SketchCrawl #24 - Governors Island

Sunday, September 20, 2009

This time, the NYC group chose Governors Island as the SketchCrawl venue. The weather could not have been more perfect!!
Before heading down there for the SketchCrawl meet-up near Castle Williams, stopped at Republic on Union Square for some pad thai. Sketched the view looking north toward 18th Street while waiting:

Sketchcrawl 24: View of Union Square streets

Since M had brought along his folding bike, we rode with the bicyclists on the ferry going over to Governors Island. The boat was packed with people and their two-wheelers:

Sketchcrawl 24: Ferry to Governors Island

There was a festival on the island. These sculptures loomed over the tents and people:

Sketchcrawl 24: Sculptures at Governors Island Festival

I set up my folding stool in a patch of shade near Castle Williams and sketched the view of the Manhattan skyline beyond:

Sketchcrawl 24: View of Manhattan from Governors Island

As I took the ferry back to Manhattan, I sketched the bright red structure above the ferry dock:

Sketchcrawl 24: Governors Island Ferry Dock

It was a very fun SketchCrawl day indeed!

Main Street, Millerton, New York

Monday, September 07, 2009

Biked the 10 miles on the Harlem Valley Rail Trail from the Metro-North station in Wassaic, NY, to Millerton, NY, yesterday, and sat on the bench in front of the Harney & Sons tea shop to sketch this view. Unfortunately the area was a bee magnet, so I had to get up several times to fend them off! Drawn with Koh-I-Noor Nexus Studio pen (which I'm not crazy about) in Fabriano Quadrato Artist's Journal and colored with Faber-Castell Pitt Artist brush pens.

Welcoming September at the High Line

Monday, September 07, 2009

Took advantage of a half-day at work to visit the High Line, the new park that's been created from old rail lines above Manhattan's West side. It's truly a magical place. While I was there sketching, I saw another artist doing a plein-air painting and dozens of amateur photographers capturing every vista.
I used my usual Lamy Safari/Noodler's Lexington Gray ink to draw, and then experimented with my latest acquisition -- a host of Caran d'Ache Neocolor II water-soluble crayons. I'm still getting the hang of them, but I like the intense color they produce.