Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Chinese Scholar Garden - Staten Island, Saturday July 26th

The Chinese Scholar Garden 
at the 
Staten Island Botanical Garden

"The garden is created by the human hand, but should appear as if created by heaven."
 Paraphrasing the 15th century garden designer Ji Ching.

This garden elicits both a contemplative and sensual experience. All the elements of a classic Scholar's Garden are present: wood, rocks, water, plantings, furniture, walls, walkways, pavilions,  The structure is designed to give the illusion that the building is floating over the water's surface), bridges, paving, painting and calligraphy. We hope you will cherish a day of sketching at this sanctuary.

 All the architectural components of The New York Chinese Scholar's Garden were prefabricated in Suzhou, including roof and floor tiles, columns and beams, doors and windows, bridges and paving materials and carefully chosen rocks.

This is the ONLY Chinese Scholar's Garden in the United States.  

(description by Victoria V. via Yelp)


  • Take subway to lower Manhattan, via the 1 train to South Ferry or the 4/5 train to Bowling Green or the R train to Whitehall. 
  • Exit and walk south to blue neon Staten Island terminal to take FREE ferry. 
  • After landing in Staten Island take the S40 bus at Gate D to travel along Richmond Terrace, less than a 10-minute ride. Let the bus driver know that you want to get off at Snug Harbor.

WHEN:   We meet at the Staten Island Ferry, our starting point at 10:00 AM.
HOW MUCH:  There is a $5 entrance fee to the Garden.

If you're delayed or off to a slow start come anyway.

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

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

Sunday, July 20, 2014

Sketching Columbia University, July 19, 2014

We had beautiful sketching weather and a knowledgable guide.  Gene was able to give us the "insiders" view of Columbia from the vantage of his many years working there.

Saint Paul's Chapel
Although the library might be the most famous building on campus, I loved St. Paul's Chapel and found the mix of rounds and rectangles interesting to sketch.

Bellerophon Taming Pegasus
I guessed Picasso, but that would be wrong. Jacques Lipchitz was commissioned to create the 23 ton sculpture that adornes the Law School building on the Columbia Campus  When approached, Lipchitz purportedly told the committee that they weren't going to get a blindfolded justice sculpture holding the scales of justice.  It's a jumble of forms, some human-like others horse-like.  Jim did a version that I hope he posts that had beautiful color.

We Morning Group Portrait
We had a couple of first time sketchers join us including Susan, Ileana and Emma - welcome.

At the end of the day we went to a sidewalk restaurant and after ordering drinks we all started sketching.  Susan clued me to the woman sitting behind us.  I moved my seat for a better view of what I took to be a true New York character.  A woman, easily in her 80's was wearing every bright color of the rainbow and seemed to have one of those larger than life theatrical personas.  My quick sketch as she perused the menu doesn't begin to do her justice.

Saturday, July 19, 2014

Enjoyed drawing this street scene from the Columbia upper campus today.  Thank you, Gene for hosting this.

Thursday, July 17, 2014

Traveling to Maine

Leaving Long Island meant taking the Orient Point Ferry to Ct to start my trip to Maine on Wednesday. Never one to waste a minute I sketched from my car while in line waiting to board.

People on the ferry are very good models.

By the time I got to Maine it was dreary and raining. It didn't stop me. I headed to the shore in York, and could barely see the rocks because of the fog and rain. I sat in the car to sketch, but even got wet inside the car. lol I figured if the guy could be out there fishing, I could keep sketching.

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

West Village Sketch Crawl and Gallery Visit

Date: Monday July 21, 2014

Time:  11:00 - 3:30

Place: St Luke of the Fields Garden

The weekday sketchers will meet in the garden of St Luke of the Fields on Hudson Street near the corner of Barrow Street.  Look for the brick wall surrounding the garden
See Greenwich Village Society for Historic Preservation site for the interesting history

 From there we will walk and sketch our way around the "shady" streets of the West Village to draw famous and infamous spots along the way including the Edna St Vincent Millet House (narrowest house in NYC), the Cherry Lane Theater and Westbeth where there is a gallery open to the public.  

Join us for an interesting stroll through a beautiful park of Old New York.

The Church of Saint Luke in the Fields is located at 487 Hudson Street, in Greenwich Village, New York City, at the intersection of Hudson Street and Grove Street. 

By Subway: 
Take the 1 to the Christopher Street station, the 2 or 3 to the 14th Street station, or the A, C, E, B, F or D to the West 4th Street station. 
   -  From Christopher Street: Walk west on Christopher Street, away from Sheridan Square, towards the Hudson River. At Hudson Street, make a left. The church is one block to your left, on the west side of the street. 
    - From 14th Street: Walk south on 7th Avenue to West 11th Street. Turn right on West 11th to Hudson. Turn left on Hudson and walk to Grove Street. The church is on the west side of the street. 
    - From West 4th Street: Leave the station at the south (West 3rd Street) exit. Walk south on Sixth Avenue to Bleecker Street. Turn Right. Follow Bleecker across Seventh Avenue. At Grove Street, turn left. Follow Grove to Hudson Street. The church is across the street. 
    - By PATH: Take the PATH to the Christopher Street station. Turn left upon exiting the station at Christopher Street, and make a right on Hudson Street. The church is one block on the right.


Can't find us?
Call Raylie Dunkel  201-978-6387

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

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

World-Wide Sketch Crawl - Hoboken, NJ

Lackawana Train Station
The Brass Rail

Columbia University - Sketching Saturday July 19, 2014

For over 250 years, Columbia University has stood the test of time 
& has evolved into not only one of the top Ivy League Schools, but 
a Green Utopia in a busy city.

Hosted by Gene Profanoto

Lowe Library

We will meet at 10 am on 116th Street & Broadway Right outside the Gates of College Walk (approximately 20’ from the  #1 Train Subway Station.)

St Paul's Chappel
At the Center of College Walk, you will see Low Library on your Left – North & Butler Library on your Right - South. You cannot get lost on the Campus. It’s divided into Upper Campus; College Walk & Lower Campus.

The 1st sketch from 10 am-12 pm will be all Lower Campus which will include Low Library.
In addition to Low Library, you will have the Centennial Gardens; Van Am Quad etc.
Two types of Snack Places are located in Lerner which also has restrooms & the other Snack Place is Pulitzer -  which used to be known as Journalism  - which I do NOT believe has a Restroom.

Lunch at 12 pm, we will meet up at the Centre of College Walk where we can decide on lunch. We can either go to one of the many restaurants on Broadway, or pick up something from Hamilton’s Deli on Amsterdam & eat in one of the many shaded areas.

At 1:30 pm we will move to the Upper Campus which includes the Amsterdam overpass.

Wien Courtyard
As an aside, as long as it’s before 4pm, the side entrance to the International Affairs Building; Cross Amsterdam, Walk Left, Doors on Right Hand Side – almost Directly Opposite of St. Paul’s Chapel Gates are large Restrooms.
In addition, if you cross Amsterdam Avenue & keep walking straight, on your left past Jerome Greene (Law School) you will come upon some Black Gates that lead to the entrance of Wien Courtyard. Wien Courtyard is also accessible from the Amsterdam Overpass which has some great views.

Pan - Upper Campus

At 4 pm, we will all meet in front of Uris to share our sketches.

How to Get to Columbia University:

  • Take the Uptown # 1 Train to 116th Street Station. 
  • You can take the 2 or 3 But You MUST Transfer at 96TH Street to the # 1 Uptown Train or You Will End Up On the Other Side of the Planet!!! 

Can't find us?  Call or text: 

Gene - 917.912.3071  
Mark 973.809.39128    

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