Flashback Friday: Stony Creek

We've had a few days of warm weather scattered through February, and it has me dreaming of Summer. Here's a sketch I did back in August at Stony Creek. I decided to do very little under drawing and approached it with a looser style than I usually paint.

Flatiron in February

I've painted the Flat Iron Building before, but I think I have a new favorite. I was walking down Broadway, enjoying the unseasonably warm weather, and reached 23rd when the sun was already pretty much gone. The beautiful lighting on one of my favorite New York landmarks was undeniable, so I stopped to sketch. Naturally, the light changed on me as I worked, but here's my thirty minute sketch.

The Other Met

I've sketched in the Metropolitan Museum of Art a bunch, but there's another Met in town that I had actually never visited! I'm talking about the Metropolitan Opera House. I've sketched the outside, but have actually never been to an opera there (though that's on the list) and have never seen the inside. So, when I found a "brunch club" sketch group that was spending a Sunday there (it's open to the public on Sundays! Who knew?), I was excited to join. And now that I've been, I'm excited to return! I only had time for one sketch, so I decided to choose the inspiring view you get as you first walk in, with their famous chandeliers. The angles are TOUGH (everything is curved!) and the shadows

Queens Comfort

One of my favorite things about New York City: there's never a lack of good restaurants to choose from. I originally became aware of Queens Comfort in Astoria when a former roommate was about to move out of the city and demanded we go to her favorite restaurant before she left town. Let's just say she didn't have to twist my arm. Though I've only been a few times (naturally, I didn't become aware of the Queens Comfort when I was living in nearby Long Island City, but when I was already living in Brooklyn!), it's become one of my favorites, too. It's eclectic mix of action figures and other fun memorabilia give the impression of the interior of an 8 year-old boy's closet in the 80's, but in t

Portrait Party 2018

It's that time of year again! The weather gets to cold to sketch outside, February approaches and that always calls for NYC Urban Sketchers' Portrait Party! This is the fourth one we've done, and the third I've attended. It's grown to the point where we have 4 groups of about sixteen (our group ended up with 14), each in its own circle. Within each circle you go around and each sketcher gets to be a model and you do ten minute portraits until each person has modeled. Here are my thirteen sketches!

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