April 21, 2017

Richard and his Dog - FIT Model

We had a live model in costume and his 8 year old pug this week in my FIT Watercolor Comps class.  The dog shifted positions lots, but was otherwise a perfect model.  The model was short and round, dressed in a wizard costume - and during breaks he gave his dog plenty of loving!

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When I finished the first painting, I practiced "being looser" and just painted the model's head.

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We will next begin work on our final project - working each week to a finished illustration of a subject of our choice.  This was a very enjoyable class and I only hope that FIT offers more classes from the Illustration department in their Senior Program. 

April 18, 2017

Max Ernst and Saturday Subway Drawings

One Last Drawing from our Last Gallery Visits:  Max Ernst at Paul Kasmin

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Saturday Subway Riders:  I haven't drawn on the subway for many months, but I forgot to bring a book!

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April 14, 2017

A Karel Appel Elephant Sculpture

Last Wednesday (4/12) Pat and I met at Phillips for their Art on Paper auction preview, had lunch for sustenance, and then went to the Whitney Biennial for a tour led by my friend Gail.  During the winter months in 2013 I used every art medium I had in the apartment and spent the months sketching elephants from online videos.  I even learned how to make an Eric Carle collage from one of my paintings (see below).  So I just had to sketch and paint this multiple layer wood sculpture by Karel Appel at Phillips.

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At almost 2PM on 4/13, my friend Benedicte sent me this image from the Paris Modern Art Museum, completely unaware that I saw another copy of the same sculpture 24 hours before!.   

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She also sent this photo of Appel's Circus, from the exhibition that she visited.  During another trip to Paris she sent me a photo of a beautiful, flower-covered ballet tutu, not knowing that I photographed it when visiting Paris several months before.

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April 11, 2017

Chelsea Gallery Visits May 7th

My friend Pat and I visited a few galleries in Chelsea last week,  and sketched at several of them.

DAVID ZWIRNER:  Alice Neel Uptown through April 22nd

Photo of Alice Neel (1900-1984)  Alice Neel was primarily a portrait painter of people who lived in her neighborhoods in Spanish Harlem and the Upper Westside of Manhattan.

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Her Portrait of Ron Kajiwara 1971

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My Painting inspired by her "Ballet Dancer" 

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Romare Bearden(1911-1988)  Bayou Fever and Related Works at DC MOORE GALLERY through April 29th: A large exhibit of his watercolor paintings and 21 collages he created for a dance called Bayou Fever.  Many of my favorite pieces are a combination of watercolor and collage. 

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And my painting inspired by one of his collage characters from Bayou Fever 

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RBKitaj (1932-2007) The Exile at Home:  An illustration at MARLBOROUGH CONTEMPORARY which closed this past weekend.  I loved an exhibit of his work at a museum in Berlin in 2012, but didn't like these paintings as much.

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Max Ernst (1891-1976) Big Brother at PAUL KASMIN GALLERY through May 13th 

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We also visited Garvey-Simon Gallery where Linda Lindroth's photography exhibit was about to close.  Linda is one of my college friends, and her exhibit, Trickster in Flatland, was great inspiration for abstract compositions for both of us.   

April 8, 2017

FIT Illustration Class - April 5th

This semester I'm taking an Illustration class called Watercolor Comps and our professor is covering many basic skills that can be used for illustrations.  This week it was dip pens and India Ink on Smooth Paper to see how the type of pen can influence your drawings and lettering.  I used Bainbridge Illustration Board Hot Press-#172.  I did one quick sketch with pen and ink, and diluted ink and a brush for shading.  My second drawing was of my "imaginary friend" AXEL and friends with pen, ink, and watercolor.  I didn't like the way the watercolor went on the illustration board, and didn't take the time to try other smooth papers. 

I used two pen nibs:  A Zig Kuritake Pen Nib for a Manga Saji pen from the professor and a Brause Steno nib that I bought.  Both were flexible nibs and could make very fine or thick lines.  And both are available from Dick Blick. 

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April 4, 2017

Macy's Flower Show 2017

New York City Urban Sketchers met at the Flower Show last week and spent the morning sketching.  I've never been, and really enjoyed walking around on multiple floors enjoying this wonderful harbinger of Spring.  The Theme this year was Carnival, and I'm including a few of the photos I took and my two sketchbook pages.

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This is the Central portion of a carousel, with a ring of flower-covered animals surrounding it.  I sketched the rooster, simplifying the number of flowers that were attached.

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And I sketched these beautiful Anthurium that were in a planter on the Mezzanine, overlooking the Ground Floor. 

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These flowers were around the base of a large planter in an area filled with orchids.  They are gorgeous!  Can anyone identify them for me?

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March 31, 2017

Figure Drawing Long Poses Mar 29, 2017

Yesterday was the last day of our winter figure drawing sessions in Battery Park City, and my last post of figure drawings until their sessions begin again in May.  Yesterday Claudia was our model and she was fun to draw in her tank top and leggings.  Here are 2 ten minute poses and one twenty minute pose.

I sketched the figures in soluble graphite pencils and then added water, and watercolor. 

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March 29, 2017

Figure Drawing Short Poses

I am still attending on figure drawing session per week at Battery Park City.  This is a special program for 25 participants who only pay a small fee for supplies for the 9 sessions.  We always start with 10 short poses to loosen up the hand and eyes, and I rarely show them.  In this blog post I am including 4 drawings from the 10 two minute poses.  I sketched in graphite on newsprint, and photographed these large sheets of paper for these images.

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March 24, 2017

Marsden Hartley Exhibit at Met Breuer and Lobsters

My friend Pat and I met for lunch on Tuesday and then visited the Marsden Hartley exhibit at the Met Breuer.  As we were entering, we met our friend Judy T. and then enjoyed the exhibit together.  This exhibit focuses on Hartley's years in Maine.  I must admit that I didn't like his landscape paintings, but did like his figures and a few landscapes with churches and another with a wonky lighthouse.  I sketched from 3 paintings and here display them on the same sketchbook page and include a link to a Met video with some of the paintings. 

http://metmuseum.org/exhibitions/listings/2017/marsden-hartley

 

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I sketched the lobster because I was interested in Hartley's simplification of his lobster painting.  After recent allergy testing, I was convinced that I could never again eat lobster, and always needed to carry my epipen to restaurants where there may be cross-contamination among shellfish in the kitchen.  We always have a wonderful lobster dinner with our friends at the beach, and I tolerated lobsters boiled for 19 minutes each year.  My allergist was horrified, and I've agreed that I will NEVER do that again.  She says you might get away with it, "until you don't - when the stars and the moon line up in a different way."

So this is my goodbye to Lobsters:  A rough sketch from an uncooked lobster (2003), the conversion of that sketch to a painted drawing in my sketchbook, and another painting of a lobster, uncooked, from one our beach feasts in 2012. 

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Shirley Parker Levine
New York City

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