In My Studio with Cosmos

cosmos flower watercolor sketches

The other day I was at the Union Square Greenmarket near closing time. A woman rushed by me carrying several bunches of beautiful Cosmos, like huge sprays of wildflowers. I was determined to find that vendor and buy some. Within a minute or so I found him packing up his tent for the day. A small number of bouquets remained on his […]

Drawing from Life

Drawing from Life - Beverly Brown

One of the things I enjoy about living in a big city is the access to life drawing opportunities. In NYC, life drawing sessions take place virtually every day, hosted by art schools or groups of artists, where you can just drop in and sketch.  While drawing from photos is useful, there is nothing better (or more […]

Rather Abstract Rose Paintings

Abstract Rose Painting Dark and Light Pink

Every June I’m inspired to paint roses. The only problem is painting roses has always vexed me.  All those layers of petals somehow distract me from capturing the shape of the rose, the feeling of a rose. I get caught up in the details instead of paying attention to the overall effect. The key is to simplify the flowers down to their essence. […]

Sketchbook: China Through the Looking Glass

China Through the Looking Glass

I recently visited the “China Through the Looking Glass” exhibit at the Metropolitan Museum of Art here in NYC. It’s a bit of a multi-media extravaganza, but nevertheless a feast for the eyes. The show is a collaboration between the Met’s Costume Institute and Department of Asian Art. High fashion is on display next to traditional Chinese costume, decorative arts, […]

Quick Fashion Sketches of Dresses

Fashion Sketches by Beverly Brown

The other night I attended the New York Society of Illustrators sketch night – a live fashion drawing event where all the poses were limited to 7 minutes or less. Most model drawing classes are run in a similar way, with very short poses leading up to longer poses. As I quickly made my fashion sketches, I was reminded of what a pleasure it is […]

Sketchbook: NYC Easter Parade 2015

nyc easter parade sketchbook Beverly Brown

The NYC Easter Parade & Easter Bonnet Festival is one of those eccentric “only-in-New-York” events that makes me grateful to live here. Unlike many parades, where the floats are the focus, the Easter parade is all about the people who dress to be seen and wear THE most fabulous bonnets – many made by hand. Their dogs dress up too! […]

Digital Sketchbook: Book Court Brooklyn

Book Court Brooklyn - Beverly Brown

It’s freezing here in NYC and indoor activities are the only sensible option! This week my friend Tina & I met at Book Court, a wonderful, independent book store in Brooklyn, NY, to do some sketching. I made this digital watercolor sketch using the 53 Paper app on my iPad.

New York Nocturne: Pink Empire State Building

pink empire state building

Every night, New York’s Empire State Building changes the colors of its tower lights to reflect various occasions and organizations. Their spectacular Valentine’s Day display began last night, complete with lights simulating a beating heart and a rotating array of romance-inspired colors, including hot pink. I couldn’t resist making this iPad painting of a pink Empire State […]

Pantone Marsala Color Pairings

Abstract Floral Art - Rose, Pink, Pale Purple + Yellow - Beverly Brown Artist

This time of year, Pantone announces its “official” color of the year for home decor, fashion and design. The color for 2015 is Pantone Marsala, an earthy shade of rose, inspired by the Sicilian fortified wine by the same name.   I decided to give myself a little challenge and experiment with pairing Marsala with other colors.  It’s […]

New York Nocturne: View Across 42nd Street

New York Nocturne Painting- View Across 42nd St.

I’ve always loved the word nocturne, as it crosses over between art and music. The American Heritage Dictionary defines nocturne as: 1. A painting of a night scene. 2. An instrumental composition of a pensive, dreamy mood, especially one for the piano. When I think of nocturnes, I think of Chopin’s haunting, moody piano nocturnes. Music with a particular […]

A Soft Autumn Palette Inspired by Central Park

Autumn Path Painting Central Park New York - Beverly Brown Art Prints

Nature’s soft autumn palette of yellow ochre, warm reds and golden greens inspired this digital landscape painting of New York’s Central Park Conservatory Gardens – one of my favorite places in the city.  It was painted on my iPad, using the ArtRage App – also one of my favorites. After years of painting on an iPad, I’m still […]

New Abstract Panoramic Prints

Abstract Panoramic Prints |Beverly Brown Artist

I’ve been experimenting on and off with abstraction and pattern in watercolor. There’s something very freeing about not painting any thing in particular. Of course freedom can be scary. With nothing to refer to, inspiration has to come from within. I do like to give myself some restrictions in terms of color and paper format. In […]

Manhattanhenge Watercolor Painting

Manhattanhenge prints |Beverly Brown Artist

Twice a year, in New York City, the setting sun aligns with the east-west streets of Manhattan, illuminating the urban canyons in dramatic shades of orange, red and yellow. This phenomenon is known as Manhattanhenge. It’s become quite the urban event, with professional and amateur photographers lining up in advance to snag the perfect vantage […]