, and he makes me smile.