Archives for the month of: April, 2016

Playing card, collage, acrylic paint.

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iPad; New Trent Arcadia stylus.
Apps Used: Procreate and Sketch Club (ArtRage used for texture only)

Who? The commuters, of course.

At first he was placidly reading his newspaper but as soon as I started sketching he got all twitchy and squirrelly so I shifted my attention to the lady above. (Yes, she wore a bright red cape and had a yellow bag. You all know I was unable to resist that!) Soon I realized why he was so restless – he was waiting for his friend. She spent quite some time reading something to him that was on her phone.

My train was called but I kept sketching for a bit longer. I got anxious though. I wanted to go home. I had a good morning but I just didn’t want to stay in the city.

iPad; New Trent Arcadia stylus.
Apps Used: Procreate and Sketch Club (ArtRage used for texture only)

He looked too relaxed to be a patient. And I didn’t have enough time to finish.

iPad; New Trent Arcadia stylus.
Apps Used: Procreate and Sketch Club (ArtRage used for texture only)

I was eating breakfast, reading and listening to my music before I got on the subway and headed off for an early appointment. The old guy, with a coffee, sat down with two 20-ish guys, each of which had only a yogurt. “Hmm. Why are they only eating yogurt?” I asked myself. I wondered if the yogurt was kosher or if vegans eat yogurt. Why aren’t they stuffing themselves with home fries, eggs, waffles, French toast? The old guy gives one of the younger ones some cash. Ah. Maybe he’s their father but they sure don’t look like they are related. He’s talking intently and one is listening, taking notes, and the other one has a distracted, spaced out expression. I turned off my music and listened to the conversation. Mystery solved. I decided it was time to sketch.

iPad; New Trent Arcadia stylus.
Apps Used: Procreate and Sketch Club (ArtRage used for texture only)

I walked over to the Morgan Library to join my friends Benedicte, Shirley and Eunice. The exhibition we were interested in was “Warhol By The Book”. We didn’t know what to expect and were surprised and excited by his wonderful book illustrations.

From the Morgan’s website: “Warhol by the Book is the first exhibition in New York devoted solely to Warhol’s career as a book artist. This retrospective features more than 130 objects dating from the artist’s student days, his early years in New York as a commercial artist and self-publisher, and the decades of innovation spanning the 1960s, ‘70s, and ‘80s that solidified Warhol’s standing in the history of modern art. Items on display include the only surviving book project from the 1940s; drawings, screen prints, photographs, self-published books, children’s books, photography books, text-based books, unique books, archival material; and his much-sought-after dust jacket designs.”

We stayed for a long time copying his drawings.

The guards were enjoying themselves watching us.

iPad; New Trent Arcadia stylus.
Apps Used: Finngr Pro(1&2), Procreate(3) and Sketch Club (ArtRage used for texture only)

For once the meeting place was not too far from Penn Station so I had time to spare before I started walking. He was actually wearing a cravat and his focus on the computer screen was intense.

iPad; New Trent Arcadia stylus.
Apps Used: Procreate and Sketch Club (ArtRage used for texture only)

The last effort of the evening, another Diebenkorn. I am enthralled with his figurative drawings/paintings and automatically save every image I come across. Maybe next time I’ll break out some commuters.

Mark (this was his inaugural introduction to printmaking), Benedicte and I finished up around 9:00, totally excited and enthused about returning again for another Monotype Party.

Copper plate (plexiglass and zinc plates were also available); oil-based printing ink; Arches printing paper (dampened); thinner paper (forget the name – Japanese paper I think) for printing a ghost image; printing press.

For the second print I created that evening, at the Salmagundi Club Monotype Party, I referenced a painting by one of my favorite German Expressionists. I didn’t notice the “oops!” until I arrived home.

Below is the reference photo in iPat I was referring to as I removed ink. This process is called Dark Field or Reductive Process.

There is a great article about her in Wikipedia.

Copper plate (plexiglass and zinc plates were also available); oil-based printing ink; Arches printing paper (dampened); thinner paper (forget the name – Japanese paper I think) for printing a ghost image; printing press.

The other week, while Shirley and I were at the Salmagundi Club, we discovered that there is a Monotype Party one evening a month. I haven’t done a monotype using a proper press in about a zillion years and I found myself interested enough that I infected Benedicte and Mark also. The three of us met up that evening at Whole Foods on 14th Street and after some quick nourishment went to the “party”.

I have quite a few “inspiration” images stored in iPat so I chose a few and after the copper plate was covered in black oil-based printing ink I proceeded to work by removing ink, leaving white and gray areas. IPat was on my lap and I referred to the image on the screen until it was time to improvise.

This resultant print is a reverse of the inspiration photo.

This is the reference photo living in iPat that I used for my foray back into the world of printmaking.

Copper plate (plexiglass and zinc plates were also available); oil-based printing ink; Arches printing paper (dampened); thinner paper (forget the name – Japanese paper I think) for printing a ghost image; printing press.