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October 20, 2015

Vacation in Spain

We just returned from 12 days in Madrid, Seville, and Barcelona.  It was hard to find time to sit down to do a quick sketch as we traveled, so some of my time I carried an open sketchbook and sketched our walking tour guides, and an interesting roofline or something to remind me of the places.  Each tour (except Santa Cruz in Seville)  is about 3 hours and 2-3 miles.  The Santa Cruz tour was as long as the others, but that area which is very old is very small with winding alleys.  I have 5 of these journal pages, one with a watercolor wash, and 4 without.  Since this is "Inktober Month" I may leave them unpainted.

Walking Tour of Madrid - from Plaza Mayor, through old Madrid and then up to the Palacio Real, Cathedral Almudena, and Opera.

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Seville Walking Tour of Barrio de Santa Cruz -  the tiny old section that was occupied by the Muslims and Jews from at least the 8th C until 1492 when Ferdinand and Isabella expelled all non-Catholics from Spain. 

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Walking Tour - Highlights of Seville:  This tour began at the Seville Cathedral, then extended to the Real Alcazar, the Archives of the Indies, the Harbor, the Bullring, and the Spanish Pavillion. 

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Granada:  We took a day trip from Seville to Granada to see The Alhambra - lots of hours on a bus, but worth it. 

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Barcelona - We loved the city, but had a very disappointing tour guide.  We've done these walking tours with many companies in many cities, and this was the only one that we left before the end, partly because it started to rain!

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We were traveling with another couple, friends for 45+ years.  Only my husband was in Spain previously and then only in Madrid for a few days for a meeting.  So glad we finally saw these 3 big cities, and hopefully we will return to Barcelona to explore this amazing city in the future. 

October 16, 2015

Fashion Illustration at the National Arts Club

Several weeks ago I went to a Fashion Illustration session organized by Simon Levinson at the National Arts Club on Gramercy Park.  Simon is the leader of the Meetup Group called Drawing New York.   I had no idea what to expect, but it was great fun.  Figure Al Fresco prepared me for drawing clothed figures, but not the exaggerated proportions of fashion illustrations.  It was fun to see the stylized drawings of some of the experts. 

Here are the main models, certainly part of a time warp.  These photos came from the event website.

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The first pose was 10 minutes, the next 4 were 15 minutes, and the last one was 10 minutes.  I sketched on paper that was too large to scan, so these were photographs.

 

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A beautiful blond woman, that was dressed looking like a man in the clothes she wore.  But the shoes are gender specific. 

 

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September 26, 2015

Figure Al Fresco - Two Wednesdays in September

 September 16th, we had a model with the largest head of curly gray hair, and I've enjoyed drawing her at various figure drawing venues previously.  This time she used a big pink ball in some of her poses. 

These are 3 of the 10 one minute poses that were fun.

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I put all of her 5 minute poses on one sheet of watercolor paper and used a Sketch and Wash pencil and my water brush to add gray tones.

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I only had time for one 10 minute pose before I needed to leave. 

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On September 23rd, I sketched the model on the right, middle, and left - and then squeezed in two more 10 minute sketches among the first 3.  The drawings were again done with a soluble graphite pencil and then shaded with a waterbrush.  Working out this composition was fun! 

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September 11, 2015

Wednesday Carousel and Art Day in Battery Park 9/9

Wednesday Art Day began at the Seaglass Carousel - our first ride on this beautiful piece of art.  The exterior was designed to look like a nautilus and this is a photo from a different angle than I posted before, followed by pictures of Benedicte and I enjoying the ride.

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Benedicte

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We loved every minute of it - seeing each other only intermittently as our fish rotated.  We walked down through Battery Park to Wagner Park with huge smiles.

I just started drawing when I started to receive emails from friends asking if my email was hacked.  So my drawing time was unfocused at best.  I did one drawing of the building in which Gigino's Restaurant is located, then another very simplified drawing using some of Marc Taro Holmes techniques from Lesson 2. 

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After lunch we went to Figure Al Fresco and Steve was our model for the afternoon.  He is the weight lifter/runner and each time he models he gets better.  He thoroughly enjoys it, and I wanted to just post a few of his very unusual poses.  The amazing thing is that he can hold them for the specified time. 

Two out of ten 1 minute drawings on newsprint:

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Two minute pose on newsprint:

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One of 4 five minute poses - his position was so unexpected he made all of us laugh.  My first 10 minute sketch was rained on, ending the afternoon prematurely as the soluble graphite started to run!

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We ran to a coffee shop to sit out the rainstorm and then walked to the subway in the sunshine. 

 

September 4, 2015

Art Day in Battery Park City - September 2, 2015

I am taking Marc Taro Holmes' Craftsy Class on Travel Sketching and was anxious to do more homework before arriving at Battery Park City on Wednesday.  I draw fast and more accurately when I don't use continuous lines, so the evening before I gave up the continuous line and quickly sketched the Conciergerie in Paris in pen, from one of my photos, and then "added the darks."  After just one video I know I will love his lessons. 

 

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I arrived at the Park 10 minutes before the Art Cart and did a "Fast Drawing" of the front Façade of Pier A.  My pen had water soluble ink so I just pulled out some ink with a water brush and may still "add the darks" at home.

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This is one of the Gardens in the Park where many of the sketchers spend the morning.  There is abundant shade and a wonderful breeze from NY Harbor, and the Hudson and East Rivers. 

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I went to the other end of the Park and sketched Pier A, a recently renovated building between Wagner Park and Battery Park.  I was under a huge shade tree and loved being there watching all of the activity in the Park and the Harbor as I painted.  This is the end of the Pier A Western façade as it juts out into the Harbor as painted in my accordion sketchbook reserved for NYC paintings. 

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After lunch there were 2 male models at Figure Al Fresco and more than 50 artists arranged in a big circle drawing them in 1, 2, 5, 10, and 20 minute poses. 

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Here are 3 of my 4 five minute sketches. 

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This was the final pose - 20 minutes with the two of them back to back. 

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