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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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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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September 1, 2015

Museums of Art and Design and American Folk Art

Pat, Benedicte and I spent a full day last week at the Museum of Art and Design (MAD) and the American Museum of Folk Art.  There were two excellent exhibits at MAD, but as artists who like to draw figures, the Ralph Pucci Mannequin exhibit made us pull out our sketchpads and iPad, and want to draw.  One half of the exhibit showed his studio, with mannequin body part casts and partially assembled and assembled bodies.  I love the yellow full body casts on the top shelves. 

The other half was a huge demonstration of mannequins created by designers - for example Diane Von Furstenberg.  But one of them was even designed by one of my favorite artists - Maira Kalman.

Here are two photos I took of the studio section and one of Benedicte photographing one half of the line-up.

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I selected a few mannequins to draw.  The one on the left was designed by Maira Kalman.

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Next I sketched just the heads of the most bizarre mannequins.  Most of their bodies were the same shapes, but in different positions. 

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After lunch we went to the American Folk Art Museum to see the "Folk Art and American Modernism" Exhibit and my favorite piece was a 19th C. Archangel Gabriel weathervane.  I loved the patina and tried to create some of it with my paint colors.   

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August 24, 2015

Portraits and Figure Drawings

I'm not very good drawing portraits of my family, but I think there is some improvement in my sketches of my husband.  He was sitting across from me on a Manhattan bus when I sketched him in the first drawing below, the other two were sketched while having coffee at the Boat Pond in Central Park.  He was doing the New York Times Sat and Sunday Crossword Puzzles and therefore quite still.

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This page was pre-printed with watercolor and then drawn in graphite, with a little charcoal.

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Barry with the Crossword Puzzle he finished while I was sketching him with graphite and a little charcoal.

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I try to go to figure drawing weekly during the summer, weather permitting.  Figure Al Fresco  at Battery Park City has one clothed model, in the Park, for two hours.  Last week was the second time I sketched this model - who told us he lifts weights and runs marathons. 

I did 10 0ne minute sketches, and 5 Two minute sketches.  Here are two of the 2 minute sketches that were done on newsprint.

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These are 3 of the 5 minute sketches done with soluble graphite and water. 

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August 6, 2015

Wednesday is Art Day in Battery Park

This is a view of the Southern tip of Manhattan, and the trees along the water are part of Battery Park.  The multilevel triangular-roofed structure, at the bottom of the photo, is the Museum of Jewish Heritage, and we spend the morning painting, just to the south of that building, and in the afternoon draw a clothed model just to the north of it.  Turning my camera a little further North and you can see The Freedom Tower, the new World Trade Center, which dominates the skyline.

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The gardens surrounding the Museum are full of dinner-plate size hibiscus this month every year.

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If I turned around while painting, this is the view I would have seen.

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My first painting on Wed. was a composite of the 3 color flowers on display.  Then I just looked up, and decided to draw "what was in front of me" - the wall of the Museum with sky, clouds, and trees reflecting in one set of windows. 

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After lunch we moved around the Museum, to the area of the Park known as South Cove, for Figure Al Fresco to draw Rebecca.  She is a model who I like to draw best in very short poses.  Here are the last 4 of my 10 one minute poses. 

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This is a free program sponsored by the Battery Park Conservancy and they even bring art supplies to every session from the beginning of May to the end of October.