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December 18, 2019

Fashion Art and Design

I just completed a 14 week course at Fashion Institute of Technology (FIT).  I usually take courses in Fine Arts, Illustration, and Textile Design.  This course was in the Fashion department, but was really more illustration for fashion.  I learned how to draw a "croquis," the 10 head size elongated fashion figure, and to work with markers and colored pencils instead of watercolor.  My end of class project was presented several days ago and this was Board #1 - my models in 2 outfits from my 9 garment collection of clothes.

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These were my actual fabric swatches, gathered from my favotie NYC fabric store - B and J Fabrics on 7th Ave in the Garment District.

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These are the basic designs for my 9 piece collection.  They are called "Flats" in the fashion jargon. and show the details of construction.  My boards are 11" x 14" inches and had to be photographed instead of scanned - and even photoshop couldn't get rid of the shadows.

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This is my "Mood Board" - prepared to give a feeling about the type of collection and the target shopper.

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Everyone of the models have gray hair like me (and my professor), but were dressed in classic styles of clothing.  I am in class with young students who are studying to enter the world of fashion, and it was great fun to see all of their ideas for their presentations.

 

December 13, 2019

Figure Drawing December 7th

Our outdoor figure drawing session is over for the year, but many members of the group also attend this figure drawing weekly sesson with nude models.  These are two 5 minute poses that I just superimposed for no good reason. I think I was trying to save paper.  She was a new model at our location, and she was great.  Her 2 minute poses were amazing - but hard to draw.  The figures were drawn with a General Sketch and Wash pencil and then shaded with water.

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10 Minute Pose

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20 minute Pose

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December 3, 2019

Paris Musee Picasso

I really like Picasso, especially his non-cubist drawings, paintings, ceramics etc.   We missed the reopening of the Picasso Museum 5 years ago, and I was very interested in seeing the renovated space and collection.  The building is gorgeous, and they maintained the entry and grand staircase.  The galleries seem bigger.  But I quickly realized that I see so much of Picasso's art in NYC, especially at the twice yearly Impressionist and Modern Auctions, that the museum was a little disappointing.   Half of the 4 floors were devoted to a large series of "magical portraits," which was more cubist than representational.  I read that there are 5000 pieces in the museum collection and only 10-15% are on view at any one time.

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But on one of the upper floors they have a movie with Picasso doing line sketches with paint from behind a sheet of glass - and I've always loved seeing his movie.

These are a few of the drawings I did as we went through the exhibits.  The Owl was a large ceramic sculpture - probably close to owl size.  The sleeping girl was one of a series of small, fast drawings in pencil. on a single sheet  And the other sketchbook page of scribbles were culled from a small series of his artworks.  

Picasso Owl and Girl Sleeping

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More Little Scribbles

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November 25, 2019

Sketchbook Pages from Sothebys Auction Preview

I love the Christies and Sothebys Spring and Fall Impressionist and Modern Auction Previews. These are more of my drawings of sculptures, my current favorite things to draw.  I love Degas' dancers and remember the first time I saw them lined up in a case at the Metropolitan Museum of Art when I was in college.   

Degas Dancer:  Great position. 

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Camille Claudel's sculpture with a horse by Marino Marini drawn behind her.

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When I see a Chagall painting that is almost unrecognizeable, I draw it.  Nearby was art by Picasso which had these cute doodles at an edge.

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Happy Thanksgiving to everyone - enjoy your families and be thankful for the good things in life. 

November 19, 2019

Several More Dinners in Paris

We ate at small bistros during our visit and enjoyed a few we've been to in earlier visits.

First Dinner at Le Petit Chatelet:  It is a lovely bistro near where we stayed on the Left Bank.  It had good food and a lovely ambience.  Both drawings were done during dinners there and painted at home.

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Second Dinner in Le Petit Chatelet which was opened in 1951 by the grandfather of the current owner.  We enjoyed it so much the first time, we went back the night before we came home.  These drawing were done in the upstairs dining room which was the garret bedroom of the original owner.

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