Archives for the month of: July, 2017

Beer!
Sketching!

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Stillman and Birn Zeta Series sketchbook; pencil, Sharpie pen fine; Pitt brushes – warm and cool grays.

The ladies dressed so festively were dancing with pairs of sticks and clicking them against each other and against their partner’s. I used charcoal for this drawing and was happy with it. After spraying it with a bit of hairspray I decided to see if watersoluble pencils and crayons would work on top of the fixed charcoal. They worked perfectly but then I no longer liked the sketch. It bothered me all evening. So, the next morning, as soon as I got out of bed, I went over everything with acrylic paint. Now, I really like it.

(And, yes, I realize or, rather, finally noticed, that I misspelled Rubin. I fixed it on the originals. Sigh.)

Stillman and Birn Zeta Series sketchbook, charcoal, acrylic paint.

I kept sketching the Sketchers across the street. Activity around them was picking up. Time for the music, dancing and craft tables was approaching and red t-shirted volunteers were scurrying to get everything ready.

Stillman and Birn Zeta Series sketchbook; charcoal

While the tables were being set up and the street was still quiet I found a stoop to sit on and sketched some NYC Urban Sketchers. It seems one of them was also sketching me.

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Another drawing from the NYC Urban Sketchers pre-Symposium get-together the other evening. When I arrived I was nearly exhausted from the heat and walking the long crosstown blocks from the bus stop. By the time we all split up I had my second wind – did sketching revive me? – and walked back to Penn Station effortlessly.

Stillman and Birn Alpha Series sketchbook, charcoal.

I took the subway downtown to South Ferry and walked up to South Cove for Figure al Fresco. One of my favorite models and a nice breeze off the river made me forget how hot it was really.

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It was a very hot and humid morning so instead of walking down to Union Square I walked the few long crosstown blocks to Fifth Avenue where I caught a downtown bus. Did I ever mention that I love riding a bus in NYC? First I spent some time in Strand Books examining every Diebenkorn book in the place – they had quite a few – which, of course, were all on the top shelf. One of the employees climbed a very tall ladder and handed them all down to me. Next stop was Jerry’s and a couple of purchases, one of which I utilized that evening. I walked back to 14th Street, entered Union Square Park, located a shady bench with a view, and sketched.

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A large contingent of NYC Urban Sketchers will be attending the International Urban Sketchers Symposium in Chicago this year. Thirty-one, I believe. Last evening about half of us got together for a couple of hours so the newbies could get some information from previous Symposium attendees. There was beer, bratwursty things, conversation and sketching.

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