Friday, April 24, 2015


Jim posed for us this week at our portrait group. I had no trouble with his face, but the positioning of his arms as he leaned forward on his guitar did. I think his arms still look too short for his body. The foreshortening got me.

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Thursday, April 23, 2015

Hospice Art Show

On Sunday I joined 9 other artists doing a fundraiser for our local Suffolk Hospice and Visiting Nurse Service. The show was the 4th annual was "With One Stroke" and was organized by my friend, Lorraine Rimmelin.  Each participating artist as well as several other artists we knew, donated a piece of artwork for a raffle and we raised about $1,500 for Hospice. 

Of course I couldn't let the day go by without sketching the event. I started it at the beginning of the show and worked on the sketch when it was slow. You can see that the artists were positioned around the room, and in the middle were refreshments, including an open wine bar.

Here is a photo of me working on the sketch. People enjoy seeing artists at work and several of them recognized people they knew in the sketch.

Here I am with my friend, Rosamaria who had the table next to me.

My friend, Marlene is known for her pet portraits and she was working on one of them through the course of the show.

Sales were slow, but I think each of us did sell a few things. I think the fact that it was a gorgeous day outside kept people from stopping in. The fundraising was the important part anyway and that was a success. We always have a good time together at our events.

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Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Roosevelt Island

On Saturday the NYC Urban Sketchers went to Roosevelt Island which is a narrow island in New York City's East River. It is accessible from Manhattan by a tram. I got there before the other sketchers so I used that opportunity to go up near the boarding landing and sketch the tram from above ground. It was a quick sketch.

Once we got to the island we walked towards the Roosevelt Memorial. On the way we passed interesting ruins from some of the buildings that had been on the island when this was used mostly for hospital buildings. This particular one was the smallpox hospital. It is in ruins and they have a lot of scaffolding around it. Money is being raised to restore the building.

While I was sketching the above sketch I sat in the Franklin D.Roosevelt Four Freedoms Park. The steps lead up to a great view of Manhattan.

Lunch was followed by a very long hike to the northern end of the island where there is a lighthouse. All of us sketched can see a few sketchers in mine. We opted to take the free bus back to the tram station.

It was a full day of sketching.

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Tuesday, April 21, 2015

LIRR Sketches

This past week I ventured into the city twice...each time on the Long Island Railroad. I get on at the first stop so I try to plan my seat selection so that I will have at least one person facing me. The trip is about 1 hr 20 min so I have the opportunity to do several long as nobody blocks my view. This first man was curled up by the window trying to sleep. I think the only time I saw him move was when the ticket clerk came by. I wish I could sleep that easily in a vehicle. Just about the time I was done with the sketch a woman sat down next to him and blocked my view. It is good to sketch fast.

Facing me in the center of the train car was this man on the left. Luckily I sketched him quickly because he got off long before we reached NYC. The man in blue was facing him. In the middle of each car there are two rows of seats that face each other. I made sure I was on the aisle so that the seats didn't block my view.

The next two people were sketched on the return trip home. 

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Monday, April 20, 2015

Short Beach

The other day it was nice and I knew I had to go out and paint. I drove up to Short Beach which is in the Town of Smithtown and will soon be off limits for me to visit without someone along who is a resident.  I called my friend who lives up there to come and meet me, and she did. Luckily I did most of the painting before she arrived. We spent the whole time she was there talking. I don't think we've seen each other since the fall, so we had a lot of catching up to do. 
The color of the beach grasses was great with the bits of water between them. Within an hour all the blue of the water was gone and there were just small puddles and mostly mud. The tide changes quickly. I was happy with the way this came out. This is 5 x 7.

While we were there we noticed a huge new osprey nest up on one of the poles in the parking lot. If you look carefully you can see one of the birds at the top edge of the nest. I'm always amazed by the size of their nests, and a lot of the parks here put up nesting poles for the osprey.

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Sunday, April 19, 2015

Julia & Svetlana

Last Tuesday I was able to get two portraits done because both of my groups met. The South Bay Art Association group meets every Tuesday morning, but the Wet Paints Studio Group meets the 2nd and 4th Tuesdays of the month. This month was an overlap.

Here is Julia.

Here is Svetlana.

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Saturday, April 18, 2015

Gilgo Beach & Overlook Beach

Driving back from an appointment this week I took a route called Ocean Parkway that goes along a small barrier island that has a number of beaches along it. 

As a teen I always heard about the surfers on Long Island going to Gilgo Beach to surf. I never went to the beach there then but sketched there last year and went back there again this week. I focused on the bay side looking over the marsh. Someone asked me if that was a cross out in the marsh but it is actually a platform for osprey nests. This is about 4 inches square.

Then I continued along the road and stopped at Overlook Beach. This is a beach where you have to be a resident of Babylon, which I am not. Right now you can park because they aren't officially open. I was able to park up close to the dunes...which in case you didn't notice the sign, they want you to keep off of.

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