What the Frick?

A couple of weeks ago I went to the Frick with NYC Urban Sketchers. It was my first time in the museum, and sadly I can't say I was terribly impressed. Aside from an unnecessarily strict sketching policy that makes the Met's "dry media only" rule look tame ( they only allow graphite and charcoal, no color, even colored pencils!), I found the collections to not be as extensive or interesting as I'd like for the $22 price tag. I didn't get to do a full tour of the temporary exhibit, but could only imagine myself going back if there were an exhibit I'd be especially interested in, or on one of their pay-what-you-can Wednesdays. Luckily, I was happy with the sketch I did! Which I managed to get

Art as Gifts - A First Anniversary

I realized I've been remiss posting my fall and holiday commissions. Here's the first! It took a year of painting professionally for it to finally happen: a commission request for a first wedding anniversary gift. I've done a ton of wedding, birthday, and holiday gifts, and even later anniversary commissions, but no first anniversaries! This is strange to me because the first anniversary is the "paper" anniversary, and art seems like such an obvious choice! This was from a husband to his wife, depicting the venue they were married at. A beautiful barn surrounded by gorgeous fall foliage? Yes, please! This was a joy to do, and apparently went over quite well!

Museuming with Friends

A couple weeks ago, my friend David invited me to the Met. I would be joining him, his partner Tim and their friend Jason (who was visiting from out of town). He figured that since Tim and Jason also like to sketch, I would fit right in! He may have had an ulterior motive and wanted to pick my brain on teaching scene painting, as David is going to be teaching his own scene painting class next semester. We started by checking out the Michelangelo exhibit, which was amazing but I dubbed it too busy to sketch on that particular Saturday. I was also initiated into the game of "Add to Basket" they play at museums. The idea is, each person can "buy" one thing in each gallery. It can get quite comp

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