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February 17, 2017

Plaster Casts Drawings at ICAA

The NYC UrbanSketchers Weekday group gathered at the Institute of Classical Architecture and Art (20 W44th St) to draw plaster casts that were stored by the Met Museum many years ago , and donated to the ICAA in 2004 who refurbished them and make them available to the public.  They are beautifully displayed in a brightly lit room on the 6th Floor, and we had tables and chairs for the 4 hours we were there.

This is the head of an Equestrian Statue by Donatella, the original is in front of a church in Padua, Italy. 

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Tuesday was Valentines Day and sketching this putto (plural Putti) is a celebration of this Holiday.

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The cast drawings were made with a Caran d'Ache Mahogany Watercolor Pencil, but no water was added.  The backgrounds were done with a watercolor brush and paint removed from the tip of the watercolor pencils with a water brush, and then used. 

February 13, 2017

Art on Wednesday February 10

 I am going to a Wednesday afternoon figure drawing session on Wednesday afternoons during February and March.  I haven't done any figure drawing since October and sketched John on drawing paper (not watercolor paper) with a soluble graphite pencil and water.  The shadows are due to scanning the slightly buckled paper.

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I then went directly to my evening Illustration Class at FIT (Watercolor Comps and Illustrations) and was delighted to learn that we had a model to start our series of classes.  Our Professor demonstrated his method of watercolor painting and mixing colors on the paper. 

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February 7, 2017

Deliberate Practice - Drawing Hands Feb 6

I use "deliberate practice" to learn how to draw hands.  This is a slow process, I even drew all of the photo images from an American Sign Language website several years ago.  Now I keep a pile of photos cut from advertisements in glossy magazines, and try to draw a few each month.  The three drawings below were drawn with a Caran d'Ache Mahogany Watercolor pencil, without adding water.  It most closely resembles the Master Drawings that I see in exhibits and museums, but is a pencil which can be sharpened for smaller sketchbook drawing. 

 

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February 3, 2017

Urban Sketchers NYC at Natural History

Yesterday was my first sketching session with Urban Sketchers - NYC in a long time and we met and sketched at the American Museum of Natural History here in NYC.  In honor of Groundhog day most of us sketched the groundhog - and then moved on.  There were approximately 20 of us at lunch and sharing our sketchbooks.  Fun Day!

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I still love drawing elephants and unfortunately the African elephants are not well lit.  I did take a minute to draw a detailed eye, because they are so hard to see unless you are close to them.  Any artist can participate in the weekday or weekend sketch events and should visit the USK-NYC blog for the schedule

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January 31, 2017

Master Drawing Week 2017

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This is the book created for each annual Master Drawing week.  It can be requested from the website and arrives in the mail at least a month before the event.  Each gallery has an entry and there is a list of participating Galleries as well as a map on the back cover.  

The variety of elevators in the Upper Eastside Townhouses is part of the fun of this annual gallery-hop.  Benedicte, Pat and I took this photo in an elevator lined with mirrors.

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And here are a few of my favorite drawings. 

Fritz Haas (1864-1930):  On The Grand Canal.  We are returning to Venice in May, so this may be my favorite drawing of the entire day.

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Theodore Gericault (1791-1824):  Study of Arabs 

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Eugene Delacroix (1798-1863):  Chevalier au Cheval.  I love Delacroix drawings, especially from Morocco, but this may be the most expensive drawing of the day per square inch?  $4200 for a 2 X 2" drawing.    

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As we passed Gagosian Gallery, we stopped in for a quick look at the exhibit "Picasso's Picassos", that was extended to 2/17.  These are paintings from his daughter Maya's Collection.  We each sketched one - this is Maya's mother Marie-Therese Walters.

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Gustav Klimt (1862-1918):  Portrait of a Woman in Blue 

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Jean-Baptiste Greuze (1725-1805):  Study of Feet    

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I don't have the artist for this sudy of hands, but it fits in with my deliberate practice "drawing hands" and I just wanted a copy!    

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Il Guercino  (1591-1666):  Cosmographer with an Astrolab and Compass in a Landscape ($20,000).  He is one of my favorite artists since I saw an exhibit of his drawings in London in 2006.  I copy his drawings whenever I see one in an exhibit here in NYC., but there wasn't time on this visit.  

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Richard Diebenkorn (1922-1993) :  Untitled.  I love his figure drawings, and not his abstract paintings. 

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Our last stop was at the Academy Mansion (2 E63rd St).  There were 4 galleries renting space in the Mansion for Master Drawing week, and it is an amazing building that was built as a private residence in 1921, donated to the National Academy of Science for 20 years, and now owned by a real estate conglomerate - and rented out for film shoots and other events. 

This annual gallery hop never is disappointing.  It is so hard to imagine seeing the inside of so many townhouses on the Upper Eastside and such wonderful varied collections of drawings.  I just chose to include a few of my favorites in this blog post.  Below:  A David Hockney drawing (Peter Running 1968) used on a gallery banner.

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