Sunday, December 14, 2014

Going NUTS Sketching

This past weekend I went NUTS sketching in a 12 hour binge.  Maybe it was the inspiration from the NYC Urban Sketchers.  Maybe it was the mystical consecutive gematria of 12-13-14 (If you are into Kaballah you understand). Anyway here is the chronology of my day, which began at 9 AM with a warm-up on the 6 Train downtown.

The Urban Sketchers met in the Winter Garden next to Ground Zero in the World Financial Center.  I used my watercolors to paint Mark sketching, overlooking the Hudson River and my old hometown Jersey City.

After lunch I painted Yolanda, a new member of the group.  The light from the huge windows gave her beautiful skin a glow that I tried to capture.

Then I went scouting for a new Urban Sketch location in the ultra-hip Lower East Side.  I went to a bar and and ordered a beer and took out my paints once again.  This one was challenging because this place was dark and I winged it with the colors.  The guy in the maroon jacket was doing a great job chatting up the Asian lady on the left.

After a few brewskies the place got way too crowded so I stopped in Starbucks to wind down with a hot tea and sketched this guy who was really plugged in:

I couldn't stop sketching.  On my way home I sketched this down-on-his-luck sax player on the F Train platform.

Here's a close-up:

Coming back on the F Train I sketched this inebriated couple.  I used a waterbrush to get the color in while on the moving train. By this time it was past 9 PM and the day was getting long.  This was a 12 hour sketch binge!

Anyway I hope you enjoyed looking at my day in the great city of Manhattan through my sketches!  Thanks Urban Sketchers for the opportunity to enjoy the camaraderie of a talented group of artists!


  1. Very nice work, Jeff. I especially like the portrait of Yolanda. The skin tones are beautiful.

  2. Wonderful collection from a great day of sketching. Well done Jeff


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