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Münter was also Influenced by the fauvists Matisse and Derain. I spent some time copying one of her landscapes.

Strathmore 400 Series mixed media paper; black gesso; acrylic paint; Molotow acrylic paint markers.

Wikipedia mentioned that Auguste Mack, an expressionist, was also influenced by the fauvists. In keeping with last weekend’s NYC Urban Sketchers virtual event I happily copied his painting.

Referred to a painting by Auguste Macke.
Strathmore 400 Series mixed media paper, black gesso, acrylic paint, Molotow acrylic paint markers.

Matisse and Derain started fauvism and soon Derain’s friend de Vlaminck joined them for a time. An image of his painting had been living in iPat and it fit the bill for the day’s NYC Urban Sketchers virtual event.

Stonehenge paper, black gesso, acrylic paints and Molotow acrylic paint markers.

The NYC Urban Sketchers virtual event was to paint like the fauvists. We were supposed to go to a town in the south of France but I wanted to copy some favorite paintings. I have an app that lives in iPat which contains hundreds of artworks that tug at my heart. It was a simple thing to find exactly what I wanted to copy. I did pass by google images out of curiosity but my mind was already made up. Afterwards, when the spirit of the event had been met I veered off into a couple of expressionists that were influenced by what Matisse and Derain were doing in the 1900s.

Strathmore 400 Series mixed media paper, black gesso, acrylic paints and molotow acrylic paint markers.

After lunch, from 1-3pm, we were instructed to sketch something from the past or the future using any source. The kicker was that we were to insert ourselves into the sketch. The virtual throw down was to be at 2:55pm. Facebook was flooded with our sketches.
As soon as I heard the parameters of the second part of the NYC Urban Sketchers Virtual Event my Toulouse Lautrec book flashed in my mind. I found what I wanted right away and saw that there was an empty area for me to safely observe the goings on.

Stillman and Birn Beta Series sketchbook, Fudenosuke hard brush pen, Molotow acrylic paint markers.

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

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.