Saturday, November 9, 2013

Sketching in the West Village

Today the NYC Urban Sketchers did a bit of an author's tour of the West Village.

I traveled into the city on the LIRR from Pathchogue which takes about 1 1/2 hrs. I planned to use my time sketching. At first the only view I had of a person was through the opening between the seats.

Then a woman sat down on the other side of the aisle.

Then a young man got on and was sitting facing me so I was able to do a full sketch.

The NYC Urban Sketchers were meeting at 1 Washington Square North which was at one time the home of Henry James and at another time the home of Edith Wharton.

I sketched the house.

Then I did a quick sketch looking down Washington Square North. This one was done directly with pencil lines.

Our next stop was supposed to be 130 Macdougal Street where Louisa May Alcott once lived, but the building was gone or incorporated into the college. By this time we were all cold and we saw the Tea Spot at 127 Macdougal Street. It was heaven inside! There was wonderful hot tea and a great interior to sketch. We were there quite a while and they were very gracious to us.

I sketched the waitress and the counter area. 

The assorted tea accessories made a good still life. I had mango green tea...yummy!

Mark and Mia were sketching across from me.

Suma was working to my left.

Svetlana and Maria were discussing problems with Svetlana's pen. 

I did a few sketches of my fellow sketchers and other people there.

Here is a photo of all of us at the table.

It finally looked like the sun was out and we were ready to venture back outside. We walked past several buildings related to writers on Grove Street.

This sketch was done at 10 Grove Street which was where O'Henry wrote his short story, "Last Leaf."

Here is Sveltlana working on her sketch.

And Mark working on his sketch.

A few of the sketchers left at this point and Mia, Mark and I headed over to the White Horse Tavern to get something to drink before heading back home. It was a really good day of sketching and my thanks to Mark for organizing this themed sketching tour for us.

Unfortunately on my ride home there were no other commuters nearby that I could sketch (my train car was very empty.) so my day of sketching was over.


  1. So fun to sketch with all of you! Great sketches, photos and narrative.

  2. Wow, you were really prolific on Saturday. Great work, wonderful photos.

  3. Joan, what alot of sketches! Nice recap of your day through your journaling. Wish I could have gone.

  4. Another great set, Joan. I love the train and teahouse sketches in particular. You include such fantastic details. It was fun sketching with you.