Archives for the month of: August, 2014

The weather report informed me that this day would be HOT & HUMID but when I got off the subway at South Ferry I was surprised at how pleasant it actually was. Instead of looking for someplace air conditioned to hang out in until it was time to walk up to Figure al Fresco, I wandered around.

It’s really very difficult to sketch densely packed buildings – things get misplaced almost immediately. It doesn’t matter one bit that they don’t squirm and fidget.

But this plaza is perfect for a break from work and it is easy to find oblivious people.

Gridded notebook and Pitt Brush Pen, drawings were photographed using iPad and then imported into ArtRage. iPad; New Trent Arcadia stylus.

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Marilyn was the model at this week’s Figure al Fresco down in Battery Park’s South Cove.

Her hair makes me happy.

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iPad; New Trent Arcadia stylus.
Apps Used: Pen & Ink, Finngr Pro, ArtRage

It’s 3:00 and I was totally wiped out.
Shirley was letting her painting dry.
A gentleman sat down opposite me, and, thinking that if I sketched him I might get over this fatigue I was stuck in, I warned him that I was going to draw him but there was no guarantee of any resemblance. At the same time he admired Shirley’s work and engaged us in conversation. Degrees in philosophy; teacher of film students; he came to NYC to listen to jazz and his next stop is Chicago for more jazz. Knowledgeable in contemporary art.

Meanwhile, Benedicte stirred, packed up her pen and paints and joined us.

After about 30 minutes we took our leave of each other. I walked (more like dragged myself) back up to Penn Station. My train wasn’t due until 4:54 so I had about 20 minutes to grab a coffee.

This guy was behind a partition.

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Remember: I was Über Tired.

iPad; New Trent Arcadia stylus.
Apps Used: Finngr Pro and ArtRage

At 1:00 we gathered (except Benedicte) at a table that had just been vacated which was under a large area of shade. The others drifted in one by one. We shared our work, ate, talked. Then everyone scattered again until 2:30. I stayed at the table, happy with the shade, and happy with anyone who settled in front of me.

Benedicte was still “over there” totally immersed in her drawing. Completely in The Zone. At one point she was joined by a purple haired girl and a Nigerian fellow who is starting classes at Parsons this semester. How do I know that? Because she sent him over to me when she learned he draws on his iPad.

While I was sketching Benedicte, a group of people took the chairs away from my table and sat. One lady was blocking my view so I asked her to move a couple of inches to the left. Guess what? French tourists. Pheromones again.

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Three o’clock came and everyone left except Shirley, who wanted to finish up her watercolor painting and Benedicte who still hadn’t come up for air.

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iPad; New Trent Arcadia stylus.
Apps Used: Finngr Pro and ArtRage

Monday, the weekday NYC Urban Sketchers’ meeting place was Union Square. I reached the 17th street entrance fourteen minutes early so I stopped to sketch a flower stall in my notebook.

Seven sketchers met at the 14th Street subway entrance. Santi, visiting from Barcelona, stopped by to say hello and show us all the sketches (to be a book sometime soon) he has been doing while in NYC. The seven of us disbursed with plans to join back together at 1:00.

I walked back to the Monday Farmers Market and found a patch of shade.

I’m not going to complain about how hot it was that day because this summer has actually been very mild but, by the time I finished drawing the vegetable stall, I was sweating sweating sweating.

I found a spot on a bench under a canopy of trees and drew this girl. Just as I finished the drawing and started to paint it she got up and sat next to me. Did she notice? Was she totally engrossed in her phone or was she surreptitiously peeking at me?

Last week Benedicte got an unexpected gift on her hand from a pigeon. On this day one gave iPat it’s own gift right on the screen while I was painting. Hmm. You think that was the reason for the low battery shutdown loss of blog post from Monday night?

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iPad; New Trent Arcadia stylus.
Apps Used:
#1 Gridded notebook and Pitt Brush Pen, photographed using iPad and then imported into ArtRage for painting.
#2 Pen & Ink and ArtRage
#3. ArtRage

I spent all day yesterday in the city, did a zillion sketches, almost finished a blog post about the first part of the day – but – because I was Über Tired, I forgot about the “low battery” warning I kept getting, and evidently iPat was disgusted with my inattention and just shut down. Poof! No more blog post. That’ll teach me. I didn’t have the energy to rewrite so I just shelved it temporarily.

This guy was on a creativity video, he posed nicely in a graphic sort of way, caught my fancy and gave me an idea.

iPad; New Trent Arcadia stylus.
Apps Used: ArtRage and Glaze ; collaged my list again.

Four:
Benedicte and I took the subway up to 28th Street and ate a dinner of breakfast in a corner diner and then walked the two blocks to The Center For Book Arts on W27th. This first free workshop of zine making was crowded but we were able to find stools and squeeze ourselves into places at different tables. It never ceases to amaze me how Benedicte always manages to sit next to a total stranger who speaks fluent French. Always. Maybe it has to do with pheromones?

Later on, as I was walking westward, it was dark now, on 27th Street I spotted a young woman, from the back, in a white, strapless, almost ballerina/fairy princess short dress. My first reaction was Wedding Dress. At the corner I caught up to her and the big, hulking, baby-faced young guy she was holding hands with and turned to look at her from the front, spotted the gorgeous bouquet of perfect white roses and blurted out ” Did you just get married?” Yes, they did, at city hall earlier in the day. I told her she looked beautiful and she beamed. I looked at him, in a rumpled, tan suit, and told him he did also. He smiled at me but didn’t understand.

French. The pheromones again.

I tried. “Vous etes joli aussi. Bon chance.”

I crossed the street and zoomed off to Penn Station, every light was green, nothing stopped my progress, and I had plenty of time to do one last drawing in the waiting room before my train was called.

The End. Last Wednesday is now officially dead.

iPad; New Trent Arcadia stylus.
#1 Gridded notebook and Pitt Brush Pen, sketch was photographed using iPad and then imported into ArtRage .
#2. ArtRage app only.

Three:
I didn’t like the last long pose. Boring. So I turned my attention to the woman in the big pink hat.

Then I noticed Janette was sitting on the ground – nice still life of my friends – and sketched them for the remainder of the time left. Not boring.

Next: subway, a bite to eat and the rest of the evening.
Stay tuned.

iPad; New Trent Arcadia stylus.
Apps Used:
#1 ArtRage only
#2 Pen & Ink and ArtRage

Two:
The art supplies, the little folding stools, the model and Figure al Fresco commenced.

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iPad; New Trent Arcadia stylus.
Apps Used: Pen & Ink and ArtRage .

I had two things planned for this past Wednesday – the usual Figure al Fresco at 2:30 and then a thing at Center For Book Arts on W27th Street that started at 6:30. Since I was drawing all day I figured that I might as well divvy up the sketches into segments.

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Before Figure al Fresco started I wandered around the tip of Manhattan with my $1 gridded notebook and Pitt Brush Pen.

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It was crowded at the Figure al Fresco location but I managed to snag a whole bench, the last empty one, and, since I was saving a seat for Benedicte, I couldn’t cross over to say hello to my friends. So I drew them instead.

To be continued…

iPad; New Trent Arcadia stylus.
Gridded notebook and Pitt Brush Pen, sketchers were photographed using iPad and then imported into ArtRage App for painting.