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January 24, 2020

Art Day January 16, 2020

January 16th was a wonderful art day - beginning at the Grand Central Transit Museum Holiday Train display and then followed by a visit to the Center for Italian Modern Art. 

My sketch of the Grand Central Terminal model was done quickly - the building was wonderful.

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The afternoon was spent at the Center for Italian Modern Art in Soho where I sketched some of Marino Marini's terric, rough, female sculptures - ranging from table size to life size.  The Center has excellent exhibits, with tours some days of the weeks.  When we were there, we were the only visitors and were able to relax and draw until we finished. 

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January 15, 2020

Obesessed with Drawing Dreadlocks

One of my favorite Figure Drawing models was back, and I became obsessed with drawing his dreadlocks.  He is very tall, very thin, and very muscular - a great combination.  These are 4 of the drawings I did during the session.

 

Five Minute Pose: 

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Ten Minute Pose:

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Ten Minute Pose:

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Twenty Minute Pose

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January 10, 2020

Prime Time Textile Workshop at The Museum of Modern Art.

A Prime Time Workshop at the Museum of Modern Art was held this week, and they presented images of art works made with textiles that currently on display.  Then a museum educator at the museum gave us a pile of fabric scraps, cardboard, colored tapes, and string, yarn, cords, and wire.  We had Tacky Glue, a palette knife, scissors, and newsprint as tools. and had about 90 minutes to create something, anything. 

I always wanted to make collages similar to Hannalore Baron and Kurt Schwitters, and created two pieces.  It is so much fun to have limited supplies, a time limit, and no pressure.  There were 15 people in our group and there were 15 totally different works of art! 

 

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Here is the second, smaller one. 

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January 7, 2020

Line of Action Drawings January 2020

I want to start off the New Year drawing more line of action figures.  I started these small drawings in 2018, and only occasional ly sketched them in 2019.  I typically draw them quickly if I have a minute after breakfast, using a photo from  one of 2 books created for artists.  They are drawn on small pieces of scrap paper, and eventually painted and cut out to collage in my working sketchbook.  These figures were placed on a monprint made with a Gelli Plate.

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December 28, 2019

My Newest Watercolor Sketchbook (#64)

I make my sketchbooks for general drawing and this is my newest one.  When I started drawing again in 2006, and wanted to learn how to paint with watercolor, I couldn't find any reasonably priced sketchbooks with 140lb watercolor paper.  I used several types of inexpensive sketchbooks until #18, including the landscape format one by Moleskine.  I finally took a one weekend "cased-in" bookbinding class in 2008 and have made my watercolor sketchbooks since then. 

Paper: Fabriano Artistico 140 lb Soft Press  Endpapers: Canson Mi Tientes colored paper

Signatures: 6, each with 2 folios for a total of 48 pages. 

Cover:  The cotton fabric was dyed using a modified shibori technique and then fused to 45 gram Thai Mulbery paper. 

I make pen pockets, and rotate them among my sketchbooks, so I can easily carry a pencil, eraser, and several Pigma Micron Pens while sketching.

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The open book showing the dyed fabric used to make the bookcloth.

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