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June 2, 2017

Long Island Beach Vacation 2017

We are at the beach for our annual June vacation - lots of early morning beach walks, visiting with friends, relaxing, and eating.  The first two days were foggy for our early morning walk on Cooper's Beach, today we had glorious sun and 54 degrees!

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I love walking on the beach - watching the ocean, listening to the surf, studying the flight of the sea gulls, collecting shells, and learning about marine biology from the washed up specimens.  I collected the commonly found mid-Atlantic shells since we arrived and painted each of them in my summer travel sketchbook.

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This morning I found a large whelk shell and a faux angel wing - both more uncommon on the beaches here.  I washed both shells and will allow them to dry before I paint them for my next blog post. 

I have a category on the blog that includes all of the previous sketchbook paintings from the beach - shells, and several big mysteries that it took us a while to solve.  I was also amazed at the photos of our grandchildren through the years!

http://www.paperandthreads.com/southampton/ 

 

 

May 29, 2017

Sketching Sculptures

I like to draw sculpture when I am in art exhibits, and recently sketched several sculptures, and then painted around them in my sketchbook, leaving them as single line drawings.  Henry Moore made many Mother and Child sculptures and I love all of them.  This small one was in the Impressionist and Modern Auction at Christies, estimated selling price $70-90,000. 

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Argentinian artist Adrian Villar Rojas created this year's Met Rooftop Garden this summer.  He spent months at the Met collecting nearly 100 pieces of art from various parts of the world and different centuries.  Each was then resized, recreated by 3D printing and other similar techniques, and combined with large human figures in many combinations.  Each piece was painted with multiple layers of car paint to protect them outdoors. As I understand it, he is representing art that is now no longer in context and deconstructing the Museum by the combinations created creating a labyrinth. 

http://www.metmuseum.org/exhibitions/listings/2017/adrian-villar-rojas 

I liked one of the black sculptures which included a recumbent Indian youth and multiple small female figures on and around him.  Here are three of the figures I really liked.   

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May 26, 2017

Drawing "Constantly Moving" People in Venice 2017

These are the sketchbook pages that I did of constantly Moving Preople, as contrasted with my Architectural Sketches done while sitting and having coffee, wine, or dinner.  I like figure drawing and I love trying to capture some aspect of people who I'm watching when they are in constant motion. 

Musica Palazzo:  The Barber of Seville at a Palazzo on the Grand Canal.  There was a small audience and moved through 4 rooms as we watched.  I was never more than 10 feet away from the singers.  Fun!

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Our Tour Guide from a long walk through Cannaregio:

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Cellist From Chamber Orchestra at Chiesa San Vidal - mostly Vivaldi Concertos.  Excellent and we even got an encore. 

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I almost filled my sketchbook, but thought these 3 blog posts captured my favorite Venice scenes and how I made time for sketching while on vacation. 

May 23, 2017

More Sketchbook Pages From Venice 2017

We had a beautiful view from our apartment balcony, and could even see a portion of the Grand Canal.  I went out for a morning look and quick photo each day, and finally sketched the scene.  I've never painted red tile roofs close-up before, however, and after finding a excellent online tutorial, I waited until we came home to finish the painting.  The tiles really looked that varied and were so many colors.

Painting terracotta roof tiles

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View of Window on the Side Wall of Ca' Rezzonico Museum from Our Apartment:

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Here are two additional sketchbook pages from the final days in Venice - one drawn while drinking wine in the late afternoon and the other at our last dinner before departure.  These are more examples of just drawing what was in front of me.

Side wall of Chiesa Zanipoli (Castello Sestiere) as we sipped wine in an outdoor restaurant:  

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My view from dinner in the garden at Corte Sconta Restaurant- a favorite of ours from a prior visit. 

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May 19, 2017

Venice Vacation 2017

We just returned from Venice - 9 nights in a lovely apartment in Dorsoduro sestiere.  It is a wonderful section of Venice - and it felt like being in a small town.  I love keeping a travel sketchbook and was able to fill 20 pages with watercolor paintings while we were there.  My mantra - just draw what is in front of you!  Thank you Sketchbook Skool for that sage advice.

When I travel with my husband we either stop for coffee late morning or a glass of wine late afternoon - and walk enormous distances each day.  I sketched buildings when sitting in Campos, enjoying the view and people while drawing.

Here are some of the sketches done while sitting over coffee and relaxing.  In most instances I sketched, took a photo for colors, and then painted them later.  I buy my husband a book of NY Times Crossword Puzzles before we leave for vacation, and he is happy doing one while we drink our coffee!

On Novo Strata in Cannaregio  

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In Campo Santa Margherita: 

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In Camp San Barnaba: 

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We were having coffee on Giudecca island, talking to another couple from the UK, and I sketched the church across the Giudecca canal.  That really helps to simplify an image! 

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I also sketched people - a tour guide, opera performers, and a chamber orchestra cellist while they were moving constantly.  I'll include those in my next blog post. 

 

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