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March 3, 2017

Watercolor Comps Illustration Class at FIT

The first 4 classes of my Watercolor Comps Illustration class at FIT were designed to teach, or review, painting with watercolors.  We had two classes with nude models, and several exercises using very limited palettes.  The first model was painted with only French Ultramarine Blue and Burnt Sienna, and the second model was painted, in two poses, with Alizarin Crimson and Viridian Green.  The other exercises, in the first 3 weeks, also used limited palettes and photo illustrations to copy.  This week we had a demo using liquid Frisket and then were each given a color copy of a painting by Eli Rosenthal to try to reproduce.   We expanded to a full palette of our choice in an effort to maximize the lightest lights and darkest darks - beginning with an underpainting in some areas - and using varying amounts of water to soften edges.

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February 28, 2017

Urban Sketchers NYC February 21, 2017

We had a great day at Weekday Urban Sketchers last Tuesday, and a big crowd of artists.  At 10:30, in spite of the cold, we gathered in front of Lincoln Center to draw the Hippo Ballerina in Dante Park on Broadway.  She is 15 feet tall and 2.5 tons and really cute!  I sketched a frontal and lateral view.

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The group then walked around the block to Holy Trinity Lutheran Church for a Juilliard Historical Performance where Juilliard students played period instruments in a free concert.  I loved every minute of it and especially seeing a theorbo played for my very first time.

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After lunch at the Rubenstein Pavilion we went to the New York Public Library for the Performing Arts to see Curtain Up which celebrates 40 years of theatre in New York and London.

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February 24, 2017

Francis Picabia Exhibit at MoMA

I Love Francis Picabia's drawings and paintings, but not of machines!  The current exhibit at MoMA is huge and it covers every aspect of Picabia's art - through the twists and turns.  There are several tours of the exhibit, lead by a museum curator, an artist curator, and an artist on the MoMA website.  And if you want to learn something about Picabia, these are worth watching.  I went back to the exhibit with my friends and sketched and painted one of the earliest paintings in the exhibit, and then a portion of one of his Monster Series.

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February 21, 2017

Art Wednesday February 15th

On Wednesdays I have Figure Drawing at Battery Park City in the afternoon and a Watercolor Comps Illustration class at FIT in the evening.  I really enjoy both of these classes, and look forward to dinner at Brookfield Place between the events.  Here are two figure drawings from last week - each were 20 minute poses.  I used a soluble graphite pencil for both but only had time to add water with a waterbrush to the first one.  I spent way too much time trying to draw his feet in the second pose.

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Our Illustration Instructor gave us two photos to work with as he makes sure that the entire class gets some instruction with watercolors.  On the left is Sargent's preliminary watercolor painting of Madame X that we had to draw as homework and paint in class.  On the right are fruits to be painted in class after Madame X.

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We had to paint Madame X with only Burnt Sienna and French Ultramarine Blue with a little Viridian Green for the couch.

And were expected to paint the fruit with combinations of colors, including the complementary colors for shading and shadows.  

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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. 

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