Thursday, November 4, 2021

Sunday: Sketch the Light

Walking in Central Park's Ramles

We’re saying goodbye to Daylight Savings time.  We’re saying goodbye to the summer greenery.  We’re saying goodbye to our autumn colors.  I think we can all sense that the remaining days when it will be warm enough to sketch outdoors this year, are also coming to a close.

Our focus this Sunday, November 7th will be a specific area in Central Park.  As you might be aware, this Sunday is the NYC Marathon.  There will be hundreds of thousands of visitors in the city.  Many will be focused on the finish line in Central Park.  This will only add to the sense of the day’s excitement, but we will be carefully avoiding the Marathon crowds.  Pay particular attention to the travel suggestions below to get to our meeting place.

We will be sketching the Belvedere Castle with it’s beautiful view across the little lake in the morning.  The city did a magnificent job cleaning and sandblasting the structure which is also a weather observatory.  We’ll have our lunch in that area too.  The afternoon will be spent sketching in The Rambles, the deeply wooded area just south of the castle.

Belvedere Castle

What:   We’ll be sketching in Central Park (see attached maps.  One map shows where we’ll be meeting and the other shows the route the marathon will be using.)

Where:   Meet on the grass at the lake in front of Belvedere Castle

When:  Start time - 10 AM.   Running late?  Messed up by the subways?  Come anyway - we'll be there.

-   Avoid the East Side Approach the park from the West.
-   By Subway:  Take the B or C train to 81st Street (that’s the Museum of Natural History stop).  Enter the park across the street.  You can also exit the same train at 86th or 72nd Streets, but it’s a somewhat longer walk.
-  Also by Subway:  Take the 1 train to 79th Street and walk from Broadway to Central Park West. Enter the park.

Lunch:  We'll break at 12:00 to have a luncheon on the grass.  Bring your own food and drink or depend on the vendors in the park.  

Afternoon:  1:00  We’ll move as a group into the Rambles.  We’ll be sketching in small groups so pick a partner or two.  If you’re new we’ll make introductions and get you situated.

Show and Tell:  3:00 PM - Location to be determined.  We'll share drawings, tell stories and talk about art supplies.

-    Bring a hat (for the sun - hopefully!)
-    Dress in layers
-     Bring a stool if you have one, it gives you more options.  

If you can’t find us
call or text Mark at 973-809-9128

Click to Enlarge - Map of Meeting spot

Marathon Route, avoid traveling across their path

Cool NYC USk Merch!

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