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March 13, 2018

Drawing and Eating February 9th

Last Friday I went to a Swann Gallery's "Drawings and Prints" Auction Preview with my friends Pat and Eunice.  There was a wonderful selection of art, more prints than drawings, but everything was inspiring.  After looking at everything I chose 2 drawings to add to my sketchbook.  This was a drawing by Toulouse-Lautrec ("Caudieux - 1893") and I chose to paint it. instead of using charcoal. 

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 Almuerza 1937 - a brush and India ink drawing by Diego Rivera. 

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After viewing all of the Art, which will be auctioned beginning today, we had a late lunch at Panera.  After lunch I sketched and painted several other customers.

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March 5, 2018

Golden Kingdoms - New Exhibit at the Met

I went to the opening of the new Metropolitan Museum of Art exhibit called Golden Kingdoms: Luxury and Legacy in the Ancient Americas.  I was overwhelmed by the variety of archeologic finds, their materials, artistry, and beauty.  These are 3 out of almost 300 objects.  It was almost like going to the Picasso Sculpture exhibit at MoMA when I wanted to draw everything.

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This is a link to the Met website, and every item in the exhibit can be seen in photos.  Scroll down to see the link for all items.

https://metmuseum.org/exhibitions/listings/2018/golden-kingdoms 

 I'm also including a few of the photos that I took.  These were favorites, but I didn't copy names or dates - they stretched from 600-700 AD to 14th and 15th Centuries.

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February 23, 2018

Urban Sketchers February 21st

The NYC Weekday Urban Sketchers met at Holy Trinity Lutheran Church for the twice per semester Juilliard Concert of the Historical Performance Graduate Students who play early music.  I arrived 15 minutes before the doors opened and made a quick sketch of the building at CPW and W65th St.

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I've previously sketched players and their string instruments at this concert, and wanted to sketch the harpsichord player during the concert.

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This is a wonderful free concert, and it is first come, first serve seating.  Our group members met after the concert to show their drawings and there were so many different types of drawings, including the 4 big stained glass windows. 

February 20, 2018

Playing at the Metropolitan Museum of Art

Joseph Cornell - detail from one of his 12 Boxes inspired by Juan Gris.  Not my favorite art, but I wanted to remember working in a series.

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We wandered around trying to find a gallery that inspired all of us, and Pat suggested a random painting by Georges de la Tours, called the Fortune Teller.  We all picked one of the figures to draw. 

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Here we are in front of the painting.  My sketchbook page is above.  On the photo below you can't see the sketches in Paula's or my sketchbook, so Pat just drew them in on her iPAD! 

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February 16, 2018

NY Philharmonic Young Peoples Cocert

We began taking our Grandchildren to the Young People's Concerts 8 years ago.  There are 4 concerts per year, and before the 1 hour concert, they have a 30 minute presentation called the Young Composers Concert.  Three children from this city-wide music program are selected to have members of the Philharmonic play their short compositions.  Here is a quick drawing of the head of the program, John Deake, and the trumpet player.

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I debate about adding this type of sketchbook page to the Urban Sketchers Facebook Page, but thought this was a good advertisement for an amazing opportunity for kids in our urban city.