Archives for the month of: February, 2014

On Thursday Gwen, Teri, Shirley and I went to the Lower East Side Tenement Museum. We bought tickets for the Sweatshop Workers tour. A very knowledgeable guide took us to a refurbished apartment on the third floor of the tenement and spoke for an hour about the living and working conditions – yes, this particular 3 room apartment was both the Levine family’s home and garment workshop with employees – in the late 1800’s and early 1900’s. It was quite eye-opening and riveting.

But before the tour we had time to kill so Shirley led us to a restaurant she had been to before. A long alley – nope, we for sure do not walk down unknown alleys on the Lower East Side or any Side for that matter, but Shirley knew where she was going – ended in the entrance to the restaurant. There was just enough time to draw Teri while we waited for our sandwiches. Then back to the museum for our tour.





Next stop was Central Booking, a gallery “focusing on artist’s books and prints and their integration into the larger art world.” The space is full of marvelous one-of-a-kind books, prints, etc. Well worth a trip downtown.

iPad; Sketch Club, Glaze, ArtRage apps; New Trent Arcadia stylus.

Moleskine journal; background printed using Gelli Printing Plate; sharpie extra fine point, Sharpie chisel marker and Sharpie white oil paint markers. Drawn from life.

At first things are calm.

And then it explodes.

iPad; Sketch Club and bits of Glaze apps (you know, keep some, erase some = glazed); New Trent Arcadia stylus. This series of B&W art is in response to a challenge on a facebook iPad group.

iPad; Sketch Club and Glaze apps; New Trent Arcadia stylus.

Part 2:

And we all (about 13 of us) ended up at Manhattan Fencing.

Everyone kept moving.


The guy covered in black protective gear is the instructor.

The fellow in the tee shirt kept practicing the same moves.

Which was very helpful from my standpoint.

And then his lesson was over.
He sprawled on the floor.


iPad; Sketchbook Ink, Finngr Pro apps; New Trent Arcadia stylus.
All drawings were completed in the fencing school and just exported to ArtRage for the textured background.

The New York Urban Sketchers had big plans for yesterday, Saturday. There was a morning location, an afternoon location and an in-between location.

Instead of joining them for the morning figure drawing on Spring Street I opted instead to revisit the American Indian Museum NY since the George Morrison exhibit is closing. I wanted to remember facets of this particular sketch so I quickly copied it using a very simple app so that I wouldn’t get bogged down.

I know, since you all pay rapt attention to my blather, that you will remember I saw this exhibition last October and was blown away by the beauty of his artwork but I had very little time and wasn’t able to copy anything. Yesterday time wasn’t a problem.

This caught my eye in another gallery:

I hopped back on the #1 subway to the Times Square station. For the in-between portion we were meeting in Times Square. I called Mark to find out where, got his answering machine, didn’t spot anyone I knew among the million or so tourists milling about on Broadway so I went to the 8th floor lobby of the Marriott on Broadway and 45th Street. While I waited, I sketched a couple of people as they waited for each other to use the rest room – they were a bit too quick. Mark returned my call and soon enough there he and a few other sketchers were.

We talked for awhile and then walked to 39th Street where a unique sketching experience awaited.

Stay tuned.

iPad; Penultimate, ArtRage and Sketch Club apps; New Trent Arcadia stylus. Only the text in the George Morrison pieces were added later at home. Everything else was completed while in the museum.

I finished my sandwich, coffee and apple slices and paused for a few minutes:

As an aside:
I was looking at the “Views By Country” section of my blog’s stats. There it was again. First time in months, a year or more – one view from Mauritius. I googled and learned that it is an island nation in the Indian Ocean “…situated some 2,000 kilometres (1242 miles) off the south east coast of the African continent…) and wondered how that person came to be “viewing” my blog. During that time, a year or so ago, I saw views originating from RĂ©union, “…east of Madagascar, about 200 kilometers (120 miles) southwest of Mauritius, the nearest island.” Gotta be the same person, right? I wonder who? Did that person take a boat or a small prop plane?

So, this musing led me to thinking about “Penguins of Madagascar” – not the movies but the half hour cartoons on Sunday mornings. I love cartoons and these take place in the Central Park Zoo and are So Freaking Clever that at one point I was setting my alarm clock so I could watch them. I love when they are commandeering NYC buses and all sorts of vehicles and careening through the city streets, sewers, tunnels. All in a day’s adventure. Nothing strange at all. How about the time they wanted to dispose of a dangerous toxic toilet and were taking it to New Jersey! Or some animals were stealing a very large Jasper Johns painting from the Metropolitan Museum of Art and were sneaking through Central Park. Cracked me up.

This is lunchtime chez moi.

iPad; Finngr Pro and Glaze apps; New Trent Arcadia stylus.

The journal spread was staring at me, waiting for some finishing touches, so I sketched the sketchbook.


Top image: iPad; Sketch Club and Glaze apps; New Trent Arcadia stylus.

Bottom image: Figures drawn from life while in the station waiting room. Moleskine journal with Gelli Printing Plate monotype background; Sharpie fine point, chisel and white oil paint markers.

So what else is new?

iPad; drawn from life, no glasses; Sketch Club, Finngr Pro, Glaze and ArtRage apps; bits of an old journal page and diner tabletop used as collage; New Trent Arcadia stylus.

Wouldn’t you know it. I had plans to meet up with visiting-from-North Carolina-friends Gwen and Phil Diehn in the city and it SNOWED! We decided to ignore the idea and actuality of the existence of SNOW and met in Penn Station.

We took the subway uptown (snow had stopped) to the New-York Historical Society Museum & Library where we viewed the exhibition “The Armory Show at 100: Modern Art and Revolution”. From their website: ” In 1913, the International Exhibition of Modern Art came to New York. Organized by a small group of American artists and presented at the Lexington Avenue Armory (and thus nicknamed the Armory Show), it introduced the American public to European avant-garde painting and sculpture. This exhibition is an exploration of how the Armory Show inspired seismic shifts in American culture, politics, and society.”

Gwen has embarked on doing 10,000 drawings so afterward we looked for “things” to draw. On the 4th floor we found a Treasure Trove of Things Things and More Things. Follow the link and scroll down and take a look at the list of Things Categories. Wow. It was the coolest place ever.

Folk Art:

More Folk Art:

I sketched from life a detail of the installation “From here to there/De aqui pa’lla in the manner of La guagua aerea” by Antonio Martorell:

According to the information card on the wall: “The seats are dressed as immigrants so visitors can sit on their laps, literally placing themselves in their position.”
Here is my photograph of part of this installation:

iPad; Sketch Club, Finngr Pro, Glaze, ArtRage apps; New Trent Arcadia stylus.