Thursday, February 12, 2009

Art Student's League New York City

Last week I traveled to New York City with several of my friends from our Monday night Open Model Session to attend an inspiring workshop with Mr. Everett Raymond Kinstler. Mr. Kinstler is an amazing artist that has painted several US Presidents, John Wayne, Katherine Hepburn and Tony Bennett to name a few. The workshop was at the historic Art Student's League of New York City. This is the second time I have made this journey and I do feel that I have grown as an artist since the first workshop and hope that I'll continue to learn, improve and evolve as an artist.
Since I haven't painted anything in a little while, I'm sharing a few pictures of my trip. I have hundreds of pictures but most of them are of works of art from the Metropolitan Museum of Art (MET), The Museum of Modern Art (MOMA) and The Hispanic Society of America in Harlem. I've narrowed hundreds of pictures down to only 12--a very difficult feat.
I was so excited when we approached New York City that I had to take a shadow shot of our plane, the clouds had to be just right!
This is the famous Statue of Liberty, I've only seen it via the air.

The Big Apple--isn't this awesome?

Can you tell we were ready to eat some New York Cheese Cake? This small piece fed 5 of us.

This is me at the gates of The Hispanic Society of America. There were beautiful paintings there by some of my favorite artists.

Inside The Hispanic Society of America Museum. You can see a small portion of the gorgeous paintings and sculptures.

Here I am getting ready for my workshop, packing all my "stuff". Our hotel was less than a block away--very convenient.

Inside our classroom at the workshop. There were about 40 participants in two rooms so needless to say it was cozy but lots of creative juices were flowing.
If these walls could talk. . .
The famous and bright Times Square.
My absolute favorite--Central Park, Mall area.
View of the city from Central Park.
Thanks for joining me on my trip and if (I mean when) I get busy, I'll have more paintings to post.


Paz said...

Wow! Very nice pics! I can never make a selection from so many photos. ;-)

Glad you had a good time in the city.


Kostas said...

Splendid in photographic material post.
Very beautiful daily photographs!

Suzanne said...

Wow I really enjoyed your photos and an art class in New York sounds like bliss.

Bedse Caves said...

The liberty statue photograph is really awesome. Although that perspective should be common for the flyers, but I have seen this perspective for the first time for the statue :)

Michelle Burnett said...

Wow, what a great trip! How lucky to get to paint with Kinstler...I'm envious!

Rhonda Hartis Smith said...

Hi Paz,

The best part was meeting you! I'm very envious of you living in the city.

Rhonda Hartis Smith said...

Thanks Kostas, I love to take pictures!

Rhonda Hartis Smith said...

Hi Suzanne,

The class was so awesome! It was a wonderful experience - now I need to be painting.

Rhonda Hartis Smith said...


I thought it looked pretty neat from my airplane window (and it was a lot warmer). Thanks for stopping by.

Rhonda Hartis Smith said...

Hi Michelle,
Maybe he'll teach again next February, if so you should go. You would not regret it.


Deborah said...

I can only imagine the inspiring atmosphere with the 40 of you in two rooms.

Don't you love New York?

The photo of the park benches in Central Park would make an awesome painting!

Great photos, Cuz!


Gina said...

Wonderful photos Rhonda..sounds like the perfect time away with your plane shadow shot - very eerie, and I'm looking forward to seeing more paintings soon! :D

Bedse Caves said...

The Central Park photograph of the benches is too good :)

Rhonda Hartis Smith said...

Hi Deborah,

The 40 of us were VERY close (LOL). I was wishing I had my paint and easel to paint as I was walking through Central Park.

Rhonda Hartis Smith said...

Hi Gina,

I thought the plane shot was eerie too, kind of like a phantom plane. I've got two shows to start painting for so I had better get busy.

Rhonda Hartis Smith said...

Thanks Bedse, I was trying to take pictures without people which is difficult in New York City.

Marian Fortunati said...

Hi Rhonda!!
Fabulous photos!! (Glad you didn't end up in the Hudson.)
That last one with the great rocks and shadows would make a great painting!
Johanna said she saw you there at the workshop. She LOVES going to it and always says she learns so much. Of course she idolizes Mr. Kinstler.
Glad you thought the workshop was terrific too!

Rhonda Hartis Smith said...

