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October 7, 2016

Art Wednesday - October 5th

This past Wednesday I attended a Collage class at MoMA.  Before I went I gathered some recent mail, and two drawings I did in ballpoint pen on index cards.  I cut out or ripped headlines and photos from my mail, looking for a theme.  I had items from the newspaper and a magazine, and even a return address on a manila envelope from Hillary Clinton.   The bowed head I sketched represents to me one of the muslims that Trump wants to keep out of our country.  The news headline "Art of Frustration No Matter the Form" made me think of the stress of this election, where a totally incompetent, sociopathic candidate like Trump could be nominated by a major party.  I  interpreted this quote literally as ART born from frustration and included images of a dancer, singers, my drawing, Dubuffet's painting, and a photograph.  "Be Creative, Get Active," and stay sane, is my mantra until Nov 8th.

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I went to Figure Al Fresco in Battery Park City in the afternoon, but only stayed for part of the session.  Here is a quick sketch of Regina between poses and a ten minute pose drawn with a soluble graphite pencil and shaded with a waterbrush. 

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October 4, 2016

Drawing Practice

 I'm just posting a few drawings that I did from photos today.  Last week was too busy and I very distracted from art.  The photos used for the hand drawings are from fashion ads and drawn with a colored pencil.

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I drew these heads from TV when I paused a show during a phone call.  Drawing in ink.

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September 30, 2016

Flowers, Stuart Davis, Ernst Ludwig Kirchner, 9/11 Museum

These are a few of the sketchbook pages I created in the last 2 weeks.  I walk through Wagner Park on my way to Battery Park City Figure Al Fresco, and occasionally draw single flowers.  These are a few of the flowers that were in bloom on a single day.   

I love drawing single flowers and have many sketchbook pages that look like this during the Spring and Summer months.  I have no idea what the lavender flowers are.  I've never seen flowers that have NO leaves.

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My friend Kathy was visiting from San Antonio and I finally got to see the Stuart Davis exhibit at the Whitney Museum.  I love several of his more representational paintings in the exhibit, especially his Manhattan and Paris paintings, and sketched one at the museum and painted it later. 

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Ernst Ludwig Kirchner is one of my favorite German Expressionist painters.  There is a new exhibit at the Neue Galerie and I was inspired to sketch one of his paintings from the permanent collection from the exhibit. 

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Kathy and I spent hours at the 9/11 Museum - 2 days after the bomb blast in Chelsea.  We got an emergency text right before we arrived at the 9/11 museum with the name of the bomber and a New York Times Breaking News email while there telling of his capture.  It is a very emotional museum visit and another terrorist event in the City made it even more so.  I sketched a badly burned firetruck and then Fireman Dan Potter, from a photo taken while he was sitting thinking about his wife who was on the 81st floor of the North Tower.  But she survived!

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September 23, 2016

Experiments at Figure Al Fresco

I did some more experimentation at figure drawing this week at Battery Park City.  Drawings 1-4 were done with a General Sketch and Wash pencil, with or without added watercolor paint.  As I draw faster, I have more time to play, even during the shorter poses.  Poses 1 and 2 were 5 minutes and 3 and 4 were 10 minutes. 

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Poses 5 and 6 were drawn with an 8B graphite pencil, and then ink.  The backgrounds were prepainted wet-in-wet watercolor paintings and then more watercolor was added near the end of the 10 minute pose. 

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September 20, 2016

I am currently taking Liz Steel's "Seeing Now Buildings" course online.  Next to drawing figures, buildings are my second love.  I've drawn buildings while sitting next to Liz on several of her visits to NYC.  Her ability to "see" the structure of a building and draw it quickly is astounding.  I was in Washington DC when I read through Lesson 1 and did my homework.  I chose a church that was only several blocks from my son's house and it was a challenge. 

My first sketch, drawing the edges, later became my final sketch.  And I didn't have time to paint it on site and may keep it as a pen and ink sketch.

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The second part of the Homework was to understand the building a little more by painting the shapes - including the negative shapes of the windows and doors and some shadow shapes.  Liz said that this is great preparation for drawing looser - something I would like to learn to do.

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The 3rd part of our homework was to draw the volumes - based on the geometric shapes.  This was definitely the most challenging part and I had to walk around the building for a better understanding. 

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I had a much better understanding of the building after drawing edges, painting shapes, and determining the volumes.  It will be fun to draw it again during another visit - preferably at a time when the leaves which covered so much of the building have fallen.  I was very limited in my ability to see it from a distance, or in a photo. 

  

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