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30 May 2015

Featured Artist for The Documented Life Project 2015


Hi! I was asked to be a Featured Artist for this weekend's art journal challenge for The Documented Life Project 2015 group (you can click on the above badge for further details).  I actually joined The Documented Life Project 2014 group for a year-long documentation project where I bought a thin Moleskine planner and turned it into a humongous book with six-inches thick spine. I even made a slipcase for this book (photo below). The next photo shows all of the challenge pages that I created for the year 2014. The spreads behind these pages were not shown, though.

But this year (2015) is different - I had to scale down and simplified my documentation process due to time constraint. I am now using a bound sketchbook, and I am not documenting as much as 2014 as I have other commitments. Instead of the usual collage techniques, I have been using paper-cutting methods, thus keeping the book from expanding too much. The theme for this month of May 2015 was Touchy Feely (Texture). For this weekend of May 30th, the art challenge is Textured Paper and the journal prompt is I'm so not feeling it! The whole spread sums up the general feeling that I often experienced from the museum visits - historical, cultural, natural life, sculptural and art. Most of the museums that I went do not allow the public to touch, and since I'm crazy about textures and love to touch them, I had to remind myself not to touch them at all. It indeed does take a lot of effort for me to resist the temptation to touch them. 

To create the art for this spread, I used several textured paper that I pulled out from my own collection of decorative paper that I bought from various stores. With a circle compass, I cut out rounds from these textured paper in different sizes and framed them with painted circles. For the background, I created the paste paper a while ago using brown paper. They were glued to the journal pages using adhesive spray, and the lettering was done with a white-out pen. It was a fun page to create!

30 January 2015

Sketching on New York City's High Line

This morning, after sending out several emails to Europe, I left my house around 9:30 am for the sketching class (starts at 11 am) in New York City.
I drove to the parking lot near the Weehawken terminal and bought two one-way tickets for the ferry (with a 25 cent fuel surcharge which became effective today).
I walked over the gangway, and went to Slip #2 for the trip to Pier 79.
The ferry arrived and I walked into it.
I arrived there around 10:28 am - enough time for me to walk to the spot where the sketching class will begin.
I got off the boat and walked through the main lobby.
At the end of the lobby, this spot looks very classy.
I went outside, walked to the bikeway/walkway, and encountered this ghost bike.
I started my walk to the spot by getting on this walkway - the bikeway looked more like a bicycle highway to me...
...completed with traffic lights for the bicyclists and the walkers.
More signs...
And cool stencils on the pavements.
Note that the right photo above is not upside down - that's way I founded it. As I was walking south, I saw this horse sculpture and learned that the NYPD's mounted unit is headquartered there.
I continued my walk until I found the sign for 34th St.
I walked up the slight hill...
...and found several people waiting there.
That's the rust colored butterfly in the right photo above.
Someone from The High Line organization got the keys, and opened the gate. The instructor, Ann, explained to us the sketching exercises.
The first warm-up exercise we did was to write our names without lifting our markers...not too easy...
And the second warm-up exercise involving looking at a person's face without looking down at the paper...wow, I didn't realize that it was that difficult. These two sketches were done in between the photos below.
We walked a little bit further to find a spot for our first sketch.
I picked this location (above) for my first one.
All of us put our sketches up for all of us to view.
Here's my first sketch - done in 15 minutes (I think).
After we picked up our sketches, we moved on for another location.
As I approached closer to the bridge (middle photo below), I saw these interesting graffitti which are not visible from the street.
After walking over the bridge, I found a spot for my second sketch.
Again, we put our sketches for group viewing. I love this part as I get to see what other people did.
We moved on again for the third one, and while I was scouting for the next location, I took several photos of the railyard - the views are simply priceless.
I found these flowers to be pretty, and I wanted to do the next sketch with the flowers in it.
I found a spot...
...and did this sketch.
After I finished my last sketch, I took more photographs. We started our walk back to the starting point.
Group review of our last sketches.
One of them caught my eyes, and I had to share it with you...
We donated all of our sketches to the non-profit organization, The High Line, for exhibition - they have space. All of the five sketches that we did were done within 1-1/2 hours. Time sure does fly fast when we're having fun.
I left the area, and took pictures of the bridge where I did one sketch, and started my walk back to the ferry terminal.
I got home a little after 2 pm, and got myself right to work on this post. I took over 180 photos, and spent considerable time reviewing and cropping photos. I took a little break and went out to get dinner for my mom and myself. I suggested that we eat al fresco, and my mom agreed. It was a perfect way to end the day.