Wednesday, September 30, 2015

Sketching in Brooklyn Heights

We lucked out again because Sunday was another beautiful crisp day with lots of sunshine - a great day to sketch Brooklyn Heights.  I started early and set up my plein air rig in Brooklyn Bridge Park. This area was a wasteland ten years ago and is now a beautifully sculpted park.

This one took me about two and a half hours.  I used a bamboo pen with Sumi Ink, along with my watercolor set.

Here it is finished... well, almost.  There's still a lot of room for improvements but I just set it aside.  

I joined up with the group in time for lunch.  Here are the sketchers on the Brooklyn Heights promenade with our fearless leader, Mark.

While the group fanned out on the sidestreets I set myself up in front of the Heights Cafe.  What a splendid neighborhood with lots of young families and good vibes.  

Here is the finished product, spanning two pages of my sketchbook, which is a Strathmore 500 series. I used a Japanese pen with a name I don't know, and my regular watercolor set.  Thats a Ginko Tree with hanging branches at top.  The dog appeared at the very end and I needed to use white paint to accomodate him.  He adds a lot.  

So sketchers, enjoy the fall season, and I hope to see you all again soon!