Back from New York

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I got back Sunday from a great short trip to New York. My dad was an excellent guide, recounting stories from his childhood up in the Bronx at Gun Hill Road, early life with my mom working at Scholastic and living in Brooklyn, pointing out all the buildings family members worked on as electrical engineers, and educating the other tourists who tried to pretend they weren’t listening to him on the subway. We saw so much, including two shows at MoMA (Bill Brandt and Le Corbusier), and the John Singer Sargent show at the Brooklyn Museum. Seeing those paintings up close in person was remarkable. Well worth a trip. Reproductions don’t even begin to do the work justice. I learned a lot from looking, and will write about it as I continue with my painting.

For now, click here for a Flickr collection of photos I took with my iPhone and edited on the bus ride home.

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Getting Ready for an Art and Baseball Vacation

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I will be heading up to New York with my dad soon on a brief art and baseball vacation. So far our plan is to see the John Singer Sargent exhibit at the Brooklyn Museum, see the Rain Room at the MOMA, take a look at various galleries, take in a Yankees-Orioles game (my time in New England for college confirmed me as an anti-Yankees fan, so I will be rooting for the Orioles), and sketch around town.

I haven’t been doing much sketching recently, instead devoting my time to the more formal watercolors, so I spent some time getting reacquainted with my sketching tools, and doing a couple quick pen and wash practices, just to get used to working quickly and using my waterbrushes.

I am planning to work in pencil and pen and wash. I am bringing an assortment of pens and pencils, my folding palette of watercolors, two waterbrushes, and a Strathmore Field Watercolor Sketchbook. It has 15 140lb watercolor pages (for pen and wash) and 15 sketch pages for pencil. I hope to fill it all.

Here are my practice sketches:

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