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JKPP = Julia Kay’s Portrait Party (referred to photos put on JKPP Flickr Group supplied by subjects for this purpose)

iPadPro; Pencil
Apps Used:
#1 Zen Brush and Sketch Club
#2 Tayasui Sketches Pro; Sketch Club

I was bored. The gouache painting of construction workers was over there – across the room in the shadows – so I took out iPad and sketched it sort of.

iPad; New Trent Arcadia stylus.
Apps Used: Zen Brush

One afternoon I watched a painting video, that one led to another and after awhile I spotted a Carla Sonheim free lesson on how to paint a Modigliani portrait geared towards kids. It was a lazy, non-productive, do nothing kind of day and, hours later, too late, I started to doodle.

iPad; New Trent Arcadia stylus.
Apps Used: Zen Brush and ArtRage

Here is the non-urban part of November 22. Six of the NYC Urban Sketchers took off their Urban Hats and grinned and laughed as they sketched the models at Dr. Sketchy on the Lower East Side.

The theme was 1920’s: Masculine Women! Feminine Men!

The music was terrific.

Good lighting and I could actually see their feet.

That didn’t mean I was going to draw those feet.

And that’s the end of this day.

iPad; New Trent Arcadia stylus.
Apps Used:
#1&4: Zen Brush and ArtRage
#2,3,5: Finngr Pro and ArtRage
#6: Gridded notebook and Pilot V-ball pen, sketch photographed using iPad and then imported into ArtRage for color.

I had another day off (traded Thanksgiving for it), so on Saturday, November 22 I went to meet the NYC Urban Sketchers downtown at the newly opened Fulton Transit Center. All the transit types had been raving about this place. Multiple subway lines converge, eventually all the businesses that plan to be here will be and it is probably a madhouse during the week, but on this Saturday it was a really sleepy laid back hub.

First, though, I spent some quality time in Penn Station.

When I finally arrived at the Fulton Center, after more Saturday subway construction musical chairs, I found the sketchers scattered all around the large station. They were easy to spot. Most of the people downtown at that hour were cops, security guards and NYC Urban Sketchers. I rested iPat on a ledge and looked up and down trying to figure out how to draw the architecture and was soon defeated. Thank goodness for the cops discussing cop business down below and the ever present family of tourists.

Lunch was at a sandwich shop a few blocks away. Surprise! The restaurant had just opened, was empty, only two employees and 12 or 15 of us started rearranging the tables.

Afterwards, back at the Transit Center, I headed underground with Jeff and Joan. You see, earlier Jeff had painted a homeless person asleep on a bench (he showed it to us at lunch) and I was jealous. We set up on the R train platform and on the opposite platform were a constant supply of people sitting still while they waited.

Jeff set up his little stool almost at the yellow painted edge of the platform that supposedly keeps you safe if you keep off. I moved to the bench behind him and happily sketched. When a train would stop the open conductor’s window was just in front of him. It was fun to see their reaction when they were confronted with a man sitting on his tiny stool with his watercolors and paper.

Frozen, the three of us went back upstairs to join with the others and have some show and tell.

This is Jeff (and Mark, over there) on the J train. On my side are Joan and Amy. We are going somewhere else. (Hmm. Is he sketching all of us.)

Stay tuned, I also made another small iPat book that morning and after dark we became un-urbanized.

iPad; New Trent Arcadia stylus.
Apps Used: #1,3,4,5: Finngr Pro and ArtRage; #2: Zen Brush and ArtRage .

On the 21st floor in the Empire State Building Dr. Sketchy had a free event (November 20) in conjunction with Shutterstock. The theme was Carnival Brazilian style. Upbeat Brazilian music from decades ago and models bedecked in feathers and glitz. The setting was perfect. Free munchies and drinks. B&H photo brought along some Wacom tablets which were hooked up to computers for use during the figure drawing.

I walked there from MOMA and stopped for some dinner.

That didn’t keep me from munching on the snacks.

Amy, from NYC Urban Sketchers, was also there.

You know I’m going to say it was great fun.

Plus, it was only a few blocks from Penn Station!

iPad; New Trent Arcadia stylus.
Apps Used:
#1,3,4,6: Finngr Pro and ArtRage
#2&5: Zen Brush and ArtRage

On Sunday, November 16, the NYC Urban Sketchers met downtown on Spring Street at the Fire Museum. No, no ,no. We didn’t spend the day toasting marshmallows. Hmm. Not a bad idea.

