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February 5, 2019

Radici on C Street in DC and Check out Figuary

This is another favorite stop along C Street in the Capitol Hill section of Washington DC.  It is a small gourmet food store, near my beloved Capitol Hill Books. 

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Figuary is a free daily challenge for February - from  two YouTube sites.  Each day there is a short 4 min video emphasizing an important aspect of figure drawing (YouTube: Love Life Drawing) and a 15-18 minute video of one model in 1, 2, and 5 minute poses (youtube: Croquis Café).  Just search for each site on You Tube - you can still access Feb 1-5 from the you tube site.  The quality is excellent, and it is 28 days of drawing figures for extra practice.  I just hope that I can fit it in to an already busy schedule.

January 15, 2019

C Street Washington DC

We took our Granddaughter back to Washington DC on New Year's day and spent two days there as the Government shutdown spread to the Museums - our usual happy places when we visit.  But my favorite place is Capitol Hills Books, a used bookstore across from Eastern Market in Capitol Hill.  I've sketched/painted it once from the front, and this time sketched the 3 buildings on that side of C Street.  It takes me several hours to pick out books, and I never return to NYC with fewer than 4.

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C Street Banner design and there was one on every lamppost on one block.  I keep a separate sketchbook for my DC grandchildren, which I started when our first DC grandchild was born.  I am now on Sketchbook #2 and this was the page I did for this trip. 

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January 19, 2018

Vermeer and the Masters of Genre Painting

While in DC, we went to see Vermeer and the Masters of Genre Painting at the National Gallery.  This was the Dutch Golden Age of scenes of daily life of refined Dutch Society.  Here is a link to the National Gallery website for the exhibit.  There are many paintings on the website as well as a long video by the curator.

https://www.nga.gov/exhibitions/2017/vermeer-and-the-masters-of-genre-painting.html 

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Johannes Vermeer:  Lady Writing from 1665 

There was a very, very long line, winding around both sides of the main second floor hall, but it moved enough that I couldn't sketch a sculpture and instead did a messy drawing of two people in front of us on the line with an available colored pencil.

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August 18, 2017

A Sketchbook for My Grandchildren in DC

Two of our grandchildren live in Washington DC, and when the oldest was born I started a sketchbook to record daily events when we were visiting her.  Pages were created for local places and important activities, and "stuff.  "I'm now on volume 2 and here are the two latest pages.  When Annabelle was visiting us in NYC she fell in love with a stuffed animal that was part of the menagerie that accumulated in our apartment when our NYC grandchildren were younger.  She took the pug, which she named Dash, back to DC, and brought Paddington back for her younger brother.  We were there two days and I painted their two newest "lovies" in my DC sketchbook.

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April 25, 2017

WWI Art Exhibit at Smithsonian Air and Space Museum

While in DC my husband and I went to a WWI Art Exhibit at the Air and Space Museum while our Son took the children to a movie in the museum Planetarium.  I saw it mentioned online last month and knew it was something I would like.  I sketched and painted a WWI gas mask which protected soldiers against mustard gas in WWI.

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Half of the exhibit was photographs of the wall rock sculptures that soldiers created while "living" in the underground tunnels connecting the trenches.  There are reflections from the glass in each of my photos, but I couldn't get rid of them.

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The other half of the exhibit was drawings made by 8 American Illustrators who were selected to record the war while embedded in the troops to capture all aspects of the war, including fighting. 

The Engineer by Harvey Thomas Dunn

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