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May 28, 2011

May Figure Drawing at the Society of Illustrators

I'm posting the three 20 minute sketches - all done with watercolor pencil, then clear water, then watercolor paint around the images.  My paper is bigger than my scanner, so all 3 pages were photographed and I couldn't get rid of the blue gray color of the paper, even with Photoshop levels.

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May 24, 2011

Some Experimentation

I was fascinated with many of the images on prints in the German Expressionism Exhibit at the Museum of Modern Art.  At each visit, I made some quick sketches of some of the figures in the prints, and this week made two of the dancers into stamps.  The first test of the stamps was made on this journal page. 

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Jane Davies posted some lovely mixed-media art with gesso, acrylic paint and freezer paper resist on the Sketchbook Challenge blog.  I went to her video link on her blog and tried to duplicate it, but it failed.   My freezer paper image, an outline of 6 of us on Team 5 at an NYC scavenger hunt, didn't stick properly and paint went under the resist.  So I dried it, turned it over, and glued it down as a collage.

I definitely will try this again, and will probably use paper Frisket instead of my old freezer paper. 

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May 21, 2011

A Day in Brooklyn

I met my friends Pat, Melly, and Gwen in Brooklyn  on Friday to celebrate Melly's upswing week (week 3 after chemotherapy) and had a wonderful day wandering the Botanic Garden and the Art Museum.  It was my first visit to the Gardens - WOW!  The wisteria and tree peonies were unbelievable.  The website says there are 300 tree peonies in bloom!  Go see Melly and Gwen's blogs for their sketchbook pages and some photos from the day. 

I sketched a little (in pen) as I walked and Gwen taught us about the Chelidonium Magus plant whose sap was used as pigment in Medieval manuscripts.  The yellow squiggly lines and the yellow flower on my sketchbook page are all from the sap of the leaves when you break one off the stem!  Amazing!

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After a lovely lunch on the patio in the Gardens, we walked next door to the Art Museum and spent most of the time sketching in the African Arts section.

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Then we took a quick tour of Judy Chicago's Dinner Party and the current exhibit in the Feminist Art Center.  It was a fantastic day - and a very easy trip for me from Manhattan to Brooklyn by subway.

May 19, 2011

May Figure Drawing Practice

Between live figure drawing sessions, I still work on my Carla Sonheim Drawing Lab faces, full figures from posemaniacs.com, and sketch hands from the American Sign Language website. 

The faces are usually drawn very quickly when I'm riding the subway or buses in New York City.  The trick of course is figuring out who is about to get off.  And people who are reading look like they are asleep.  I'm hoping that this extra practice will help me "pull it all together" when I'm trying to sketch live models.  For me it is the ultimate test of eye-hand coordination!

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Hands Copied from American Sign Langauge Site and drawn with watercolor pencils.  I only have two more letters to sketch.

http://www.lifeprint.com/asl101/pages-layout/handshapes.htm

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Figures drawn from http://posemanics.com with watercolor pencils - the 4 colors that I am trying out for live figure drawing next week.

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May 15, 2011

Meetup Central Park Drawing - Saturday

The Meetup Central Park Drawing Group met at the Conservatory Garden for our usual Spring session - and I was attracted, as always, to the two beautiful fountains.  This time I only sketched one of the Dancing Maidens, not all 3.   Jesse, the group leader,photographs all of the drawings and uploads them to the website for the event.  Next time we return to Bethesda Fountain and Plaza.

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By the time we moved to the south section of the Garden, the wedding around the other fountain had ended and I was able to paint the nymph and flute player.

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