Archives for category: EDiM 2018

Picture 800 Sketchers stretched along the wide meridian between the Avenue leading up to the impressive edifice of Porto’s City Hall fronted by an imposing statue and regal stairway. The Sketchers were on the ground, on tiny stools or bolted down chairs, standing, chatting, perusing – all of them holding an open sketchbook, a pen, brush or juggling a palette. Picture all the tourists taking pictures of the sketchers. Coolest thing.

iPadPro: Pencil
Apps Used: Procreate

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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.

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.

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

I spotted this drawing while wandering through an exhibition that didn’t interest me at all. I went into the gallery hoping, on the off chance, to find something showing a “bird’s eye view” which we now know I spotted on my way from here to somewhere else.

Back to the African and Oceana galleries. I walked around and around again and could not spot this mortar. I was thinking it would be about the size of a toaster – it was kind of a kitchen “appliance”, no? Couldn’t find it. I showed the picture of it from The Met’s website and asked the guard if she had ever see it. The both of us walked round and round. No luck. I thanked her and decided to sketch a statuette with a bunch of stuff hanging off of it – including one acorn – that I earlier decided was too difficult to clearly sketch. Too much hanging stuff. The guard found me while I was wandering here and there and let me know she found the mortar. It was tiny – really tiny – stuck among other tiny things. The guards here are very nice.

There are sooo many coffee pots in this museum but I couldn’t resist this one.

Of course I couldn’t pass up this painting. Didn’t quite manage to get everything in but I’m satisfied.

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

I found solutions to the Everyday in May 2018 prompt list inside the museum, leaning against the facade and downstairs in the cafeteria.

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My search for a dessert image was surprisingly insufficient. I settled on a painting with slices of cake but was unenthusiastic about copying it. On the way to the cafeteria for a glass of water and a bit of a rest my brain suddenly, while I was walking down the stairs, shouted “DESSERT!”. Yum.

Lots of frogs in The Met but this one had the most personality.

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.

I didn’t know what I would do for item #9 until I was passing from one area in the museum (fruitless search) to another on the 2nd floor and happened to look over the balcony. Ah Ha!

This is a big round radio – couldn’t fit it on the page. The blue bits are glass.

This butterfly was found in an area of the museum I just usually walk through to get someplace else.

I spotted this couple, a small detail in a larger painting, and knew they were the ones for this prompt.

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 brushes.

I seem to have lucked out, so far, crowds-wise. There are people everywhere in the museum but it feels very low density. I sketch and they walk around me or stand in front of the artwork. I wait for them to move and marvel at how many take phone pictures but don’t look at the art at all. The guards notice me but leave me alone even when I’m fumbling with my baggie full of markers. Shhh.

This guy was super shiny. I spotted him right away. My reaction was a big grin.

Gallery 171 has hundreds/thousands of small objects/fragments grouped in different categories. There is a map of the room on the wall directing you according to what era/material/geographic location etc. I had no trouble locating this guy – limestone/terra-cotta statues on the map – easy peasy.

Item #8 was also in gallery 171. At the entrance I asked the guard if he knew where I would find it. He looked at the map and gave me his guess and off I wandered, searching. I found it conveniently located next to a bench where I deposited all my things and started drawing. A little while later the guard appeared to make sure I found the fragment. A fragment with a mustache!

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 marker. Again I messed up a background – #3 – acrylic paint at home fixed things.

This year I decided that every prompt on the Everyday in May 2018 list would be searched for and sketched at The Met, inside and/or outside on the plaza. When the list was released I searched the collection of the museum’s holdings for appropriate items that were on view and noted the gallery numbers. For some items I found multiple choices in one gallery or scattered all over the museum. Sometimes I wasn’t getting any hits but happened upon items as I was roaming around looking for something else. Since I don’t live in the city I’ve been spending 4 or 5 hours sketching, so far, for 6 days so it is not exactly a daily thing for me but I’m using my own rules. The weather has been perfect, I’m having fun, getting a lot of mileage on my pedometer, finally figured out how to get to the cafeteria without looking at the map and sleep like the dead at the end of the day.

I wasn’t able to find any mushroom images or mushroom items that were on view so I sat in the cafeteria at The Met, and copied #2 from a photo found in the collection.

I circled round and round the very large gallery containing Arts of Africa, Oceana and the Americas searching for this sculpture. I was looking for something small and couldn’t find it. I asked the guard – he pointed it out to me but I still couldn’t locate it. I walked towards where he pointed and looked up at the large bird that I had walked around several times without seeing. This was fun to sketch.

I searched the collection using the word “four” and came up with many likely candidates. This was my favorite.

Everyday in May 2018. Sketched from direct observation unless otherwise noted.

Strathmore 400 Series mixed media paper, Tombow Fudenosuke Brush Pen (hard tip), Pitt brush pen, Tombow dual brush. #2 I messed up the background so covered it with acrylic paint later at home.