Paddling Around the Point

Monday, May 19, 2014

Paddling in Shippan Point, Stamford, CT, sketched from kayak

Took the kayaks out for the first time this season. We paddled farther than usual around our peninsula, getting quite close to Stamford Harbor Ledge Lighthouse. Next time I'll have to take the anchor with me so I can sketch it. As it was a clear day, we could see the Manhattan skyline in the distance.

M. towed me on the way back so I could sketch.

Sketching from the towed kayak in Long Island Sound - Shippan Point, Stamford, CT

Long Island Sound provided all the water I needed -- but I had to be careful not to lose my brush in the drink!

A quick dip in the water while sketching from the kayak

"New York City"

Moleskine City Stories at Time Warner Center

Sunday, May 18, 2014

A few photos of yesterday's live sketch event at the Moleskine store at Time Warner Center in New York. Jason Das and I sketched, talked to people about Urban Sketchers and helped people get more comfortable with drawing.

A quick warm-up sketch on the train going to NY:

Passengers on Metro-North train

Here's Jason talking about techniques:

Jason at MoleskineStories event - Time Warner Center

A young sketcher is completely focused on her drawing:

Sketcher at MoleskineStories event, Time Warner Center, New York City

People on the escalator going to Whole Foods:

People on escalator to Whole Foods, MoleskineStories event, Time Warner Center, New York City

Shoppers, as motionless as mannequins, on the upper floor looking down over the lobby:

Shoppers overlooking the lobby, Moleskine Stories event at Time Warner Center, New York City

It was lots of fun, and we met a lot of great people! Will post more when I get scans of the sketches.

"New York City"

Saturday 5/17: USk Event at NYC Moleskine Stores

Thursday, May 15, 2014

Moleskine Art Plus sketch album

Need weekend plans? Meet Jason Das, Richard Alomar, Josiah Hanchett and me at Moleskine's New York City Stories event this Saturday, May 17. Jason and I will be sketching at Moleskine's Time Warner Center (Columbus Circle) kiosk store and Richard and Josiah will be sketching at the Soho store.

To prepare, last weekend I tried out the Moleskine Art Plus Sketch Album to get comfortable with its smooth 81 lb paper.

In general I found that dry media worked beautifully, as advertised. Colored pencils, Noodler's Lexington Gray ink in a fountain pen, Pitt pens, Pigma Micron pens, Neocolor II crayons, etc. love this paper. Get any amount of water on it, however, and it's a different story -- the paper buckles and little dashes appear that don't go away even when dry.

I did find, however, that gesso or a layer of acrylic paint on the page created a decent ground for applying water-based media. Shellac-based ink splashes were fine, too.

Here's my "media sampler":
Moleskine Art Plus sketch album test: Pigma Micron pen

Moleskine Art Plus sketch album test: watercolor pencils

Moleskine Art Plus sketch album test: Neocolor II

Moleskine Art Plus sketch album test: marker on acrylic paint ground

Moleskine Art Plus sketch album test: ink and watercolor

Moleskine Art Plus sketch album test: Prismacolor pencils

Faber-Castell Mix & Match Pitt Artist Pens Writing Set

Moleskine Art Plus sketch album tests: Sennelier shellac based ink