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August 25, 2010

A Weekend in Washington, DC

We spent a long weekend with our grand daughter Annabelle in Washington DC and my daily journal pages were all done in a sketchbook that I have devoted to her neighborhood and her life during each of our visits.  Previous entries can be seen by clicking on the Washington DC category on the right side of the page.

When I asked Annabelle what I should draw, before we took her to day care on Friday, she told me an elephant.  So I painted one of her very small stuffed elephants.  On the way to the Metro, I took several photos of her walking/running ahead and drew that image for the rest of the page.  I still rarely sketch my grandchildren except from the back because I'm always disappointed that my drawings don't look like them.

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On Saturday morning we went to work with Daddy at the NIH Clinical Center, so she could play with Grandpa and I could see the art quilt exhibit that is currently hanging in the lobby. 

Art quilters who read my blog should look at the link - each spectacular, color photomicrograph taken as part of a research project was translated into a quilt by individual artists.   

In an alcove off the lobby, near the wall quilts, there is a huge fish tank with several beautiful, large tropical fish.  This one was my favorite, although we need to contact the curator to learn its name.  Any help from fish experts would be appreciated. 

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There were intermittent showers on Sunday so we went to the Smithsonian Museum of Natural History.  The squirrels are quite tame around the Washington Mall and this one eagerly took Annabelle's acorn when she dropped it for him at her feet.  Inside the Museum there was another great fish tank with lots of Nemos - as Annabelle pointed out.

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Annabelle is our only grand child that doesn't live in New York City - and I continue to be delighted that we're creating memories of our visits in the Annabelle Sktchbook.

August 22, 2010

Recent Museum Visit Drawings

I love visiting all of the Museums in Manhattan, and always try to sketch one item during a visit.  Maybe I can internalize some of the skills of the Master Artist, or convert a 3D object into a reasonable 2D drawing, or just create a memory of the museum visit.

David Goldblatt, a South African photographer who documented life during apartheid, has an exhibit at the Jewish Museum.  I loved the position of this man, who was posing for a paid photograph while Goldblatt photographed him and the photographer.

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The American Woman exhibit at the Met was a favorite among our visitors this summer.  I have visited enough times that I have sketched one mannequin in almost every room.  I sketched several during my recent visit with Liz Steel and this was one of them.

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 I love Guercino - an Italian artist from the 1600s, and try to reproduce one of his drawings whenever I see one.  The Met has an exhibit of Italian Drawings from Correggio  to  Tiepolo including one of Guercino's.  His drawing was done in ink, mine was done with black pen and watercolor.

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My quilt artist friends and I went to see the Exhibit honoring Women's Art at the American Folk Art Museum.  My favorite piece was a painting of a mourning family, with 4 women lined up on the left side of the cemetery stone and men on the right.  This is one of the identically dressed women.

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August 15, 2010

More Sonheim Labs from Drawing Lab

I'm continuing to do the lab exercises from Carla Sonheim's book Drawing Lab and here are the ones I did from Section 3 - Inspired by Famous Artists.  I really look forward to doing these, probably because these are loose drawings and there is very little attempt to draw realistically,   I expect that I will compress her 52 weekly lab exercises into a few months, and return to the exercises again in the future - for fun. 

Lab 17:  Tracing Leonardo - but I just copied the drawing instead.

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Lab 18: One Liners - I made lots of one liners on brown paper, all from a single photo of my grand daughter's dog.  I copied my favorite and painted it.  I added my next favorite as a collage.

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Lab 20 Miro Abstract:  I looked at many Miro paintings and sketched lots of his symbols on scrap paper - and then made this drawing.

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Lab 21: Klee Transfer Painting:  I used carbon paper and my fingernail to transfer this drawing - which was originally a one-liner.  I don't know enough about Klee's work to understand why transfer methods were used in this lab - but now will read more about him.

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Lab 22: Modigliani Parent Portraits - my mother, who is 91 this year.

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Lab 23:  Your Inner Dr. Seuss:  I pulled all of the Seuss books from our childrens' library and sketched some representative houses whenever they appeared.  Then I was able to draw this village from memory of his style.

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August 12, 2010

Bethesda Fountain - Angel of the Waters

I sketched this fountain several weeks ago but didn't have time to paint it before uploading it.   Here are drawings of the Fountain from 2003 and the unpainted one from 2010. I was nervous about adding the trees and leaves, but I'm pleased with final page.

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August 10, 2010

Liz Sketches New York City

I spent two more delightful days with Liz Steel, architect from Sydney, Australia and Urban Sketcher, in New York City.  Yesterday we were able to enter the Museum of Modern Art for a Member Preview, before the museum opened, to see the Matisse exhibit.  It was my 3rd visit to the exhibit and I still found some Matisse drawings and a sculpture that I wanted to sketch.

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And then we needed refreshments before proceeding with a brief tour of the permanent exhibit and Picasso prints. Here is Liz just before she sketches our breakfast!

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This morning we met at the Metropolitan Museum of Art and before the museum opened at 9:30 Liz had already sketched the Met facade.  I snuck up on her as she was sketching the mansion across the street while sitting on the museum steps.  She is on the far right on this long distance photo.

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Liz wanted to see The American Woman Fashion Exhibit and did several wonderful pages of sketches which I hope that she uploads tonight.  I still need to add paint to my pages.  I then gave her a tour of my favorite places in the Museum, finishing just in time for lunch.  She said that she NEEDED to taste a New York bagel, so we ate bagels with lox spread at Tal Bagel and then took the subway to City Hall to meet Jason Das, another Urban Sketcher.

Jason took this photo - the first one of both of us together on this visit.  Liz's travel charm, Borromini Bear, is between us.

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The 3 of us then walked across the Brooklyn Bridge,  stopping to sketch the bridge in mid span.

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Jason finishing his sketch:

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We ended the afternoon sketching lower Manhattan from the other side of the East River in Dumbo, Brooklyn.

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I wanted to add these photos to my blog today so Liz's family and friends in Sydney can see that she is thriving in New York City.  I loved meeting her in person and really enjoyed sketching with her for 3 days during this visit.  She is uploading photos of select journal pages with her iPhone, to her blog and Flickr page.  Tomorrow she will resume her trip around the world and we will continue to "visit" through our blogs.

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