Friday, March 13, 2020

Sketching in Special Times

Bowling with CORVID-19 

There was a phone meeting this morning with six of the people who organize our sketch events.  It's official, until further notice New York City Urban Sketchers will not be meeting to sketch together.  Meeting together is optional but many would say the urge to draw and express ourselves isn't.  And, sketching is a good way to deal with the craziness.

Now more than ever, it's important that we share our artwork.   It's important for us to be in communication.  I've noticed that posting artwork has dropped recently.  I am part of that problem and intend to share my artwork online regularly.  I urge you to do the same.

We all need to learn how to share our work on the internet.  It's not hard. We can help each other.  We can each contribute by either learning or sharing what we know.

We can make this period interesting, by thinking up themes we can explore, and challenges to build skills.  If you have a good idea - share it.

Our old rules don't make sense at this moment. It's not so easy for us to do on-location drawing, but we can record what's going on at this particular moment.  I think what's going on inside is vailid and also should be shared.  Feel free to be expressive, use words if it helps you communicate.  Share what you're doing.

Here are a couple of things we can do right now:

1)  Let's create two lists.  One for all the people who could use help figuring out how to share their work on-line.  The other group is people who are willing to take the time to help.  Send me an email with either the phrase, "I could use help", or "I can be a helper".   I will pair those who want with those that got.   Don't hit reply - please send the email to me directly  Mark Leibowitz (

2)  Find something and post it to one of our social media sites, - our Facebook Group or our Instagram account - or both.  Write something too.  Let us know what's happening with you.

3)  Here's a theme you can use to stimulate your creativity.  It will take us to the heart of what's going on:
Bowling for CORVID-19 is my attempt.  I'm curious to see yours.

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