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March 11, 2009

Weekly Figure Drawing Practice

 I practice drawing figures from Mark Smith's book The Nude Figure: A Visual Reference for Artists.  Sometime after I retire, I'm hoping to find time to go to one of the many places with live models here in New York City.  For now, this is a great way for me to draw figures using different mediums.  These were both drawn with colored pencil.

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March 7, 2009

MiniSketchcrawl at the Met

This morning I met 5 wonderful women, who all like to sketch, draw, and paint, for our first group sketchcrawl.  I met Susan in a watercolor bookbinding class.  I met Kathleen, Jane, and Annie in Danny Gregory's Visual Journaling class this fall, and I met Deborah through the Everyday Matters group.   

We spent the first hour in the Greek and Roman galleries where I sketched the head of a Hercules statue from 68=79 AD.  Although it can't be seen very well, he has a lion's face on his head and the rest of the lion skin draped and tied over his shoulders.

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We then moved to the current Drawing Exhibit for the next hour and I sketched from 2 Delacroix Moroccan drawings and a reclining nude by La Fosse.

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The black line is the gap between the signatures in the watercolor journal I made - and even intensive glueing of the spine and tight stitching doesn't prevent it. 

All of the drawings were made with a combination of light wash graphite and Albrecht Durer watercolor pencils.  They are my solution for only being able to sketch with pencil at the Met.

We finished with a leisurely lunch at the Central Park Boat House patio restaurant because it was such a warm, sunny day in New York City.  We were a very excited and compatible group and decided over lunch that we would meet monthly - to sketch and share some blogging, bookbinding, and art skills and resources. 

March 6, 2009

Trip to Washington, DC

We just returned from a short trip to Washington, DC - part business and part pleasure.  Our youngest grandchild lives there and I have a dedicated sketchbook to use each day that we are with her.  Annabelle will be one at the end of this month - and we don't see enough of her!

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Saturday afternoon we went to the new Capitol Visitor's Center to see the space.  We didn't have time to look at Exhibition Hall, but the main area is wonderful!  There are many statues, but the cast of the Statue of Freedom which sits on top of the Capitol Dome is the most important one.  Here is her head - and an eagle logo found on many of the items in the Gift Shop.

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Annabelle pulls herself up on everything and is cruising an entire room very quickly.  These are quick sketches of her in her PJs.

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There was alot of snow when we woke up on Monday morning.  We kept Annabelle home from Day Care to play with us while my son and daughter-in-law went to work.  She loves playing with the Noah's Ark and animals that she received as an early birthday present, so it was immortalized on this page.

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We all love her really warm winter hat and she looks really cute in it.  We're sad that it probably won't fit her next winter.

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