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June 30, 2017

Sydney and the Swan Float

We spent 5 days at the beach with our family, and even though we took our usual early morning beach walks, the rest of the days were busy with the family - and especially with the 8 children in the pool.  I still wanted at least one drawing in my summer sketchbook from this important weekend, and decided to commemorate the favorite pool activity - riding the swan. There was always one or two children climbing on or off. This is our grand daughter Sydney - drawn and painted from a photo I took.


June 29, 2017

Prime Time at the Museum of Modern Art

Prime Time Tour:  With guides Danielle and Jenny (Danielle:  An intern for 2016-2017, Jenny -Assistant Curator who worked on plans for this exhibit for 4 years!) .   Robert Rauschenberg and Friends is this summer's huge exhibit at MoMA.  It covers the entire 4th floor of the museum.  Last week I attended gallery talks, each for two hours on Tuesday and Thursday, which were part of the MoMA Prime Time experience.  As we sat in front of the art works I quickly realized that I wouldn't be able to sketch any of the selected works, so I sketched our guides Danielle (an intern at MoMA) and Jenny (an assistant curator for the exhibit).




Prime Time is a special program for seniors, which includes both art history and art skills programs.  It is so popular that you must be on their mailing list and register quickly when the programs are advertised by email. 

I like some of Rauschenberg's work, specifically his silk screen and collage works, but I knew almost nothing about him.  What I learned was that he was most interested in (1) exploring techniques in art, pushing them in new directions and (2) establishing lots of collaborations for his art, including other artists, writers, dancers, composers, and even engineers.  This is a link to the exhibit, and there are some good short videos.



June 23, 2017

Art Wednesdays in Battery Park City June 21st

I love the free adult art program sponsored by the Battery Park City Conservancy from May through October.  On Wednesday mornings I stop briefly in Wagner Park to draw individual flowers in bloom.  Maybe someday I will grow to like painting landscapes.

Wagner Park iris variant:


Multiple Flowers in Bloom this week:   


In the afternoon I go to Figure Drawing sessions which are held in South Cove, also in Battery Park City.

Short Poses (5-10 minutes):


Longer Poses (10-20 minutes): 


On the hottest days in NYC, there is always shade and a lovely breeze in the afternoon.   


June 20, 2017

Annual Family Beach Weekend

We just returned from our Family Weekend at the Beach.  We had a wonderful time with our 3 children, their spouses, and all 8 grandchildren.  Although my husband and I took our regular beach walks, one morning with our oldest grandson Henry, I never seemed to get around to sketching.  But we did get photos - one of the most difficult things with our big group.

Our 3 children - Jason, Rachel, and Noah - parents of all 8 grandchildren.  


Barry and I (celebrating our 50th Wedding Anniversary) and all 8 grandchildren - ages 4-14: 


Left to Right: Robbie, Callum, William on my lap, Annabelle, Barry, Zachary, Henry, and Charlie on Sydney's lap. 


June 16, 2017

Figure Drawing at Battery Park City

It is good to be back at the weekly Figure Drawing in South Cove.  These are 5 two minute poses of Gloria, one of my favorite models.


And these are two 10 minute poses:


Gloria 2 


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