Sunday, February 26, 2017

Sayville Boatyard

For some reason I did quite a few boatyard sketches last week. This one was done in Sayville, near the ferries to Fire Island. Right now so many of the boats are still under wraps for the will be nice to see them unveiled soon. #sayville #fireisland #fireislandferries #sketching #watercolorsandink #pleinair

Saturday, February 25, 2017

People and the Lighthouse

I have been doing a Craftsy class with James Richards called "Sketching the Energy of Places." He gives several lessons on incorporating figures into sketches and doing crowds of people too. Following his advice I did this sketch along the boardwalk going to the Fire Island Lighthouse last weekend. It was a nice day so the boardwalk was packed. I was happy with the way this came out. It was the first time I was in a location that I could do a crowd of people since I started the class.

Friday, February 24, 2017

Sketches from the Met - Part II

After lunch at the Metropolitan Museum of Art we moved to the American Wing which is filled with light and gorgeous sculptures. This was part of a fireplace mantle that originally dominated the entrance hall in the Vanderbilt Mansion on 5th Avenue. It was sculpted by Augustus Saint-Gardens. There is a matching piece on the other side of the mantle. I liked this side better. I used my watercolor pencils for this.

Next I did a free-standing sculpture. I used my watercolor pencil and started to use my ink brush, only to be told by the guard that I could use "pencils only." I had to finish the ink when we all met downstairs in the cafe. I included some of the background of the room and a few Met visitors.

Thursday, February 23, 2017

Armor Sketches from the Met

On Saturday the NYC Urban Sketchers met at the Metropolitan Museum of Art. We were sketching in the room that contains the armor. I've sketched there before and enjoy sketching the displays. The museum policy is that you can draw with dry media but they usually let us use water brushes. I sketched this in watercolor pencils.

The above sketch took quite a while and I had just a little while before we were meeting for lunch. Two of our fellow sketchers were busy in the same room, so I sketched them.

More from the Met tomorrow.

Wednesday, February 22, 2017

Arboretum Sketches

I headed to the Bayard Cutting Arboretum in oakdale to catch some of the snow before it was gone. This was one in my grey toned sketchbook with ink, watercolor pencils, and white colored pencil. I sat in my car to do this.

Then I went for a walk taking my sketchbook, my Elegant Writer pen, and my water brush.

Tuesday, February 21, 2017

Peconic River

The snow here has melted quite a bit since our weather turned warmer, but you can still find bits of it in some locations like along the Peconic River in Riveread. I sat in my car in the parking lot of a pizza place to paint this...and yes, I resisted going in and having a slice of pizza (even though the last time I stopped there their white pizza with spinach was one of the best things I'd tasted). This is 5 x 7.

Monday, February 20, 2017


Our model last week was Deano. He's a great model but I find it more interesting to do his whole body than just his face. I don't think his face has enough character. I like some wrinkles as a challenge. lol Someone decided to pose him with a snow shovel as a prop. It sort of works.

I think I'm done with the February challenge. I went to finish the next subject on the list which I had already started, and I couldn't find the painting. I have too many to do to catch up at this point. My enthusiasm for the items on the list is gone. It at least the project gave me about 14 new ATCs for my exchange with my art group next week.