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February 19, 2016

Figure Drawing in Battery Park City - Feb 17

Wednesday was figure drawing day in Battery Park City.  I sketched the figures with a soluble graphite pencil (Sketch and Wash by General) and then added water to move the graphite for shading.  Several minutes later I added watercolor to the figure. 

These two 10 minute poses were drawn and painted over a previous watercolor background. 

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These are two 15 minute poses drawn with the soluble graphite and then watercolor. 

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Next Week at BPC:  Still Life Painting 

February 16, 2016

Art Wednesday at Battery Park City

We are alternating figure drawing with still life drawing at our weekly Battery Park City Art Sessions.  There were many different objects available for creating a still life, even winter cuttings from foliage in the many parks.  This was my first painting.

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By the time I was putting together my next still life, the staff added many toys they found from the "childrens" programs also held in the space.  I've always been fascinated by the story of Benjamin Waterhouse Hawkins, a British sculptor who made dinosaur sculptures using their skeletons as a basis.  The sculptures were featured in the Crystal Palace Exhibit in London in 1854.  Sadly, New York City's Tammany Hall objected to putting these sculptures in Central Park, after Hawkins toured the US with his dinosaurs.  It is said that "gangsters" destroyed the sculptures and they are buried in the SW corner of Central Park.  These stories can be easily found online and in a lovely Children's book.

 

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 For my last drawing/painting, I used one stem of the foliage that was donated by the BPC gardeners.   I loved the delicacy and orange colors!  Can anyone identify this winter planting?

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February 14, 2016

Happy Valentines Day!

Hope everyone has an enjoyable Valentines Day and Presidents Day weekend in the United States.   

We have 6 Grandchildren spending the night with us today and I made Axel Valentines to go with the new books I bought for them.

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February 9, 2016

Winter Battery Park City Program

Battery Park City sponsors outdoor Figure Drawing and Nature Art Programs from May through October.  They are now offering 9 sessions indoors during February and March for the first time, and last week one of our favorite models, Regina, was there.  I usually sketch in soluble graphite at these sessions and then add water for shading.  This time I decided to add watercolor paint because of Regina's very colorful wardrobe. 

Three 5 minute poses

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15 minute pose on the left and 10 minute pose on the right:

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15 minute pose without watercolor:  with a little more attention to drawing her hands and feet.

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February 5, 2016

"Our Blood" Infographic for Sketchbook Skool Homework

The 3rd teacher for Sketchbook Skool - Expressing - is Sabine Wiseman, a Dutch Illustrator.  She described infographic illustration and demonstrated the basic ideas.  Our first homework was to make an infographic on a topic of our choice.  I chose to write mine about Human Blood  with very basic information and illustrations. 

 

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The basic information is as follows, since I'm never sure if text on drawings is readable.

1.  When you centrifuge a tube of human blood it is separated into plasma and blood cells.  

2.  There are 3 types of blood cells. 

3.  Red Blood Cells (RBC) are full of hemoglobin which give blood its red color.  Hemoglobin carries oxygen to all the tissues of our body.  They are shaped like biconcave discs so they can squeeze through our capillaries which are smaller than the RBC diameter (7 microns).

4.  White Blood Cells (WBC):  There are 3 major types of WBC - Granulocytes, Lymphocytes, and Monocytes.  They are important in inflammation and infection.  Granulocytes are further subdivided,  based on their granules,  into neutrophils (most numerous), eosinophils (few), and basophils (rare).

5.  Platelets:  Very small "cells" that are pieces of the cytoplasm of their precursor cell (megakaryocyte).  They stick to the insides of damaged blood vessels and to each other to form plugs which stop bleeding.

6.  In one drop of blood there are 5 million RBCs, 5,000 WBCs, and 250,000 platelets (approximately).    

 

 

 

 

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