12.01.13 Drawing Nothing

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Not NOT drawing.  But drawing Nothing.  Well ok, Not NOTHING.  But bramble, thicket and backgrounds.  Detritus.  These are things that you cheat on in painting.  That most people cheat on in painting.  The Ruskin-ites would skoff at the lack of clarity and certitude.  But every other painter I enjoy would…

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Autumn Updates

By Sketches, Studies

Quick check in with some drawings from last week… Went at the Meer with an actual brush and some Dr. Martin’s Black Star ink.  Both of these pieces were on a toothy cold-press card.  Both images are of the Copse on the Southern shore.  In the second one you can…

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Then and Now: 2012-2013

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Moving into my sophomore year in plein air, I came across a loose drawing I did last year of the expanse along the southern shore from the Bad Tree to the pairing on the southern shore.  Which I affectionately, but probably incorrectly, describe as the Copse.  It’s an area viewed…

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In Situ

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    A couple of shots that include me from last weekend’s Meetup at Corlear’s Park.  In the top one, I’m on the left in the Gray baseball cap (Van Abel’s of Hollandtown)  and in the one below… at the back of the crowd on the right.  Beautiful day.  In…

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the Autumn of my Year

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  September rolls in and the weather becomes confusing.  Thanks to a cool late-Summer, the leaves are trying to turn their color early.  Things are still green but the clock has started and the atmosphere is light and blustery. I got out twice this past week.  Consistently decent drawings are…

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Autumn Arrives at the Meer

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I was fortunate to make it to the Meer twice this last week.  Once, en route to dinner downtown and with limited materials.  And the second time, yesterday for the end of Summer and the birth of Autumn.   With a couple of black pens and no water brush, I…

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A Year in the Woods*

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It’s been about a year now that I’ve actively been pursuing plein air studies.  To very good returns.  I manage 2-4 drawings per session.  Each drawing is between 30-40mins.  I have a cadre of tools that are familiar but all fawlty (it never ends).  I have locations that I like…

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Meer early August, 13.08.07

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Welcome to the throes of early August.  The weather has been incredible for the past week or so. Hot off the marvels of the JS Sargent exhibition, there is a sense of openness and tactile bravado in the sketches. The first two are from a week ago.  At top, the…

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Verdant sketch updates

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Welcome then to the dog days of Summer and an update from the sketchbooks from the past few months.  I think I’ve been out a handful of times, with mounting regularity.  Notably, the park has gotten much MUCH greener.  And so this first pairing is dense and luscious.  A silly…

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Return to the Meer

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I’ve been quiet for a few months because I’ve been getting up to speed on a new job.  A few months of homework are now abating and I’ve returned, like The Spring, to Central park.  There have been three days of sketching in the last two weeks.  Plus the grip…

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Meer and Far, 12.03.12

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Second Autumn has found its way to New York with a near 60 degree day or two.  I’m getting over a cold but found the willpower to hasten my way down to the meer after a few weeks “off”*. Kathleen gave me a bunch of cold-press single sheets and i’ve…

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