Saturday, July 14, 2012

Summer time is the right time for... sketching

Just this past June 21st, SCBWI chapters all over Europe (and beyond) participated in a Summer Stolstice Scrawlcrawl. Out here in northwestern France, Sue Porter, my daughter Gemma and I did our part. You can see our blogpost with sketches and photos here.

Now that I'm planning a visit home to New York in August, I remembered another summer sketch experience at The Frick Museum. They offered free entry for Sunday morning sketch sessions. I wanted to go and needed a sketch buddy so I nominated Gemma.

She was pretty comfortable sitting around at home but was happy to come.
Gemma warmed up a little.
Dana too. We took a quick stab at the architecture.

Then we zeroed in on the plants. I liked the leaves and light.
What I especially like about Gemma's sketch is that she found patterns right off and accentuated line.
Nice composition too!


Gemma has grown to like these very public, "in front of everybody!" outings. This year she's looking forward to it. So am I.

The Frick has free admission evenings too, complete with docents giving great tours. If you're in NYC this summer, hope to see you there.

12 comments:

  1. Nice sketches! I especially like the leaves!

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    1. Great sketches and Gemma can draw too! But what is she wearing on top of her head?

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    2. Hi Sue! Good question. It's what she refers to as the "messy bun" which is apparently, in style, or was last summer. Guess I got a little carried away!

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    3. beautiful sketches and what a lovely thing to do with your daughter!

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  2. Loved these sketches. I especially like the architecture. I love to look at and photograph architecture, but I'm not good at drawing straight lines! I'm tempted to join you this year.

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    1. It's a lovely way to visit the Frick, Lynda!

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  3. How fun to have done this together with Gemma. I love he architecture sketches!

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    1. Thanks, Joanna. Now that you're heading stateside, you can do this too!

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  4. nice sketches and i love sketching too :)

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  5. What a nice mother-daughter art excursion. Your sketches came out very nicely and the architecture is beautiful. Also like the white shading on the leaves. Reminds me of Renaissance sketches! :)

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