Dr. Sketchy - Pioneer Woman by Kalina Wilson

I've missed most of Portland's Dr. Sketchy events this year, but last night I finally made it back and it felt great. The model really inspired me, and I was able to get some good sketches.

And yes, um, this is my first post in almost two years.  Hello! 

 

 

New York by Kalina Wilson

I recently took a very quick trip to New York City to see art & sketch. I attended the John Singer Sargent show at the Brooklyn Museum, and learned a thing or two about value and color from his examples. While I didn't try to sketch his pieces, I did sketch from other objects at the museum... Brooklyn Museum Brooklyn Museum Brooklyn Museum

The following day I met up with the New York urban sketchers, which turns out to include more familiar faces than I'd realized; that was a real joy. We started in Four Freedoms Park (Roosevelt Island) for a great view of Manhattan, then found our way to Union Square.

Views from Four Freedoms Park, Roosevelt Island, New York City

Union Square, New York City

I met up with a friend at Tom's Restaurant, and stopped in at the World Science Fair.

Brooklyn Bridge Park, World Science Fair

I visited the Metropolitan Museum and wished for many more hours than I had, and ended up sketching a few more street scenes that day before finding my way home.

The Met

The Met


The Met

The Met

The Met

The Met

Union Square, New York City

I walked the High Line.

High Line, New York City

I'm really hoping for another opportunity to meet up with the New York urban sketchers, and highly recommend any visiting sketchers check their website for their regular Saturday crawl.

Dr. Sketchy - Oscars Night by Kalina Wilson

The last Dr. Sketchy session happened to fall on Oscars Night, and Dr. Sketchy celebrated with a model glammed up Audrey Hepburn style. Dr. Sketchy - Oscars Night

Dr. Sketchy - Oscars Night

Dr. Sketchy - Oscars Night

Dr. Sketchy - Oscars Night

I have now finished up that Strathmore toned paper sketchbook. Thinking back to the first few pages, I had a hard time transitioning to working on a toned base since I was so used to working with watercolor... but now, at the beginning of a Stillman & Birn sketchbook,  the white paper feels intimidating! Probably this'll work itself out and watercolors will feel like home again in no time.  It's funny how quickly a new material can go from awkward to comfortingly familiar in just a few short months.