A Visual Journal: February in Manhattan

6 years ago
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Pen, Ink, and Watercolors


One of my hobbies is watercolor painting.  I've done quite a few watercolors, but more recently I've ventured into something a little different.  I've begun to work in the mixed-media of pen, ink, and watercolors. 

Last February I was in New York City with my hubby, brother, and sister-in-law.  The temperature was 17 degrees and it was windy.  We weren't about to stay indoors and so we set off for Time's Square.  I had my camera and took a lot of photographs on the way.  And now, several months later, I'm doing pen and ink sketches of the things I saw. 

These sketches have given me hours of enjoyment.  Not only am I filling a visual journal of my stay, but I'm enjoying the memories.  After a few blocks of walking, our group spotted a  flower shop and went inside.  It was a tropical paradise....fragrant and warm, and after asking for permission, we took photographs.  I apologize for the poor quality of the scanning and upload, but these pages represent the sort of thing I'm doing now that we're entering December and its cold weather.












On another day, I visited the Metropolitan Museum of Art (MoMA) and saw the Picasso guitar exhibit. 




The sidewalks of Manhattan are always crowded and during the winter pedrestrians bundle up.  We walked and walked, and when we got cold we would duck in a store and get warm.  New Yorkers know how to dress for the weather.





The bright yellows caught my eye!

crossing street





My brother and sister-in-law are a fun couple.  I let them walk ahead so I could take a photograph.  Now, several months later I have them in my visual journal. 






 This is my first attempt at doing a visual journal but I'll be doing many more.  I make mistakes but I learn from my mistakes.  If you're an artist, you've probably done many visual journals and worked with many themes.  For my next journal, I want to sketch the flowers I grow. 


Thanks for looking.

E-mail me at: LaraOct7@aol.com