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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

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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.

I was in the Hotel Pennsylvania on Seventh Avenue right across the street from Penn Station attending a meeting. During the extended morning break I went down to the very tourist crowded lobby. Lots of jet lagged travelers waiting for check in time. Perfect models.

iPadPro; Pencil
Apps Used: Procreate

I found these Sketchers in Battery Park in downtown Manhattan. I know there were trees, flowers, a big wide fast-flowing river and a view of Jersey City but I only had eyes for the sketchers.

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Everyday in May 2017.
Sketched from direct observation.

#1&2 iPadPro; Pencil; Apps Used: Procreate
#3 Pitt brush pen and gridded notebook

This elephant was relatively easy to find. In fact, almost everywhere you look in The Met there is an animal of one kind or another. So why would I be doing a scavenger hunt for this particular item. There is no coherent reason except it was in the same section, all the way at the other end of the humongous museum, as the “transparent” item #23 (yes, I could have drawn my drinking glass at home but that’s not the point) so I figured it was better than wandering all over the place. My feet ached the same but that’s what happens. Of course, the elephant was below eye level and poorly lit so I wasn’t very sure of the color but…I don’t think I’ll worry about that.

Going to the museum with the list is a lot of fun actually. I always find things that I would just normally pass by and find myself in new-to-me areas.

Everyday in May 2017.
Sketched from direct observation.

iPadPro; Pencil
Apps Used: Procreate

Well, what can I say, he cracks me up.

Everyday in May 2017.
Drew this image while referring to a screen shot snapped while watching one of his monologues on the CBS app.

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Apps Used: Procreate

On another day I was copying a clown from the Pelez mural in The Met. I had allotted a certain amount of time for this because I also planned to sketch one of the old instruments in a display as part of the Seurat circus exhibit. As I started to leave the mural gallery I glanced to my right and spotted a delightful painting and had just enough time to sketch a detail and, just like that, the musical instrument item on the list was finished.

Everyday in May 2017.
Sketched from direct observation.

iPadPro; Pencil
Apps Used: Procreate