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April 14, 2017

A Karel Appel Elephant Sculpture

Last Wednesday (4/12) Pat and I met at Phillips for their Art on Paper auction preview, had lunch for sustenance, and then went to the Whitney Biennial for a tour led by my friend Gail.  During the winter months in 2013 I used every art medium I had in the apartment and spent the months sketching elephants from online videos.  I even learned how to make an Eric Carle collage from one of my paintings (see below).  So I just had to sketch and paint this multiple layer wood sculpture by Karel Appel at Phillips.

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At almost 2PM on 4/13, my friend Benedicte sent me this image from the Paris Modern Art Museum, completely unaware that I saw another copy of the same sculpture 24 hours before!.   

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She also sent this photo of Appel's Circus, from the exhibition that she visited.  During another trip to Paris she sent me a photo of a beautiful, flower-covered ballet tutu, not knowing that I photographed it when visiting Paris several months before.

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September 8, 2015

Fast Pen and Ink Drawing Practice

I am still doing homework and practicing skills from Marc Taro Holmes' Craftsy class (Lessons 1 and 2).  My two drawings of Pier A, in Battery Park City were drawn with a Pilot Metropolitan  fountain pen, then darkened with a Pentel Pocket Brush Pen, and then touched with a waterbrush to pull out some more color.  The Nakima black ink pulls out as blue.

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I've watched Lesson 2 twice, because I am incapable of seeing how to draw an image just by drawing the shadows.  This is from a photo of the Statue of Liberty, and she was created completely with a Pentel Pocket Brush Pen. 

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And this is my second attempt at drawing just the shadows and then using a fountain pen to add some marks and some tones.  I took this photo of rooftops from an apartment window in Montmartre, Paris. 

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Practice of these techniques are to be continued, and hopefully used on our Fall trip to Spain. 

October 19, 2014

Sketchbook Skool Homework in Paris

I am enrolled in Sketchbook Skool Semester 3 - Storytelling, and just have to fit it in to an overfilled schedule at the moment.  I watched Koosje's videos during Week 1, but couldn't even think about the fun assignments until we arrived in Paris. 

Instead of illustrating a recipe, I outlined the steps for packing for our trip, and painted my suitcase, carryon, and mini-backpack.  We rented an apartment that was up 3 flights, so we packed very lightly. 

Recipe Equivalent for Koosje's Homework Assignment #1

 

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The apartment had a modern microwave and I just wanted to use it to boil water for my filtered coffee.  But first I had to read a manual in 3 languages, searching for the simple method of just setting a time and pushing a start button.  So this is my manual:   How to Boil Water for Coffee in a De Dietrich Microwave.

 

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Melanie Reim was the Week 2 instructor and I was thrilled to have her class videos to watch on the day we arrived, so I could try to stay awake.  For my home work I recorded what I was seeing in front of me In Notre Dame as we waited for the organ concert to begin.  But alas - no concert and no announcement.     

 

Notre Dame de Paris - the Organ Recital That Wasn't 

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My other "in the moment drawings" were of my husband - on the Metro, in a café, and then over onion soup for lunch.  Of course he doesn't think they look like him, but I think I'm getting closer. 

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At Lunch at Brasserie L'Atlas 

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Outdoor Painting in Paris + a Picasso

Inspiration for Drawing in Paris:  I wanted to have the courage to draw outdoors in Paris and found this wonderful, impressionistic drawing of Notre Dame in one of the books in my library.  The artist simplified!  And I could too!

On our first day in Paris, while walking around Ile Saint Louis, I saw the perfect view for me to draw Notre Dame - and just did it!  My husband leaned on the wall and worked on a crossword puzzle and I gave myself less than 30 minutes to do the sketch - and studied the colors/plus took a few photos for me to paint it in the apartment.  That became my working mode for all of these. 

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Notre Dame de Paris from Quai D'Orleans on Ile Saint Louis 

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Pavillion de la Reine on Place des Vosges:  My husband and I sat on the base of the central statue in Place des Vosges and while he did a crossword puzzle, I sketched, on a beautiful afternoon, surrounded by the sound of children playing. 

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Rooftops in Montmartre: 

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Top Floors of a Beautiful Apartment on Quai D'Orleans on Ile Saint Louis

IleSaintLouis.size.jpgPicasso's Paysans at the L'Orangerie:  We saw the renovated museum for the first time and I fell in love with an early Picasso and sketched it.  The original was gouache on brown paper.

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My next blog post will be Sketchbook Skool - Koene and Reim homework with a Paris focus!  I have one more hasty sketch that I need to finish before my sketchbook is full and I'm thrilled to have these memories of a terrific vacation.  

October 18, 2014

Home From Paris

We just returned from a wonderful week in Paris, and I'm thrilled that I have a travel sketchbook from our visit.  I recycled an Atget B&W photography book as a sketchbook and before we went I created 2x2" squares in a grid for each day, a map of Ile Saint Louis where we rented an apartment, and a double spread as a calendar.

Here are those completed pages. 

 

This is the double spread with the grid - where I painted some small reminder of each day,

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I painted a map of Ile Saint Louis before we left and then added the locations of the places I wanted to remember. 

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I prepared a double spread to keep a brief calendar for each day, which includes the weather, and events in the morning, afternoon, and evening.  Here is a sample of the completed page for our first 4 days.

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While we were there I painted some of my favorite scenes, an early Picasso gouache on brown paper, some quick portraits of my husband, and 4 homework assignments from the first 2 weeks of sketchbook skool.  I'll organize these and post them next week.  This was our 11th trip to Paris over 44 years and the only one for which I kept a travel sketchbook!  I still took hundreds of photos, but the sketchbook pages are so much more meaningful. 

 

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