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October 18, 2019

Off to Paris and My Sketchbook is Ready

We will be leaving for Paris for a short vacation, and for many years I included "Mickey" on one of the first few pages in my travel sketchbooks to Europe.  He is a character in Maurice Sendak's book In The Night Kitchen, and during the night he creates a bread dough airplane in his dream/imagination. 

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When we go to Paris I also include a painting of the Eiffel Tower, on the page with all of my contact information in case my sketchbook is misplaced.  Years ago I searched the internet for images since my photos were not sufficient to draw it, and I found a tutorial.  This is complicated enough for me!

 

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http://www.paperandthreads.com/2019/07/_we_are_going_to.php

This is my blog entry for the Paris sketchbook which I recycled/made from a Paris book - with 140 lb watercolor paper. 

 

October 15, 2019

Picasso and Matisse

A group of my friends and I went to Swann Gallery for the previews of their Drawings and Prints Auction last month.  They have important representatives of 19th and 20th century artists, and we all usually draw some of them for practice.  I sketched two of my favorite artists:  Picasso and Matisse. 

Picasso Print Bacchanale:  This was one of several figures on this print, and I loved this guy!

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Matissee: Odalisque print which was made based on a an earlier painting of his.  I'm never sure how much I am learning from drawing these pieces, but it is so satisfying.  It was big enough to require more than one page in my sketchbook.

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October 12, 2019

Quarter Bound Books

A Quarter Bound Cased-In book made with 50 sheets of copy paper - 5 folios per signature and 10 signatures:

The copy paper (grain long) was cut 6 inches in height and then folded in half to make folios.  The finished book is 6.25 inches high and 4.75 inches wide.  The book was covered with black book cloth and paste paper made with acrylic paints.  The end papers are solid black. 

My friends made the books on the left, in a group bookbinding session, and I made the book on the right. The copy paper can be used for drawing with a Sakura Pigma Micron pen.  I used the first one I made for 100 pages of ink drawings, and the size makes it easy to carry around. 

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October 8, 2019

Drawings From The Folk Art Museum NYC

There is an interesting exhibit at the Folk Art Museum, Lincoln Square, in New York City.  The art is by self-taught artists and all of the items are from the collection of Audrey B. Heckler.  I sketched some of the simple images I liked from the paintings of Carlo Zinelli, Hans Kruski, and my all-time favorite - Bill Traylor (1853 - 1949).  Traylor was a slave, sharecropper, and late in life an untrained artist who painted the world around him in Montgomery Alabama.  The black drawing below is one of his.

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October 4, 2019

September "Bodies in Motion" Drawings

When I have time after breakfast in the morning I still like drawing bodies from photos - these are from The Nude Figure: A Visual Reference for Artists by Mark Edward Smith.  I draw them on copy paper scraps and periodically collage some in my sketchbook.  It is a low stakes activity and it keeps me drawing....

 

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