Archives for the month of: January, 2018

After lunch I returned to the same gallery and walked all around to see if anything caught my eye. There was a wonderful Matisse but it would be difficult to copy from a distance – a bit small. I walked into the next area, scoping out the paintings and noticing empty chairs. I chose the artwork I would copy and decided to be brazen. I took hold of the last comfy chair in line, started dragging it, mimed to a different guard that I planned on dragging it into the first gallery and would it be ok. She nodded and off me and my personal chair went to plop in front of a Gauguin, which was to the left of the Matisse which was still too small.

iPadPro; Pencil
Apps Used: Procreate

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Here are my variations on the portrait shown on yesterday’s blog entry. I just did my version of semi-blind almost one-line contour drawing from across the gallery

Stillman and Birn Zeta Series sketchbook
Tombow Fudenosuke Brush Pen (hard tip), Higgins Black Magic Ink Brush marker.

This time I was at The Met with the NYC Urban Sketchers. The plan was to sketch something and then sketch it again varying your technique or tool each subsequent time. The museum posted this portrait on facebook, I googled and found the gallery number, and, once in the museum headed straight for it. What luck! There were five chairs arranged in a row. I took the last one and positioned it in front of “my” painting, looked at the guard who nodded his ok, and sketched in comfort for an hour. Yes. I left plenty of room for the rest of the world to enjoy the painting. At one point I got up and examined some of the nuances and behind me I heard the guard telling someone “that’s the sketcher’s chair”. I smiled and gave him a thumbs up.

iPadPro; Pencil
Apps Used: Procreate

While Benedicte and Shirley were enjoying the drawings of Michelangelo and the sculptures of Rodin I went in another direction and only stopped when I spotted Cezanne’s “Seated Peasant”. My heart started singing and iPat started clamoring to be allowed to jump into action. I happily stood before the painting and sketched and painted – oblivious to everyone around me.

iPadPro; Pencil
Apps Used: Procreate

I was waiting for Shirley and Benedicte to arrive.

The Met’s daily guide of events.
Tombow Fudenosuke Brush Pen (hard tip), Pitt brush pen

It was time to meet up in the museum cafeteria for show and tell. My sketchbook was finished except for one last page and I was out of time. Phew. I spotted these two tired women and quickly opened the book. Finished.

Stillman and Birn Alpha Series sketchbook
Pilot Parallel Pen, Waterbrush

Leaving the African galleries I happened upon these “people substitutes”. How could I resist.

Stillman and Birn Alpha Series sketchbook
Pilot Parallel Pen, Lyra Watersoluble Graphite 9B, Waterbrush Tombow Fudenosuke Brush Pen (hard tip)

I wandered into Africa and spent an hour sketching. A young man playing some small musical instruments explained and demonstrated some ways drinking water had been/is still being collected.

Stillman and Birn Alpha Series sketchbook
Tombow Fudenosuke Brush Pen (hard tip), Pitt brush pen

People kept blocking my views. What luck!

Stillman and Birn Alpha Series sketchbook
Pilot Parallel Pen,
Tombow Fudenosuke Brush Pen (hard tip), Pitt brush pen

Yesterday I met up with the NYC Urban Sketchers in the American Museum of Natural History where we all happily sketched for many hours. I welcomed everyone who blocked my view.

Stillman and Birn Alpha Series sketchbook
Pilot Parallel Pen, Lyra Watersoluble Graphite 9B, Waterbrush Tombow Fudenosuke Brush Pen (hard tip), Pitt brush pen