For anyone who wishes to try painting in an urban setting, but is intimidated to try it right on the street, the parks of NYC are a great option. Last week, several of my students accompanied me on a sketching workshop in Bryant Park. Working in watercolor or pastel, we brought a minimum amount of supplies and equipment and spent a relaxing day sketching the many iconic features the park has to offer.
Later this month, I will be having another workshop in NYC, this time we will visit Madison Square Park on August 21. Madison Square Park offers great views of the Flatiron Building and the Empire State Building. In addition, it has a beautiful fountain, and lots of interesting sculptures that are part of the art in the parks program. Another feature of the parks that is appealing in the summer is the shade provided by the trees. Not only does it cool things down, but it also provides a natural canopy of shade so that you can see your colors and your paper or canvas better without the need for an umbrella. (I never use an umbrella, too much to carry and too conspicuous!)
I am also planning to go back to Bryant Park on Sept. 1 for another day of sketching in watercolor or pastel. Anyone interested in either of these upcoming workshops, please fill out the contact form.