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Recent Journal Pages

National Academy Museum:  I visited the National Academy Museum for the first time this week to see the current exhibit "Reconfiguring the Body in American Art."  The Museum and School of Art are in a wonderful building on Museum Mile in New York City, just north of the Met and Guggenheim.  I loved this bronze sculpture and sketched it with a watercolor pencil. 



Cricket in Times Square:  Our oldest grandchild came for an overnight visit before starting school this week and we finished reading The Cricket in Times Square, by George Selden, a book from our library from his mother's childhood.  We read 1-2 chapters right before bed each time he stayed overnight and he remembered the characters and plot better than I did.  After he went to bed, I sketched the main characters, based on the illustrations by Garth Williams.  Henry loved seeing the journal page in the morning and suggested that I do another page inspired by the Goodby Party that ends the book!


Statue of Liberty:  We told Henry that he could choose what he wanted to do the following day and he requested a trip to the Statue of Liberty.  Like many New Yorkers, my husband and I had never been there.  We passed it on boats many times, but never landed on Liberty Island to see the Statue up close.   We had a fabulous time (in spite of long security check lines) - great boat rides to and from on the top deck, a visit to the Museum, a walk up 156 steps to the observation deck on the top of the pedestal, and a walk around the base.  We had 10 minutes before we caught the return boat and I sketched Lady Liberty very quickly and painted her at home.





Lovely sketches! I like the bronze statue, and the Statue of Liberty! :) I'd love to visit New York someday, and just sit there and draw it. It must be a fun experience, as long as I don't get too many attention from the passerbys -__-

These are fantastic! And I agree with Alex, NY seems like a great place to sketch, as long as people aren't watching! You've done an amazing job capturing the gesture and balance of both figures!

Fabulous Shirley, it must have been a wonderful day (and that stamp makes me smile)

Wonderful sketches! I really like the Statue of Liberty one.

I love the last two drawings especially - a child's world - the story - so well represented. And the upside-down stamp looks like the NY skyline to me.

Shirley I really love these pages. I wish I were in NYC too in order to sketch. Every time I visit (my bro lives there) i spend my time looking at art and eating - I've never thought of taking a sketchbook - but I will now.

I really enjoyed viewing your sketches!

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