October 18, 2019

Off to Paris and My Sketchbook is Ready

We will be leaving for Paris for a short vacation, and for many years I included "Mickey" on one of the first few pages in my travel sketchbooks to Europe.  He is a character in Maurice Sendak's book In The Night Kitchen, and during the night he creates a bread dough airplane in his dream/imagination. 

Mickey2019SIZE400.jpg 

 

When we go to Paris I also include a painting of the Eiffel Tower, on the page with all of my contact information in case my sketchbook is misplaced.  Years ago I searched the internet for images since my photos were not sufficient to draw it, and I found a tutorial.  This is complicated enough for me!

 

Eiffel%20Tower%202019SIZE400.jpg 

 

http://www.paperandthreads.com/2019/07/_we_are_going_to.php

This is my blog entry for the Paris sketchbook which I recycled/made from a Paris book - with 140 lb watercolor paper. 

 

October 15, 2019

Picasso and Matisse

A group of my friends and I went to Swann Gallery for the previews of their Drawings and Prints Auction last month.  They have important representatives of 19th and 20th century artists, and we all usually draw some of them for practice.  I sketched two of my favorite artists:  Picasso and Matisse. 

Picasso Print Bacchanale:  This was one of several figures on this print, and I loved this guy!

PicassoBacchanal%20SIZE.jpg 

 

Matissee: Odalisque print which was made based on a an earlier painting of his.  I'm never sure how much I am learning from drawing these pieces, but it is so satisfying.  It was big enough to require more than one page in my sketchbook.

MatisseOdalique%20SIZE.jpg 

October 12, 2019

Quarter Bound Books

A Quarter Bound Cased-In book made with 50 sheets of copy paper - 5 folios per signature and 10 signatures:

The copy paper (grain long) was cut 6 inches in height and then folded in half to make folios.  The finished book is 6.25 inches high and 4.75 inches wide.  The book was covered with black book cloth and paste paper made with acrylic paints.  The end papers are solid black. 

My friends made the books on the left, in a group bookbinding session, and I made the book on the right. The copy paper can be used for drawing with a Sakura Pigma Micron pen.  I used the first one I made for 100 pages of ink drawings, and the size makes it easy to carry around. 

IMG_20191001_154541528%20SIZE.jpg 

October 8, 2019

Drawings From The Folk Art Museum NYC

There is an interesting exhibit at the Folk Art Museum, Lincoln Square, in New York City.  The art is by self-taught artists and all of the items are from the collection of Audrey B. Heckler.  I sketched some of the simple images I liked from the paintings of Carlo Zinelli, Hans Kruski, and my all-time favorite - Bill Traylor (1853 - 1949).  Traylor was a slave, sharecropper, and late in life an untrained artist who painted the world around him in Montgomery Alabama.  The black drawing below is one of his.

Drawings%20From%20Folk%20Art%20Museum%20SIZE.jpg 

October 4, 2019

September "Bodies in Motion" Drawings

When I have time after breakfast in the morning I still like drawing bodies from photos - these are from The Nude Figure: A Visual Reference for Artists by Mark Edward Smith.  I draw them on copy paper scraps and periodically collage some in my sketchbook.  It is a low stakes activity and it keeps me drawing....

 

Bodies%20in%20Motion%20Sept2019%20SIZE.jpg 

October 1, 2019

Urban Sketching at Starbucks - NYC

Went for coffee after the Village Art Fair, and sat across from a cute young couple.  It was the beginning of the semester at NYU and they had lots to talk about.  I sketched them very quickly and painted them at home.

StarbucksNYU%20SIZE.jpg 

September 27, 2019

Urban Sketchers: Fountain in Front of the Plaza

Urban Sketchers NYC:  This week the weekday Urban Sketchers met at the fountain in front of the Plaza Hotel and artists in our group sketched the fountain, the new Apple Company Cube across firth Ave, or the modern horse part sculptures across 59th St.  The weather was great and we talked, sketched, and painted for several hours.

