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October 13, 2015

October Visit to Spain

October and our vacation will soon be here.  For this trip I repurposed a $2 book of Spanish Drawings, filling it with watercolor paper, and using illustrations from the book for my end papers. 


These are the front endpapers.  The back is two other illustrations from the book.



I also made a pen/pencil pocket from a piece of fabric I dyed during July.  I find the ones I made for two other sketchbooks really useful when I'm carrying around a sketchbook, and like them to be color coordinated!  



I prepared the first few pages, so I can begin adding drawings and paintings when we arrive.  I cut out the letters for SPAIN at the edge of the first page - which also has my contact information.  The black is a paper I put behind the page to demonstrate the letters.



I added Map of Our Destinations in Spain for Orientation:


My standard illustration for overseas travel is from Maurice Sendek's book Mickey in the Night Kitchen.  Sometimes I put him on the first page, and other times on the first page which I prepare for quick daily 2 X 2 drawings.   



Finally, I prepare several pages to record daily activities.  The dates will be filled into the painted rectangles.


I will draw and paint as we visit each city in Spain, but these pages need to be done quickly wherever we are because I will be the only one sketching.  On a trip like this, we walk the cities, and wherever we stop, I draw what is around me.  I always hope for a restaurant, coffee shop, or bar near something I'd like to draw.  When my time is really limited, I sketch on location and take a photo to add paint later.  The pages also allow me to add business cards and other ephemera.  And any leftover pages are used, after we return home, for a few photos. 

I also usually paint a page with the art tools I'm taking and the paint palette.  Time was very limited before we left, so I'm going to create a page and draw the tools I actually use while I'm there!  This may be a help when I'm trying to decide what to take next time.  I have one pencil case, one lightweight palette (with 12 paint colors, and white, gold, and silver gouache), and my sketchbook.  My pencil case contains mechanical pencils, erasers, Pigma Micron pens - black 01 and 05, a new bold black Micron Brush pen,  a Signo white and gold pen, a brown and black Tombow pen, a Sketch and Wash pencil, a sepia brown watercolor pencil, and 4 Niji waterbrushes (Small, Medium, Large, and Flat).  The pencil case, palette, and sketchbook all fit in my small leather backpack with my wallet etc. 

October 9, 2015

Picasso Sculpture - 3rd Visit to MoMA

It is hard to stay away from this exhibit!  Last Wednesday was a humid rainy day in NYC and Eunice, my friend from Sydney, was back in NYC.  MoMA was incredibly crowded, but it was still possible to sketch more of my favorites.

The two views of the small brown clay figure of a women sitting is his first sculpture, created in Barcelona in 1902.  The other 2 sculptures on this page are from his last years - and are from the "sheet metal collection."


There are 6 Absinthe glasses in the series and this is another one I like, drawn from the reverse side of the one I painted during my 2nd visit.


October 6, 2015

Two Wonderful Museum Exhibits

Kongo:  Power and Majesty

This exhibit just opened at the Met and the sculptures are very powerful.  I was attracted to the Mothers and Child and the one I chose to sketch was one of 4 created by the Master of Kasadi. 


And the New York Times Review for information:  http://www.nytimes.com/2015/09/18/arts/design/review-kongo-power-and-majesty-at-the-metropolitan-museum-of-art.html?_r=1 


The Glittering World of the Yazzi Family:  The Smithsonian National Museum of the American Indian in New York has a fantastic special exhibit of Navajo Jewelry created by the Yazzi Family.  I don't especially like silver and turquoise Indian jewelry, but Turquoise and Gold or Coral is gorgeous. 




October 2, 2015

Second Visit to Picasso Sculpture Exhibit

I LOVE the Picasso Sculpture exhibit at the Museum of Modern Art and went with an out-of-town friend last week.  As I wandered through the 11 galleries, I chose random sculptures to draw - ones that really spoke to me.  He used many different mediums and before the exhibit ends in January I will probably draw/paint many more.

I sketched them in the museum and took a picture so I could paint them later.  They are not drawn to scale.  The Head of a Warrior is the largest of this group. 





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