August 15, 2017

NYC-Urban Sketchers Workshop by Anne Watkins

I've admired Anne Watkins impressionistic watercolor figure paintings for almost a decade and was thrilled when her workshop was included in the 10 X 10 NYC Urban Sketchers program.  I tend to be a detail oriented person, which was a valuable trait as a physician, but I'd love to be able to loosen up when drawing and painting.  The back-to-back classes with Marilyn Rose and Anne Watkins were a perfect combination for last week.  We met Anne in Bryant Park - the same location as Marilyn chose, and the park was full of sitting, walking, and ping-pong playing people. 

This was Anne's quick demo for us to see how she painted the ping pong players and a link to her website.

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annewatkins.com/      Look especially at her wedding paintings. 

 

I painted many passing figures during the workshop, and loved the experience.  But I will need lots of practice before attaining any mastery of this style.  These were the best of the ones I painted. 

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August 11, 2017

Urban Sketching in Bryant Park With Marilyn Rose

Bryant Park, which is behind the New York Public Library, is amazing!  Over the last several decades, it became a cultural center in midtown NYC.  This week I attended one of their art programs, led by an artist who was a Bryant Park Artist in Residence several summers ago.  Marilyn and I, many years ago, became friends at an Everyday Matters course taught here by Danny Gregory, in NYC,  and I enrolled immediately because of the limited size of these free classes.  We met from 10-12 noon on Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and she gave each of us a Moleskine Cahier book and a Unipen - to be used for all of our sketches. 

Day 1 - First Drawing: We were directed to select a small part of the NYPL front plaza and just draw what we saw.  We had about 30-40 minutes for each sketch.

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Day 1 - Second Drawing 

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Day 2 - Vignette:  She led us around the plaza and showed us how she creates a quick vingnette of a space, selecting random things that intrigue her.  We then sketched our own vignette.

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Day 2 - People:  For our second drawing we quickly sketched each other.  This was one of my spreads.

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Day 3 -  After some more instruction, we went around the Library to Bryant Park and sketched, while listening to the practice session of Broadway Show casts that were scheduled to perform in the afternoon.  I had about an hour to draw, and then we returned to the Art Cart space in the front of the library and some students added color.

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August 8, 2017

The Last of My Camp Mail Art for 2017

Letters were mailed in business envelopes, and my drawings of Axel were sketched on the left.

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Just as I was getting ready to mail the letters this past weekend, I learned that they can't receive mail during "The Color War."  So I'm going to print these out on welcome home cards for their return on Thursday. 

I need to find my alphabet stamps, and print out this drawing to make - something I will enjoy doing as much as drawing on 3 envelopes. 

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Today I started a 3 day drawing workshop sponsored by Bryant Park and conducted by Marilyn Rose, one of their former summer resident artists.  Fun!  I'll have my very loose, pen only, drawings to scan for Friday's blog post. 

August 4, 2017

Battery Park City July 19, 2017

I continue to sketch single flowers in bloom at Wagner Park.  After making each sketch, I take a photo and then paint the whole page at home, when I can relax and enjoy experimenting with some wet-in-wet watercolor painting, and more mixing of greens from my basic yellows and blues.

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These lilies were gorgeous in color and I wasn't able to get the colors to be as radiant in paint.  Nature is amazing. 

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Figure Al Fresco:  Several 5 minute poses in the afternoon. 

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August 1, 2017

More Sketching With Grandchildren

My grandchildren, Annabelle and Zach, were happy to go on another sketching adventure.  A new permanent exhibit of Jim Hensen and the Muppets just opened at the Museum of the Moving Image in Queens.  We've never been there before, and this seemed like the perfect event for us to explore a different NYC museum.  

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1.  Off to Astoria Queens to see the new "Jim Hensen" and the Muppets exhibit. 

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2. You need to get timed tickets for this exhibit, which can be done online more than 24 hours before your selected time.  We arrived early and started in their permanent exhibit called "Behind the Screen" - and Annabelle started sketching.

