Monday, May 25, 2015

Memorial Day Ceremony and Parade

For the last few years I have tried to attend one of the Memorial Day Ceremonies here on Long Island. I missed the one in Sayville which I usually attend since I slept late, so instead I went to Patchogue. I sat in the park by the VFW Hall which I knew was the end of the parade, and caught some of the participants as the beginning of the parade arrived. I was there sketching long enough for most of the ceremony. It was a touching tribute to those who gave their lives, those who served, and the families and friends of those who are still serving.

EDM - May 25 - an apron

Sunday, May 24, 2015


This weekend we are celebrating Memorial Day, a time we honor the men and woman who have died in service to our country. One of my art associations, the Wet Paints Studio Group had our members show this weekend. Included in the show was a section devoted to paintings that honor those who served or paintings that show patriotism. I knew exactly what I wanted to paint.

My father-in-law served in Europe during World War II in the Air Force. He has a shadowbox containing a photo of himself being awarded a medal and two different medals as well as his battalion insignia. I borrowed them, took them out of the box and rearranged them to create a painting. The title of this is "Honored" and it is 8 x 10.

I am behind in posting my EDM sketches. Here they are.

May 21 - where I sit to read

May 22 - something attached to my wall

May 23 - interesting detail to a building

May 24 - some keys

Saturday, May 23, 2015

Poppy Dance

My friend, Susan has a wonderful garden. She let me know that her poppies were blooming, so I spent a while there painting them. She was kind enough to snap a photo of me there.
This is 5 x 7.

Friday, May 22, 2015

Tulip Field

Somehow I missed posting this after I did it last week...maybe because I wanted to make some adjustments. I'm not sure but I'd better post it before it gets lost among my photos. This was done at the "Garden of Eve" out in Riverhead. They had a field of tulips that was a "u-pick" field and they were planning a tulip festival. Unfortunately due to our spring arriving so late and all the people who came out for Mother's Day the field was pretty well picked over. There was one section that they had roped off and people were not allowed to pick from. That is where we were painting...and I used a little artistic license to fill in the rest of the field. This is 8 x 10 and one of my friends from the group is in the middle of the field painting. 

EDM  - May 21 - where I sit to read

This is actually where I sit to do almost, sketch, watch TV, talk on the phone, etc. There is a coffee table in front of it for me to put my feet up and relax.

Tonight was the reception for the South Bay Art Association's Members Show.
Here are photos of me with my two paintings on exhibit.

Thursday, May 21, 2015

Presby Iris Garden

Yesterday my sister and I went to the Presby Iris Garden in Montclair, NY.
There were so many varieties of irises!!!
I did small sketches that are about 3 1/2 x 7.

I painted my sister, Mickey who was also painting.

I tried getting a few of the different varieties.

Here are a few photos from our day.

EDM  - May 20 - my wallet

Wednesday, May 20, 2015


My plein air group painted at a u-pick tulip field last week. I bought a few tulips to bring home. Of course by the time I sat down to paint them some of them were long past their prime...which gave them a bit of character.

EDM - May 19 - a cupcake

I don't buy cupcakes and didn't have time to stop and sketch one somewhere that has them. This is a composite of several cupcakes I saw on the internet...with chocolate frosting of course!

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Lighthouse Paint Out - Part II

My second sketch for the paintout at the Fire Island Lighthouse was on a smaller scale...only 5 x7. This one was done on the opposite side of the lighthouse.

My last painting was from the bay side with a close look at the lighthouse. I was attracted to the white flowers to the right of the path. I very rarely see flowers there. This is 5 x 7.

EDM - May 18 - lipstick
I don't wear lipstick very often, and when I do it isn't very bright or dark. This is what I wear.