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It was early when my appointment was over so I hung out in the waiting room until it was time to head to Elizabeth Street. My vision was super blurry from the gel I requested (soothes the eyeball) but I couldn’t resist fooling with the first guy and trying for a sort of continuous line. He was off to my right and I didn’t realize how wonky he was until his name was called. Yes. He was wonky, not my drawing.

I got serious with the man opposite me. No more fooling around.

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Yep. I managed to be in two gardens in the same week. Not only were the requisite trees and flowers present in all their glory but the place was filled with very cool statuary.

Sketchers were scattered about also.

Thankfully there was lots of shade and the day was cloudier and cooler than expected so, to me, it was very comfortable.

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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.

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My Kraft paper was filled with litho crayon figures on all sides and iPat sensed this and started wriggling around in my bag. Ok ok ok. I took us as close to the portrait model as I could get. It was fine – I wasn’t the first one to knock over an easel. I managed to squeeze in between easels and sitting artists and I sketched quickly, added color and then I was finished for the night. Next: a long walk to the subway and then the train. A long day.

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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.

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How long did it take me to find this perfume bottle? I wandered through zillions of small Greek and Roman artifacts on millions of shelves behind thousands of glass display things. My still dilated eyes gave me no problem but my feet were suffering the beginning stages of museum-itis and were whimpering quietly. It was so much smaller than I was looking for but finally I spotted it, thankfully at eye level. As a plus it is quite pretty.

Everyday in May 2017.
Sketched from direct observation.

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Apps Used: Procreate

After sketching the bicycles I caught a bus, the temp was 90+ and much too hot to walk, up to The Met. I carried the Everyday in May 2017 list with me and was looking forward to locating items in the museum’s collection that would fulfill things on the list. At home I had surfed their “collection” section to find pertinent drawable things and their locations. Once there, map in hand, I went searching. Easy peasy, right? Ha ha ha. You would think so. But, as I’ve found in past “scavenger hunts”, I was looking for one thing and came upon an item which I liked better.

Everyday in May 2017.
Sketched from direct observation.

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I call this “Essence of Bicycle “. I had just left the doctor’s office, walked around the corner at 58th Street, eyes freshly and fully dilated, spotted the bikes chained to the traffic sign in full blazing near noon sunlight, stood in a sliver of shade with iPat and squinted and sketched. Details? Forget about it. I was lucky I didn’t bump into them.

Everyday in May 2017.
Sketched from direct observation.

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Apps Used: Procreate

I covered one side of the Kraft paper the first hour hour.

The next hour I flipped it over and covered the back with thick waxy lines.

After 4 hours I had achieved exactly what I came for – 2 sheets covered front and back. I wasn’t interested in the competition. One look around revealed that some very serious artists had shown up. Maybe I was the only one relaxed and having fun?

At the end of the evening, while drawings were being presented to the judges, I slipped my sketch-covered Kraft paper back into the pad. The first part of my plan was successfully finished. At home in the following days the next part, painting, folding and binding the drawings into a book went exactly as I envisioned it.

Kraft paper (both sides of two sheets), mechanical pencil, lithography pencil. At home: acrylic paint; waxed thread for binding into an 8 page pamphlet.

The other week found me in The Salmagundi Club where the Drawing New York Meetup Group organized a Portrait and Figure Drawing competition. There were three models. One figure model assumed the same pose for the entire 4 hours, one changed position each hour and the portrait model also kept the same pose for the duration. Every 20 minutes there was a break.

My attention wanders so every time my model took a break I moved to another spot and sketched the same pose from a different angle.

We were all obeying Simon’s exhortations for silence during the poses.

Since everyone was so focused no one noticed me scratching away on some brown Kraft paper with a clunky waxy lithography pencil. I wasn’t going for finesse – I had a plan.

Kraft paper (both sides of two sheets), mechanical pencil, lithography pencil. At home: acrylic paint; waxed thread for binding into an 8 page pamphlet.