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August 23, 2019

Figure Al Fresco - NO RAIN! Aug 19, 2019

Finally, a thunderstorm was forecast, but I visited the TC Cannon exhibit at the National Museum of the American Indian and Figure Al Fresco in Battery Park City again.  It rained the last 3 Wednesday afternoons, but yesterday the rain held off until dinnertime and figure drawing was possible.

These are two of the drawings I did of Marilyn at figure drawing.  This one was a 20 minute sketch and since I get bored after 10-15 minutes, I sketched a little of the background.

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My favorites are usually 5 or 10 minute poses because I work quickly and still have time to use a waterbrush for shading.

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August 20, 2019

Wanted to Draw It, Not Wear It

It is almost time for the Metropolitan Museum of Art Annual Fashion Show to close.  I wanted to go through it very quickly, even though I wasn't sure what "Camp" fashions would be like.  This is a dress designed by Paul Poiret and I immediately decided that I wanted to draw it, but never wear it.  I loved many of his fashions in the Poiret show at the Met in 2007 and was happy to see one of his designs again.

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August 17, 2019

Figure Drawing August 16, 2019

Figure Drawing:  We were rained out for another week in Battery Park City, but managed to go to another site yesterday to draw.  These are 5, 10, and 20 minute poses using a GENERAL Sketch and Wash pencil and a NIJI large waterbrush to spread the graphite for shading.

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August 13, 2019

Art of T.C. Cannon at the National Museum of the American Indian

After seeing this exhibit presented on a PBS NYC show, I wanted to see it.  TC Cannon grew up in the 1950s, and translated his native culture to the world in which he was growing up.  He was an artist, a poet, and a musician, and all of these aspects of his work are presented in the exhibit, including him singing a song from Bob Dylan.  He died of a car crash at age 31, but he made an enormous contributon to Native American Art in his short life.  My friend and I both loved the exhibit which will close on September 16th,.

https://americanindian.si.edu/explore/exhibitions/item?id=968 

 

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This is a woodblock print he did of his paternal Grandmother, when she was pregnant with T.C,'s father.  I love drawings of pregnant women, so it wasn't difficult for me to select the art I wanted to copy in my sketchbook to remember this exhibit. 

A wonderful website with an extensive essay about TC Cannon, and lots of art from the exhibit, is at this site.

https://www.americanindianmagazine.org/story/art-revolution-tc-cannon 

August 10, 2019

Making a New Art Portfolio

I'm working with a very enthusiastic and talented bookbinding student each month, and our projects for August were:

1. Make lots of sheets of paste paper.

2. Use the paste paper to cover binders board while constructing a 10 X 14 inch portfolio.  

This is another sheet of paste paper that I made with a 10 X 10" Lego base plate and corn starch paste with black acrylic paint. 

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Inside:  These paste papers were made with an adhesive spreader as a comb.

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I made one portfolio previously using the instructions in Alisa Golden's book Making Handmade Books: 100+ Bindings, Structures, and Forms.   The instructions were easy to follow again, 6 years later!

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