Plaza%20Fountain%20SIZE400.jpg 

 

September 24, 2019

SE Asian Modern and Contemporary Art - Asia Week

This is a longer than usual Blog Entry:  "On August 15, 1947, India threw off the shackles of British rule. In the ensuing period of transition, turmoil, and hope, six young firebrands came together in Bombay, now known as Mumbai: K. H. Ara, S. K. Bakre, H. A. Gade, M. F. Husain, F. N. Souza, and S. H. Raza united to form the Progressive Artists' Group (PAG). In the early 1950s, Krishen Khanna, V. S. Gaitonde, and Mohan Samant joined their ranks; Ram Kumar, Tyeb Mehta, and Akbar Padamsee became closely affiliated with the Group. Together, the Progressives forged fresh art for an independent India and in time have come to be known as the country's quintessential moderns. " https://asiasociety.org/new-york/exhibitions/progressive-revolution-modern-art-new-india

My artist friends and I discovered SE Asian Modern and Contemporary art several years ago and fell in love with their colorful, native, representational art, while much of the art world was deep into abstract expressionism.  We go to the auction previews at Christies and Sothebys during Asia Week, and in 2018 Pat and I saw an amazing exhibit at the Asia Society about the Progressive Artists' Group which formed in 1947 while the British were leaving India.   

Last week Christies had more than 100 pieces of Modern and Contemporary SE Asian art from this time period, and 4 of us went to see the paintings and sculpture,    Each of us sketched from the works.  These are 4 paintings/prints that I liked - the 4th one is just one figure from a much bigger painting. 

B. Prabha

Prabha1966%20SIZE.jpg 

MF Husain

MFHusain1955%20SIZE.jpg 

 

MF HUsain

MFHusain%20Man%20in%20Turban%20SIZE.jpg 

 

Avinash Chandra 

Avinash%20Chandra%201960%20SIZE.jpg 

I learn so much from drawing/painting exhibited art, including the color palettes, line qualities, and subjects.  I also see the gallery exhibits through a different prism as I learn about which drawings and paintings I am attracted to.

 

September 23, 2019

Quarter Round Cased-In Book

A Quarter Round Cased-In book made with 50 sheets of copy paper - 5 folios per signature and 10 signatures:

The copy paper was cut 6 inches in height and then folded in half to make folios.  The finished book is 6.25 inches high and 4.75 inches wide.  The book was covered with black book cloth and paste paper I made with acrylic paints.  The end papers are solid black.  It was photographed on another section of the same sheet of paste paper which I will use to wrap it as a gift.

IMG_20190922_222316383SIZE.jpg  

September 20, 2019

Fun Day at Figure Drawing

Yesterday our model was completely new to modeling.  She was wonderful - and actually had props and different clothes that she could change her appearance during the 2 hour session.  She had very active and wonderful one minute poses, and when I finished other drawings, I went back and firmed up my lines on two of them.

Vanessa%201%20minSIZE.jpg 

These are two ten minute drawings - she had quickly changed into another outfit right in front of us - with props.  I sketched with a soluble graphite pencil and then spread the graphite with a waterbrush to shade the drawing.

Vanessa%2010%20min%20SIZE.jpg 

 

She was dressed in other clothing, as if by magic, for the 20 minute poses, and I sketched her once.

Vanessa%2020%20min%20SIZE.jpg 

 

Her other 20 minute pose was prone and all I could see were the bottoms of her feet and hips from my seat, so I sketched the artist across from me. 

Fellow%20Artist%20SIZE.jpg 

Shirley Parker Levine
New York City

October 2019

Sun Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat
    1 2 3 4 5
6 7 8 9 10 11 12
13 14 15 16 17 18 19
20 21 22 23 24 25 26
27 28 29 30 31    

Archives

Powered by
Movable Type 3.38