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August 11, 2017

Urban Sketching in Bryant Park With Marilyn Rose

Bryant Park, which is behind the New York Public Library, is amazing!  Over the last several decades, it became a cultural center in midtown NYC.  This week I attended one of their art programs, led by an artist who was a Bryant Park Artist in Residence several summers ago.  Marilyn and I, many years ago, became friends at an Everyday Matters course taught here by Danny Gregory, in NYC,  and I enrolled immediately because of the limited size of these free classes.  We met from 10-12 noon on Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and she gave each of us a Moleskine Cahier book and a Unipen - to be used for all of our sketches. 

Day 1 - First Drawing: We were directed to select a small part of the NYPL front plaza and just draw what we saw.  We had about 30-40 minutes for each sketch.


Day 1 - Second Drawing 


Day 2 - Vignette:  She led us around the plaza and showed us how she creates a quick vingnette of a space, selecting random things that intrigue her.  We then sketched our own vignette.


Day 2 - People:  For our second drawing we quickly sketched each other.  This was one of my spreads.


Day 3 -  After some more instruction, we went around the Library to Bryant Park and sketched, while listening to the practice session of Broadway Show casts that were scheduled to perform in the afternoon.  I had about an hour to draw, and then we returned to the Art Cart space in the front of the library and some students added color.


August 4, 2017

Battery Park City July 19, 2017

I continue to sketch single flowers in bloom at Wagner Park.  After making each sketch, I take a photo and then paint the whole page at home, when I can relax and enjoy experimenting with some wet-in-wet watercolor painting, and more mixing of greens from my basic yellows and blues.


These lilies were gorgeous in color and I wasn't able to get the colors to be as radiant in paint.  Nature is amazing. 


Figure Al Fresco:  Several 5 minute poses in the afternoon. 


August 1, 2017

More Sketching With Grandchildren

My grandchildren, Annabelle and Zach, were happy to go on another sketching adventure.  A new permanent exhibit of Jim Hensen and the Muppets just opened at the Museum of the Moving Image in Queens.  We've never been there before, and this seemed like the perfect event for us to explore a different NYC museum.  


1.  Off to Astoria Queens to see the new "Jim Hensen" and the Muppets exhibit. 



2. You need to get timed tickets for this exhibit, which can be done online more than 24 hours before your selected time.  We arrived early and started in their permanent exhibit called "Behind the Screen" - and Annabelle started sketching.



3.  The Jim Hensen exhibit had lots of the puppets, storyboards, drawings, film clips and history.  The children can take one of 4 puppets and make a video in one area, and change hairstyles, hats etc on puppets in another area.  If they love the Muppets, it is enough to see the 47 puppets up close.  But I think adults will enjoy the exhibit more.  We watched "The Muppet Movie" (1979) at home on Friday night and saw Miss Piggy" in this dress in a dream sequence. 



4. There are wonderful drawings throughout the exhibit - loved this one.



5.  And "Animal" as a concept drawing.



6. Before and after the Muppet exhibit, Annabelle and Zachary created animations from an amazing hands- on exhibit in the permanent exhibit.  And there are more similar activities for kids this age to enjoy.



7.  I sketched in both sections with them, but only painted this drawing of one of the Doozers.


July 28, 2017

Sketching With Grandchildren - July 2017

Annabelle is visiting us in NYC for 10 days, and her Manhattan cousin Zachary joins us for some of the adventures. 

Tuesday:  Walking to the Metropolitan Museum of Art with their backpacks containing art supplies.  They loved walking through the Greek and Roman sculpture hall in the Met, on the way to the Egyptian wing to see William the Blue Hippo - mascot of the Met.  They were very interested in the Egyptian Wing and Annabelle wanted to see one sphinx, and actually saw many.   


Sitting facing the Temple of Dendur for a quick sketch.


I sketched with them, and added all of our entrance stickers to the page.


We went up to the Roof Garden to see the current summer art exhibit, and neither of them even realized there was an open roof top exhibit area on the museum.    The City Skyline, looking south to midtown is impressive.  After the Roof Garden we had lunch, went to look at the Fish in the Astor Court, and then ended the day in the Nolen Library so they could explore the children's computer terminals.


Thursday:  Annabelle wanted to paint today before we went to buy new art supplies.


She painted a red fox to take home to her best friend.




July 6, 2017

Flowers and Florine

Wagner Park Flowers last Wednesday morning.  A quick search of Hydrangea images and information suggests these belong to the category lacetops.  I also sketched a cone flower and an unknown.


I explored the Florine Stettheimer exhibit at the Jewish Museum on Thursday and was more interested in the history of this Victorian painter and her family, than the paintings.  The early paintings had a more interesting range of values and compositions.  This is the self-portrait I chose to copy, as I continue to practice facial features.