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April 20, 2018

Non-Dominant Hand Drawings: April 18th and 19th

On Wednesday I met my artist  friends at Galerie St. Etienne to see their current exhibit - Drawing the Line: Realism and Abstraction in Expressionist Art (through July 6th).  There are 69 drawings, etchings, lithographs, and woodcuts from Max Beckmann, Otto Dix, Lyonel Feininger, Richard Gerstl, George Grosz, Erich Heckel, Wassily Kandinsky, Ernst Ludwig Kirchner, Paul Klee, Oscar Kokoschka, Alfred Kubin, Auguste Macke, Franz Marc, Otto Mueller, Emil Nolde, Hermann Max Pechstein, Egon Schiele, and Karl Schmidt-Rottluff

As usual, we found many masters that we wanted to copy.  I sketched "Sleeping Woman" by Pechstein with my non-dominant hand.  I also sketched "The Shepherdess," but need to finish it at home because we ran out of time.  

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Before my fracture I was practicing "line of action" drawings as presented by Suhita Shirodkar in a Craftsy Class.  Yesterday I used photos from a clothing catalogue to practice the technique with my non-dominant hand.  I made a quick line of action, concentrating on a line from head down to weight-bearing leg and foot, and then completed the drawing in ink.  My pencil lines are still visible.  I see my hand surgeon this morning, and hopefully will learn how many more weeks I will have my cast.

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April 18, 2018

Non-Dominent Hand Drawings: April 13th and 14th

April 13th:  I met my friends at Neue Gallery last Friday to see their new exhibit called Before the Fall: German and Austrian Art of the 1930s.  I love their exhibits and brought my Hand Sketchbook so I had the option of making a sketch.  I loved this image of a man and his dog from the painting by Rudolf Dischinger from his painting "Railroad Underpass." 

 

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April 14th:  More Drawings from The Central Park Sketching and Art Meetup Group

I had a few minutes to draw as our group was gathering and did a fast sketch of the Horse Carriage driver who was standing in front of me.  

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My final sketch in Central Park was done in the plaza around the Chess and Checkers House.  I sketched this with a pen with non-waterproof ink and used a waterbrush to spread the ink. 

 

 

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April 16, 2018

Non-Dominant Hand: Ink Drawing with Watercolor Wash

Spring is finally arriving in NYC, and I decided to sketch with the Central Park Sketching and Art Meetup group Saturday.  We met at the 59th St and 6th Ave entrance to the Park and walked up the first hill, where there were a few early blooming flowers.  I used my regular daily watercolor sketchbook so I could paint for the first time since my fracture, and used a 05 Pigma Micron Pen for the drawing.  I've missed painting and was thrilled that I could complete this page with my non-dominant hand - while sitting. 

 

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April 13, 2018

Non-Dominant Hand Drawings April 10 and 11

GOOD NEWS:  After my Xray yesterday, my hand surgeon determined that I would not need an operation on Monday!  I fractured my wrist on my left (dominant) wrist on March 23rd.  It occurred on my way to figure drawing, and I thought it was a bad sprain, so I sketched with my dominant hand, while holding ice on my wrist with my non-dominant hand.  Since my splint, then cast, I've been sketching with my non-dominant hand and having fun.  I sketch every morning after breakfast, both on scrap paper and in my dedicated sketchbook for this project - altered by my friend Maureen.  Here are one of my figure drawings - from right after the fracture, and then several other non-dominant hand sketches from this week.  The drawing of the plant was even done standing, with my sketchbook resting on my cast.  Progress is being made.   

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Subway Entrance/Exit April 10th: 

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A small art quilt I made, which hangs over my sewing machine - April 11: 

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April 10, 2018

Non - Dominant Hand Drawings April 7th and 8th

I sketched this angel from a wonderful fabric angel, carrying a gift basket. I was given her many years ago by a special friend.  On Friday my hand surgeon told me I may still need an operation on my wrist, and he wants to see more Xrays this week.  I'm hoping for the best.

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Yesterday I went to draw at a Museum for the first time since my injury.   This drawing was done of a life-size figure from the "Like Life  Sculpture, Color, and the Body."  I sketched standing, holding my sketchbook on my casted arm, and held my pencil with my non-dominant hand.  I used a pencil so I could sit down to add ink, with two different pens, and rest my sketchbook on my lap.  This was my challenge for this week - all my previous drawings since my fracture were done sitting down.

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