Archives for the month of: May, 2018

Well, duh. I wandered around the museum forlornly. I couldn’t find any headphones when I searched the collection. I figured somebody would be listening to music, headphones (didn’t want earbuds) on their head, sitting on the steps outside the museum. That’s where I was headed when I spotted a gaggle of tourists receiving museum headphones while in the Great Hall. Thousands of headphones have been in plain sight around me all along. Duh.

It was easy finding a houseplant. Hard to decide which one.

All I want to do is is be out and about sketching on paper and iPat. Throw in bookmaking, printmaking, collage daydreaming and misguided forays into an occasional painting and I’ll keep on smiling.

Everyday in May 2018. Sketched from direct observation.

Strathmore 400 Series mixed media paper; Tombow Fudenosuke Brush Pen (hard tip), Pitt brush pen; Tombow dual brush.

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Small Moleskine; Tombow Fudenosuke Brush Pen (hard tip), Pitt brush pen

There was the Art & Design High School Draw-a-thon the next day. I spent the entire day there, 10am until 7pm. I drew the entire day, made a book. I sat in a corner and started painting parts of it using acrylic and gouache. At 6pm the models were finished posing and there was free pizza. Pretty soon there was a large contingent of NYC Urban Sketchers gathered around chomping on pizza, laughing and chatting. The book is still half painted. Got distracted with other things.

Small Moleskine; Tombow Fudenosuke Brush Pen (hard tip), Pitt brush pen

It was pure joy to stand in the middle of the dimly lit gallery, surrounded by Degas pastels and indifferent throngs, copying this towel.

Taking advantage of a long line one day I was able to fulfill the prompt to sketch outside.

I thought this would be easy. Ha! First off, the painting is situated in a corner and Everyone gravitates to it. I stood sort of in front of it and Everyone stood in front of me. I retreated to a bench far away and when Everyone moved I quickly sketched what I thought I could see – getting up occasionally, walking closer to verify what I saw and retreating back to the bench. I actually had to do a few thumbnails. This was the first time I was in the way of Everyone and vice versa.

There are coins all over the museum and I chased after them all. Most are Very Old and tiny and situated such that they were hard to see properly. These coins were in a gallery that was temporarily closed for that day. When i returned I saw that they coins were perfect – crisp details, well lighted and displayed at exactly the right height for me.

Everyday in May 2018. Sketched from direct observation.
#28 acrylic background added later at home.

Strathmore 400 Series mixed media paper; Tombow Fudenosuke Brush Pen (hard tip), Pitt brush pen, Tombow dual Brush.

Small Moleskine; Tombow Fudenosuke Brush Pen (hard tip), Pitt brush pen

There’s a wonderful exhibition at The Neue Galerie (closing Monday), “Before the Fall: German and Austrian Art of the 1930s”, that Shirley, Benedicte and I viewed last month. We each chose something to copy. I can’t resist Max Beckmann and I undertook the challenge of copying this entire painting. I know you all understand why – completely up my alley.

Stillman and Birn Beta Series sketchbook, Tombow Fudenosuke Brush Pen (hard tip)

It seems that “back in the day” folks carried book bags. I made sure I sketched this before the new exhibit opened, which was taking over significant space in the medieval galleries, and I correctly assumed standing-still- quietly-sketching-space would be at a premium if it even existed.

On a previous visit to The Met I spotted a painting I wanted to copy for this prompt. I noted it down and went on my way. Of course, when I went back, ready to copy it, the gallery was closed off. That’s ok. Max Beckmann always satisfies me.

I tried. Couldn’t find any fried eggs in the museum so I chose this painting and copied a small portion of it.

My first choice for this topic was all the way at the other end of the museum, which is also being affected by the new exhibit. It took me a long time to locate the item only to discover it was tiny, on a shelf that required me to stand on tippy toes without touching anything for balance and was poorly lighted for my eyes. My second choice was in gallery 171, home to the millions of old objects, and all the way back to the other side of the museum. I’ve racked up a lot of mileage on my pedometer.

Everyday in May 2018. Sketched from direct observation.
#23 color added at home referring to a photo I snapped after completing the drawing; #24 background finished in the museum’s cafeteria.

Strathmore 400 Series mixed media paper ;Tombow Fudenosuke Brush Pen (hard tip), Pitt brush pen, Tombow dual brush

Small Moleskine; Tombow Fudenosuke Brush Pen (hard tip), Pitt brush pen

I was a sketching machine that day. I dragged the chair again and copied this guy. I spotted him a few weeks prior and he stuck in my head. It’s a heavy chair.

iPadPro: Pencil
Apps Used: Procreate

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