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Small Moleskine Plain Paper; Zebra Fine Brush Pen, Pitt Brush Pen

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Small Moleskine Plain Paper; Zebra Fine Brush Pen, Pitt Brush Pen

Time was up. We all met back at the benches. While I waited I sketched Elissa demonstrating her tree painting techniques to one of the participants. They were unknowingly posing for me – unlike the trees – they knew exactly that their best sides were showing and kept very still for me.

Small Moleskine Plain Paper; Zebra Fine Brush Pen, Pitt Brush Pen

I moved my stool a bit toward the arch where there was a man with a wild white beard skyping dramatically with someone far away. It took me awhile to realize he was exuberantly signing and I was fleetingly tempted to sketch him (that is my “thing”) but the trees called, that was the reason for the day, so I turned my stool around and was not disappointed.

Small Moleskine Plain Paper; Zebra Fine Brush Pen, Pitt Brush Pen

I was encouraged to shift my stool clockwise a bit and noticed, through the arch of the overpass that there were trees eagerly waiting to be noticed.

Small Moleskine Plain Paper; Zebra Fine Brush Pen, Pitt Brush Pen

I was enjoying myself now. I shifted position and the trees happily posed against a backdrop of the stone wall – part of an overpass.

Small Moleskine Plain Paper; Zebra Fine Brush Pen, Pitt Brush Pen

Trees aren’t really my “thing” but the NYC Urban Sketchers were having one of the 10×10 workshops and it was on a Sunday so I bought a ticket and schlepped myself uptown to a park. Boy were there trees – a massive confusion of lovely trees. I dutifully sketched one with twisty/intertwined limbs and promptly got lost in the complexity. I borrowed a piece of vine charcoal and tried another drawing from a different angle. Still got lost but enjoyed the charcoal. I decided to SIMPLIFY so I dragged my stool to an area where the trees seemed to like me better and willingly gave me ideas.

Small Moleskine Plain Paper; Zebra Fine Brush Pen, Pitt Brush Pen

Small Moleskine Plain Paper; Zebra Fine Brush Pen, Pitt Brush Pen

Small Moleskine Plain Paper; Zebra Fine Brush Pen, Pitt Brush Pen, Tombow Brush pen.

After lunch we settled in the shade in a park next to City Hall.

Strathmore 400 Series mixed media paper, collage, Zebra FineBrush Pen, Molotow Acrylic Paint Markers.