Wagner Park to South Cove, Saturday, August 24, 2013
I caught an early train Into the city. Not a very early one, just earlier than necessary. I went to my usual haunt in Penn Station and had a big bowl of oatmeal, a large cup of coffee, read a book that lives in the iPod Touch and sketched the crowds outside the window as they either scurried or stood waiting.
Oops. It's time to catch the downtown #1 subway.
I walked from the Rector Street subway stop to Wagner Park where the Central Park Sketching & Art Meetup Group was gathering for a few hours of sketching. The routine is that Jesse, the organizer, brings us to a location, everyone scatters and draws for about 45 minutes after which we all meet to display our sketches. This procedure is repeated two more times after moving to new locations. Our last site was in South Cove where Figure al Fresco takes place on Wednesdays.
For my first sketch I headed over to the clock tower that I saw for the first time last year after a ferry ride. I took photos of it then knowing I wanted to draw it someday. This was the day. Shirley has the story behind it and a more complete view of the building.
I finished with time to spare so I took advantage of the artist next to me.
This is the view of Jersey City and the Hudson River.
Again, if you're going to sit next to me.....
They were sketching the view across the river. It wasn't until everybody was gathered together again that I realized he was a young teenager and she was his mother.
Since I so rarely have a Saturday free from work I was hoping to be able to join the NYC Urban Sketchers after the meetup but Staten Island just seemed a bit too far/time consuming in the time I had left to get to it. Oh well. Maybe in September. Instead I took the M20 to 14th Street and walked the High Line to 30th Street and then back to Penn Station.
For the first drawing
iPod Touch for drawing and color. Sketch Club app, New Trent Arcadia stylus. Paper texture from ArtRage in iPad.
For the remaining drawings:
iPad, Sketch club and ArtRage apps; New Trent Arcadia stylus. I tweaked the colors later when I was in the Recliner Studio Annex. It is hard to judge the colors when outside, even in the shade. Things were just too pale/pastel-like for my taste. Just couldn't live with them like that. Nope.