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AMNH Peach and Purple Drawing Series: Alexandra Patz


March 1st, 2014 - March 31st, 2014


About three years ago I first took the Animal Drawing class at the American Museum of Natural History taught by Stephen Quinn. The course has run twice a year, spring and fall, for ages now. I loved it so much that I just kept taking it again, season after season. After overlapping for about three sessions with Mr Quinn, he retired and was replaced by the equally inspiring Patricia Wynne. It is a very zen-like experience to be in the quiet diorama halls after hours, drawing the animals that (being stuffed) conveniently stand still for you. And yet, unlike drawing from a photograph, they are there in 3D with all their shadows and depth.

Seeing another student using artists’ markers one week to make such a bright and vibrant drawing, I decided to purchase some of my own and give them a try. My favorite colors are shades of peach and shades of purple, so those were the colors I originally bought. Purple for the shadows, peach for the light. Every time I went back to the art store to treat myself to a couple new markers I couldn’t bring myself to branch out from the gorgeous  peach and purple spectrum. On the rare occasion I did attempt straying, the drawings would never please me as much as when I stuck to peaches and purples.