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September 30, 2016

Flowers, Stuart Davis, Ernst Ludwig Kirchner, 9/11 Museum

These are a few of the sketchbook pages I created in the last 2 weeks.  I walk through Wagner Park on my way to Battery Park City Figure Al Fresco, and occasionally draw single flowers.  These are a few of the flowers that were in bloom on a single day.   

I love drawing single flowers and have many sketchbook pages that look like this during the Spring and Summer months.  I have no idea what the lavender flowers are.  I've never seen flowers that have NO leaves.

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My friend Kathy was visiting from San Antonio and I finally got to see the Stuart Davis exhibit at the Whitney Museum.  I love several of his more representational paintings in the exhibit, especially his Manhattan and Paris paintings, and sketched one at the museum and painted it later. 

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Ernst Ludwig Kirchner is one of my favorite German Expressionist painters.  There is a new exhibit at the Neue Galerie and I was inspired to sketch one of his paintings from the permanent collection from the exhibit. 

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Kathy and I spent hours at the 9/11 Museum - 2 days after the bomb blast in Chelsea.  We got an emergency text right before we arrived at the 9/11 museum with the name of the bomber and a New York Times Breaking News email while there telling of his capture.  It is a very emotional museum visit and another terrorist event in the City made it even more so.  I sketched a badly burned firetruck and then Fireman Dan Potter, from a photo taken while he was sitting thinking about his wife who was on the 81st floor of the North Tower.  But she survived!

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September 27, 2016

Painting Class at FIT

I am taking a painting class at FIT this semester - using either oil or acrylic.  After using acrylic for the first time last semester, I was happy to get more experience with it now.  In my first week, I selected a still life from among 4 that our professor set up, sketched it on the 18 X 24" canvas, and then painted it in monochromatic colors.  I used raw umber mixed with a little yellow ochre. 

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During the rest of the class, we added color over the underpainting. 

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Last evening was week 2 on this painting, and I spent my time repainting the flower on the right, and then continued to add paint/color to the background.  I still don't have a feel for acrylic paints, but hopefully I will end this semester with more skills.

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September 9, 2016

Figure Al Fresco at Battery Park City - August 31st.

The Battery Park City Conservancy holds outdoor figure drawing sessions on Wednesday afternoon, May 1-Oct 31.  They have a stable group of models and this one loves to change her clothes periodically during the 2 hour session.  Her bright colors may be responsible for my use of color in these drawings. 

I had a long slim piece of paper that I prepainted with acrylic paint and used it to sketch Leticia in a 10 minute pose.  I sketched her in pencil and then used a Sharpie pen to make sure that I didn't ruin one of my Pigma Micron pens.

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Ten Minute Pose -  sketched with a General Sketch and Wash pencil and then shaded with water and a waterbrush.

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Twenty Minute Pose:  Sketched and shaded as above, and then painted with watercolor.

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Eight Minute Pose to finish the session:  We were all tired, in the heat of the afternoon, and I went back to drawing on newsprint to draw our reclining model.  Can't account for the gray-blue background after scanning the drawing.

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September 6, 2016

Gallery Visits with My Friends Sept 2nd

A Gallery visit with my artist friends Pat and Benedicte.  This was one of the first days of the summer that we were together, and planned a visit to Galerie St. Etienne at 24W57th St.  It is one of our favorite galleries and even though it was closed for the upcoming holiday, we were allowed in to see the exhibit and draw!  We usually each have a favorite and take a few minutes at the end of the exhibit to draw it.  Drawing the Masters is one of my regular activities, a planned part of my self-learning process.

A Selfie to send to Teri who planned to join us and was then stuck at home waiting for a repair man.

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I love to draw and my favorite subjects are people and buildings, and could have done copies of several by Klimt and Schiele.  But I loved this pose by Oskar Kokoschka and the use of a wash.  The hand was rather crude, but I loved the foot.  I sketched it separately because I couldn't fit it on the sketchbook page. 

Kokoschka Seated Female Nude Facing Left, 1913:

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My Copy - which was painted at home: 

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The Gary Nader gallery, in the same building, had remnents of a recent exhibit of Cuban paintings, and I sketched the main figure - a Caballaro on his horse, and painted it at home. 

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The only other gallery that was open in the building, due to changing exhibits, was John Szoke - Works on Paper.  I made a very quick pencil sketch of a Picasso print and then finished it at home.  I used a Pentel Pocket Brush Pen for the ink drawing and almost forgot that the ink isn't water proof on my Fabriano 140lb Soft Press paper.  Neither is Carbon Platinum Ink.  The paint I applied was supposed to be in the white areas of the face, but I stopped just in time when beginning to brush on the paint on the head band.

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A favorite drawing of ours by Egon Schiele - but too hard to draw in the time we had at Galerie St. Etienne. 

Standing Woman in Green Shirt, 1914:

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September 3, 2016

Estaban at Figure Al Fresco

Figure Al Fresco:  The Battery Park Conservancy sponsors 3 adult art classes each week, May through October.  The sessions are free, held in beautiful sections of the Park, and art supplies are provided.  These drawings were done in the figure drawing session.  I loved this warm up exercise - five 2 minute poses, with the model maintaining the same pose and turning slightly every 2 minutes.  My drawing sequence isn't in order because I glued together 3 papers on Photoshop - and as a lefty I start on the left side of the page to prevent spreading graphite.

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 Four five minute poses drawn with a soluble graphite pencil and shaded with water and a waterbrush.

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I rarely use the full time during a 20 minute pose and I occasionally add one of my fellow artists to the drawing. 

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