Archives for the month of: June, 2015

#28 There is a shoe shine place in Penn Station. I found a spot against a wall next to Hot & Crusty with a view, beyond the scurrying commuters, of the inside of the shop and sketched.

#29 I was at MOMA to see the Jacob Lawrence exhibit and afterwards spotted these vacationers (a/k/a tourists) so I rested for awhile opposite them.

#30 From day 1, June 1, I knew I was going to sketch something in the Met’s Medieval galleries for the last day’s prompt. I had limited time so I rushed around looking here and there but knew, when I spotted it, that this was what I wanted to copy. Saint Dominic, Workshop of Giotto di Bondone, Italian (1266). Painted about 1329-32 in Naples, Italy.

I had a lot of fun this month treating The List as if it were a treasure hunt and not stressing at all. Plus, I have a unique set of playing cards.

Drawn from direct observation.
EDiJ = Every Day in June
Playing Card, acrylic painted background; sketches on various papers collaged to card; Pitt Brush Pens – black and colored. Commercial number and alphabet stamps.

The lunchroom. Second day in a row. These were some early morning (night shift) coffee breakers engaged in a very serious conversation. I liked them immediately simply due the fact that I couldn’t hear a word of it.

There was no one to sketch at my coffee break because they all took the table behind the one I always sit at. I suppose I could have sat facing them. I read my book instead and turned up the radio on my iPod Nano. Later on I caught some of them at lunch and sketched with one hand and ate with the other.

iPad; New Trent Arcadia stylus.
Apps Used: Sketch Club and ArtRage.

It started very early, 45 minutes before I was scheduled to clock in, I was having coffee and a plain bagel, reading and sketching the green shirted guy. At about 6:35 a few more people wandered in so I had to close my book and pick up the stylus. During coffee break, and later on at lunch, everyone sat conveniently in front of me. I didn’t get much reading done today but things did go according to plan anyway.

iPad; New Trent Arcadia stylus.
Apps Used: Sketch Club, ArtRage.

I discovered something interesting while working on #25. I drew the image on a Dunkin’ receipt and all the text disappeared when I added matte medium in order to collage it to the card.

#26, my trusty night light, used when the power goes off during storms or “just because”, lives in the bathroom and I know where to find it in the dark. The batteries are probably dead since I have graduated to rechargeable night lights but I am sentimentally attached to the little yellow one.

#27 Something You Collect. I like to carve stamps out of erasers from Blick and make simple or complex multicolored stamps out of fun foam. They range from one occasion only images and “any time at all” use.

Drawn from direct observation.
EDiJ = Every Day in June
Playing Card, acrylic painted background; sketches on various papers collaged to card; Pitt Brush Pens – black and colored. Commercial number and alphabet stamps.

I walked 3 miles round and round and round the cool mall late afternoon yesterday. Then I found a seat with a view in the newly built food court.

I sipped my lemonade, thought about sweet potato fries and watched the teenage boys with overly droopy pants ogle the teenage girls as they walked past each other. Are droopy, almost falling off pants things that entice?

Once in the city there was a droopy pants guy ahead of me on the up escalator in Grand Central Station so I had a primo view. When we reached the end of the ride he got embarrassed when I told him his crack was showing. It’s the little things.

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

I was listless and out of sorts – summer is so not my time of year. I know I did nothing but complain about winter but now that the heat has passed the comfort zone I’m complaining again. I was loving the extra chilly spring.
I felt better after the therapeutic sketch which I did as I lurked behind bodybuilder guy. At one point he got up to go to the men’s room leaving his laptop open, headphones and all his “things” unguarded on the table. This always amazes me. I can’t leave a pencil laying around. I drove to the park to add the color but I was careful to keep the car door locked so nature, or some wayward tree, wouldn’t startle me. Hmm. I’m worried about disappearing pencils and sneaky trees. I hope the Funny Farm has AC and WiFi. And ice cream.

