Thursday, August 17, 2017

Governors Island Sketches

So sorry I missed posting yesterday. This one is a bit long so I hope it makes up for it.

On Saturday the NYC Urban Sketchers took the ferry from downtown Manhattan to Governors Island. This is a small island between Manhattan and Brooklyn and is car-free with an old fort, some lovely old houses, and great views back to the city. 

I did a quick ink sketch on the ferry ride which lasts all of about 7 minutes.

Our first stop was Colonel's Row where there are some wonderful houses that were once used for the military officers.

While we were on the island a Civil War Reenactment was taking place. I caught some of the "soldiers" during their break from firing the cannon.

Before leaving I had time for a quick ink sketch of the skyline.

Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Still Life

I participate in the Scavenger Hunts on Wet Canvas. I am hosting the present one and this still life was done as one of the challenges. Here is a link to the hunt in case you are interested in seeing what goes on there. 

Monday, August 14, 2017


Last Wednesday my sketch group went to a local concert in the park in Sayville. "3Legs," an acoustic Beatles tribute band was playing. They weren't bad, but the people in the audience were even better. They sang along with all the songs. It was a fun night. Sketching was good until it started to get dark.

Sunday, August 13, 2017

Beach Ink Sketches

Most days when I go to the beach I try to sketch some people...mostly they are cooperative, but some do change positions in the middle of a sketch.

This lady stayed pretty still. I liked the way she had one foot over the other leg.

There are always lots of people reading. They usually don't move. The boy drying off was gone quickly.

I like the assortment of different beach chairs. This one had it's own shade.

This guy had a bandana on his head. I think he had a few tattoos, but I didn't include them.

Saturday, August 12, 2017

Avalon Preserve

My plein air group painted at the Avalon Preserve in Stony Brook. They have fields of yellow flowers that are so pretty. Since we've painted there so many times, finding a different view isn't easy. I found a wooden fence over by the driveway to the barn which I thought looked a bit different.

Friday, August 11, 2017

Sayville Fair

Last weekend Sayville had their annual street fair. I scooted over there on Saturday morning and managed a few sketches. There were a lot of carnival rides but I liked the decorative carousel.

There was an entertainment stage but I had missed the belly dancers performing. Instead I caught one of them as she watched another performance.

Thursday, August 10, 2017


As it often happens I finish my painting before the other artists I am with. So I had time for a very loose, splashy little painting of some sunflowers that were nearby. This was done at the same flower field as the painting below.