Saturday, June 29, 2013

Sayville Farmers' Market

I couldn't get in to meet the group in Central Park today, but I did get out for a sketch at the Sayville Farmers' Market.

Friday, June 28, 2013

Brooklyn Museum, Wednesday June 26, 2013

Wednesday, June 26, 2013

NYC Urban Sketchers - Saturday June 29, 2013

The Central Park Model Boat Pond

- also known as Conservatory Water.  This spot has attracted families, artists and model boat enthusiasts. The 72nd street site is bordered by the Alice in Wonderland statue to the north, as well as a sculpture of children's author Hans Christian Anderson reading The Ugly Duckling, to the west.  To get there enter the park at Fifth Avenue and 76th Street.

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Backup Rain Plan

The long term weather report says it might rain on Saturday. We’ve had some of our best sketch dates on rainy days – so be bold!  
The back-up plan is to meet at the New York Historical Society.  It’s located on the other side of the park, (almost opposite the Boat Pond ) at 170 Central Park West at 77th Street



  • We start at 10 AM, 
  • We’ll take a break for lunch 
  • For everyone  with  sketching stamina we’ll continue in the afternoon.
  • If you start late or can’t find us call 
    • Mark 973-809-9128 or 
    • Richard 917-224-8373


The Renegade Fair, The Sketchbook Project and Argyle Yarn

I spent Sunday in Brooklyn with my wife.  We went to the Renegade Fair in Williamsburg.  There's always interesting things to see.  The fair is right by the river with nice views of Manhattan across the water.

Is it my imagination or are more women wearing wide brimmed hats this year?

Came lunch time and we decided we'd go to the Radegast Hofbrau. It was good to get in out of the heat and have some cold drinks.   By the time food arrived we were starving:

Susan digging into her bratwurst

Only a few stores down from the Hofbrau was a shop that caught my eye - The Sketchbook Project.  I'd heard about this, but didn't know they had a library in Williamsburg.  It's open to the public and you're welcome to browse their collection.  They have thousands of sketchbooks from all over the world.  You can do searches based on almost any criteria.  I found two sketchbooks that I loved.  One was done by a woman from Russia who had the greatest loose drawings, and another was done by a guy from Brooklyn.  I was so taken by his work that I tracked him down and asked him to come sketch with the NYC Urban Sketchers.

Before heading for home my wife wanted to check out a new yarn store Argyle Yarn.  If sketching is my passion, knitting is hers.  The store was in the western part of Park Slope.  I sketched the mannequin while Susan was absorbed with their huge collection of interesting yarn
Goes to show - there's something
interesting to sketch wherever you are

Monday, June 24, 2013

Whitney Museum June 19, 2013

Sketching at Green Wood Cemetery

What a strange beautiful place.  The cemetery is perched on a hill overlooking NY Harbor.  You can see the new World Trade Center and the Statue of Liberty across the water.  The grounds are sculpted and beautifully kept.  Which is all great, but there's also the macabre aspect, ... that it's a cemetery.

Many famous people are buried there.  I think we were all taken by the old Copper Beach tree with gnarled roots.

Joan, Susan Jimmy, Matt and Carol

Joan Sketching
Richard Sketching

At some point we all got hungry.  We adjourned and had lunch, shared drawings, talked and sketched each other.

Susan gave me three sheets of paper to try out.  I painted Richard who was sitting opposite from me.  The characteristics of the paper could not have been more different.
Strathmore 140 lb watercolor paper from their Brown Cover pads.
My favorite.  I think it was cold press.  Enjoyed everything about the paper.

Green Parrots

Maybe the most extraordinary thing we saw at Green Wood was a large flock of Green Parrots.  Not what you'd expect in Brooklyn,  Apparently they were pets years and years ago,  escaped and seem to be thriving in the cemetery.

Sunday, June 23, 2013

Green-wood Cemetery

Large elephant like roots of a copper beech tree shading some headstones.

Family crypt

Visitors entrance


Lunchtime sketch of the view out on the patio.

Saturday, June 22, 2013

Brooklyn's Green-Wood Cemetery

We did a lot of sketching at our meet-up today at Green-Wood Cemetery. The main gate was our starting point...who knew there was a community of green parrots who have been nesting for years over the gate? Not me.

Here are a few photos from that area.
Here are Matt, Carol, James, and Susan sketching.

Richard (who joined us for the first time today) and Mark at work.

Next we moved into the cemetery. I found an interesting copper beech tree to sketch.

And of course had time to sketch a few friends.

A few more photos.

Matt and Carol sharing before they left.

A scenic view.

Richard sketching.

Mark sketching.

James sketching.

By then it was time for a lunch break. We kept sketching while we waited for our food and after getting our food. Here's a view of a table in the back garden where we ate.

A man outside.

Mark, Susan, and I headed back to Green-Wood Cemetery for a bit more sketching.

Friday, June 21, 2013

Central Park Sketching and Art Meetup - Sunday, June 16, 2013

Sunday morning I headed into the city again, taking an early train so I would have time for breakfast and coffee .  I settled at my usual spot by the window looking out at the station, watching travelers promenade and linger.

I sketched the view straight ahead while I sipped coffee and ate an egg sandwich.  Things are slower early on a Sunday.  

At 10:00 I left the station and started walking in a north easterly, almost two miles, zig zag pattern.  This plan changed when I spotted a street fair/festival at Lexington Avenue and 42nd Street.  Lex was closed to traffic all the way to somewhere in the 50's and it wasn't crowded yet so I was able to walk at a good clip and not have to stop for lights.  At 51st I resumed walking east until I reached the meeting place.

 The Central Park Sketching and Art Meetup Group spent a few hours in The Secret Park.  You get to it via some very old, narrow, steep, stone steps.  Lots of them.  Down Down Down.

It's a very nice place.  Something for everyone to sketch -  trees, architectural interest, East River views, dog park, people, even the site of an old leper/smallpox/TB (one of those, not sure which but for some reason leprosy comes to mind) hospital on the island right opposite us.
I took advantage of Francesca who was busy painting something above my head and didn't move  anything except her painting arm.
Jesse, the organizer of this Meetup group, has us disperse and sketch for about an hour or so, and then we all display our drawings, ooh and ahh, and then resume another sketching session, etc.

I switched apps and spent some time on the garbage (not the first time, it seems).  None of the colors are true - palette is very limited in this app so imagination and reality collaborate.  When I finished this I simply pivoted around from where I was standing and spotted my next subject.

At 1:45 we all gathered and displayed our final sketches.  Kimiko and her friend were way at the other end of the line.  I was watching and wasn't disappointed.  Her friend spotted my iPad image and started laughing, gesturing to Kimiko to look.  Massive giggling ensued.  She had no idea I was using her as a model.  "E-mail it to me!", said between giggles.
Reversed zig zag walk back to Penn Station.   While waiting I took advantage of these three.  Someone sat next to me and openly watched but I don't care anymore.  Or, I had such a good day, I didn't care then.

I finished the drawing just before the two on the left got up to catch their train and had time to get a coffee and oatmeal cookie.  Had to get my caffeine quota.  Sketch was done on the train.

iPad drawing, Sketch Club app, Finngr Pro app, Pogo Sketch stylus.

(In the last sketch the app acted up and wouldn't "save" so I took a screen shot.  That's why the unwelcome intrusion shows up on the lower left.  A sporadic glitch.)