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September 6, 2016

Gallery Visits with My Friends Sept 2nd

A Gallery visit with my artist friends Pat and Benedicte.  This was one of the first days of the summer that we were together, and planned a visit to Galerie St. Etienne at 24W57th St.  It is one of our favorite galleries and even though it was closed for the upcoming holiday, we were allowed in to see the exhibit and draw!  We usually each have a favorite and take a few minutes at the end of the exhibit to draw it.  Drawing the Masters is one of my regular activities, a planned part of my self-learning process.

A Selfie to send to Teri who planned to join us and was then stuck at home waiting for a repair man.


I love to draw and my favorite subjects are people and buildings, and could have done copies of several by Klimt and Schiele.  But I loved this pose by Oskar Kokoschka and the use of a wash.  The hand was rather crude, but I loved the foot.  I sketched it separately because I couldn't fit it on the sketchbook page. 

Kokoschka Seated Female Nude Facing Left, 1913:


My Copy - which was painted at home: 


The Gary Nader gallery, in the same building, had remnents of a recent exhibit of Cuban paintings, and I sketched the main figure - a Caballaro on his horse, and painted it at home. 


The only other gallery that was open in the building, due to changing exhibits, was John Szoke - Works on Paper.  I made a very quick pencil sketch of a Picasso print and then finished it at home.  I used a Pentel Pocket Brush Pen for the ink drawing and almost forgot that the ink isn't water proof on my Fabriano 140lb Soft Press paper.  Neither is Carbon Platinum Ink.  The paint I applied was supposed to be in the white areas of the face, but I stopped just in time when beginning to brush on the paint on the head band.



A favorite drawing of ours by Egon Schiele - but too hard to draw in the time we had at Galerie St. Etienne. 

Standing Woman in Green Shirt, 1914:



September 3, 2016

Estaban at Figure Al Fresco

Figure Al Fresco:  The Battery Park Conservancy sponsors 3 adult art classes each week, May through October.  The sessions are free, held in beautiful sections of the Park, and art supplies are provided.  These drawings were done in the figure drawing session.  I loved this warm up exercise - five 2 minute poses, with the model maintaining the same pose and turning slightly every 2 minutes.  My drawing sequence isn't in order because I glued together 3 papers on Photoshop - and as a lefty I start on the left side of the page to prevent spreading graphite.


 Four five minute poses drawn with a soluble graphite pencil and shaded with water and a waterbrush.


I rarely use the full time during a 20 minute pose and I occasionally add one of my fellow artists to the drawing. 


August 23, 2016

Hand Drawing Practice - August

I find drawing hands and feet to be very difficult, and years ago began a self-imposed practice of drawing both from photos found in magazines and catalogues.  My most recent drawings are of two hands together.  At figure drawing sessions, there is rarely enough time to devote to either in any detail, but occasionally I am able to focus on a hand or foot, and slowly I'm improving.  Both of these pages were drawn with a colored pencil on cold press paper.




August 19, 2016

Figure Al Fresco in Battery Park City Aug 17th

On an incredibly hot day in NYC, there was wind in BPC - wonderful outdoor sketching weather. 

These are three 5 mniute poses, each drawn with A General Sketch and Wash pencil and then shaded with a water brush.



I rarely can keep sketching through a 20 minute pose, so in both of these I sketched one or more artists in the background.   




August 5, 2016

Drawing and Painting on Wednesday and Thursday

I had two wonderful days with NYC art groups this week - summer is definitely special as we meet and draw outside.  Fortunately our big heat wave ended and it is comfortable if you can stay out of the direct sun.  On Wednesday morning I went down to the tip of Manhattan and as I was walking along Battery Place, couldn't resist this view of the Freedom Tower (One World Trade Center) as I looked north on Greenwich St.  It is a beautiful tower that dwarfs the surrounding buildings. 




In the afternoon, John was again our model.  This is my final drawing of him - done in 10 minutes during a 20 minute pose.  I got bored and then sketched a visiting Peruvian artist/architect, Joel Guevara, as he was drawing John too.




The NYC Weekday Urban Sketchers met in Bryant Park on Thursday.  The Park is behind the New York Public Library between 40th and 42nd Streets and 5th and 6th Avenues.  On Thursdays the Park sponsors "Broadway in Bryant Park" and as we were sketching we listened to Broadway actors from "American in Paris" and "Beautiful" sing songs from their shows.  This is a very popular program and here are a few photos I took of the crowd on the lawn.



I like sketching buildings and pieces of buildings while trying to better understand perspective.  I sketched the very top of the building on W.40th St that you can see in the above photo. 


Next week my 8 year old grand daughter from DC will be here with us, and I can't even imagine how many places we will be in the City.