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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. 

March 31, 2017

Figure Drawing Long Poses Mar 29, 2017

Yesterday was the last day of our winter figure drawing sessions in Battery Park City, and my last post of figure drawings until their sessions begin again in May.  Yesterday Claudia was our model and she was fun to draw in her tank top and leggings.  Here are 2 ten minute poses and one twenty minute pose.

I sketched the figures in soluble graphite pencils and then added water, and watercolor. 

TEN MINUTE 

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TWENTY MINUTE

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March 29, 2017

Figure Drawing Short Poses

I am still attending on figure drawing session per week at Battery Park City.  This is a special program for 25 participants who only pay a small fee for supplies for the 9 sessions.  We always start with 10 short poses to loosen up the hand and eyes, and I rarely show them.  In this blog post I am including 4 drawings from the 10 two minute poses.  I sketched in graphite on newsprint, and photographed these large sheets of paper for these images.

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March 21, 2017

Weekends in Manhattan

"Art on Paper" at Pier 36 in Manhattan:  Each year my husband and I visit the annual Art on Paper exhibit on Pier 36 and then walk back through the Lower Eastside to lunch in Little Italy.  I never saw a Picasso blown glass piece before (not on paper I know, but with some Picasso drawings in one booth).  The Gallery owner assured me that it was a piece made in collaboration with Egido Constantini, a Murano glassblower.  Think of it as an upside down globe.

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New York Philharmonic Young Peoples' Concert:  We take grandchildren to the New York Philharmonic Young People's Concerts 4 times each year.  Before the main concert, there is always a short concert for Young Composers (an NYC program in the schools) to have their work played by Philharmonic musicians, and I sat right in front of the bass player.

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"Central Park Sketching and Art Meetup Group"  Yesterday was the 10th Anniversary of the Central Park Sketching and Art Meetup Group and we had a big party at the Manhattan Ballroom - during which we put together still life arrangements, from objects brought by group members, and sketched, painted, and ate!  Congratualiations Jesse Richards.  You're a great Meetup leader!

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March 17, 2017

Marathon Art Wednesday March 15th

In spite of our Tuesday snowstorm, both Battery Park City and Fashion Institute of Technology (FIT) sessions were open on Wednesday.  I put on many layers and snow boots, and went downtown to draw. I was so happy I did. 

Here are 3 of my drawings of David, our model at Battery Park City.  They were all drawn with soluble graphite and then either painted with clear water or watercolor paint.

10 Minute Model Pose

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20 minute Model Pose - with watercolor painting

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20 Minute Model Pose: Drawn with General's Sketch and Wash soluble graphite pencil and painted with clear water.  I have never enjoyed drawing with charcoal, maybe because it is so messy.  But I love master drawings done with charcoal.  Wish I could make the leap!  So for now I continue to draw with the soluble graphite pencils.

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We had a model dressed in costume at my evening FIT Illustration class.  We made quick drawings of her 20 minute pose and then painted her and a background during several more 20 minute poses.  I am really enjoying the emphasis placed on the use of watercolor in this class and look forward to the new assignment when we arrive each week.

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