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

No exotic locales for this group of cards. The first one, #22, I’ve passed a zillion times during my walk around the neighborhood and it finally caught my eye. A few things consented to pose in the kitchen. The umbrella is a pro. I digitally drew it for EDiM one of these past years. If the cans seem a little skinny it is because, I found out when I finished the drawing, they were holding their breaths until they realized I had other plans for dinner.

Drawn from direct observation.
EDiJ = Every Day in June
Playing Card, acrylic painted background; sketches on various papers collaged to card; Pitt Brush Pens – black and colored. Commercial number and alphabet stamps.

I have a few journal drawings from Penn Station, from last year, that I never got around to showing you all. I saved them for a rainy day.

Moleskine journal; background Gelli Plate printed with acrylic; Sharpie Ultra Fine pen, Pitt brush pen, Signo Uni-ball (UM-153) white gel pen; and a bit of color added using Crayola markers.

It was crowded in the public space so I leaned against a wall as I drew the elephant, (see yesterday’s blog), since lunch hour seemed to be in full swing. After I finished I started to walk through to 51st Street but noticed the place had emptied out considerably so I figured I would sit for awhile. I had been in MOMA earlier to see the Jacob Lawrence exhibit, did a sketch while there (for The List), and wanted to decide where to go next.

Right in front of me were these three women having lunch and how could I resist.

I didn’t budge. The people came to me.

These two alternately acted like strangers and “very good friends” while being all touchy touchy and intertwined.

They were replaced by one smoker

After another. This one was my favorite but her feet kept moving constantly so I gave up.

The next one was super twitchy. Her thumb flick flick flicked the cigarette and her feet also did a constant dance.

There was no way I could ignore a perfectly situated red headed guy in a green shirt.

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

These cards are the results of two visits, for other purposes, to the city with the Every Day In June list clutched in my hot, sweaty hand just in case I stumbled upon list-worthy items.

#19 – At the Met I sped through the second floor part of the fantastic exhibition “China: Through The Looking Glass” until I spotted this fashionable item that needed to be sketched by me. Picture a gold mannequin clothed in magnificent textiles covered with wondrous handiwork and an intricate gold headpiece and that is what you will see when you look at my drawing which was done in a very dark room. (I looked around but could find no specific information about the designer, etc.)

#20 – Since part of my rules for this month was to draw from direct observation, Nursery Rhyme, gave me pause. Where would I find Jack and Jill going up a hill, blackbirds in a pie, a cow jumping over fhe moon? I google searched and it seems NYC doesn’t have much in the way of nursery rhyme based sculptures, except for a Mother Goose one in Central Park. The photo didn’t look very interesting and the location was inconvenient. I decided I wanted to draw an elephant so, back to google I went where I found an appropriate rhyme (I looked for attribution for this with no luck). As for the elephant, I remembered sketching one a few years ago and refreshed my memory as to its location. I found it right where I last saw the sculpture. It is called “Young Elephant” (this is just a detail) by British artist Barry Flanagan and is located in the Galleria behind AXA Center which runs between 52nd and 51st Streets just before Seventh Avenue and is a nice place to sit and relax.

Here’s the nursery rhyme I found:

“The elephant goes like this, like that,
He’s terribly big,
And he’s terribly fat.
He has no fingers,
He has no toes,
But goodness, gracious,
What a nose!”

#21 – After I sketched #19, as I made my way trying to find how to exit the very large and confusing Met, I found myself walking through the passage that always contains prints and drawings. Since I love prints, and one of the items on the list I still clutched was right over “there”, I dawdled in front of it, decided I had nothing to lose and proceeded to attempt copying a small detail of the intricate woodcut. (Hans Baldung [called Hans Baldung Grien], German, 1484/85-1545; Woodcut; Group Of Seven Horses, 1534). The woodcut is black/white and the color is totally my imagination.

I seem to be a bit chatty today.

Drawn from direct observation.
EDiJ = Every Day in June
Playing Card, acrylic painted background; sketches on various papers collaged to card; Pitt Brush Pens – black and colored. Commercial number and alphabet stamps.