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July 24, 2012

New York City Visitor

Liz Steel came to New York City on her way home from the 3rd Urban Sketchers' Symposium in Santa Domingo.  We met early in the day at Grand Central, walked from City Hall to Wall Street and then spent the morning at the 9/11 Memorial.

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Left to Right:  Me, my Friend Phyllis who is also an architect like Liz, and Liz

We spent lots of time at the Memorial for the World Trade Center South Tower.  Liz and Phyllis sketched the memorial and the new Freedom Tower, while I sketched the World Financial Center.

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The long low bulding behind the pool is the 9/11 Museum building - still under construction.

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This is World Trade Center Tower 1 - The Freedom Tower.  You can see the construction elevator which is attached to the East side of the tower as they continue to work on the top.  The building to the right in this photo is a new office building.

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I sketched a few of the World Financial Center buildings  which are adjacent to the World Trade Center site.  Our daughter was there at her desk at American Express when both planes hit, so the two buildings - one with a copper dome and one with a copper pyramid on top - carry special memories for me.  I sketched the skyline of the buildings quickly with a Tombow marker - in the 100 degree heat of the day!

We cooled off in the air conditioning at lunch in the Winter Garden at the World Financial Center and then spent the afternoon back in the heat - at outdoor figure drawing in Battery Park City Park.

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                                           A  "One Minute Gesture Drawing"

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                                                     Two Minute Drawings

Our afternoon was cut short by lightening, thunder, and torrential rain.  Liz went on to visit many more sites in this City and she has posted many of her drawings on her blog and Flickr site.

July 20, 2012

Recent Exhibit Visits in New York City

I continue to draw from the Masters when I visit our local museum exhibits.

The Neue Galerie has their Klimt collection on exhibit as part of a world-wide tribute on Klimt's 150th birthday.  In addition to their paintings, they exhibited many of his drawings and photos.  It is a very small collection that is on display, but I love his figure drawings and sketched several heads.  I also sketched two scuptures I like, Kneeling Youth, by George Minne.

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I met my Art Buddies at The Museum of Modern Art to see the newest exhibit, New to the Print Collection: Matisse to Bourgeois.  I love most of Jasper Johns prints and the first print in the entire exhibit was no exception.  Titled "Untitled," it is an aquatint of images found in many of Jasper Johns paintings - discs, a ladder, the vase-face double image, and figures.  Since I will never own one of these prints, I was inspired to sketch and paint a version of it just to remind me how much I enjoyed seeing it.  Last year I fell in love with these Jasper Johns "Seasons" aquatints that were being auctioned at Sothebys.

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July 16, 2012

Meetup Sketching Group

Our Meetup Drawing Group met in Battery Park yesterday in spite of the heat wave and threats of thunderstorms.  It is at the tip of Manhattan, and the site of the piers for the Long Island Ferry and boats to the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island.  The views across New York Harbor are magnificent.

I did 3 sketchbook pages, each in about 30 minutes.  Our leader selects a spot and we are free to wander and select anything we want to draw.  The group then meets back after each sketch to lay out their drawings for all to see.

Here are my 3 sketchbook pages: a view across the Harbor, part of one of my favorite statues, and a single flower.

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July 13, 2012

Two Figure Drawing Sessions

I went to figure drawing at the Society of Illustrators on Tuesday evening and Figure Al Fresco at Battery Park City on Wednesday afternoon.  These are very different experiences, nude models at the Society of Illustrators (with music and wine) and a free 2 hour session with a clothed model outside in Battery Park. 

 I'm going to just post a few drawings from each session - I still feel as if I took too long a break during the months I was traveling so much and now will try to remedy that.

Society of Illustrators:  2 minute pose.  A pencil shaving fell out of my sketchbook onto the scanner and I didn't notice it until all of my scanning was done!

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Two 5 Minute Poses:  I can rarely see the models' feet from where I am sitting! 

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20 Minute Pose Done with Watercolor pencil, paint, and water. 

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Figure Al Fresco:  This is a wonderful public park art program that takes place for 2 hours (weather permitting) along the Hudson River in Battery Park City from May through October.  There were 7 of our group of friends there on Wed. increasing the number attending to a new all time record (>51).  The model was very inexperienced, but I just tried to capture her gestures quickly and had a lovely afternoon.

One Minute Poses for Gesture Drawing:  Here are 9 of the 11 poses that were drawn in my 9 X 12 sketchbook with a 9B pencil.

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1 minute Poses for Gesture Drawing:

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5 minute Pose. 

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July 9, 2012

Family Beach Weekend

Our 3 children and 6 of our 7 grandchildren were together this past weekend at the beach.  Henry, age 9, is at sleep-away camp for the first time this summer and missed it.  We have great trouble getting a photo of all of them, but here is the best.

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I still try to paint a page in my sketchbook while we are together - although it gets harder each year with so much activity all around. 

There was lots of swimming - and I sat on the patio and sketched the outdoor shower while they were all off for ice cream.

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My daughter loves hydrangeas and all of the plants were in full bloom.  I can never remember the name of this variant - just one of the many types and colors around the house.

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Yesterday there was an 8k race in town and our two sons and our son-in-law ran it.  But guess who else ran it and received a first place ribbon for the 9 and under group?

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Trips to the beach, water balloons, and the ribbon - just a few more things to remember about our wonderful weekend.

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