Saturday, July 11, 2015

Sketching in Socrates Sculpture Park

We had a sunny, warm day at Socrates Park. In the morning there was a yoga class going on under the trees. Mark and I sat to sketch them, which was a challenge because they don't hold a pose for very long. I call this "Yoga Gone Wild" because it looks like everyone is doing their own thing because I sketched each one doing a different pose. Some of the students came over and checked out the sketches...and nobody seemed offended, which is always a good thing. lol

Next I did the rocky view along the water with these great barns/sheds/buildings. I'm not quite sure what they would be called.

After our lunch break I noticed these two ladies with a little girl and her bike. Luckily I sketched them rather quickly because they took off before I could add the color. The background trees and buildings did stay in place. We were able to also see the lighthouse on Roosevelt Island which we sketched back a few months.

The park had a few unusual sculptures (see the yoga sketch above) and this one was a pyramid shaped living sculpture covered with grass and a few flowers. In the background you can see the building on the right which was a piano factory.

I think we all enjoyed the day. We had a nice breeze and lots of shade to keep us comfortable. This was another great location.

To all our NYC Urban Sketchers who are heading to Singapore...have a wonderful time!


  1. A great collection of sketches that sum up our day beautifully. My favorite is Yoga Gone Wild which really expresses the sketcher's dilemma, - that our subjects just won't sit still. Another great set Joan.

  2. Wonderful sketches, Joan! They are all so complete and descriptive...

  3. ooohhh--these make me so wish I could have joined. love the variety of the locations and the yoga poses is a hoot. thanks for the well-wishes for singapore. we'll bring back stories and tips to share.

  4. Thanks Mark. I think you had the right idea to do the poses separately. lol

    Melanie, thanks so much.

    Shawne, thanks. I'm sure you all will come back with wonderful stories.


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