Sunday, August 11, 2013

Bikapalloza - The Gardens of the East Village - August 10, 2013

Using the New York Bike Share was a lot of fun - my first time.  It's been a long time since I've been on a bike and I don't think I've ever ridden in the city.  Having bike lanes makes it a real pleasure, something I'd like to try again.

I did a lot of preparation for the event and created color coded maps to show Bike Pickup locations, Drop-off locations, walking maps and riding maps, since the plan was to walk and ride.

Color Coded Maps - Exquisitely Planned Down to the Last Detail

The great plan fell apart almost immediately.  What I realized was this wasn't a one day idea.  We could spend the whole summer sketching the gardens.  There are so many of them, and they're all interesting, different and beautiful in their own way.  We lingered, and spent too much time.  To even try to accomplish everything in my crazy plan would have turned the event into a forced march rather than the pleasure sketch crawl I think we all love.

The 11th Street Garden

Our first stop was the 11th Street Garden, which looked like it was lovely -  but was locked.  We setup in the street, looking in through the fence and sketched the gardens from the outside.  It might not be a general rule, but it seems that the gardens don't really open until around noon.

The Ost Cafe

On the way to the Dias y Flores Garden on 13th Street we stopped at the Ost Cafe on 12th and Avenue A for a quick Coffee / Expresso.  We got window seats.  The windows were open so it was like sitting outside.  Great coffee, great atmosphere.  We all sat there sketching.  The clientele was my subject matter.  I did several, but this woman sitting on a stool was the one I like best.

We made it to Dias y Flores and discovered something interesting.

  The people in the gardens were as interesting as the gardens themselves.  Here Jason and Richard are chatting with two of the locals.

The Dias y Flores Garden

The garden and the people who care for the garden became sketching subjects.

By this time everyone was starving and we decided to head over for Indian Food.  Richard remembered to photograph the garden sign, .... and I remembered to photograph Richard.

We might have had the most perfect weather of the summer for this event.


  1. Wow Mark! Great sketches! You have gone very clean and bright in your color choices, and less dark lines. Equally as nice as to what I am used to seeing. I especially like the one with the two guys, and the one with the umbrella.

  2. A few of your sketches look a little looser than normal for you without so many ink lines...and great like always. It looks like a nice day...funny how we often overplan and what should be a relaxing, fun time would end up like a marathon. lol


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