Saturday, April 20, 2013

A Day in Brooklyn

The NYC Urban Sketchers met at the Brooklyn Botanic Gardens this morning because it is cherry blossom time there. Our first stop was at the Japanese Pond. I did a painting of the pond with the orange Torii (gateway),  with the wonderful cherry blossoms in bloom in the background.
This is about 5 x 7.

I also sketched the crowd of visitors on the viewing platform across the pond.
This is about 3 x5 and was done directly in ink.

After lunch I painted a view of one of the staircases with the flowering trees and a few people.
This is 3 x 5 and done directly in paint.

Lastly I painted a view of a fountain with the greenhouse behind it.
This is 3 x 5 and done directly in paint.

After the gardens a few of us headed over to the Brooklyn Museum which was having some wonderful special exhibits. One was "Fine Lines - American Drawings from the Brooklyn Museum" which included drawings of Homer, Eakin, Sargent, Hopper and Hartley among others. There were even sketchbooks belonging to some of the artists.
Next we saw the John Singer Sargent Watercolors. That was great!
The last exhibit we saw was by Anatsui and was hanging sculptures that looked like fabric but really made from metal caps that were flattened and connected with wire. They looked almost like soft, draped fabric hanging. Here is a photo of one of the sculptures.
Isn't this gorgeous?

Due to the length of this post I will save the entry of the "fake journal" until tomorrow.


  1. Wow Joan you are on a roll at the moment!! Delightful work, my favourite is the japanese bridge.

  2. Fabulous day of sketching, Joan. I don't know that I've ever seen cherry blossoms in real life. A fine way to end the day of sketching with the museum tour. Interesting on the last sculpture too!

  3. Kivin - Thank you. It is such a pretty spot, but was very crowded.

    Sherry - Thanks. I was hoping they would be in bloom before my trip.

  4. You got some great sketches done at the gardens. We have to go there some day.

  5. Thanks, Mickey. There are a lot of good places to go but you are in the wrong direction. lol

  6. Love the look of the Botanical Garden Joan. Shame I'm so far and can't pop in. See, your gorgeous sketches are enticing me to want to visit. :-)

  7. Laura - You would love it! Thanks.