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Archive for February, 2012

Looking for a Studio in Brooklyn, NY

Some major rumblings in my house are going on right now.  I’m actually talking with my wife about getting a studio again.  Ever since we bought our house in Brooklyn five years ago, I haven’t had a studio.  The decision back then was that it was going to be tough to make both the mortgage and the studio payment, so something had to give.  The studio lost out.  That decision subsequently set me on a path of putting my brushes down entirely and thinking that “the painting thing” was over.  More than ever though I’m feeling that I need to paint again and our house just isn’t big enough to dedicate space for a studio.  The great thing is that my wife Suzi is totally supportive and believes I need to do it for my overall sanity (I think it may be more for hers).   The challenge will be to find something in Brooklyn that is reasonably priced and close to home.  Since I live in one of the highest priced real estate markets in the country (Park Slope)- this is going to be one tough task.

Let the search begin.


Trying a Water Soluble Pencil Again

Last night I thought I’d pull out my water soluble pencils and try a quick sketch of my son Sebastian.  I don’t have much experience with these type of pencils but every time I try them I really enjoy the experience.  The graphite is water soluble and therefore the pencils can be used for line or washes. I only used a HB pencil on this particular drawing so the value range was pretty limited.   If you’ve never used them I strongly suggest giving them a try- especially if you have a difficult time building a drawing through the use of tone.  These allow you to put down large sections of tone with a simple pass of your brush.  I also find that they free me up a bit with my initial pencil marks because I know they’ll ultimately be used in a wash.   Also, if you find that you have a hard time building a drawing strictly by using line, these I feel allow you to bridge the gap between drawing and painting.

More to come.


Portrait at The Brooklyn Arts Gym

Today I decided to go to the noon open figure drawing session at The Brooklyn Arts Gym.    Unlike the Tuesday  class, the model on Saturdays takes a single pose for the entire 3 hour session.  I started off with a few gesture drawings to loosen up and then thought I’d try to develop more of a portrait.

Here it is.  Comments?


Another Quick Sketch on the NYC Subway

Sketch of Asian woman on subway

One of the best things about drawing on the New York subway is the diversity of “models” to choose from.  Every nationality is represented and you never know who will sit across from you and where they’ll be from.  Yesterday this Asian woman sat down and quickly closed her eyes.  I knew I had to pull out my sketchbook and quickly try to draw her since I had to get off in only 4 stops.


Painting of Suzi

As I again try to get back into drawing and painting, I thought I’d occasionally post an older piece of mine.  If nothing else, maybe just as some kind of self motivation.  Here is a portrait I did, a few years back, of my wife Suzi.  Looking at this painting again, I remember how difficult it was to try and capture even the slightest resemblance.  Overall I felt pretty good about it.  Mainly because she was pleased.


Two Quick Subway Sketches

I’m absolutely ashamed at how long it’s been since I last posted something.  I have no excuse other than I’m pitiful.  With that said, here are two quick sketches I did on the subway while in Manhattan.


Man on subway

Man reading on subway