Wednesday, May 27, 2015

SATURDAY: Sketch Governors Island


Governors' Island - 800 yards from Lower Manhattan


Governors Island, a 172 acre island in the heart of New York Harbor, is only 800 yards from Lower Manhattan, and even closer to Brooklyn. It is a world unto itself, unique and full of promise.

The Late 1800's Frozen in Time for you to Sketch


It's been said that you can't see NYC from Manhattan.  Governor's Island has absolutely unique views of the city and stunning views of NY Harbor.  It's also a snap-shot of small town American in the lat 1800s and a lot of fun to sketch.

Visitors disembark at Soissons Landing

DETAILS:
Governors Island is a car-free biking oasis

Where:   Governors Island - Only reachable by Ferry (don't forget to sketch the ferry ride)

When:
Get there early -  lines form.  We're taking the 11 AM Ferry (note - not our usual 10 AM start time).
Sleeping Late?  Hey, come anyway. Bring the contact phone number so you can find us.

Once There:  Our Base Camp will be Colonel's Row, a particularly sketchable part of the island, with event's, nature areas, historic homes, rides and food concessions.  We'll meet there, have lunch there and do Show and Tell there, - but you might want to also go to the shore for views of the skyline and harbor.

Lunch:  12:30 - We'll break for lunch and socializing with some sketching thrown in (of course).  Although the concessions have great food the lines are long. Bringing a picnic lunch might be good.

Children and adults alike
enjoy Fete Paradiso, a festival
of  Ssketchable vintage carousels
and carnival rides
Afternoon:  1:30 - Back to sketching

Show and Tell:  3:30 - To share drawings, good stories.

The Ferry Back:  We'll leave at 3:30 intending to make the 4:00 Ferry back.   

From Manhattan: Ferries leave from the Battery Maritime Building, on the corner of South and Whitehall Streets. (departs every 30 minutes until 5:30)

From Brooklyn: Ferries leave from Brooklyn Bridge Park’s Pier 6 at the foot of Atlantic Avenue. (departs every hour)

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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



Monday, May 25, 2015

My Memorial Day Weekend

Since we didnt have plans to meet in the city, on  Saturday I met with a small group of local sketchers in Center Moriches at Nettie's Farm and Market. The coffee was good, the people were nice, and the view was colorful.


Yesterday I was at the Bayard Cutting Arboretum for an art show that one of my groups was doing. (I had a few paintings in the show too.) Before going into the show I painted the wisteria hanging from the porch of the manor house on the property.


For the last few years I have tried to attend one of the Memorial Day Ceremonies here on Long Island. This morning I missed the one in Sayville which I usually attend since I slept late, so instead I went to Patchogue. I sat in the park by the VFW Hall which I knew was the end of the parade, and caught some of the participants as the marchers in the parade arrived there. I was there sketching long enough for most of the ceremony. It was a touching tribute to those who gave their lives, those who served, and the families and friends of those who are still serving.


Since this is the beginning of the summer season I had to make a stop at the beach. It was warm enough to sit on the sand, but only the little kids made any attempt to go in the water. The lifeguards up on the chair were in sweatpants.


REPEAT PERFORMANCE


Weekday Urban Sketchers meet WEDNESDAY in 

Battery Park City 


We enjoyed the day so much we decided to do it again this Wednesday! 

The Battery Park City Conservancy provides a day of art every Wednesday.  Let's take advantage of it!  The morning is open sketching.  The afternoon is  figure drawing with a live model. Art supplies, portable stools and drawing boards are provided free of charge (of course you can bring your own!).
Entrance to Robert Wagner Park, Battery Place
DATE:  WEDNESDAY  May 27, 2015

LOCATION/TIME

AM Session 11:00 AM

Robert Wagner Park: located  on Battery Place between the Museum of Jewish Heritage and the newly renovated and reopened Pier A.  We will meet "between the instruments".  the supply cart is parked in the area and we can take materials anywhere we like (Castle Clinton, Pier A, the gardens, the lawns, the waterfront).  The area offers great views of the harbor, Statue of Liberty, Ellis Island, lower Manhattan skyline, flowers, water and people. 

Afternoon Session: 2:30 to 4:30

The supply cart will move to South Cove one block north  of the Museum of Jewish Heritage.  There is a "circle of benches" at second street where the model will be located.