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3.  The Jim Hensen exhibit had lots of the puppets, storyboards, drawings, film clips and history.  The children can take one of 4 puppets and make a video in one area, and change hairstyles, hats etc on puppets in another area.  If they love the Muppets, it is enough to see the 47 puppets up close.  But I think adults will enjoy the exhibit more.  We watched "The Muppet Movie" (1979) at home on Friday night and saw Miss Piggy" in this dress in a dream sequence. 

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4. There are wonderful drawings throughout the exhibit - loved this one.

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5.  And "Animal" as a concept drawing.

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6. Before and after the Muppet exhibit, Annabelle and Zachary created animations from an amazing hands- on exhibit in the permanent exhibit.  And there are more similar activities for kids this age to enjoy.

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7.  I sketched in both sections with them, but only painted this drawing of one of the Doozers.

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July 28, 2017

Sketching With Grandchildren - July 2017

Annabelle is visiting us in NYC for 10 days, and her Manhattan cousin Zachary joins us for some of the adventures. 

Tuesday:  Walking to the Metropolitan Museum of Art with their backpacks containing art supplies.  They loved walking through the Greek and Roman sculpture hall in the Met, on the way to the Egyptian wing to see William the Blue Hippo - mascot of the Met.  They were very interested in the Egyptian Wing and Annabelle wanted to see one sphinx, and actually saw many.   

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Sitting facing the Temple of Dendur for a quick sketch.

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I sketched with them, and added all of our entrance stickers to the page.

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We went up to the Roof Garden to see the current summer art exhibit, and neither of them even realized there was an open roof top exhibit area on the museum.    The City Skyline, looking south to midtown is impressive.  After the Roof Garden we had lunch, went to look at the Fish in the Astor Court, and then ended the day in the Nolen Library so they could explore the children's computer terminals.

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Thursday:  Annabelle wanted to paint today before we went to buy new art supplies.

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She painted a red fox to take home to her best friend.

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July 25, 2017

More This and That

Larson's Fish Store in Menemsha, Martha's Vineyard:  Terrific tuna for dinner!

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Figure Drawing:  Regina in a Venetian Mask  This was a 20 minute pose, with one of the more common masks we saw in Venice weeks before.

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Mail Art for Henry, Sydney, and Callum - Summer Camp Letters.  These drawings were inspired by camp photos which I can see online.  Henry was being pulled on a tube behind a motor boat.  Sydney had braids for the Camp talent show.  Callum was photographed playing tennis. 

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July 21, 2017

This and That From Early July

I have several sketchbook pages that I did before our recent trip tp Martha's Vineyard - and just finished painting them since our return.  Each week I arrive at Wagner Park in Battery Park City during the final minutes of the morning art session, and draw the newest flowers in bloom.  I love spending time painting them, so I wait until I'm home and have a variety of brushes, and some quiet time.  This page is from early July.

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Later that week we met our oldest son, his wife, and 3 boys in Riverside Park on one the hottest days of early July.  One grandson was shooting baskets with our son.  One grandson was asked to join a softball game with neighborhood kids.  And the youngest in the family was sound asleep in his stroller.  It was too hot to move, so as I sat on a blanket in the grass, I sketched what was in front of me! 

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July 18, 2017

Deliberate Practice: Drawing Hands and a Foot

 I like figure drawing, and when there are live models, I try to draw hands, and sometimes feet on the longer poses (10, 20 minute poses).  But I need to continue to draw both hands and feet from photographs, and save photos from magazine advertisements for that purpose.  I have one sketchbook devoted to these deliberate practice drawings, and these are 3 that I did so far this summer.

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I search for photos of hands holding smart phones, and here is one with these other drawings.

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I like to draw hands in normal positions - but I liked this hand holding a hat too.

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Shirley Parker Levine
New York City

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