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August 23, 2017

City versus Country Mouse

I always describe myself as a City Mouse.  My childhood home was in NJ, 20 miles outside of NYC.  My college was in a City in mid-Jersey. and then I lived in Philadelphia, Chicago, San Diego and San Antonio prior to moving to New York City 25 years ago.  I love drawing in cities, and almost never want to draw a landscape.  We were at a wedding in NY State, approximately 80 miles north of the City, this past weekend, and I forced myself to paint the view from the back deck of the home we stayed in.  Today I'm posting an ink drawing from the NW corner of Bryant Park, and the landscape that I painted in Callicoon NY. 

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August 21, 2017

Ten 2 Minute Poses at Figure Drawing in Battery Park City

On Wednesday afternoons, from May through October, there are models for outdoor figure drawing in Battery Park City South Cove.  Last week Claudia was our model and I especially like her short poses - they are a great challenge.  She wore a halter top and jean shorts, and posed in the middle of a circle of the 40+ artists.  Each of these 2 minute poses were drawn with a 6B graphite pencil on newsprint.  I was pleased with my attempts and decided to post these warm-up poses instead of the ones I did in 5 and 10 minutes.

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August 18, 2017

A Sketchbook for My Grandchildren in DC

Two of our grandchildren live in Washington DC, and when the oldest was born I started a sketchbook to record daily events when we were visiting her.  Pages were created for local places and important activities, and "stuff.  "I'm now on volume 2 and here are the two latest pages.  When Annabelle was visiting us in NYC she fell in love with a stuffed animal that was part of the menagerie that accumulated in our apartment when our NYC grandchildren were younger.  She took the pug, which she named Dash, back to DC, and brought Paddington back for her younger brother.  We were there two days and I painted their two newest "lovies" in my DC sketchbook.

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August 15, 2017

NYC-Urban Sketchers Workshop by Anne Watkins

I've admired Anne Watkins impressionistic watercolor figure paintings for almost a decade and was thrilled when her workshop was included in the 10 X 10 NYC Urban Sketchers program.  I tend to be a detail oriented person, which was a valuable trait as a physician, but I'd love to be able to loosen up when drawing and painting.  The back-to-back classes with Marilyn Rose and Anne Watkins were a perfect combination for last week.  We met Anne in Bryant Park - the same location as Marilyn chose, and the park was full of sitting, walking, and ping-pong playing people. 

This was Anne's quick demo for us to see how she painted the ping pong players and a link to her website.

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annewatkins.com/      Look especially at her wedding paintings. 

 

I painted many passing figures during the workshop, and loved the experience.  But I will need lots of practice before attaining any mastery of this style.  These were the best of the ones I painted. 

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August 11, 2017

Urban Sketching in Bryant Park With Marilyn Rose

Bryant Park, which is behind the New York Public Library, is amazing!  Over the last several decades, it became a cultural center in midtown NYC.  This week I attended one of their art programs, led by an artist who was a Bryant Park Artist in Residence several summers ago.  Marilyn and I, many years ago, became friends at an Everyday Matters course taught here by Danny Gregory, in NYC,  and I enrolled immediately because of the limited size of these free classes.  We met from 10-12 noon on Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and she gave each of us a Moleskine Cahier book and a Unipen - to be used for all of our sketches. 

Day 1 - First Drawing: We were directed to select a small part of the NYPL front plaza and just draw what we saw.  We had about 30-40 minutes for each sketch.

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Day 1 - Second Drawing 

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Day 2 - Vignette:  She led us around the plaza and showed us how she creates a quick vingnette of a space, selecting random things that intrigue her.  We then sketched our own vignette.

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Day 2 - People:  For our second drawing we quickly sketched each other.  This was one of my spreads.

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Day 3 -  After some more instruction, we went around the Library to Bryant Park and sketched, while listening to the practice session of Broadway Show casts that were scheduled to perform in the afternoon.  I had about an hour to draw, and then we returned to the Art Cart space in the front of the library and some students added color.

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