This past week I did more viola playing than sketching (you can read some of the nice reviews of New York City Ballet‘s performances at the Kennedy Center here and here); but on the 3+ hour train ride home yesterday evening I did quite a bit of catching up. In fact, I filled up the rest of the pages in my little Moleskin sketch book!
If you look carefully, you’ll even see more of my various head studies showing through the pages…
And, when I ran out of pages in my sketch book, I grabbed the next thing handy – the envelopes from my paychecks – and did these sketches with ink and my French Grey Prismacolor marker.
(Meanwhile, my husband completed half a book’s worth of mind teaser puzzles and games.)
Each to his own, I guess!
My sketch-a-day project could well be entitled “The Subway Diaries” because at this point – except for one sketch – all of the others have been done either on the subway or while waiting on the platform for a train to arrive.
This pair of legs caught my eye on the C Train…
While the late night train schedule at Columbus Circle allowed me to capture this tall pixie in a more fleshed-out sketch.
With a slightly lighter work schedule this week, and maybe the opportunity to treat myself to a coffee in a cafe, I’m hoping to change up the focus of my sketches a bit. Stay tuned…
With my mom visiting this past weekend, I got the chance to play tourist and enjoy some of the best things New York City has to offer. In addition to visiting various foodie spots around town, we also attended several great plays ( Every Brilliant Thing at the Barrow Street Theater is a must-see in my book!), and went to both the Metropolitan Museum and MOMA to see art exhibits. While the Henri Matisse: Cut Outs exhibit at MOMA is ending tomorrow, the Madame Cézanne exhibit at the Met will still be up for another month…and it is well worth seeing!
Included in the Madame Cézanne exhibit are a few of Cézanne’s sketch books. Cézanne not only sketched daily, but was frugal, often using the same page in his sketch book for various different subjects. I found the sketches in the exhibit to be particularly lovely, not to mention that they caused a light bulb of sorts to go off in my head. Because my music performance schedule has become increasingly busy, there are periods of time when I can’t get to my drafting table as frequently as I’d like. Carrying around a small sketch book and a pencil in my purse is easy enough…and the challenge of sketching something quickly each day appeals to me.
I was fortunate to actually have a chunk of time in which to sketch yesterday. My concert loafers were the subject as I sat sketching and waiting for the the orchestra’s turn to play during the New York City Ballet’s matinee:
Today’s sketch was done in a restaurant in the few minutes that my mom left the table to use the restroom. My subject was a young woman seated at a table nearby:
Next Monday I hope to post a few more of my week’s sketches. Hope you’ll come along for the ride!
In this digital age, many people resort to texting or emails to express their sentiments. And yet most people (I’m not talking about the under-30 set for whom I’ve almost given up hope) understand that sometimes a real card is more appropriate. Setting aside the “Hallmark” holidays, it’s not hard to see why sending a paper Thank You, Birthday or Get Well card will make the recipient feel happy and cherished.
I’m currently working on a card for the more difficult Get Well genre. In this case, it’s more difficult because the recipient is very close and very dear to me, and also because the illness is serious. So I’m going more nostalgic and more gentle with the humor. My inspiration?
This antique tin wind-up toy which belonged to my father:
From these sketches, you’ll get an idea of where I’m headed so far…
(And that I’m hoping the recipient will soon be back to “working order.”)
I recently finished a big custom project for a client and am now getting back to working on projects for my shop at Etsy. Getting “into the flow” was actually a challenge for me today. It seemed like I spent as much time erasing as I did drawing!
However, this evening I started to see progress…
Although I need to redo elements of this drawing tomorrow, I’m glad to be getting back on track! Stay tuned…