Monday, September 30, 2013

Sketching the Edges of Central Park - September 28, 2013

The park was filled with kids and families, and that's what caught my eye:

Horse and Carriages waiting for customers 

The Caralon in Central Park

"A Big Boy" taking care of his baby sister

Time for lunch

Terumi and Elizabeth discussing a sketch at lunch

Denise working on a drawing

A ride in the park

Friday, September 27, 2013

{New York City Urban Sketchers} 9/28 Saturday Sketch: Central Park Edges

This Saturday we'll walk around the east side of Central Park 
and sketch Pulitzer Fountain, 
The Pond 
and the area around the zoo.

We will start at at 10 AM at the Pulitzer Fountain
                  5th avenue and 59th Street in front of the Plaza Hotel

Transportation: N,Q,R train to 59th Street; 4,5,6 to 59th Street; F to 57th Street. 


Sketch Central Park Edges

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

Tuesday, September 24, 2013

Sketching the Pier and then the Highline - September 21, 2013

I seemed to focus on the "odd" this Saturday.  

Walking down 40th Street I passed what I believe was once the HQ for American Standard.  I think of them as the toilet bowl manufacturer for the world.  In the place where other buildings would have gargoyles they have near naked people writhing with plumbing parts.  Seems hard to believe but here's a photo:

Diane Arbus is the queen of "odd" photos.  A street graffiti artist used one of her images for a peace poster:

I saw this plastic resin sculpture reminiscent of the Carravagio painting of the Young Sick Bacchus on the Highline

The Sketching day began in Starbucks;

A woman digging in her fringed purse on the Highline

An international woman of mystery skulking about in an unnecessary rain coat, and a woman looking for her companion to show up.

Thursday, September 19, 2013

Saturday 9/21 Sketch Date-Sun and water-Pier 62

This Saturday we will take in some sun and water at Pier 62, the newest park along the Hudson River Waterfront

We will start at 10:00 AM at the entrance of Chelsea Waterside Park at 23rd Street and 11th Avenue
Transportation: A,C,E train to 23rd street walk 3 blocks west.

Saturday Sketch Walk-Pier 62 -

Contact info: Mark - 973-809-9128

Additional notes:

If you want to participate in a drawing and mapping project on 9/21 at 4:30 in LIC, sponsored by el Paper see:

For those of you interested in the newest renovations to Prospect Park in Brooklyn, a tour is planned for 9/28 by the APLD:

Monday, September 16, 2013

NYC Saturday sketching

It was a great sketching date on Saturday. A bit cold in the shade though.

Guggenheim warming up

Guggenheim warmed up

Sunday, September 15, 2013

Sketching Fifth Avenue's Museum Mile - September 14, 2013

We met in front of the Guggenheim Museum and sat on a  shady bench outside Central Park.

We moved uptown and relocated by a major entry to the park - a people-watchers paradise.

I often become more interested in drawing my fellow Urban Sketchers.  After all, unlike everyone else, they hold still.

Denise, Richard, Julie and Bryant


Denise and Richard

We had  lunch at the Museo del Barrio where we met up with Elizabeth and then walked back across Fifth Avenue to the Conservatory Garden.  The Conservatory is one of the hidden treasures of NY, a real island of peace and tranquility.  I sketched the Three Dancing Maidens fountain.

The Three Dancing Maidens

Sunil joined us in the Gardens, first time I've seen him since before the summer began.  I sketched him and Denise.

Sunil and Denise

Thursday, September 12, 2013

Saturday 9/14 Museums, runners and gardens

This Saturday we will walk up 5th avenue to sketch the Guggenheim and Jewish Museums, the runners at Engineer's Gate and the  Central Park Conservancy Garden.

We will start at 10:00 AM in front of the Guggenheim and take it from there.
Transportation: 6 train to 86th Street
Saturday Sketch Walk-Museum Mile -

Contact info: Mark - 973-809-9128 or Richard 917 224 8373

Tuesday, September 10, 2013

Sunday, September 8, 2013

Madison Park - NYC USk 09-07-2013

Madison Park sit's in the shadow of the Flatiron Building.  I arrived early, got a cup of coffee and did a quick sketch of the iconic building in the early morning light.

The park had a summer art exhibit by Orly Genger.  Using 1.4 million feet of nautical rope covered with 3.500 gallons of red, yellow and blue paint.  She's created undulating mountains of rope, woven into forms throughout the park.  The painting I did looks so unlikely that I also took a photo to document the temporary exhibition.

The good thing about the park was that it had comfortable sketching.  There were loads of benches with lots of good things to draw.

Alison was sketching to my left and Elizabeth was on my right.   Alison had to leave early, and when she got up to leave Tarunita came over to ask about our sketching.  She's originally from Australia and had just moved to NYC from LA.  As we chatted I did a quick sketch.

There were interesting sketch opportunities nearby.  An older couple in wheel chairs shared a lunch together.

And a new mother was photographing her baby in the park.

After taking a break for a late afternoon lunch together we went back to the park for an extra hour of sketching.  The scene in front of me included New Yorkers doing their best to imitate Manet's Luncheon in the Grass.

And the last sketch of the day was a man who I thought of as The Poet.  He seemed deep in thought and at one point he took out a book and started writing notes.   The odd thing was that he was wearing a handkerchief around his face, ... like a bank robber in a Western.  New York is a a big enough town for the Poet to be a genuine creative genius struck by inspiration at the moment I sketched him, or one more crazy person out there doing his own thing.

Thursday, September 5, 2013

Usk NYC September 7th-Madison Square Park

This Saturday it's Madison Square Park

 We'll stay in the park, so it'll be hard to not find us.
There's plenty to draw in the park and its immediate surroundings.

Meeting location: Entrance at 23rd and Broadway (in front of the satue of William Seward)
10:00 AM

Transportation: Trains: 6, F, M, R to 23rd Street. See you there.

Contact info: Mark - 973-809-9128 or Richard 917 224 8373

Park Art
Eataly near'a by
Flatiron and food carts not too far away