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Yesterday I attended a virtual meetup at the New York Botanical Garden where we were taken on a tour of the Orchid Show. It was organized by the Westchester branch of the NYC Urban Sketchers and instead of driving up to who-knows-where and having to maintain distancing I was comfortable in my recliner, an annex of my studio.

Referred to screenshots of various orchids.
Strathmore 400 Series mixed media paper, gouache, black & white Molotow acrylic Paint markers.

Stonehenge White; charcoal, Molotow Acrylic Paint Markers

Still swiveled away from the table I sketched the crowd of people – a new iteration of the crowd – again. I un-swiveled, wet my brush, and began painting with gouache. It was fun trying to figure out the paint but it was very difficult waiting to pass through the ugly stage. Phew.

Strathmore 400 Series mixed media paper
Tombow Fudenosuke Brush Pen (hard tip), Pitt brush pen
Gouache

I took part in Sunday’s NYC Urban Sketchers workshop taught by Lois Bender. She demonstrated “Choosing Colors to Make Your Whites Pop” using the skyline view of Jersey City outside the window. She actually did three quick watercolors to show different approaches to achieve the results desired. You all know I don’t do watercolor but I will, on occasion use gouache. Where I was sitting there was a sliver of a view into the Winter Garden so I did a quick thumbnail and, my back to Jersey City, tried to make my whites Pop.

Strathmore 400 Series mixed media paper, gouache, Staedtler Brush Pen.

I attended a NYC Urban Sketchers workshop on The Value of Value taught by Suzala last Sunday. We met up in Bryant Park where there was grass, buildings, people, sun and shade and lots of tables and chairs. A perfect venue with subject matter for everyone. Suzala taught us how to construct a thumbprint using four Values – white, black, and two grays -, Notans, as a guide to constructing a painting that would lead the viewer to the important parts.

She sent us off to do two quickies. This was my first, I was unable to complete the second, very unlike me. It’s gonna take some practice. It was a struggle simplifying the busy city surroundings into value shapes. Suzala’s guidance was invaluable.

Then she sent us off to do a Notan in preparation for a watercolor painting. This was my third.

You all must know by now that I don’t do watercolor. I brought a very old set with me. I sat at a table, took out my water, a brush and the gouache I had also brought. Might as well keep myself happy. First time I painted outside, midtown Manhattan, and as soon as I started everything around me faded into white noise as it does when I’m sketching. My painting is “me” and I probably failed the lesson in values but I enjoyed myself .

Afterwards I wandered around Bryant Park, stopping to sketch several times. The weather was perfect, the walk from and back to Penn Station was relaxed and comfortable and nothing went amiss with the train.

1&2: scrap paper, Tombow (grays) and Pitt Brush Pen (black).
3: Strathmore 400 Series mixed media paper, Pelikan gouache, Staedtler Brush Pen.

After Christies we split up and went our separate ways. I took the first bus that came along, got off at 32nd Street and walked to Penn Station where I had a longish wait for the next train that would take me home. In my tote bag was a pad of black paper and a few colored pencils from the Porto Symposium swag. I sketched a bunch of people gathered around the device charging stations that were installed a while ago – I guess if you can charge up you don’t notice all the train delays and snafus – MTA improvements in action. I painted the drawing later that evening at home.

Sketched on location, painted at home.
Strathmore Artagain black paper pad, colored pencils, molotow and posca acrylic paint markers.

Referred to photos snapped by me.
Black cheapo paper, molotow and posca acrylic paint markers, scissors.

Referred to photos snapped by me.
Black cheapo paper, molotow and posca acrylic paint markers, scissors.

Referred to photos snapped by me.
Black cheapo paper, molotow and posca acrylic paint markers, scissors.

Referred to photos snapped by me.
Black cheapo paper, molotow and posca acrylic paint markers, scissors.