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August 15, 2017

NYC-Urban Sketchers Workshop by Anne Watkins

I've admired Anne Watkins impressionistic watercolor figure paintings for almost a decade and was thrilled when her workshop was included in the 10 X 10 NYC Urban Sketchers program.  I tend to be a detail oriented person, which was a valuable trait as a physician, but I'd love to be able to loosen up when drawing and painting.  The back-to-back classes with Marilyn Rose and Anne Watkins were a perfect combination for last week.  We met Anne in Bryant Park - the same location as Marilyn chose, and the park was full of sitting, walking, and ping-pong playing people. 

This was Anne's quick demo for us to see how she painted the ping pong players and a link to her website.

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annewatkins.com/      Look especially at her wedding paintings. 

 

I painted many passing figures during the workshop, and loved the experience.  But I will need lots of practice before attaining any mastery of this style.  These were the best of the ones I painted. 

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July 25, 2017

More This and That

Larson's Fish Store in Menemsha, Martha's Vineyard:  Terrific tuna for dinner!

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Figure Drawing:  Regina in a Venetian Mask  This was a 20 minute pose, with one of the more common masks we saw in Venice weeks before.

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Mail Art for Henry, Sydney, and Callum - Summer Camp Letters.  These drawings were inspired by camp photos which I can see online.  Henry was being pulled on a tube behind a motor boat.  Sydney had braids for the Camp talent show.  Callum was photographed playing tennis. 

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July 18, 2017

Deliberate Practice: Drawing Hands and a Foot

 I like figure drawing, and when there are live models, I try to draw hands, and sometimes feet on the longer poses (10, 20 minute poses).  But I need to continue to draw both hands and feet from photographs, and save photos from magazine advertisements for that purpose.  I have one sketchbook devoted to these deliberate practice drawings, and these are 3 that I did so far this summer.

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I search for photos of hands holding smart phones, and here is one with these other drawings.

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I like to draw hands in normal positions - but I liked this hand holding a hat too.

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July 8, 2017

Figure Al Fresco at Battery Park City

We had a new, lovely, elegant, balletic model at Battery Park City on Wednesday.  She wore a simple dress and had bare shoulders, and legs which made it easier to see her body positions.  The following 5 minute sketches were sketched with a soluble graphite pencil, and then clear water was used to spread the graphite to add some color/shading.

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I used the same "Sketch and Wash" pencil for these 15 minute poses, but sketched the model on pre-painted watercolor paper.  It is fun to see the random places where the drawing overlaps the paint - as an unplanned exercise.

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June 23, 2017

Art Wednesdays in Battery Park City June 21st

I love the free adult art program sponsored by the Battery Park City Conservancy from May through October.  On Wednesday mornings I stop briefly in Wagner Park to draw individual flowers in bloom.  Maybe someday I will grow to like painting landscapes.

Wagner Park iris variant:

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Multiple Flowers in Bloom this week:   

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In the afternoon I go to Figure Drawing sessions which are held in South Cove, also in Battery Park City.

Short Poses (5-10 minutes):

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Longer Poses (10-20 minutes): 

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On the hottest days in NYC, there is always shade and a lovely breeze in the afternoon.