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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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Back cover & flap

Referred to monotypes which were done while referring to iPad sketches which were drawn from life while in various places in Manhattan. Strangers and friends. Matisse portraits and self-portraits were roughly copied from the book Matisse Portraits. This was a rehearsal to see how long it took to cover both sides of all the pages and to see if this paper was suitable. I have a plan.

Fabriano Tiziano; compressed charcoal, watersoluble 9B graphite, waterbrush; hair spray as fixative; white acrylic paint. 3 hole pamphlet binding.

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Referred to monotypes which were done while referring to iPad sketches which were drawn from life while in various places in Manhattan. Strangers and friends. Matisse portraits and self-portraits were roughly copied from the book Matisse Portraits. This was a rehearsal to see how long it took to cover both sides of all the pages and to see if this paper was suitable. I have a plan.

Fabriano Tiziano; compressed charcoal, watersoluble 9B graphite, waterbrush; hair spray as fixative; white acrylic paint. 3 hole pamphlet binding.

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Referred to monotypes which were done while referring to iPad sketches which were drawn from life while in various places in Manhattan. Strangers and friends. Matisse portraits and self-portraits were roughly copied from the book Matisse Portraits. This was a rehearsal to see how long it took to cover both sides of all the pages and to see if this paper was suitable. I have a plan.

Fabriano Tiziano; compressed charcoal, watersoluble 9B graphite, waterbrush; hair spray as fixative; white acrylic paint. 3 hole pamphlet binding.

A fellow NYC Urban Sketcher, Gina, reminded me of Teesha Moore’s 16 page book structure which consists of three long pieces of paper that are folded and then bound with a pamphlet stitch. Some years ago I made a few of these and that gave me an idea. I decided to make a “rehearsal” book to test the feasibility of an idea and the materials I wanted to use.

I set up iPat and referred to my monotypes that referenced sketches that were drawn from life while in Manhattan. I noticed a large library book on my table, “Matisse Portraits”, opened it and randomly, roughly copied various portraits and self-portraits on the, as yet unbound strips of paper (approx. 8″x20″). I wanted to see how long it would take to cover each side (6 long sides) and how the paper would react to the waterbrush (no problem). The whole process: charcoal drawing, use of waterbrush, addition of watersoluble graphite and spraying of fixative (hairspray), took six hours and left me as exhausted as if I had been in an all day workshop.

The next day I decided white acrylic paint (3 hours) added to the already charcoal-drawn background would liven things up a bit.

If you look carefully you can see the small flap fold mark on the front cover above and the first page below.

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Fabriano Tiziano; compressed charcoal, watersoluble 9B graphite, waterbrush; hair spray as fixative; white acrylic paint. 3 hole pamphlet binding.

This was inspired by Diebenkorn’s 1963 painting. I was having so much fun that I found myself doing this and that while using any material within reach.

Strathmore 400 Series mixed media paper.
Pencil, gouache, gesso, acrylic paint, Inktense pencil, stamp, Stayz On Pigment ink, collage, glue stick.

I like this messy drawing way better than the one under it. Plus it was more fun to do. What did I have to lose? Nothing. Again, I moved from the front, around the side and settled behind the Dyckman Farmhouse, sketching as I went.

Stillman and Birn Alpha Series sketchbook
Charcoal, Pilot Parallel Pen, Lyra Watersoluble Graphite 9B, Waterbrush, Neocolor II

I switched my attention to the sketchers and circled around the Dyckman Farmhouse, stopping here and there, settling on my stool, sketching and then moving to another location. Phew. Much more relaxing than tree sketching.

Stillman and Birn Alpha Series sketchbook
Charcoal, Pilot Parallel Pen, Lyra Watersoluble Graphite 9B, Waterbrush, Inktense

It seems there is an actual farmhouse still in Manhattan. The Dyckman Farmhouse is located uptown in the lively and interesting neighborhood of Inwood. The NYC Urban Sketchers and Urban Sketchers of Indonesia virtually united to sketch “together” last Saturday to commemorate (per a brochure prepared for us by member Leslie) the signing of the 1667 Treaty of Breda which resulted in…”trade for the islands of Manhattan in New York and Rhun in the Banda Sea, … Indonesia.” Nutmeg was the reason.

On Saturday, I walked around the Farmhouse looking for a place to park myself and sketch. I was struck by the view in the back garden so, with my back to the house I sketched the interesting tree (!) backed by two tall apartment buildings and a rickety looking fence. Then I screwed up the perfectly fine drawing with awful color and no longer liked it. At home I fooled with gouache – didn’t help one bit. Acrylic paint looked awful. But I noticed that the lines from the Pilot Parallel Pen were still showing through the paint. Curious, I painted over everything with gray acrylic to see what would happen. Ordinarily this gray paint makes everything opaque but not then. Strange. But I decided I liked it after all.

Drawing on site, paint added at home.

Stillman and Birn Alpha Series sketchbook
Pilot Parallel Pen, Lyra Watersoluble Graphite 9B, Waterbrush, crayons, gouache and three layers of acrylic. Phew. The Alpha pages held up beautifully through all this.

I wanted to see how the gouache worked on Alpha paper and decided to also see what would happen if I painted over a piece of collage. The paper gets a bit wavy from the gouache but as far as I’m concerned the reverse is still usable. The glued down collage stayed glued. Copying Diebenkorn is a pleasant way to test art materials.

Stillman and Birn Alpha paper sample, pencil, gouache, collage, glue stick, fun foam stamps and Stayz On pigment ink.