My New Friend: Last Saturday I spent 6 hours on a sketchcrawl at the Metropolitan Museum of Art with Lori - an Everyday Matters Yahoo art group member that I only previously knew through her blog and email. I have thoroughly enjoyed every day spent with members from our wonderful group and love putting a face to a name - as well as holding their sketchbooks in my hand and watching them work. We met for breakfast at a local restaurant and then escaped from the New York City heat at opening time of the Museum. We started at the Turner exhibit - I LOVE his watercolors and this was my 3rd time to visit them this month. We sketched from Turner and then sat at the table containing the HUGE books from the exhibit and added some water to our pencil sketches with our water brushes (only pencils are allowed in these exhibits if they even let you sketch at all!). We were so cold by the end of the exhibit, we went up to the Sculpture Roof Garden to see the Jeff Koons sculptures and warm up. We then toured the section featuring African, Central and South American artifacts and each sketched different masks and ceramic figures. After lunch in the Museum cafeteria and lots more talking, we ended the day in the 19th C. European painting galleries. I now have 6 journal pages to finish, converting quick sketches in pencil into ink/watercolor wash drawings. Lori, who is in NYC on an art grant, still had several more days of lessons and experiences.
A quick photo of us as we were ending our day (Lori on the left and me on the right):
My Old Friends: After leaving Lori, my husband and I drove to my hometown in Northern NJ for dinner with my oldest friends - 4 women who I first met in elementary school. Our 6th group member lives in Florida and we secretly were hoping that she was going to arrive and surprise us! Even my 7th grade homeroom teacher - and our high school class advisor - joins us for these dinners!
From left to right: Judy, Me, Nora, Mary Ann, and Nancy. Nora and her baby sister Nancy (not the Nancy pictured above) are among my most faithful blog readers and Nancy told me that she wanted to wake up yesterday morning and read about my fabulous dinner and party at their house. Sorry Nancy, yesterday I spent hours and hours backingup our desktop/laptop computers to our new terrabyte external hard drive and never had time to upload this photo. My only photo of Nancy was in mid-sentence so I thought she would prefer that I mentioned her instead....