New York City

A few weeks ago, my wife and I traveled to New York City to attend a friend’s wedding.  We had a great weekend catching up with family and friends, and walking around Manhattan.  It was also the first time that I brought my sketching tools on a vacation, so I finally had the chance to capture a few scenes in my sketchbook.

We visited The Frick Collection, which includes renowned paintings from Old Masters, including Turner, Renoir, Vermeer, Rembrandt, and Whistler.  But I was most taken by John C. Johansen’s portrait of Henry Clay Frick.  You are not allowed to take photos in The Frick Collection, but they encourage sketching (the membership brochure actually includes a picture of people sitting and sketching the paintings).  So while Stacie was in the gift shop, I sketched Mr. Frick’s portrait (above).

It’s rare that Stacie and I get to spend a long weekend alone without our kids, so I didn’t want to spend the entire trip drawing.  But I figured that if I drew quickly, I could complete a few sketches.  They’re not my best, but I’m glad I did them.

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