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April 27, 2018

Non-Dominant Hand Drawings: April 23, 24, 26

Sketchbook Revival Video from Session 3.  I signed up for this free online course because I need inspiration as I enter the last few weeks of my dominant hand wrist fracture with cast.  Danny Gregory, who I first discovered in the Fall of 2005, with his Yahoo Group Everyday Matters, made me realize how much I wanted to draw and paint in sketchbooks.  I was partially retiring from Medicine that summer, and couldn't think of any skills I wanted to develop more.

While watching his video in Session 3 of Sketchbook Revival, I sketched him - while he was talking.  This was a new way of challenging me with my non-dominant hand and I used a simple 2B mechanical pencil, and a Sketch and Wash pencil without water for his sweater.

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More "line of action" figure drawings from after breakfast:  These are perfect little opportunities for me to sketch in pen on quarter sheets of copy paper after breakfast - using a Pilot G-2 10 pen.  Before breakfast I haven't had enough coffee!

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April 24, 2018

Non-Dominant Hand Drawings: Apr 18th and 21st

Franz Marc  The Shepherdess:

I finally finished my last drawing from the exhibit at Galerie St Etienne.  I wanted to use my brush pen again, because I have lots of difficulty controlling it, even with my dominant hand.  For this I had to sit down and rest my book on a table, not on my cast.

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Line of Action Drawings: I like doing these small drawings on scrap paper (5.5 x 4.25") using photos from a clothing magazine.  The pencil lines are the quick line of action/arms/legs, and then I draw the figure in ink.  I'm periodically cutting them out with very fine scissors and my non-dominant hand, and collaging them into my non-dominant hand sketchbook. 

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April 13, 2018

Non-Dominant Hand Drawings April 10 and 11

GOOD NEWS:  After my Xray yesterday, my hand surgeon determined that I would not need an operation on Monday!  I fractured my wrist on my left (dominant) wrist on March 23rd.  It occurred on my way to figure drawing, and I thought it was a bad sprain, so I sketched with my dominant hand, while holding ice on my wrist with my non-dominant hand.  Since my splint, then cast, I've been sketching with my non-dominant hand and having fun.  I sketch every morning after breakfast, both on scrap paper and in my dedicated sketchbook for this project - altered by my friend Maureen.  Here are one of my figure drawings - from right after the fracture, and then several other non-dominant hand sketches from this week.  The drawing of the plant was even done standing, with my sketchbook resting on my cast.  Progress is being made.   

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Subway Entrance/Exit April 10th: 

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A small art quilt I made, which hangs over my sewing machine - April 11: 

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April 2, 2018

Fractured Wrist and Ice Plus Pencil

I was going to figure drawing when I broke my wrist.  But since I thought it was a sprain, I stopped in a Deli and got a cup of ice.  While holding the ice over my injured wrist, I was still able to draw with my dominant hand.  These are two 5 minute drawings of a very old, very small, and very thin model.  I decided to post one set of these drawings each week, in between my non-dominant hand scribbles.  The blurring has more to do with my photography then the drawing....

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March 22, 2018

Contemporary Southeast Asian Art 2018

Several years ago I discovered that I really like contemporary Southeast Asian Art and during Asia Week there are auction previews at the NYC auction houses for this specific type of art.  The auctions are taking place this week, and my friends and I went to the Preview at Sotheby's last Friday.  I love the paintings by B. Prabha (1933-2001) and painted one of her paintings and a detail of another.  Please ignore my difficulties remembering how to spell her name.

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There were 3 drawings of dancers by Shiavax Chavda (1914-1990), and I sketched one to try to learn how he achieved such great movement in his drawing.

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I draw and paint from the Masters for two reasons: 

1.  I want to have a sketchbook page that represents that day in my visual sketchbook, and at least one artwork I loved.

2.  I learn so much by reproducing lines and their watercolor palette.