Central Park Drawing and Art Meet Up Group
Our Meetup Group met at the Bethesda Fountain and Terrace in Central Park last Saturday.
It was sunny and very hot and we all looked for shade during the 3 sketching sessions. I took one 12 X 18' sheet of watercolor paper so I could make a composite of several drawings. In the end I did two paintings - without linking them.
I stood under the arches of the 72nd Street portico and sketched a man dressed in a gold sequin top hat and tails - and then the Angel of the Waters atop the fountain. The man was posing for pictures in exchange for some small donation to his pail. I painted him in bright gold gouache, which can only be seen in the original.
For our second 20 minute drawing, I turned around and sketched the arches on the other side of the portico, with the long staircase leading down to Bethesda Terrace from 72nd St. through the Park. It was a bit boring, but my position under the roof was cool. For our 3rd drawing, we walked over to the Band Shell and Mall area, just south of 72nd St. and I was thrilled to see two young ballet dancers posing for photos on the stage. They are teenagers who are in New York City for the American Ballet Theater summer program. When I first saw them they were doing amazing jumps but they eagerly took simple 5 minute poses for me to draw and paint them. They look like ghosts as I painted them over the prior painting.