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This is a detail of the lower right quadrant (third ?) of a large-ish watercolor that caught my eye at The Morgan Library and Museum on Friday.

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On Friday Shirley, Eunice, Benedicte and I spent a couple of hours at The Morgan Library & Museum where “Drawn to Greatness: Master Drawings from the Thaw Collection” was on exhibition in two galleries. The beauty and quality of the drawings took us all by surprise. I looked at everything and then circled back to a couple of favorites – difficult decision since every wall contained favorites. The first drawing I copied was in a corner and I really was an obstruction but nobody bumped my arm and whenever I said it was ok to stand in front of me everyone said “No, it’s fine . I can see.”

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Just a quickie doodle of two sketchers across from me. Everyone was paying attention to Raylie as she spoke about this and that.

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I was resting my feet, she was also resting and oblivious so I took advantage.

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I met up with the NYC Urban Sketchers yesterday. I had never been to the Cloisters before and was totally unprepared for the magnificent park setting. I also wasn’t prepared for the Very Hilly terrain. Yes, terrain in NYC. Plus, once inside with the tiny Met sticker affixed to my chest, I discover the hilly terrain extends indoors also in the form of stairs to here and there, most importantly to the ladies room.

I explored for a bit, in and out of galleries and through passageways, but returned to what had caught my eye almost immediately.

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When I saw that MoMA recently acquired a self portrait painted by a favorite artist and that it was FANTASTICALLY BEAUTIFUL and would come to live on the fifth floor starting November 22 I decided that this was something I should copy. This past Thursday, the 30th, found me smack dab in front of the painting, blocking gallery tour groups and everyone else, with a big smile on my face. Oh. It did not disappoint. So beautiful it made my heart hurt.

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After lunch we stopped in at a gallery exhibition of Diebenkorn works on paper – wonderful figurative drawings and a few landscapes – worth the slight detour in our plans.

Then we walked back a couple of blocks to The Met Breuer to see “Munch: Between the Clock and the Bed”. From their website: “This exhibition features 43 of the artist’s landmark compositions created over a span of six decades, including 16 self-portraits and works that have never before been seen in the United States. More than half of the works on view were part of Munch’s personal collection and remained with him throughout his life.”

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I finished copying painting #1 and really really really wanted to copy the one that first caught my eye as I entered the gallery – it was in the direct line-of-sight as one entered. First, though, I had to go in search of Benedicte and Shirley and see what they were up to. Hopefully I would find them both engrossed in their own sketching. I spotted them sitting on a bench conversing, begged them for “only 15 more minutes while I copied that (pointing through two rooms)” and then dashed away when they looked at the time and began counting. They came to collect me after much more time than I asked for and, since I was struggling with the lower right corner (very abstract – maybe her hands – I couldn’t capture it at all) and hadn’t even considered the background I decided to call it finished. Yes, he painted her eyes green.

Shirley was faint with hunger so we walked a couple of blocks south on Madison Avenue to a coffee shop we like, got an upstairs window view table in an almost empty room, and we all had breakfast for late lunch. Yum.

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Shirley, Benedicte and I met up at the Jewish Museum yesterday for the beginning of a full art viewing day. Plus, we hadn’t seen Benedicte for a long while so we were also celebrating. The exhibition was “Modigliani Unmasked”, early drawings, paintings and sculptures by Amedeo Modigliani from collections around the world.

I stood in front of one of the first paintings that caught my eye and spent a considerable amount of time copying it. I had an enthusiastic supporter in one of the guards who kept watch over my right shoulder. I guess I was entertainment to break up the monotony of the job.

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I spent 9 hours yesterday at the Art & Design High School Draw-a-Thon. Eight hours was spent drawing constantly – no exaggeration. There were 15 minutes left and iPat could no longer be silenced – made such a fuss – I had to do a quickie before everyone lined up for pizza.

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