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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.

iPadPro; Pencil
Apps Used: Procreate

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.

iPadPro; Pencil
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.

A few weeks ago after my usual appointment I went to The Met with the express purpose to sit in front of the Pelez mural and draw another clown. An absolutely marvelous mural and I am totally enthralled. It has absolutely nothing to do with the fact that there is a very long bench positioned right in front of it. That’s just the cherry on top.

iPadPro; Pencil
Apps Used: Procreate

I walked up to Columbus Circle. It was a spring-like day so I was able to comfortably stroll around and sketch outside.

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iPadPro; Pencil
Apps Used: Tayasui Sketches Pro; Sketch Club

My usual – before appointment – breakfast spot is either undergoing renovations in Penn Station or is gone forever. I found a nice place near the subway stop on 53rd Street. One problem, though, there are wait staff so I have to be conscious of table availability and not overstay my welcome by dawdling. So far it appears that there is a bigger take-out crowd so there are always plenty of empty tables at breakfast time.

I walk to my appointment via Madison Avenue past the backside of all the security barricades on 56th Street. The IBM public space (a good place to hang out) is within these barricades. I found out from one of the cops on the street that it is still accessible from 57th Street.

iPadPro; Pencil
Apps Used: Tayasui Sketches Pro; Sketch Club

I’m talking about sketching animals with the weekday NYC Urban Sketchers while in the American Museum of Natural History. Everybody was commenting on how dark the museum is. Not me. IPat shines with a glow that comes from deep inside. Doesn’t keep me from drawing wonky legs but that’s a topic for another conversation.

I had an early appointment (eyeball day) that took longer than usual so I met up with everybody in the museum’s cafeteria. There were So Many sketchers, never saw so many, and everyone had beautiful drawings and paintings from the first part of the day- but I had none. Well, I made up for that.

iPadPro; Pencil
Apps Used:
#1 Finngr Pro and Sketch Club
#2 Tayasui Sketches Pro; Sketch Club

After my museum wanderings I hung out in the cafeteria with a coffee and yogurt – reading and sketching.

iPadPro; Pencil
Apps Used: Finngr Pro and Sketch Club

I walked up to The Met after my appointment last month and wandered around the Max Beckmann exhibit. There are many of his paintings that I want to copy, especially one that I stood in front of for a long time, but the mojo wasn’t with me at that moment so I left the gallery and continued my wandering. Soon I found myself in front of this portrait and the mojo was back, poking my arm and being a general pest. I didn’t even move when a docent, leading a large group, stopped in front of this painting and started her spiel. I turned off my iPod music and listened as I drew.

Sketched and painted from direct observation while in the museum. iPadPro; Pencil
Apps Used: Finngr Pro and Sketch Club