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You’ve all seen these before but now they exist matted and framed and will be hanging in a show at the Hofstra North Shore-LIJ Medical School. Opening reception is April 21 at 6:00 and the name of the exhibition is “Celebration Of Visual Art”.

These pieces started with a session of figure drawing one Saturday morning downtown at Spring Street Studio. I did one and two minute sketches in my large gridded notebook using totally inappropriate vine charcoal. Four months later I brought them into the iPad via Camera Roll and played with these Very Bad Quick Sketches using a variety of apps.

If you click on the tag “figure” on my blog you will see the whole series of thirteen figures.

iPad; New Trent Arcadia stylus.
Gridded notebook, vine charcoal, Finngr Pro, ArtRage, iColorama, Glaze and collaged list.

iPad; New Trent Arcadia stylus.
Apps Used: Paper By 53, ArtRage, Glaze, collaged a list.

When I saw, on facebook, that the app Paper By 53 was now giving away its tools for free I went ahead and downloaded the now totally free app. Yes, I know that these things are cheap and I, myself, always tell people that and they should just buy them until one is suitable for their purposes. But, I dislike free apps that then have you pay for further tools. Rubs me the wrong way. Also, I had tried out this particular one while at the Apple store a couple of times (their iPads in “my” store were all loaded with this art making app) and was completely underwhelmed – even disliked it. Yet there are quite a number of artists in the digital groups on FB who do amazing things with it.

I decided there were two things I liked: the pen tool is quick and easy to sketch with and the color palette blender method, or whatever is the proper name, was quite cool and enjoyable. I hated the “watercolor” brush and pencil. HATED. Just not my thing. Yuck. The two markers were ok.

So I doodled while I figured out things. Messed around with the watercolor. Found out how to get it into camera roll and then dropped it into ArtRage, zapped it with Glaze twice, put it into Finngr Pro so I could trace it and layer it in ArtRage, added two backgrounds.

I guess I kinda defeated the simple purpose of this app but it, alone, does not ring my bell.

No. I am not cranky because it is winter. I love 19°.

iPad; New Trent Arcadia stylus.
Apps Used: Paper by 53, ArtRage, Glaze, Finngr Pro

Well, I was feeling Majorly Blue so I drove to CVS.
Then I felt better.
Was it the act of taking a little drive?
Could it have been the Giant Hershey bar I bought and ate?
Or maybe it was catching up on last week’s NCIS LA?
Perhaps it was a bit of semi-imaginary art?
Probably all of it.

People of the Pad Series


iPad; New Trent Arcadia stylus.
Apps Used: It all started with the FREE version of the new Mobile Sketchbook App (not impressed but will give it another chance when I’m out and about) then Glaze, iColorama and then redid everything except the lips in ArtRage .

I spent all day yesterday in the city, did a zillion sketches, almost finished a blog post about the first part of the day – but – because I was Über Tired, I forgot about the “low battery” warning I kept getting, and evidently iPat was disgusted with my inattention and just shut down. Poof! No more blog post. That’ll teach me. I didn’t have the energy to rewrite so I just shelved it temporarily.

This guy was on a creativity video, he posed nicely in a graphic sort of way, caught my fancy and gave me an idea.

iPad; New Trent Arcadia stylus.
Apps Used: ArtRage and Glaze ; collaged my list again.

iPad; New Trent Arcadia stylus.
Apps Used: Pen & Ink, ArtRage, Glaze
Collaged a bit of a list written on gridded paper.

The weekday NYC Urban Sketchers spent the day in and around the Cathedral of St. John the Divine.

The place is HUGE with zillions of things to draw but it is also quite dark in there. I found some well lighted carved images to copy. I forget the proper term – they were not free standing sculptures – maybe bas relief? I’ll have to google and find out. Hope I don’t forget by the time I get to the end of this.

A couple of us opted to spend time in the gardens. You know it wasn’t me.

I did eat my lunch in the Rose Garden though.

And hung around the front “stoop” for awhile.

I remembered seeing this statue from the morning and went back inside to draw it. A docent passed by with a group and that was when I found out who he was. It was almost a bit too dark for me. I had to keep moving up to it to check on what I was seeing.


iPad; New Trent Arcadia stylus.
Apps Used: Pen & Ink, ArtRage, Finngr Pro, Glaze
#1&5: gridded notebook paper, Pitt Brush pen; photographed with iPad and then imported into ArtRage for painting.

After lunch all we had to do was cross West 97th Street and walk a tiny bit west until we came to a wrought iron gate next to a one-story garage. At 1pm sharp the gate was unlocked and visitors were permitted to climb the stone stairway and enter the magical space that occupies the garage’s rooftop.

The Lotus Garden.

This is what Mark wrote on the NYC Urban Sketchers blog describing the garden: “We will discover a sixth of an acre supporting mature trees, shrubs and serpentine paths curving around clumps of fragrant plantings maintained by 30 gardeners of various ages and experience levels.” He forgot to mention the pools filled with happy, colorful koi. And and and, on top of this roof, was a pear tree chock full of ready to eat pears!

I had to ease into all this greenery so I sketched the view across the street.

The sun encroached on my seating area so I moved my chair and was confronted with things I’m told are maybe probably could be lotus leaves growing in the koi pond (or is it. Lotus pond?) right in front of me.

I expanded my world of big maybe lotus leaves a bit to include the neighborhood.

We were alerted that the garden gate was closing but I had enough time to sketch Mark as he quickly added the finishing touches to his painting.

iPad; New Trent Arcadia stylus.
Apps Used: Pen & Ink, Finngr Pro, ArtRage, Glaze

On Friday, Benedicte, Stefanie (Sketcher from Germany on a long vacation here) and I walked what seemed like miles Round Round and Up Up the spiral ramp that is the Guggenheim. Italian Futurism, 1909-1944. What caused the achey feet was the fact that the exhibit is so good we had to stop at each and every painting, shuffle around in front of it to see all the nuances thus increasing our mileage.

I challenged Stefanie to draw the spiral and then attempted a sliver of it myself.

As tired as we were, Benedicte and I dragged the visitor into the gallery containing the permanent collection in order to see paintings she had only seen in books.

We walked to a lunch place on Madison Avenue and E.90th Street and, revitalized with coffee and chow, walked back up to Fifth, past the National Academy Museum, noticed there was FREE admission and went in to see what was there.

iPad; New Trent Arcadia stylus.
Apps Used: Pen & Ink, Finngr Pro, ArtRage, Glaze

#3 was initially drawn in the gridded notebook with a Pitt Brush pen and then imported into ArtRage and zapped in Glaze for good measure.

Remember, last week, the white flags that appeared on the Brooklyn Bridge mysteriously in the middle of the night? They flashed a shot of the bridge on the news and I was compelled to draw it.

iPad; New Trent Arcadia stylus.
Apps Used: Finngr Pro,iColorama, Glaze, ArtRage