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These are all work lunchroom people.

Playing Cards; background Gelli Plate printed with acrylic; Sharpie Ultra Fine pen, Pitt brush pen, Signo Uni-ball (UM-153) white gel pen; and a bit of color added using Crayola markers.

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Issue Six of the Hofstra Northwell School of Medicine Art & Literary Review contains reproductions of two of my drawings. You all have seen them before – the old man in Penn Station who keeps falling asleep while he has his morning coffee.

Every page is filled with essays, poetry, photographs and artwork created by members of the medical school or Northwell Health. Th front cover – someone else’s drawing.

This is the back cover, an iPad drawing.

And this is an ink drawing on a napkin which is collaged on a gelli printed moleskin spread.

I remember the first guy nicely sleeping at his table right in front of me in Penn Station’s Au Bon Pain. I didn’t think I could draw him so I tried on a napkin first. I’ve sketched him three times so far, you all saw them in my Moleskine journal quite a while ago. I don’t remember where the other people are from and I’m too lazy to find the cards and flip them over right now.

 

Playing Cards; background Gelli Plate printed with acrylic; Sharpie Ultra Fine pen, Pitt brush pen, Signo Uni-ball (UM-153) white gel pen; and a bit of color added using Crayola markers; Paper napkin collage.

We walked into the park until we reached the first of three bridges that were our sketching destinations. I drew Joy as she urban collaged (cut and pasted and ran after wind tossed scraps) the scene around her. She conveniently sat where I was able to see a sliver of the Greyshot Arch.

I walked under the bridge and joined other sketchers on the other side. What luck! A stationary model.

The next bridge was Pineback Arch. Very ornate with convenient sketchers present.

#1&3 iPad; New Trent Arcadia stylus.
Apps Used: #1 Finngr Pro; #3 Procreate, Sketch Club (ArtRage used for texture only)
#2. Moleskine journal; background Gelli Plate printed with acrylic; Sharpie Ultra Fine pen, Pitt brush pen, Signo Uni-ball (UM-153) white gel pen; and a bit of color added using Pitt brush pens. Bird was printed using a hand made fun foam stamp and Stayz On pigment ink.

Lunch and another sketch in air conditioned splendor in Pret across the street from the park.

Sketched from direct observation. Color added later at home.
Moleskine journal; background Gelli Plate printed with acrylic; mechanical pencil, Sharpie Ultra Fine pen, Pitt brush pens.

I hung out in Union Square Park for about an hour.

Sketched from direct observation. Color added later at home.
Moleskine journal; background Gelli Plate printed with acrylic; mechanical pencil, Sharpie Ultra Fine pen, Pitt brush pens.

The Rite Aide manager allowed us to use the employee restroom, the friendly deli lady made us yummy sandwiches which we carried onto the subway (ugh – trains on that day were a confusing mess) and after a walk across Central Park we found the Oldest tree in the park. This time, after I fell off my stool while trying to balance on a hill, knocking over Marks tripod, landing upside down so I couldn’t get up, I sketched the sketchers sketching the old tree. I threw in a not so old tree for atmosphere.

Drawn and colored on location.
Moleskine journal; background Gelli Plate printed with acrylic; mechanical pencil, Sharpie Ultra Fine pen, Pitt brush pens.

A couple of weeks ago there was a “tree” theme for the NYC Urban Sketchers Sunday outing. First stop was W163rd Street and St. Nicholas Avenue where, next to a nondescript apartment building, the Dinosaur resides. This is a giant tree, 110′ tall, under which George Washington supposedly stood. I sat under it and sketched the scene across the street while the other sketchers drew the tree which is so big they didn’t even notice me.

Drawn and colored on location.
Moleskine journal; background Gelli Plate printed with acrylic; mechanical pencil, Sharpie Ultra Fine pen, Pitt brush pens.

Like everybody else in the world I have a large number of paintbrushes, chopsticks, skewers and other miscellaneous objects in a coffee can. I keep it in a corner on my tiny 1950’s kitchen counter. Since my “cooking” techniques take up very little space and my art making practice has a tendency to spread and has taken over the kitchen it is the logical place to keep it. I got the bright idea to draw the paintbrush filled coffee can as a monotype using the dark field method on the Gelli plate. I was curious how it would work and had visualized a very intricate drawing such as I am able to produce on a copper plate. I decided to use the small 3″x5″ plate. Ha! It didn’t take long for me to realize that no super drawing was coming from me that day.

(Aside: the technique is perfectly do-able on this plate. I didn’t have the correct slow-drying acrylic or a retarder and should have used a larger plate. Will definitely try again.)

Everyday in May 2016: Drawn from direct observation on a Gelli Plate using the Dark Field Method and acrylic ink. Black Pitt Brush Pen; hand carved coffee cup eraser stamp; commercial letter and number stamps; StazOn pigment stamp ink. When the month is completed it will be bound as a book with a spiral coil.

The left hand guy was spotted through a window as I had a coffee at Starbucks on 8th Avenue and 49th Street before meeting with my friends at Teri’s former abode. The other two cards are from the lunchroom at work. All were sketched on napkins and collaged onto the Gelli printed playing cards.

Playing Cards; background Gelli Plate printed with acrylic; Sharpie Ultra Fine pen on paper napkins; collage.