Monday, November 10, 2014

Art Deco and Rockefeller Center

On Saturday Susan and I headed into Manhattan on the subway. There are always some models if the train isn't too crowded. The woman on the left got off at the first stop (the nerve of her) so I moved on to sketch the second woman who was a bit more cooperative.

This woman was directly across from me. She alternated between being half asleep with her head all the way back, looking straight ahead, or putting on makeup.

When we got to Rockefeller Center the Christmas tree was standing up and the workmen were putting scaffolding around the tree so that it could be decorated. We just HAD to do a sketch of that! I still don't understand how they keep the tree from now until the beginning of January without it losing it's needles. When we had fresh Christmas trees as a kid the needles started falling off the tree as we were bringing it home. lol

I found a spot in the middle of the promenade that leads from 5th Avenue all the way to the skating rink. There were art deco designs over the doorway, but I was also interested in sketching the workers who were planting the tall trees that would be decorated and will stand in the middle of all the lit angels that are put up every Christmas season. By this time I was starting to get cold. My body was warm enough in my down jacket, but my feet and hands were cold. I did have fingerless (and regular) gloves that helped my hands but I couldn't do anything about my feet.

Then I walked down 49th Street a half a block and sketched the NBC Studio marquis. It had some art deco elements too...and I was in the sunshine for a short while. Then it was time for lunch...and we were able to warm up indoors. Yay!!!

After lunch I sat on 5th Avenue right in front of St. Patrick's Cathedral facing across 5th Ave where  the bronze Atlas is supporting on his shoulders, not the earth, but a representation of the heavens (or so says the brochure about Rockefeller Center). This is the largest sculpture in the Center...he stands 15 feet tall on a 9 foot high pedestal. I happen to have worked in this building when I was in college and passed this statue just about every day. Who knew he wasn't holding up the earth?

Since it now gets dark so early and it was so cold, we headed indoors to share our sketches before most of the group headed home. A few of us hung out a bit longer at a local restaurant bar, but only Mark sketched there...on matchbooks no less. It was a good day...but a bit too cold to be sitting around. lol I'm sure it was much warmer if you were moving around like most of the tourists.


  1. Great day. My two favorites are the woman on the train and the NBC sign. Question: what's wrong sketching in matchbooks?

    1. Nothing...I thought it was a fun idea. We should have all done it and left a bowl of them as a surprise in the bar. Can you imagine opening the cover and finding a sketch inside?