Figure Drawing in Battery Park City
Last Wednesday Pat and I spent the morning at the Met - at the Preview of the new exhibit "Regarding Warhol: Sixty Artists, Fifty Years," and the afternoon at Figure Drawing Alfresco. Since then my days were devoted to our new grandson. Today I went back to my sketchbook and scanned a few of my sketches for my blog.
I like that we begin the session with 10 one minute sketches. The time goes VERY QUICKLY and I barely breath while trying to capture an image. I know these are exercises for warming up, but I still like to define the position of the model. John uses a park bench very effectively in his poses.
Two minute sketches: The coordinator of these sessions tries to remind us not to slow down or our two minute sketches will look just like our one minute sketches. I love being reminded, because my tendency is to slow down instead of using the extra time for refinement.
Five Minute Sketch:
Ten Minute Sketch:
Twenty Minute Painting: I hoped that I could draw figures with my paintbrush - sometime in the future. For the last year I sketched models with my watercolor pencils, and then painted them with water for shading. Our model John reclined on a big rock, with the Hudson River lapping on the seawall behind us and I finally decided that I was so relaxed that I would draw him with my brush. Unfortunately he was dressed completely in beige and the rock was light gray, so there is NO range of values in my painting. The faint drawing that can be seen is pencil added after the paint. Couldn't resist it! But I DID draw with my brush!