Hi Marian,

I did think of that incident on the Hudson as we were flying over. I would love to take classes from Johanna, wish I could. Mr. Kinstler is the greatest.

mari said...

Rhonda, You're really making me miss NYC. Haven't been there in years. By the way, what's it like to paint in a room with 40 other students? Do you get distracted? Do you talk much with the other painters? I'm just curious.

Rhonda Hartis Smith said...

Hi Mari,
Well the 40 were in 2 rooms but you had a space to stand in and that's about it. Everyone turned their canvas in the same direction so you could see the model. Yes we did talk some but getting in and out of the room was a little challenging (especially if you didn't want to get paint on you).
I just knew my butt was going to knock over someone's palate!

Pat @ Mille Fiori Favoriti said...

Those were absolutely wonderful plane shots Rhonda! I loved the one of Manhattan enlarged when I clicked on it. You must have flown into LaGuardia Airport? I never seemt o get a good view like that of the city when I fly in and out but I leave from Kennedy airport. You workshop looks like such fun! I hope I get to meet you next time.

Central Park has some beautiful areas that you would probably love to paint. Yout two photos here are a good beginning.

Vintage Kitten said...

Hi Rhonda, They are fabulous photos. I can just imagine the paintings you could do from them. Hope you enjoyed your Valentines Day X

Rhonda Hartis Smith said...

Hi Pat,

I did fly into LaGuardia (kept thinking about the Hudson). When I flew out it was dark and I could see the bright lights of Times Square but I didn't have my camera ready. I think I've only seen a tiny part of Central Park but love what I've seen. When I return to NYC I'll email you way in advance and we can arrange something hopefully.

Rhonda Hartis Smith said...

Hi Kitten,

Hope you got all the goodies that you had on your wish list for Valentine's Day! I had dinner at one of our favorite restaurants with my hubby. I have some lovely pictures of ice skaters, horse & carriages, etc. All waiting to be painted.

GMG said...

Hi Rhonda! Great to see your NYC post! At first I was a bit scared with the plane, but if you say it's a shadow, OK... Uff...
And then cheesecake; how I miss it... ;) Eileen's in particular... ;)
The Hispanic Society; I saw an exhibition of the «Vision of Spain» paintings by Sorolla at the Guggenheim Bilbao; great collection...
And the Central Park was lovely, as ever!!

Finally, everybody was busy with Valentine’s Day, nobody paid attention to Rajasthan? Great mistake... ;))
Have a great Sunday!!

Rhonda Hartis Smith said...

Hi Trotter,
Sorolla is one of my favorite artists and many of his works were out so I guess you got to see them. There were still 4 or 5 paintings there but I would like to see the murals when they're back in the US. I'll have to check Rajasthan.

Brenda said...

Thanks for sharing these great pictures, Rhonda. There's no city like New York...I LOVE it! (I'm looking forward to more paintings, by the way!)

Rhonda Hartis Smith said...

Hi Brenda,
Glad you finally have electricity--the damage is amazing. I'll have to get busy painting soon (I'm being lazy).

Debbies-English-Treasures said...

Hi Rhonda,
Thanks for sharing such lovely photos of your trip!
Wish I could have a slice of that cake to!
Anyway... I was thrilled to see how you look like!
Its always nice to put a face into a name!
Debbie Moss

Rhonda Hartis Smith said...

I just glad I didn't scare you away! I agree with you it is nice to put a face with a name but then there is always that mystery. . .

Mary Sheehan Winn said...

wow, that shadow shot of the plane is amazing and so isn't the fact that you took a class with ERK, a master. I have heard of the Hispanic Museum and the fabulous Sorolla paintings there. Thanks for sharing!

Kelley Carey MacDonald said...

I don't think I've seen your blog before - what a great 'album' of your trip! And you went to the Stage Deli, I see - the very BEST place to get a deli sandwich! I really like your work, too, and will definitely bookmark you!

Laurel Alanna McBrine said...

Hi Rhonda,

Don't you just love New York!

I attended the same workshop with Mr. Kinstler the year prior.

The energy in NYC is peerless and the workshop had some of that! I have a brief account on my portraiture blog (you will have to scroll back) if you would like to check it out!

Portrait Painting By Johanna Spinks said... this post. I can relate!