Thursday, November 26, 2020

Table Setting

Happy Thanksgiving to all of those who are celebrating today!!! 

The Patchogue Sketch Club met on Zoom last night. Our subject was a still life of a place setting which was set up by our organizer. The bad part of Zoom is you really can't get a good view of what you're sketching because you can't get closer...and enlarging the image doesn't really help.

Wednesday, November 25, 2020

Ferrara's Bakery

On Saturday the NYC Urban Sketchers virtually sketched some of the different areas in Manhattan. Although I wasn't able to meet up with them on Zoom, I worked on this sketch from Little Italy later in the day. Ferrara's is one of the best known bakeries in Little Italy. I love stopping there for a pastry and a capuccino. I am not a cannoli person, but everyone seems to love them. 

Tuesday, November 24, 2020

Holtsville Ecology Center

Before my husband got sick I used to walk early every morning at the Holtsville Ecology Center with two friends. That has been put on pause since my busiest times with him are in the morning when I help him get ready for the day and do his walking exercise. Instead I took a ride over there in the afternoon the other day. There were a lot of people walking but I used artistic license and left them out. Instead I focused on the trees and shrubs on the hillside.


Monday, November 23, 2020

Biddle Fountain

I was up in Port Jefferson the other day and luckily found parking right across from this fountain. The fountain is in front of the town's Baptist Church. The Biddle Fountain was donated in 1898 by John Biddle, a wealthy piano manufacturer and summer resident of the village.  

Sunday, November 22, 2020

Meadow Croft

 I haven't been over to Meadowcroft in Sayville to sketch in a while, so it was fun to find a view to sketch. I've always liked the barn there.

Saturday, November 21, 2020

At the Grange

I've sketched at The Grange in Sayville so many times you would think it would get boring. However, with a little bit of a lighting change or a slightly different perspective there is often a new scene. The shadow on the barn was what I noticed. I sat in my mobile studio to do this. Most of the painting was done on site, but it got too dark to see the farm machine so I had to stop. Luckily I had taken a photo of it and finished that part at home.


Friday, November 20, 2020


 The Patchogue Sketch Club meets on Wednesday nights. Since it gets dark early and this year we can't meet at the library, the group has been getting together on Zoom. Mark, who organizes the group us usually picks the theme and sets up a still life for us. This week we sketched chairs, a simple subject but not so easy. Add to it that the lighting isn't optimum so it is hard to see things clearly. 

First I sketched the chairs in pencil.

Then I sketched it in watercolors.

I also participate in the Scavenger Hunts on Wet Canvas. This was a still life I set up to include a few of the items in the hunt. That wine glass looks a little wonky.