This museum is filled with everything used to fight fires. I was, as per usual, overwhelmed with all the detail on all the magnificent very old fire engines and equipment and, after spending some time exploring the first floor with my mouth agape – the main water line was a log with the center bored out!! back in the old times – I went up to the second floor.

This floor was also chockablock with more old ornate fire engines, equipment, portraits, doodads on every surface. I rested my eyes on some old illustrations and eased my way into sketching.

I do like sketching wooden sculptures.

Still floundering around I returned to another illustration of this actor in an 1848 NYC play.

Lunch was at a nearby Mexican restaurant. Nicolas is the son of one of the sketchers and seems to have picked up the lunchtime sketching habit as well.

Fortified, I was back on the second floor. Everyone was drawn to this machine.

The previous drawing wore me out so I moved my chair and regrouped.

Ok. Eyes all rested I walked around the displays and found a model of “Red Rover” and then it was time to leave.

Downstairs everyone (there were many) was getting ready to exit the museum when a couple of us (Mark and I) realized we hadn’t sketched Jim. He was all packed up and ready to leave but stood nicely for a couple of minutes (literally) while we sketched him. It’s mandatory.

After that it was off to the Mandatory Bar for show and tell, etc.

iPad; New Trent Arcadia stylus.
Apps Used:
#1,2,5,6,7: Finngr Pro and ArtRage
#3: Zen Brush and ArtRage
#8: Sketch Club
#4: Gridded notebook and Pilot V-ball pen/Tombow pen, sketch photographed using iPad and then imported into ArtRage for color.

I’m still talking about last Friday. At 5:30 I left MOMA Studio and walked down to the Empire State Building where I was to meet up with NYC Urban Sketchers friend, Julie. I had dinner, she had a bite at a very nice corner Korean deli – no, I did not eat anything unusual – and then we resumed walking down to The National Arts Club on Gramercy Park. There was a free figure drawing Meetup being held there. The problem was that it wouldn’t start until 8:30 and when we arrived there was an event in our meeting space that hadn’t cleared out yet.

Since I wasn’t working the following day I assumed the lateness wouldn’t bother me but I started getting anxious because I would get home at midnight or later.

I knew Julie was going to leave early at 9:30 so I just slipped out with her. The models were terrific. There were no short poses, I assume it was because the event was just 2 hours, so we started with 10 minute ones.

I took the subway to Penn Station, well, it was really short rides on three of them, since it was quicker than walking, and didn’t have a long wait for my train – just long enough.

iPad; New Trent Arcadia stylus.
Apps Used: #1 Zen Brush; #2,3,4: Finngr Pro . All imported into ArtRage for color.

What a day. Yesterday, Wednesday, I got into the city at 10:00 and walked down to Union Square Park. I had to. I started a one page book last week, ran out of time and it seemed like this would be a good day to finish it. Then I took a subway uptown to MOMA and spent 3-1/2 hours channelling Matisse. The Union Square book is 98.65% finished and the MOMA collages (and two little books I made there), which build upon the Union Square sketches, need to be scanned, etc. Blah blah blah.

At 4:30 I left MOMA Studio, bye bye Ken, and walked up to The Frick Collection for Wednesday Night Sketch.

These are the iPad sketches. The ones I did in my gridded notebook need to be painted. It was difficult to see the details in this painting – I was too far away, the lights were dim and I didn’t want to get up and block the view by standing close to inspect things. You know I’m not particularly fond of the artwork in this museum but how could I ignore those red feathers. She was wearing ermine and silk and I tried my best.

We were in the library this time. They seem to rotate the rooms for these Wednesday night things. Thank goodness for small favors.

I’m waiting for them to let us into the room where St. Jerome is hanging (hung?). I feel an affinity for him. A couple of years ago I made a multi-colored fun foam stamp of that painting.

So, a day full of a variety of art making and I also clocked 4.2 miles walking.

iPad; New Trent Arcadia stylus.
Apps Used: #1 Art Set Pro; #2 Zen Brush and ArtRage; #3 Finngr Pro .

Figure al Fresco has ended until next May. Sob sob oh woe and another sob.

But. I’m finished sobbing now.

Something else, in Midtown, totally free, is taking its place. Different.

Exciting. There’s so much going on in this city.

I think one thing will influence the other.

I took part last Friday and I was pleasantly pleased but I’m looking forward to evolving. Gosh. I hope I evolve.

Pictures tomorrow.

iPad; New Trent Arcadia stylus.
Apps Used: All were painted using Art Set Pro.
Drawings: I don’t remember. One was Zen Brush, a few were Art Set Pro and the last was Sketch Club . Something like that.