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December 13, 2019

Figure Drawing December 7th

Our outdoor figure drawing session is over for the year, but many members of the group also attend this figure drawing weekly sesson with nude models.  These are two 5 minute poses that I just superimposed for no good reason. I think I was trying to save paper.  She was a new model at our location, and she was great.  Her 2 minute poses were amazing - but hard to draw.  The figures were drawn with a General Sketch and Wash pencil and then shaded with water.

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10 Minute Pose

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20 minute Pose

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November 15, 2019

Christies Impressionist and Modern Auction Preview

I have an unexplained need to draw sculptures recently.  Are they more of a challenge, or am I hoping I can take a sculpture class next semester?   Hard to know.  I saw this small Matisse sculpture at the Christies Auction Preview in NYC and sketched a frontal and 3/4 view.  As I was leaving that gallery I saw it from the side and stopped to draw it again. 

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Here is the side view and 2 small Henry Moore sculptures.  I sketched them as they looked and then made up the colors!

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The art that is on view for the upcoming auctions is hard to imagine.  There are multiple galleries full of wonderful paintings, drawings, sculpture, ceramics and most of these works are going from one private collection to another.  Next Blog Post:  drawings from the Sotheby's Impressionist and Modern Auction Preview.      

 

October 4, 2019

September "Bodies in Motion" Drawings

When I have time after breakfast in the morning I still like drawing bodies from photos - these are from The Nude Figure: A Visual Reference for Artists by Mark Edward Smith.  I draw them on copy paper scraps and periodically collage some in my sketchbook.  It is a low stakes activity and it keeps me drawing....

 

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October 1, 2019

Urban Sketching at Starbucks - NYC

Went for coffee after the Village Art Fair, and sat across from a cute young couple.  It was the beginning of the semester at NYU and they had lots to talk about.  I sketched them very quickly and painted them at home.

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September 24, 2019

SE Asian Modern and Contemporary Art - Asia Week

This is a longer than usual Blog Entry:  "On August 15, 1947, India threw off the shackles of British rule. In the ensuing period of transition, turmoil, and hope, six young firebrands came together in Bombay, now known as Mumbai: K. H. Ara, S. K. Bakre, H. A. Gade, M. F. Husain, F. N. Souza, and S. H. Raza united to form the Progressive Artists' Group (PAG). In the early 1950s, Krishen Khanna, V. S. Gaitonde, and Mohan Samant joined their ranks; Ram Kumar, Tyeb Mehta, and Akbar Padamsee became closely affiliated with the Group. Together, the Progressives forged fresh art for an independent India and in time have come to be known as the country's quintessential moderns. " https://asiasociety.org/new-york/exhibitions/progressive-revolution-modern-art-new-india

My artist friends and I discovered SE Asian Modern and Contemporary art several years ago and fell in love with their colorful, native, representational art, while much of the art world was deep into abstract expressionism.  We go to the auction previews at Christies and Sothebys during Asia Week, and in 2018 Pat and I saw an amazing exhibit at the Asia Society about the Progressive Artists' Group which formed in 1947 while the British were leaving India.   

Last week Christies had more than 100 pieces of Modern and Contemporary SE Asian art from this time period, and 4 of us went to see the paintings and sculpture,    Each of us sketched from the works.  These are 4 paintings/prints that I liked - the 4th one is just one figure from a much bigger painting. 

B. Prabha

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MF Husain

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MF HUsain

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Avinash Chandra 

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I learn so much from drawing/painting exhibited art, including the color palettes, line qualities, and subjects.  I also see the gallery exhibits through a different prism as I learn about which drawings and paintings I am attracted to.