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May 1, 2018

Non-Dominant Hand Drawings: April 26-30th

Koosje Koene:  It was great watching Koosje do a session in Sketchbook Revival.  I used an 05 graphite mechanical pencil to draw her while she talking and a Sketch and Wash pencil without water to add graphite to her blouse.  This sketch and the one of Danny Gregory were my greatest challenges while drawing with my non-dominant hand.  I am a regular student in Sketchbook Skool, and love them both.  My cast will probably be removed on Thursday, and then I'll need some PT.

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New York City Ballet Dancer and Coppelia doll drawn from Programs when we went to 2 wonderful dress rehearsals last Thursday.  The company dancers and the choreography was so fast that a quick sketch from observation was impossible, especially in the dark!

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Silver Elephant Bank, a baby gift for our first child many, many years ago: I'm surprised that it escaped my attention for the many years that I've been drawing household items.

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Two bottles from our kitchen for my after-breakfast sketching:  And I needed practice drawing straight lines.

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April 27, 2018

Non-Dominant Hand Drawings: April 23, 24, 26

Sketchbook Revival Video from Session 3.  I signed up for this free online course because I need inspiration as I enter the last few weeks of my dominant hand wrist fracture with cast.  Danny Gregory, who I first discovered in the Fall of 2005, with his Yahoo Group Everyday Matters, made me realize how much I wanted to draw and paint in sketchbooks.  I was partially retiring from Medicine that summer, and couldn't think of any skills I wanted to develop more.

While watching his video in Session 3 of Sketchbook Revival, I sketched him - while he was talking.  This was a new way of challenging me with my non-dominant hand and I used a simple 2B mechanical pencil, and a Sketch and Wash pencil without water for his sweater.

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More "line of action" figure drawings from after breakfast:  These are perfect little opportunities for me to sketch in pen on quarter sheets of copy paper after breakfast - using a Pilot G-2 10 pen.  Before breakfast I haven't had enough coffee!

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April 24, 2018

Non-Dominant Hand Drawings: Apr 18th and 21st

Franz Marc  The Shepherdess:

I finally finished my last drawing from the exhibit at Galerie St Etienne.  I wanted to use my brush pen again, because I have lots of difficulty controlling it, even with my dominant hand.  For this I had to sit down and rest my book on a table, not on my cast.

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Line of Action Drawings: I like doing these small drawings on scrap paper (5.5 x 4.25") using photos from a clothing magazine.  The pencil lines are the quick line of action/arms/legs, and then I draw the figure in ink.  I'm periodically cutting them out with very fine scissors and my non-dominant hand, and collaging them into my non-dominant hand sketchbook. 

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April 20, 2018

Non-Dominant Hand Drawings: April 18th and 19th

On Wednesday I met my artist  friends at Galerie St. Etienne to see their current exhibit - Drawing the Line: Realism and Abstraction in Expressionist Art (through July 6th).  There are 69 drawings, etchings, lithographs, and woodcuts from Max Beckmann, Otto Dix, Lyonel Feininger, Richard Gerstl, George Grosz, Erich Heckel, Wassily Kandinsky, Ernst Ludwig Kirchner, Paul Klee, Oscar Kokoschka, Alfred Kubin, Auguste Macke, Franz Marc, Otto Mueller, Emil Nolde, Hermann Max Pechstein, Egon Schiele, and Karl Schmidt-Rottluff

As usual, we found many masters that we wanted to copy.  I sketched "Sleeping Woman" by Pechstein with my non-dominant hand.  I also sketched "The Shepherdess," but need to finish it at home because we ran out of time.  

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Before my fracture I was practicing "line of action" drawings as presented by Suhita Shirodkar in a Craftsy Class.  Yesterday I used photos from a clothing catalogue to practice the technique with my non-dominant hand.  I made a quick line of action, concentrating on a line from head down to weight-bearing leg and foot, and then completed the drawing in ink.  My pencil lines are still visible.  I see my hand surgeon this morning, and hopefully will learn how many more weeks I will have my cast.

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April 18, 2018

Non-Dominent Hand Drawings: April 13th and 14th

April 13th:  I met my friends at Neue Gallery last Friday to see their new exhibit called Before the Fall: German and Austrian Art of the 1930s.  I love their exhibits and brought my Hand Sketchbook so I had the option of making a sketch.  I loved this image of a man and his dog from the painting by Rudolf Dischinger from his painting "Railroad Underpass." 

 

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April 14th:  More Drawings from The Central Park Sketching and Art Meetup Group

I had a few minutes to draw as our group was gathering and did a fast sketch of the Horse Carriage driver who was standing in front of me.  

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My final sketch in Central Park was done in the plaza around the Chess and Checkers House.  I sketched this with a pen with non-waterproof ink and used a waterbrush to spread the ink. 

 

 

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