MORE INFORMATION:

Here is a link to the Battery Park Conservancy web site.  You will find travel info and an interactive map that will show you where the park is located.

 http://bpcparks.org/visit/directions/

Bring your lunch and picnic on the lawn, try one of the new restaurants in Pier A or buy something from one of the many restaurants and vendors in the area. 

PLEASE RSVP directly to Raylie Dunkel at raylie@verizon.net

Looking for us?  Call Raylie: 201-978-6387

Friday, May 22, 2015

Bandung Travelogue in PDF e-book format

Re-posting a free offer from an Urban Sketcher in Singapore.  

Parka (Teoh Yi Chie) is one of my favorite sketchers.  He recently took a trip to Bandung, Indonesia.  and he's offering a copy of his travel journal for free.  It's a large download but it's fascinating.   

Parka is obviously an accomplished artist, but the thing I found most fascinating is how this is another example of how small the world is.  Parka's  comments and observations are exactly the things we discuss when we get together and talk about our sketches.  

I think you'll love it.



I've finally finished scanning and compiling all my Bandung sketches into a PDF e-book called Bandung Travelogue. 

The e-book has all the sketches I drew in Bandung. It's a PDF file that I've formatted for best viewing on 4:3 ratio tablets (e.g. iPad). If you're viewing it on the iPad, the sketches should be 1:1 size, same size as the sketches in my A5 sketchbook.

You can download the Bandung Travelogue PDF e-book for free using the coupon code SKETCHING at payhip.com/b/tBFb



By the way, I also recently released a Hanoi Travelogue (139 pages), but that one's priced at USD $6.

- Parka



Original Article: http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/UrbanSketchers/~3/_7MHp5QDsDw/my-bandung-travelogue-in-pdf-e-book.html

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

No Sketch Memorial Day Weekend



Enjoy the Holiday Weekend.  

We have no planned sketch activity.  I will be involved with family things.  If someone has a great idea I'd be happy to help you get things rolling - but won't be able to attend.

Let me know.

email - Mark 



Monday, May 18, 2015

Weekday Urban Sketchers meet WEDNESDAY in 

Battery Park City 

The Battery Park City Conservancy provides a day of art every Wednesday.  Let's take advantage of it!  The morning is open sketching.  The afternoon is  figure drawing with a live model. Art supplies, portable stools and drawing boards are provided free of charge (of course you can bring your own!).
Entrance to Robert Wagner Park, Battery Place
DATE:  WEDNESDAY  May 20, 2015

LOCATION/TIME

AM Session 11:00 AM

Robert Wagner Park: located  on Battery Place between the Museum of Jewish Heritage and the newly renovated and reopened Pier A.  We will meet "between the instruments".  the supply cart is parked in the area and we can take materials anywhere we like (Castle Clinton, Pier A, the gardens, the lawns, the waterfront).  The area offers great views of the harbor, Statue of Liberty, Ellis Island, lower Manhattan skyline, flowers, water and people. 

Afternoon Session: 2:30 to 4:30

The supply cart will move to South Cove one block north  of the Museum of Jewish Heritage.  There is a "circle of benches" at second street where the model will be located.

MORE INFORMATION:

Here is a link to the Battery Park Conservancy web site.  You will find travel info and an interactive map that will show you where the park is located.

 http://bpcparks.org/visit/directions/

Bring your lunch and picnic on the lawn, try one of the new restaurants in Pier A or buy something from one of the many restaurants and vendors in the area. 

PLEASE RSVP directly to Raylie Dunkel at raylie@verizon.net

Looking for us?  Call Raylie: 201-978-6387


Sketches



The weather forecast was very iffy for the Drifting in Central Park Sketch event this past Saturday.  I got setup and had a good start when it started raining.  The choices were to run for cover or try to tough in out.  I opened up an umbrella and kept going.  A couple stopped to chat and took this photo.  I wasn't sure if I was being ridiculous or clever.  In a couple of minutes the light rain stopped, so , .... maybe not so ridiculous.



A sketch of the new Whitney Museum.  Although I hear it's gorgeous on the inside, the exterior seems more like a factory than a world class showcase for American Art.



The view of the Bethesda Fountain in Central Park.