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I met up with the weekday NYC Urban Sketchers in The Met some weeks ago. We sketched in the newly reopened musical instruments, etc. galleries.

Stillman and Birn Beta Series sketchbook; Tombow Fudenosuke Brush Pen (hard tip), Pitt brush pen; Tombow dual Brush

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The train ride is usually too bumpy and the cars sway back and forth. This time things lined up perfectly. There was standing room only and I didn’t notice or care about the bumps and sways.

iPadPro; Pencil
Apps Used: Procreate

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iPadPro; Pencil
Apps Used: Procreate

Last month I had to go into the city, my appointment was an hour later than usual, but, because I’m at the mercy of the train station parking lot and in competition with the commuters, I was on the train at a totally too early hour. This is the reason why I found myself upstairs in Penn Station in the Amtrak area leaning against a pillar sketching commuters and/or vacationers. Ha! I have found another rich lode of fresh meat.

It was still very early but my recent appointment routine is to get on the M4 bus which goes uptown via Madison Avenue. I get off at the 52nd Street stop and walk to Cafe Europa on the next block. I’ve convinced myself that having a proper breakfast makes for a better, easier, happier, more sociable me who doesn’t care how long I have to wait. If I also have a lot of time to kill while having that breakfast and if there is a sketch to also be had, well, yay yay yay.

Afterwards I walked up to MoMA and discovered that there was a Gallery Conversation scheduled for 1:30 in an exhibition I hadn’t seen yet. Again, a little time to kill. I scoped out the exhibit – liked some things, shook my head at others – and then joined up with Kerry who was leading the gallery talk. By now you all know that I don’t care very much if people stand in front of me.

I checked out the rest of the museum, lingering or just passing through the various galleries. Some things just do not call to me. I admit that I probably don’t “get them” but if it doesn’t grab me by the heart and drag me clear across the room I don’t pay too much attention. By now I was getting weary and my feet were yelling so I decided to go to the cafe on floor 2 and see what I could see. Heh heh. Invisible. That’s what I must be.

Tiny Hahnemühle pad; Tombow Fudenosuke Brush Pen (hard tip), Pitt brush pen

I was in the Met cafeteria one day a couple of months ago. It was late and there was a group of museum employees in front of me. Some kind of facilitator was taking them through some exercises. Yawn.

iPadPro; Pencil
Apps Used: Procreate

I knew exactly where I would find lots of shade and people standing around so I headed into the park and wasn’t disappointed. I soon finished sketching on the last empty bit of the paper bag, the book was completed. Time to walk to Penn Station.

Fini.

Sketched on a paper bag from Europa Cafe; Pilot Parallel Pen, Lyra 9B watersoluble graphite, waterbrush. Pitt black brush pen. A bit of Sharpie Medium pen for some face, etc. details.

I resumed walking until I reached Madison Square Park. More sketching. For the life of me I don’t know why I sat there under the blazing sun. I drew this as fast as I could and went in search of some shade.

Sketched on a paper bag from Europa Cafe; Pilot Parallel Pen, Lyra 9B watersoluble graphite, waterbrush. Pitt black brush pen. A bit of Sharpie Medium pen for some face, etc. details.

I guess this was a bit of an intermission. I sat and sketched inside Pret on 17th Street and had a yogurt.

Sketched on a paper bag from Europa Cafe; Pilot Parallel Pen, Lyra 9B watersoluble graphite, waterbrush. Pitt black brush pen. A bit of Sharpie Medium pen for some face, etc. details.

At Union Square I walked around until I found the right combination of a shady bench and oblivious people.

Sketched on a paper bag from Europa Cafe; Pilot Parallel Pen, Lyra 9B watersoluble graphite, waterbrush. Pitt black brush pen. A bit of Sharpie Medium pen for some face, etc. details.

I strolled around Washington Square Park a bit, spotted some people, noticed a tree and snippets of buildings and sat and sketched. Then I got an ice cream with rainbow sprinkles and walked north on University Place heading towards the next park. The weather was lovely and I felt really good.

Sketched on a paper bag from Europa Cafe; Pilot Parallel Pen, Lyra 9B watersoluble graphite, waterbrush. Pitt black brush pen. A bit of Sharpie Medium pen for some face, etc. details.