Thursday, October 1, 2015

SATURDAY Sketch: a) Rain, or b) Shine

SATURDAY:October 3, 2015

Every time I look there seems to be a different forecast for this weekend.  Although there is some chance we could have a nice Saturday, I think the smart move is  a defensive strategy.

Our Meeting Place

Let's meet at the Met - 1000 Fifth Avenue (at 82nd Street).  The Metropolitan Museum opens at 10 AM.  
a)  If the weather looks like intermittent rain, or worse, we'll stay indoors.
b)  If the weather looks promising we'll go to Central Park to sketch the Mall (the tree-lined walkway that starts just below Bethesda Fountain and extends down to the Literary Walk at 66th Street.

Good Weather = The Mall in Central Park
This is the last weekend to catch the Sargent show if you haven't seen it. (It will almost surely be too crowded to sketch there.)  We'll use the European Sculpture Hall as our base.  I've just finished reading The Goldfinch and am curious to look at furniture as art to sketch. And, of course there's years worth of things to sketch.

The Central Park Mall is one of the most photographed romantic spots in the city - well worth sketching.

Bad Weather = The Sculpture Hall at the Met


When:   We'll meet at 10 AM.  Text of call me if you come late.

Where:  Meet at the Met - Information Desk at 10 AM.  Located at the center of the Rotunda (look on the left side as you enter) We'll determine whether we'll have an indoor day or not.  From there we'll go the European Sculpture Hall.

Lunch:  Noon - At the cafeteria for indoors, picnic style if we're in the park.

Afternoon:  Back to sketching wherever we are.

Show and Tell:  At 3:15 (weather permitting) we'll start walking to Carlow East, 1254 Lexington Ave, near E 84 St. to share drawings, good stories and a beer or wine if you're so inclined.

1)  The Met requires a voluntary contribution.  Their suggested amounts would bankrupt a devoted art-lover.  I take the world "voluntary" seriously and provide a modest admission contribution.
2)  The Met doesn't want us sketching wet.  The rules are not uniformly administered.  Last time there I used a pen, water soluble graphite and a water brush.
3)  They will check your bag.  My intention is to carry as little as possible into the museum.
4)  However if we end up outside,  the ground will be wet, and having a folding stool will be a real help.

From East Side of Manhattan: 
Subway: Take the 4, 5, or 6 train to 86th Street and walk three blocks west to Fifth Avenue. This walk is about a half mile and takes approximately ten minutes. Bus: Take the M1, M2, M3, or M4 bus along Fifth Avenue (from uptown locations) to 82nd Street or along Madison Avenue (from downtown locations) to 83rd Street.

From West Side of Manhattan
Take the 1 train to 86th Street, then the M86 crosstown bus across Central Park to Fifth Avenue; OR take the C train to 81st Street, then the M79 bus (free transfer) across Central Park to Fifth Avenue.

Can't find us?
Call or Text Mark - 973-809-9128

There are no fees or attendance taken. All drawing skill levels are welcome

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