Friday, March 27, 2015

Upstate Barn

My sister and I were upstate in Orange County yesterday to pick up paintings. Whenever we go up there we do a search for a scenic barn to sketch. The problem is that there is usually not anywhere to park when we find one. We finally found a barn and diagonally across from it was an area to park...perfect...except we had to keep turning on the windshield wipers because it was raining. lol

Thursday, March 26, 2015

SATURDAY - Double Header

New York City has such rich choices for Urban Sketchers.

Sketch the Ukrainian Museum
The finest collection Ukrainian Art outside of Kiev.  

The Ukrainian Museum is the largest museum in the U.S. committed to acquiring, preserving, exhibiting, and interpreting articles of artistic or historic significance to the rich cultural heritage of Ukrainians. At its founding in 1976 by the Ukrainian National Women's League of America, the Museum was hailed as one of the finest achievements of the Ukrainian American community.

- The folk art collection, with more than 8,000 objects, is one of the most important collections outside of Ukraine.
  - The fine arts collection consists of some 2,000 paintings, drawings, graphic works, and sculptures

ALSO:  Of interest but independent of our sketching: 

Pysanky: Ukrainian Easter Eggs 
– Spring is here and so are the Easter holidays, which together will offer welcome relief from the harsh winter of 2015. It's the season for making pysanky (Ukrainian decorated eggs), and for reviving the ancient Ukrainian Easter traditions signifying the renewal of life. 

For one day only (March 28) visitors of all ages will have an opportunity to watch artists proficient in this art form in action as they create beautiful pysanky. In addition to the demonstrations, the award-winning short film Pysanka by Slavko Nowytski will be shown continuously from 1-5 p.m. 

Pre-registration is required for the Pysanky Workshop .  Call 212-228-0110 to book a seat.


Dr. Sketchy's Vanitas:

Latin for "vanity." In art, vanitas paintings are meant to be symbolic of the transience of life, the futility of pleasure, and the certainty of death. In reality, they celebrate as much as condemn vanity, providing a moral justification for many paintings of luxurious objects and macabre curiosities.  Click for their website

When:  Part 1:  The Ukrainian Museum opens at 11:30

Where:  222 East Sixth Street (between 2nd & 3rd Avenues)

How:  Subway options:
  • #6 (Lexington Ave. line) to Astor Place (8th St./4th Ave.)
  • N,R to 8th St./Broadway
  • F to 2nd Ave./Houston S
How Much:
Admission to galleries:
  • $8.00 adults
  • $6.00 seniors
  • $6.00 students (with valid ID)
  • Children under 12 – free
Lunch:  This is a late lunch be prepared:  We leave at 1:45.  Destination - Bareburger - 85 2nd Ave between E.5 and E. 6th Sts, Vegan Burgers and Salads available.  Considered one of the Best Burger Joints in New York!  Done and out by 3:00

When:  Part 2: Dr. Sketchy starts filling up at 3:30. The best seats go quickly.Session runs from 4-7 pm. 

Where: The Botanic Lab, 86 Orchard Street. (lower level)

How:  by Bus M15 - 2nd Ave. (southbound)  to Allen St/Delancey St
or Walk  an 18 minute walk, slightly less than .9 miles.

How Much:   $12 in advance, $15 at the door, and  a 2 drink minimum.  
(This is a new policy, it sounds fine to me - it's a three hour session, ... but be aware!)

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Can't find us?  
Call or Text Mark - 973-809-9128

There are no fees or attendance taken. All drawing skill levels are welcome

Homage to Raphael Soyer

I joined the weekday Urban Sketchers at the Chaim Gross Foundation and super-surprised to see several paintings by brothers Raphael and Moses Soyer - two of my all time faves.  I sat and sketched this homage to Raphael.  Its also an announcement that after years of avoidance I am finally on social media, and you can follow me on Instagram.

So Sketchers, see you on my hand held device!

Sketching the Cathedral

I'm always staggered by the interior space at the Cathedral of Saint John the Devine.  It is hard to capture.  You either have to deal with the unimaginable visual complexity, or you have to be guided by the feel and the spirit of the space.

This first drawing tries to capture the soaring heights of Church:

 The second sketch focuses on a beautiful blue vase located on a stand beside the alter.  Although every line in the church focused the view on the cross to the right, by cropping the scene the vase becomes a more important player in a conversation with the cross, the columns and arches of the church.

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

One of My Favorites

Peggy Roalf featured Melanie Reim in the latest issue of DART.  Both are NYC Urban Sketchers.  If you're not familiar with DART it's a great newsletter to which you can subscribe.

Melanie is one of my favorite sketchers.  She's part of the 100 original sketchers that were there at the birth of the Urban Sketching movement.  As her schedule allows she joins us sketching all over the city.

You can check out the DART and enjoy the article about Melanie by following this link

Sunday, March 22, 2015

Heavenly Sketching

It was wonderful that the Cathedral Of Saint John The Divine arranged to have choral music all day while we sketched. I knew they were from out of town when they called me "mam"! High school students from California, Vail, Georgia, Washington, Florida. Imagine singing , and sketching in the largest Cathedral in the world!

The bright back light behind the ornate fretwork captured my attention.

The building is soooo large, it was difficult to include or see so much of the architecture .

One of the stone statues.

I included this photo of a sculpture in the church yard. Hello to the first day of Spring!


Saturday, March 21, 2015

A "Divine" Experience

Visiting the Cathedral Church of Saint John the Divine was a "divine" experience. Sketching while listening to so many choir groups put me into such a different mental place. Each group sounded so peaceful and made me feel so tranquil! The music really added to the experience. 

I sketched one of the groups...and using artistic license I left out a large number of performers.

With all the wonderful architectural details it was hard to select a view that I thought I could handle without all the arches making me crazy or getting a stiff neck from looking up for too long.  The view from the center of the cathedral towards the rose window in the front caught my eye. That was easy enough...NOT!

I had a few minutes before we were heading out to lunch so I sketched one of the young girls in another choir. I did a simple drawing of her with a blue watercolor pencil...and left it that way.

After lunch I decided I needed to do a sketch from Xu Bing's project the Phoenix which had already been taken down. Too bad we missed seeing it diplayed hanging from the ceiling. It must have looked wonderful.

My final sketch was a view through the arches from one of the side rooms where you can look almost all the way across the cathedral.