Thursday, April 17, 2014

Urban Sketching at Bronx Community College

Last Saturday the NYC Urban Sketchers visited Bronx Community College. I wasn't sure I would find it an interesting location to sketch but was pleasantly surprised. We lucked out and had sunny, mild weather (which we haven't had on a sketching day in a while here in NY). I sat facing Gould Memorial Library and sketched the view straight ahead.

Next to where I was sitting there was a magnolia tree just starting to bloom. I sketched it with the tight buds on it in the morning, and by the time we came back to that spot in the afternoon it was in full bloom. LOL
A little warm weather was all it needed.

I headed for the Hall of Fame, which has busts of famous Americans in assorted fields.
We were up on a high hill and you could see the tops of the trees in the background.

I did a bust of Edwin Booth, who was a Shakespearean actor.

At lunch we shared our work and talked a bit before heading out for more sketching.
I did get a few photos of our members sketching.





I did a sketch of the top of Butler Hall.

Here is the bust of Abraham Lincoln and a view of part of the Hall of Fame. You can see that portions of it curved around. It was a really pretty walkway with information about each of the people depicted.

At the end of the day we sat and shared our sketches. It is always so great to see the work everyone produced during the day. Here are a few photos.

Svetlana showing her work.

Hugh showing his sketches.

Then it was Swami's turn to share.

Mark had some great sketches.

Susan had some great sketches to show too.

And finally we posed for a group photo.

Mike, Joan (me), Hugh, Susan, Mark, Svetlana, Jim, and Swami

I think everyone had a great time!


  1. It looks like you all had a wonderful day, Joan! And produced wonderful the first one!!

  2. Gorgeous sketches and really nice photos, too! I almost feel like I was there with you all. What a beautiful college campus. And nice to see you guys without your down jackets and wool hats on!! Is spring finally there??? :-)

  3. Thanks, Hilda!!

    Tina - Yes, we took off the winter jackets finally, but it is a good thing we didn't put them away because we needed them again yesterday. Spring seems to come and go!

  4. This does indeed look like a great day, Joan. I love all of your sketches and it looks like it was a beautiful day outside and you didn't have to wear too many layers - always makes it more comfortable! Also love the page that Mark did with 4 busts on the page.

  5. Thanks, Sherry. It was nice to be able to sit out in a t-shirt for a few hours.

  6. It's always fun to catch up on your prolific blog Joan! Incredible body of work produced in one day, beautiful! I love the architecture!

  7. Joan, visiting your blog always has the same effect on me. It's like taking a great lungful of fresh air, or throwing the windows open after being shut up for days. Lovely, lively work and, as Celia says, a lot of it for one day, but the quality is there too. Wonderful!!!!

  8. Oh, and congratulations re- the Sachem Library Exhibition. Hope you sell them!!!

  9. you got a lot done, looks like you had a super day :-)

  10. Thanks so much, Celia. I hope you are feeling better.

    Kevin - Your comments always make me smile. Thank you.

    Kat - Thanks so much. It was fun!

  11. Looks like a fun place to sketch, and you got some good ones. Nice to see your sketching group at work too.