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August 10, 2016

Annabelle's "Camp" Week in NYC

Our Grand daughter is visiting us for a week from DC, and she has time alone with us and liberal doses of her cousins who live in the City. 

We took a trip to Roosevelt Island (which is in the middle of the East River) on Monday to show my husband and grand daughter the Tram to the island and the FDR Memorial.  We stopped for what seemed like only 5 minutes to sketch a building on the Manhattan skyline while walking on the Memorial grounds, then had lunch, and took the tram back.  Annabelle loved the tram as much as I do.  I chose to sketch this portion of the skyline to capture the new mega skyscraper which is near the Citicorps building (slanted roof).

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On Tuesday Annabelle's cousin, one of our grandsons, joined us for the day in Battery Park and Battery Park City.  Zach requested a ride on the SeaGlass Carousel and while they each had two rides, I finally sketched a few of the iridescent fish that you sit in.   This is the Carousel, inside a nautilus shell. 

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Here is Annabelle sitting inside a fish. 

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Here are two sketchbook pages. 

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Today Annabelle and I will go to Broadway to see the musical Cats which just reopened after a 15 year hiatus.  We saw it in the Summer of 1983 with our children and when Annabelle's Father was 10 years old.   

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. 

 

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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.

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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.

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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. 

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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. 

July 30, 2016

Portraits, a Hybrid Flower, and Cafe Customers

I have a variety of sketchbook pages from recent days.  This month I quickly sketched my husband's portrait when we were out for coffee.  I do this periodically and he doesn't think any of them look like him.  Here he is in his Mets baseball cap.

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This week I met a virtual friend from Sketchbook Skool in person when Andrea Rubenstein joined our Weekday NYC Urban Sketchers Group at an air conditioned atrium in Midtown Manhattan.  Several members sketched Winston Churchill from an exhibit at Chartwell Book Store.  I tried to sketch Andrea as we talked. 

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Earlier in July I sketched a beautiful pink hibiscus flower, and then painted it while our group was talking to Andrea.   Without thinking, I mistakenly added the stamen from day lilies - and unintentionally made it a rare hybrid! 

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This morning the Central Park Drawing and Art Meet Up group met at the Conservatory Water and I sketched several people sitting at the Café. 

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July 11, 2016

Manhattan Park Flowers

 Although I don't enjoy painting landscapes, I love drawing and painting individual flowers.  The lilies were painted at Wagner Park, in Battery Park City last week.  I loved the colors!

 

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This is a selection of flowers growing in Central Park, near the Toy Boat Pond Café (Officially called the Conservatory Water).  My husband and I have coffee at the café early on weekend mornings, and I take a few minutes to draw and paint the flowers when we're there.  I recognize variants of cone flowers, but don't know the names of others.

 

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July 8, 2016

Urban Sketchers on Roosevelt Island

Yesterday our NYC Urban Sketchers Weekday Group took the Tram over to Roosevelt Island.  We met at the Tram station on 59th Street, and for me it was my first time on the tram.   It is a short ride, but I never get tired of seeing the density of buildings and the Manhattan skyline from all positions and angles.  Here are a few photos taken.  The FDR Memorial Park is the triangular area at the bottom of the Rossevelt Island photo.

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Entering the Tram: 

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On the tram approaching the East River and Island. 

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Our goal was to walk to the south end of the island to visit the FDR Four Freedoms Park, but I was immediately mesmerized by the skyline and chose a point of view from the UN to the Chrysler Building for my sketch. 

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Two years ago I sketched the Manhattan skyline from the Brooklyn Promenade using an art technique I love.  I randomly collect tourist maps of NYC - great tourist/map booths are in Grand Central Station and near Pier A in Battery Park. I collaged a portion of the map to watercolor paper, brushed Golden Absorbent Ground (white) over the map and allowed the map to lightly peek through.  When it was dry, I packed it up for our trip to Brooklyn painting the skyline from the Ferry Terminal to the WTC1 Freedom Tower.

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And here is my painting from Roosevelt Island - from left to Right - The UN, the Empire State Spire, and the Chrysler Building. 

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