#0764 Le CafÃ©
Just the usual quick doodle in a cafÃ©. I spent hours here tonight, posting. Highlighted in this image is a bit of physical art that I have just digitalised in some way. Must attribute it to the artist who made that physical object. Like so much art it was physically born.
I think Edward Hopper had defined American diners. I certainly though of his one while I ate here late one night. I think it was called the Empire CafÃ©.
Night Life (from NY):
#0701 Night Life
Hardly night life I had, other than going to nice places at night for a meal.
I am back after a 24 hour flight.
On the plane I did a lot of reflecting about where to with the sketches. And it is interesting to post this one that I had already done. Read on.
One thing is that I now want to return to the local, that makes sense. I also want to work with the memories and the thousands of photos from San Francisco and New York. I’ll do both. So that is content.
From a process point of view here is the idea I had on the plane: Make the abstracts more figurative and the figurative more abstract. Bring it all together. Integrate.
And a little further than that too, I have drawn a hard line for myself: No real media till the project is done. Now as I come closer to the 1000 I am thinking real media more and more. Here is the move I am plotting: Explore a greater variety of paper. For example use pastel papers for the pastels. Perhaps use the background colours for the digital ones here and then explore printing with that layer removed on the appropriate medium.
Use the larger formats more, perhaps for canvas but also board and for A2 sheets of watercolor board etc.
The thought was there a matter of hours ago, and now posting this I see I was already, more unconsciously integrating various styles.
I have put this in the Abstract category and also in Cafes. I have not done that before.
And yes this is in the New York and the New Zealand category. It is process and Sketchblog. Things are coming together.
While at the Progressive Grounds
Another go at life drawing. Good to do. Hard. Learning lots. A lot of sketches… basically I sketch for three hours solid with many poses, it is like entering another world. I’d like to do more, might look for something in New York and in Christchurch, however I feel like such a beginner and different with my tablet there while they all have charcoal.
I began at lunchtime with some preparation, exploring textures. Inked in a few from the last time, but that felt wrong, that led to pencil. Finished up using mostly pencil ecept for the large patches of black, used pastel for that. Everything is done in Artrage II. I am putting them all up in two pages. Exploring textures is the first page. Here is one of the sketches, done in one of my favourite San Francisco cafes “Roasters”.
See more explorations here
We biked out to the beach through the park, had breakfast. I put up the rest of the sketches from yesterday’s drawing group. Then I did a few fast still life sketches (next post?) Walked through the panhandle then up he hill to Haight, then along past Ashbury till I found this cafÃ©: Rocking Java I like it. Yelp.
And here is a sketch from the chairs in front of me. One of the eight still lifes I did today.
Art on the wall is interesting – GiclÃ©es by John Mavroudis
This is one on the wall here:
Continue reading “My day so far”
A doodle at Mobi’s – nice but not even a power point when my battery went.
#0586 Woman Reading
After a morning at the De Young Museum in Golden Gate Park (of which more later) I went to the Hayes Valley and sketched in a couple of cafes. This was in CafÃ© La Vie, nice!
#0575 Pete’s CafÃ©
In Pete’s CafÃ© near the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art – the rest of the day the art gallery was the focus. I am now in the CafÃ© Museo posting up some sketches I did after being inspired in the museum.
These line sketches are fun, but I like my kinaesthetic big bold abstracts. I sketch them here on this little screen but imagine myself in some rural studio with unlimited real materials. But I am ahead of myself…