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April 15, 2019

Notre Dame in Paris is Burning

The Notre Dame fire is heartbreaking.  As I type this and repost my painting of the rear of Notre Dame, I'm watching the TV coverage of the ongoing fire which has destroyed the spire, and led to the collapse of the roof.  We first visited Notre Dame in 1970, and still remember the organ concert from that Day.  We almost never visited Paris without entering Notre Dame.  On our most recent visit in 2014, I spent an hour on a beautiful sunny October day sketching Notre Dame from the quay on Ile St. Louis.  This is heartbreaking.  Commentators and city officials are currently describing the role of the ceiling in holding up the stone walls.  They are beginning to wonder if the cathedral can be saved.

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July 31, 2018

Sketchbook Skool WHIMSICAL Homework - 1

I enrolled in another multiteacher Sketchbook Skool class (Whimsical) and watched the new class each week for 5 weeks.  But I didn't have time to do the homework then and just now restarted the online class. Rebecca Green, a children's book author, asked us to either draw a character from a favorite book, or illustrate a scene from a book. I love Paris and follow a series of Paris mysteries by Cara Black.  I just finished one and decided to draw my vision of the main character - Aimee Leduc.  She owns a cyber security firm, but regularly becomes a private investigator. 

Aimee Leduc - Private Investigator

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Cara Black's Book:  Murder in Saint-Germaine.  Cara Black sets her stories in individual arrondisements of Paris, and Aimee lives on Ile St. Louis and travels the city on her "faded" pink Vespa.

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Drawing from observation is so much easier for me than drawing from my imagination.  I'm hoping that these illustrators help me improve my skills so I can eventually make a short book about my imaginary characters Axel and Alice for my grandchildren. 

 

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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