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I sat on a bench next to another sketcher and started drawing. A medium sized bird joined us and just started singing for a few minutes. “Ok ok. I’ll sketch you also. Relax.”

I wasn’t sure about this one but when I showed the notebook to my friend Benedicte a few days ago she recognized him immediately.


The woman on the right is BĂ©liza from the symposium – well, really Luxembourg. I did a JKPP portrait of her a few months ago and recognized her name while on the hill waiting for the group photo in Chicago. Without benefit of wine I introduced myself. She was in NYC for a few days and joined the workshop. As soon as I started to sketch her she got up.

Obligatory view from my bench.


Marie Roberts didn’t let us rest for a second. As a special treat she posed so that we could capture the different subtleties in the way the light hit her all black outfit. Ok.

There was still time so I tried again. Fun but exhausting. Thank you Marie.

Moleskine gridded small notebook
Pilot Parallel Pen, Lyra Watersoluble Graphite 9B, Waterbrush

NYC Urban Sketchers, as part of the USK 10th Anniversary, is offering 10 workshops. A few weeks ago I attended one taught by Marie Roberts, “The Fast Sketch: Overcoming The Fear of Making Mistakes” held in Stuyvesant Square Park. It was messy, loose and loads of fun. Marie had a lot of drawing tools for us to experiment with as we rapidly filled up pages of the small empty sketchbooks we brought with us.

I discovered her parallel pen and how hard it was to control. What messy fun. The ink was watersoluble so my waterbrush was in constant use. The pages wrinkled and curled but who cared. I discovered that the watersoluble graphite (included in the symposium goody bag) contrasted nicely with the blue hue of the ink.

We sketched each other, the park denizens and locale.






Moleskine small gridded notebook.
Pilot Parallel Pen, Lyra Watersoluble Graphite 9B, Waterbrush

I was testing the paper with various pens to see if they bleed or show through to the reverse. Everything works fine. The Uniball Vision writes nicely but smears when painted on.

Stillman and Birn Beta series paper sample; pencil, gouache; Collage, stamping, Staz On pigment ink.

Using a Diebenkorn painting as inspiration to check out another S&B paper and how it works with gouache. Figuring out gouache also.

Stillman and Birn Delta paper sample, pencil, gouache, some crayon, fun foam stamps and Stayz On pigment ink.

A small painting, on a piece of S&B Beta paper, inspired by Diebenkorn. I was experimenting on the paper and practicing using gouache.

Stillman and Birn Beta paper, gouache, hand carved stamp, Staz On pigment ink.

The ladies dressed so festively were dancing with pairs of sticks and clicking them against each other and against their partner’s. I used charcoal for this drawing and was happy with it. After spraying it with a bit of hairspray I decided to see if watersoluble pencils and crayons would work on top of the fixed charcoal. They worked perfectly but then I no longer liked the sketch. It bothered me all evening. So, the next morning, as soon as I got out of bed, I went over everything with acrylic paint. Now, I really like it.

(And, yes, I realize or, rather, finally noticed, that I misspelled Rubin. I fixed it on the originals. Sigh.)

Stillman and Birn Zeta Series sketchbook, charcoal, acrylic paint.

Issue Six of the Hofstra Northwell School of Medicine Art & Literary Review contains reproductions of two of my drawings. You all have seen them before – the old man in Penn Station who keeps falling asleep while he has his morning coffee.

Every page is filled with essays, poetry, photographs and artwork created by members of the medical school or Northwell Health. Th front cover – someone else’s drawing.

This is the back cover, an iPad drawing.

And this is an ink drawing on a napkin which is collaged on a gelli printed moleskin spread.

I painted over the monotype. I had to.

JKPP = Julia Kay’s Portrait Party (referred to photo put on JKPP Flickr Group supplied by subject for this purpose)

Monotype: oil based printing ink; printmaking paper; Intaglio press. Acrylic paint.


JKPP = Julia Kay’s Portrait Party (referred to photo put on JKPP Flickr Group supplied by subject for this purpose)

Transfer monotypes; oil based printing ink;
Scanned and color added digitally in iPad using Procreate.

There might be more, I want to copy others, but I’m distracted with things and feeling lazy.

Stillman and Birn Zeta Series sketchbook; pencil; acrylic paint.