Tuesday, April 30, 2013

Washington Sq + Union Sq

Section of the Washington Square Arch.

                                                        A bit of everything at Union Square.

Wednesday, April 24, 2013

It takes a Village... 4/27/2013 Sketch Date

This Saturday we will meet at Washington Square Park, under the Arch. There will be cherries in bloom, folk singers, pidgeon feeders, dog walkers and much, much, more.
We'll start at 10:00. We will move on to the Union Square Green Market for more sketching and lunch around 11:45. As always, remeber to bring your favorite sketching materials.
Date: April 27, 2013
Location:Washington Square Park
Time: 10:00 AM
Trains: C,D,E,F,M to West 4th, N,R to 8th Street
If you need to contact us call me at 917 224 8373
Google Map:

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Tuesday, April 23, 2013

From a Portland sketcher

I got this email from Linda Daily that I wanted to share:

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Hi Mark,
Thanks to you and your fellow NYC sketchers for making me feel so welcome!
I wish I could have spent the day but my husband is patient up to a point!
The gardens were beautiful and a highlight of my visit.
It is so delightful to connect with Urban Sketchers in other cities.

The Sargent show was exceptional.So exciting to see his brush strokes up close.
We also loved the exhibit of the African artist.Wow.All made from bits of bottle caps,etc.
Amazing work.

Home to Portland this afternoon where it is much warmer! Our visit was great though bit chilly!

I am learning to use a new iPad so hope this photo sends.
Again,many thanks!

Aren't we sketchers a great group of people?

Linda Daily

The Japanese Hill-and-Pond Garden at the Brooklyn Botanic Gardens

Monday, April 22, 2013

Brooklyn Botanic Garden

Such a beautiful location for sketching, which we shared with thousands of others, all there for the cherry blossoms! As usual, great company and conversation. The museum shows after were icing on the cake. A perfect day!

Sunday, April 21, 2013

Here are my sketches from the Brooklyn Botanic Gardens.
The Japanese Pond was a great spot...

but very crowded

The stairs with the flowering trees looked interesting...

and the fountain and greenhouse too.

Here are some photos of the day.
Sharing sketches and ideas is always fun.

Here are Kerry, Richard Susan, and a visitor from Seattle.

Mark was busy working.

Christine, Mark and Susan sharing.

Some sketchers worked through lunch.

Christine, Jason and Susan sketching.

Lauren working with some interested young artists.

It was great to see the exhibits at the Brooklyn Museum too.

Cherry Blossom Time at the Brooklyn Botanic Gardens 04-20-13

We met at the Brooklyn Botanic Gardens in time for Cherry Blossom season.  In the afternoon we went to the Brooklyn Museum which is next door to see the John Singer Sargent Watercolor exhibit.

The Fountain at the Lilly Pool Terrace

Because the Gardens were so crowded, there was a tremendous amount of
 interaction between the
people passing by and the sketchers.
Lauren struck up a conversation with one of the kids
and was soon swarmed by children.
She shared her art supplies with them - new Urban Sketching recruits.

A guy on the subway ride back, lost in his book.

Thursday, April 18, 2013

Saturday Botanic Sketching and Watercolor Exhibit (4/20/2013)

This Saturday we will sketch at the Botanic Gardens, then head out to see the Sargent Watercolor exhibit at the museum
We'll meet at the eastern parkway entrance of the garden at 10:00 AM
Start Location:
You can contact Mark (973-809-9128) or Richard (917 224 8373) if you need any help finding us.
See you all there!

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Tuesday, April 16, 2013

Sketch Crawl NYC

Graduating Rutgers senior, Maria Torres dropped by Bethesda Fountain just after the group left for lunch. She submitted her sketches to NYC USK and we're very impressed!

Sketchcrawl 39

Well, here are my pictures of the day.


Stonework at Bethesda Fountain in Central Park.

 The Metropolitan Opera

Farmers market at Bway and Columbus Ave
Lincoln Center and Julliard.

Monday, April 15, 2013

WWSC 39 NYC A great day to sketch

A big thanks needs to go out to the folks at Lincoln Center, The security personnel warned us of the drenching splashes that were about to burst, the cafeteria crew let us occupy tables and chairs to sketch and display our work and everyone was particularly helpful, curious and supportive. Thanks Lincoln Center!

Starting the day at Bethesda Fountain...a popular photo op spot.

At the fountain people sit, check their phones, talk and look around

The detail in the stonework, designed by Calvert Vaux, is fantastic.
Luch...burritos, sketches and chips..
The view from my chair

The afternoon at Lincoln Center

Draw from the cafeteria, where it was nice and warm

Sunday, April 14, 2013

Since Richard just posted such great photos of the day, I'll only post a few of mine and my sketches.

My sketch of the Bethesda Fountain.

The staircase leading down to the fountain.

My sketch of Richard done at the restaurant.

The delicious smelling waffle truck.

Part of the group sketching by the Lincoln Center fountain.

Mia sketching indoors.

More sketchers working.

A few photos.

Richard and Mark, thanks for organizing the day! It was fun!!!

Saturday, April 13, 2013

World Wide Sketch Crawl 39- New York City

We had an amazing turnout today for the sketch crawl. NYC Urban Sketchers and the New York Chapter of the American Society of Landscape Architects joined forces to celebrate sketching and landscape architecture month.

It was great to see seasoned sketchers and so many newcomers! Sketch posts will follow, but for now some photos!

At Bethesda Fountain

Sketchers and passers-by

great Mexican lunch

Lincoln Center Fountain

Illustrative sketchers

some new sketchers

a fountain-full of sketchers

luckily we were warned

in the trenches


laying out the sketchbooks

quite a display

all in a day's work