Saturday, March 24, 2018

March for Our Lives

I'm going to jump ahead a week and post my sketches from today. I attended the March for Our Lives in Huntington today. There were marches and protests all over the fact all over the world. It was amazing to see and hear the young people who organized this event. They were so eloquent and filled with passion. In addition to local students, our event included relatives of some of the students and the teacher that were killed in the Florida shooting. The stories were heartbreaking. I am hoping that these young people will have a positive effect and we will see some changes.

Here are a few of the local students working on their posters before the event started.

This was sketched as the event was getting underway. There were young people, children, families and all kinds of local people supporting these students and sharing their passion for change.

I seem to be getting more political as I get older...or more aware of the changes that are needed.

Friday, March 23, 2018

Cathedral of St. John the Divine

Last Saturday I met up with the NYC Urban Sketchers for the day. Uptown around 111 St and Amsterdam Ave is the Cathedral Church of St John the Divine. It is part of the Episcopal Diocese of New York. Construction was started in 1854 but parts of the Cathedral seem to always be under construction. It spans several blocks and is beautiful inside and out.

One of the best things about painting or sketching in the Cathedral is the atmosphere. In addition to the beautiful columns, altars, and stained glass, on weekends there is are choirs who perform almost all day long. Most of the performances are done by choirs visiting from outside NYC, and they sing with such angelic voices.

I did one sketch looking toward the main altar while a group was performing. This was done across a double spread in a moleskein journal.

For this sketch I sat behind the altar facing the stained glass over the front door of the Cathedral. This choir was in gowns and tuxes. You will notice some splashes of ink on the bottom of the sketch. I went to put the cap on my brush pen and for some reason ink splattered all over the page and all over my sweater. I'm very thankful that the ink was water-soluble and actually came out of the sweater.

We sketched until about 2:00 and then left to go to our afternoon sketching location.

Thursday, March 22, 2018

Snow Update and Napper Tandy's

The forecast was correct, although the snow didn't really get heavy until about 6 pm and then it was coming down at the rate of an inch or two an hour for a while. By morning it was gorgeous with heavy clusters of snow on everything. I went out with my yardstick and measured by my front patio where it was over 13 inches. There was more on the side of the building where my garage is located..maybe 15 inches.

Here is a photo I took last night when it was really snowing heavily.
A view of the snowstorm from my front door.

These photos were taken this morning.

My pots of chives waiting for spring to arrive.

The parking lot in our complex.

The cars parked in front of the two garages next to mine. They use their garages for storage. I use mine for my car.

Luckily the temperature hit 50 degrees today with a lot of sunshine, so a great deal of the snow is melted already. I went out early to paint a snow scene before the snow fell off all the trees. I'll post that in a few days.

Meanwhile last Friday I was in Bay Shore along Main Street and Napper Tandy's with it's rich, red front just screamed to be sketched. I'm sure on Saturday it was a whole lot more active for St. Patrick's Day.

Wednesday, March 21, 2018

Snowy Woods

Yes, we had another small snowstorm last week. Not a huge amount but a few inches that looked pretty on the ground between the trees. This was done at a local park using gouache which seems to be my "go to" for snow scenes lately.  Today we are expecting more snow...predictions say between 8-12 inches later today. That's a bit more than we need. lol I will give you an update tomorrow.

I had paintings at an exhibit about 2 1/2 hrs from me that were supposed to be picked up today. Luckily because of the forecast they allowed us to come up and pick them up a day early if we were free. I was picking up my work and the work of 5 other people, so my husband came up to Middletown with my yesterday to help carry the 10 paintings from the gallery to the car. Considering we hit rush hour traffic for part of the ride home, we were only in the car for 5 1/2 hours. It could have been much worse. 

Tuesday, March 20, 2018

Lettering Workshop

When my sketch group met last Wednesday we had one of the members do a lettering workshop with us. She uses a lot of lettering in the pages she does. We did some warmups and then did some objects attached to words, sketching objects that were near us. Yes, we did have a cherry pie as a treat to have with coffee.

We were told to bring a favorite quote with us and we worked writing it out in a combination of capital and lower case letters which we colored in. I was working on sketch paper which really doesn't take watercolors very well, but I thought the result was interesting. 

Monday, March 19, 2018


I like driving around and seeing what is down around the corner of places I've been. This was in Patchogue around the corner from a marina I've gone to several times. I peeked down this street and saw some rusty structures. I headed straight there. There was a bit of all kinds of stuff around, a washing machine, inflatable rubber boats usually found on a ferry and assorted other objects. Apparently it is an active business because vehicles kept coming in and out while I sat in my car sketching.

Sunday, March 18, 2018

Northport House

Last week I took a ride to Northport. There are a lot of really interesting houses along the road that rises above the harbor. It was too cold to sit out and paint but I parked on the street and had a good view of the opposite side because there is only parking on one side of the street. The houses there are all built on the hillside. This house looked like a nice place to sit on the porch and watch the people go by.