It was a refreshingly cool overcast day at Riverside South Park. In the morning, looking south from a recreational pier, I focused on the towering gantry once used to transfer rail cars between barges and the tracks of the rail yard previously located here.
In the afternoon, as drizzle turned to rain, I sketched the same scene from the south.
Serious rain held off until our planned 3 pm meeting time when we walked over to Josie's for a delightful show and tell.
This video shows our recent sketching adventure at Riverside South. It was a great day of sketching as you'll see and even included the drama of an unexpected fire in a nearby high-rise. The video ends with our Show-and-Tell where we shared drinks and drawings and our stories about the day.
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New York City Urban Sketchers at the Park at Riverside South.
In a nod to the 4th of July Weekend there will be no meet up this week for the weekday sketchers.
Next week, July 16, 2015 we will meet in the Heather Garden of Fort Tryon Park. The garden is in full bloom and with the river views and the George Washington Bridge we will have lots to work with. Watch for details next week.
The weather report was lousy but we dodged the rain and had a great day sketching.
Riverside South is first cousins with the High Line. Similar esthetic but laid out on a more generous scale with intimate water views. There are sections where it feels like your standing in the middle of a wild field with a NYC Skyline above the tall grass.
The Park is a strange mixture of old dilapidated abandoned NY and new ultra shiny NY. There a remnants of the abandoned train structure that brought goods into the city 120 years ago,
And there are beautiful plantings everywhere. It must have been an Urban Landscape Architect's dream job and it was executed beautifully.
Anytime I'm out sketching it's the people around me who seem most fascinating. I spotted a couple a few tables away.
The guy had a fantastic beard and was sitting pretty still in profile deep in conversation.
I sketched him and then later went over to say hi, introduce myself and show him the sketch I'd done. Happily, Tucker seemed delighted having been the unsuspecting subject - which was nice.
Got a chance to try to do some of the other sketchers including Jeff, Joan and Julie
Later as we were ordering drinks and food at Josie's Restaurant getting ready for our Show and Tell I did a quick sketch of Julie, Laura and Joan who were sitting on the opposite side of the table.
The weather was iffy when I got off the train at 72nd Street, with drizzle and rain threatening to call off the day. I set up in the middle of the island and warmed up with some line and wash. I wanted to try out some new equipment including Strathmore 500 multimedia pad and Pilot Croquis graphite pencil.
I met the sketch group down by the river, and under the drizzle managed to pull off a few more sketches, including one of our fearless leader, Mark.
Then went up to the Boat Basin Cafe and sat with several shots of tequila which really improved my technique.
Ended the evening with my wife having dinner at Cafe Fiorello on Lincoln Square, sketching the waiters behind the counter who work so hard.
And that was the end of a sketch-filled day. Thanks Sketchers for the inspiration and motivation to get me out into the streets of this wonderful city!