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April 28, 2017

Scribbles From a Juilliard Concert

My friend Eunice and I attended a concert by the Juilliard Historical Presentation Students in the 2 year Masters degree program.  It is held several times during the year as part of the Tuesdays at Twelve series at Holy Trinity Lutheran Church on Central Park West.  At most concerts it is difficult to see the performers and their instruments well enough to draw them.  These are scribbled drawings of several of the performers which were painted at home.

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This is the drawing posted previously from the first of these concerts that I attended.   The unusual instrument is a theorbo - from the lute family.  I just realized that I sketched the same bassoonist at the recent concert.

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April 25, 2017

WWI Art Exhibit at Smithsonian Air and Space Museum

While in DC my husband and I went to a WWI Art Exhibit at the Air and Space Museum while our Son took the children to a movie in the museum Planetarium.  I saw it mentioned online last month and knew it was something I would like.  I sketched and painted a WWI gas mask which protected soldiers against mustard gas in WWI.

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Half of the exhibit was photographs of the wall rock sculptures that soldiers created while "living" in the underground tunnels connecting the trenches.  There are reflections from the glass in each of my photos, but I couldn't get rid of them.

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The other half of the exhibit was drawings made by 8 American Illustrators who were selected to record the war while embedded in the troops to capture all aspects of the war, including fighting. 

The Engineer by Harvey Thomas Dunn

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April 21, 2017

Richard and his Dog - FIT Model

We had a live model in costume and his 8 year old pug this week in my FIT Watercolor Comps class.  The dog shifted positions lots, but was otherwise a perfect model.  The model was short and round, dressed in a wizard costume - and during breaks he gave his dog plenty of loving!

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When I finished the first painting, I practiced "being looser" and just painted the model's head.

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We will next begin work on our final project - working each week to a finished illustration of a subject of our choice.  This was a very enjoyable class and I only hope that FIT offers more classes from the Illustration department in their Senior Program. 

April 18, 2017

Max Ernst and Saturday Subway Drawings

One Last Drawing from our Last Gallery Visits:  Max Ernst at Paul Kasmin

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Saturday Subway Riders:  I haven't drawn on the subway for many months, but I forgot to bring a book!

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April 14, 2017

A Karel Appel Elephant Sculpture

Last Wednesday (4/12) Pat and I met at Phillips for their Art on Paper auction preview, had lunch for sustenance, and then went to the Whitney Biennial for a tour led by my friend Gail.  During the winter months in 2013 I used every art medium I had in the apartment and spent the months sketching elephants from online videos.  I even learned how to make an Eric Carle collage from one of my paintings (see below).  So I just had to sketch and paint this multiple layer wood sculpture by Karel Appel at Phillips.

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At almost 2PM on 4/13, my friend Benedicte sent me this image from the Paris Modern Art Museum, completely unaware that I saw another copy of the same sculpture 24 hours before!.   

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She also sent this photo of Appel's Circus, from the exhibition that she visited.  During another trip to Paris she sent me a photo of a beautiful, flower-covered ballet tutu, not knowing that I photographed it when visiting Paris several months before.

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