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June 20, 2019

Art Day in Battery Park City - June 19, 2019

My friend and I went to Wagner Park under threats of rain and thunderstorms, but we actually made it through the morning session, had lunch, and were able to sketch the model for the first hour before the rain began. 

Flowers blooming in Wagner Park: I love seeing the various flowers in bloom each time I visit Wagner Park.  The staff keep the flower gardens looking beautiful, and there are always a few new types of flowers since the week before.

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Figure Al Fresco - Brianna

We had one minute warm up sketches, 2 five minute sketches, and 2 ten minute sketches.  While drawing the first few minutes of the 20 minute sketch, rain drops began and we packed up and went to visit an exhibit at the Center for Book Arts - Manhattan's amazing bookbinding/letterpress center.  It poured as we were moving between sites, and were lucky we left the minute that we did.  I was drawing with a watercolor pencil, and the first few rain drops made a mess on my paper.

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June 18, 2019

NYC Urban Sketchers July 15, 2019

The NYC Urban Sketchers spent Saturday in Greenwich Village - first on W10th St and then in Washington Square Park.  It was a gorgeous day, and we were spread out down W10th from the Church on the corner of 5th Ave all the way to 6th Ave. 

The Tower of the Church of the Ascension: This was our meeting place at 10 AM and it was a perfect spot to start sketching.

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The Emma Lazarus House at 18 W10th St.  Emma lived here with her family in the mid-19th C and is known for her poem "The New Colossus," words of which were eventually added in bronze to the base of the Statue of Liberty.  "“Give me your tired, your poor, Your huddled masses yearning to breathe free...."

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Jazz Trio in Washington Square Park:  The Park was full, but we chose a seat where we could draw/paint and listen to wonderful jazz.

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June 14, 2019

Figure Al Fresco

Figure Al Fresco:  We have a wonderful adult art program in Battery Park City, NYC.  On Wednesday aftenoons from May 1-Oct 1, weather permitting. there is a model for figure drawing for 2 hours.  The models are dressed, and visitors in the Park wander through our circle of artists who are drawing the model.  These are my 5 and 10 minutes poses from this week.  I sketch with a General Sketch and Wash pencil, and then use a water brush to move the soluble graphite around the drawing.  These drawings are too big for my scanner and were photographed.

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20 Minute Poses: 

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May 14, 2019

Drawn, Not Painted

These are homework drawings from the Sketchbook Skool online class People Drawing People.   These have been busy weeks and I just need a morning to sit down with a hot cup of coffee to paint them with watercolor.  I'm really enjoying this class and all of the demos by individual artists.  The demos are 4-10 minutes long for each artist, but they talk the entire time they are drawing, and it is an amazing glimpse into their thought processes. 

Kettle Drums and Drummer at Alice Tully Hall, Lincoln Center

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 Starbucks at Barnes and Noble Book Store

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April 12, 2019

WILLIAM KENTRIGE ar Marian Goodman Gallery Until Apr 20th

William Kentridge Exhibit at Marian Goodman Gallery (24 W 57th St, NYC)

Go see this exhibit before April 21st.  I first saw a Kentridge exhibit a MoMA many years ago, and then the Met Exhibit of one of his movies - which was projected around the walls of a big gallery.  This is the one of the more recent exhibits of his I've seen at the Marian Goodman Gallery.  There are many charcoal drawings, sculptures of various sizes, and an 18 minute movie, made with his drawings, that we LOVED - called KABOOM.  I sketched one of about a dozen die cut, table size sculptures with a Pentel Pocket Brush Pen.  With artist friends, we spent almost two hours in this exhibit!  A record....

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