Some of our members are taking part in a sketch swap with our sister city of Sao Paulo, Brazil, and Saturday was the day we were supposed to be sketching in our respective areas for the swap. I will only be posting my sketches from the day that are not part of the exchange. I think I have decided which of my sketches I will be sending off. I was paired with Fabiana from the Sao Paulo Urban Sketchers. I am still waiting for her mailing address for her sketch, but we did exchange emails. Hopefully this will work out and we will actually exchange sketches.
I headed into the city on the Long Island Railroad and during my 1hr 15 min trip I sketched a few people. At first I didn't have a good view of anyone (I hate when that happens!) but midway through the trip someone sat where I had a good view. Here are the sketches I did going into the city.
The train schedule either gets me into the city an hour before we are meeting or late for our meeting time. lol So I always head in early and use the extra time for a sketch. I got off at Penn Station which is at 32nd Street and 7th Avenue. I decided to go upstairs to the street and sketch. I was dressed warmly with my hat, sweater, coat, thermals, and gloves. At first all went well, but then when I started to paint the sketch I had problems. MY PAINT FROZE ON THE PAPER! I must say this is the first time this has happened to me. The paint turned grainy and wouldn't move...and the water brush wouldn't release water. I decide to skip the rest of that painting for the time being, and head over to Lincoln Center by subway. I had the basic sketch done and finished painting it at home.
The sketchers met at the David Rubenstein Atrium on 65th and Broadway. It is part of Lincoln Center and is an interesting spot. There is a vertical garden wall on one side and there are views to the outside as well as a cafe.
Here is my sketch from the atrium.
I took a photo of Jimmy taking a photo of his sketch.
I also did a sketch of Jim while he was sketching and part of a sketch of Jimmy and Mark. We left that location before I was able to complete all three of them...but sometimes that's what happens.
From there we moved on to the lobby of Alice Tully Hall which was also in the Lincoln Center area. Here we had a better view of the tall buildings outside. Everyone got very busy. I think through the course of the day we had about 15 sketchers participating...a lot for a very cold day.
Alison, Julie and Josiah had comfy seats that they shared with a man napping.
Mark and Jim (who was taking a sketching break)
Svetlana and Jimmy
Here is my sketch against the backdrop that I was sketching.
And my touched up version of the scene.
Lunch is always an important part of our day...sketching works up an appetite. lol We headed over to PJ Clark's for lunch and sketched while waiting for our food. I did these sketches directly in ink, which is always a challenge for me. I know I rely much too much on my pencil and eraser.
After lunch the group split up. Mark and I were catching our rides home in the same direction so we walked through the city streets looking for a location for one more sketch before we called it a day. That is the sketch that I will be sending to my swap partner in Sao Paolo, Brazil. Until she gets it I'm not going to post it here or anywhere.
I did one more sketch on the train going home...there was one cooperative model who sat facing me.
It was a great day of sketching and spending time with some old friends and new sketching friends.