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November 11, 2014

Deliberate Practice

I love figure drawing, and I wanted to draw some figures, channeling Matisse.  There is a Beyond the Cut-Outs Studio at the Museum of Modern Art every afternoon except Tuesday, so I am trying to build my stash of figures that I can turn into cutouts for collage when I attend.  Here are three sketchbook pages.

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I need to "deliberately practice" drawing hands and feet - and I keep a sketchbook just for that purpose.  The poses at the figure drawing sessions are never long enough for me to concentrate on hands, so I clip photos from magazines and use those.  I'm HOPING that someday this work will pay off.

 

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November 7, 2014

Matisse and Lawlor

I sketched my favorite drawing at Christie's Impressionist and Modern Auction Preview on Monday, and on Thursday I painted the first panel of Matisse's 1001 Nights in the Matisse Cut-Out Exhibit.  He is one of my favorite artists and I love studying his lines.

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Veronica Lawlor was the teacher for Week 5 in Sketchbook Skool Semester 3.  I'm not sure that I will ever be able to draw bodies in constant motion, like Veronica, but I will practice.  I sat in the Grand Central Food Court this week having coffee and sketched 6 random people - two pairs that were very busy talking to each other, and two others that were either almost stationary or asleep. 

 

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November 4, 2014

International Quilt Festival - Houston

I started quilting in 1980 - fulfilling a long term creative wish.  The hand piecing, applique, and hand quilting were wonderful ways to be creative and make things for my husband and growing children, in the process keeping me mentally balanced between a very demanding career and a family.  This past week was my 30th annual Quilt Festival and these are my sketchbook pages.

The George Brown Convention Center from our hotel window - looking lots like the Pompidou Museum in Paris:

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A gecko painting from the Thermofax screen I used in Sharon Wagner's Class.  The image was too big to make a silk screen print on a sketchbook page, so I sketched and painted it.

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A quick sketch of Lesley Riley who was moving in front of our class as we started the process of learning how to use Transfer Artist Paper:

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A Field Mouse and Rider made as part of the "Celebration of the Doll" exhibit:

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A "reportage" drawing in about 5 minutes - capturing 3 quilters waiting to be allowed on the down escalator when the doors to the Exhibit/Vendors opened on Saturday morning.  This was part of my Sketchbook Skool homework from Veronica Lawlor - week 5 of Storytelling.  

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