Archives for the month of: July, 2019

I left my friends and, following the map, started walking back to the hotel. My feet were dragging. I spotted all these girls on the opposite side of the canal and suddenly felt energized. Look at those legs pointing here and there! I unpacked my stool, sat, and got to work.

Stillman and Birn Alpha Series sketchbook
Zebra Fine Brush Pen, Pitt Brush pen

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I left my friends and, following the map, started walking back to the hotel. My feet were dragging. I spotted all these girls on the opposite side of the canal and suddenly felt energized. Look at those legs pointing here and there! I unpacked my stool, sat, and got to work.

Stillman and Birn Alpha Series sketchbook
Zebra Fine Brush Pen, Pitt Brush pen

First sketch in Amsterdam after my arrival. Sleepy and dopey but I was sketching with Benedicte and Mark so it was good. Mark introduced us to a grocery store chain and the others gathered food for an al Fresco meal. I was too tired.

Stillman and Birn Alpha Series sketchbook
Zebra Fine Brush Pen, Pitt Brush pen

Benedicte was wearing four layers and a scarf. I struggled into my hoodie and sketched with The Wrong Hand.

iPadPro: Pencil
Apps Used: Finngr Pro

I was with the hundreds of other Urban Sketchers who were milling around waiting for the official photographing of the entire group to begin. I started to sketch and, of course, that’s when everyone was told to move “over here” and “look up”.

A few yards before the ceremony venue I tripped and fell flat on my face. Urban sketchers ran to me, checked my limbs, neck, everything. Turned me over and cradled my head, made ice packs, called an ambulance, propped up my zig zag swollen drawing arm and ignored all the blood. There was even a sketcher doctor who checked my pupils and made sure none of my marbles had fallen out of my head. Mark, the administrator of the NYC Urban Sketchers came to me, plopped himself on the ground and never left my side – he rode in the ambulance, carried my things, sat next to me during all the procedures and entertained me. I broke radius and humerus which they tried to reduce – entertaining procedure in and of itself. This was followed by stitching up my lip (I could breath through my mouth without opening it). I overheard someone say “there’s a hole”. I was told to stop talking. This was followed by stitching up my right pointer finger which was made numb by a nasty injection in the base of the finger. I was still covered in blood.

The experience was not unpleasant, everyone was professional, friendly and efficient. Time was taken to both make sure I understood what was going to happen and also look at my drawings that Mark showed off. It took hours but only a fraction of the time that would be spent in an ER at home. And – wait for it – 250€ with maybe a later bill – wait for it – but not as much!

So, I never managed to finish the drawing, but, I rubbed shoulders with a lot of Unexpected Angels, yesterday and today. Benedicte worked hard to ease my travels home.

I still have three working fingers and a thumb on the wrong hand. We’ll see what happens.

Stillman and Birn Alpha Series sketchbook
Zebra Fine Brush Pen, Pitt Brush Pen

Stillman and Birn Alpha Series sketchbook
Zebra Fine Brush Pen, Pitt Brush Pen

I arrived at the airport very early since my station was closed due to construction and I had to get myself to another one farther down the line. It all worked out smoothly and I ended up with lots of sketching time. (Another hotel room iPat photo of a sketchbook page – horrible light.)

Stillman and Birn Alpha Series sketchbook
Zebra Fine Brush Pen, Pitt Brush Pen, Molotow acrylic paint markers.

Lunch inside without air conditioning was a smidge cooler than outside under the umbrellas. A smidge.

iPadPro: Pencil
Apps Used: Finngr Pro

iPadPro: Pencil
Apps Used: Finngr Pro

The airport experience went very smoothly – thank you TSA pre check. I wasn’t able to fall asleep on the plane so Monday in Amsterdam is a bit of a blur. Priority was getting a SIM card so iPat would be happy. Next was finding my hotel, no thanks to the tram driver who told me the wrong stop. Ran into Sketchers and spotted some familiar faces but I was nothing more than a zombie with Very Sore Feet. Apologize for the poor hotel room photo of my sketch.

Stillman and Birn Alpha Series sketchbook
Zebra Fine Brush Pen, Pitt and Tombow Brush pens.