Day 934 Urban sketching and a cartoon 

I drew this apartment building from the porch of the Partridge Inn last Wednesday. It was bathed in the late afternoon sun. I don’t know if I captured it but it’s my other favorite sketch from yesterday. 

Color Quin cold and Quin coral on the building w a violet in the shadows.  Hematite green bushes w ultramarine blue. Sky cerulean. 

Sketchbookskool homework.  Draw a cartoon. 

This is our beloved art professor Al saying his quips that keep us laffing and coming back for more of his teaching. I am starting year two. Some people in Advanced Painters have been there for twenty years. His New Yorkness is still there all these years later. 

Some more Al-isms. 
Looks like a gorilla painted this. 

Don’t mess it up to fix it. Never happens. 
You owe me some time. 
You need to leave room 140

There’s a world outside room 140

This is not a democracy. 

Steal from the best. 

“These two areas of your painting need to talk to each other”. 

 “Get working. Stop talking”. 

 “Don’t let me paint your painting for you. You decide”. 

  “Seven years he has been here and he has never done anything I’ve asked him to do”. (Like in a way he is sort of proud of the guy for that)

 “So do you think you have another painting in ya?”

 “Work on this for your next 20 paintings”.

“You got it!” ( we understand?)

 “You are in danger of finishing this painting”. 

 ” It’s your painting; I don’t want to micromanage it”
“Be thinking about your next painting” ”
“Keep it fresh!

“Don’t get me….or might be I don’t want to get too close to anyone, I might be coming down with something.”

“I am very” ” I have to go crack my back”.

Stop.talking….start painting…….and/or. “Get to work”!😕🎨
Have the same person paint this side.  
Watch those edges. 

Big brush strokes. 

Warms and cools make a happy painting 
Complimentary Pairs. 
Brush strokes 
Same intensity of two complimentaries make them pop. .
Change blue use thalo sometimes. Thick paint makes it closer glazes farther away
Texture brush strokes 

People are stingy about their paint 
A really great painter pays attention to the corners and edges not just the middle. 

5 thoughts on “Day 934 Urban sketching and a cartoon 

  1. Madeline Hawley says:

    Is the former Sheraton Bon Aire Hotel? Many years ago when I was a young girl, I rode the train to Augusta to visit my uncle and wife at Fort Gordon. She took me to the Sheraton Bon Aire, which was very elegant, where she was being interviewed for a job. The prospective boss bought us drinks–remember I said I was a young girl–and I had my first drink there; a tall gin drink with an umbrella and a cherry. From there she took me home and she and a neighbor made us another drink–bourbon. When my uncle came home, he was furious. (My mother never walked past a place that even SOLD liquor. 🙂 I love your painting. Madeline Hawley

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    • Margaret Hunt says:

      No the Partridge Inn is across the street from it. And so is this building. The Bon Air is still here but not so posh. Could use a good spruce up like the Partridge Inn got from Hyatt. The views are great of downtown over the river valley. These buildings are up on the hill where it begins the drop to the valley. Interesting fact people used to save gas during ww2 by rolling their cars down this hill, the Bon Air hill I think, in neutral to Broad Street.


    • Margaret Hunt says:

      Ps it’s now a seedy retirement home. Someone will refurb it before long I hope. Would hate to see it torn down like the Forest Hills Hotel where Bobby Jones stayed and played golf.


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