Friday, November 21, 2014

Carousel Horse

The other evening the Patchogue Sketch Club was meeting at the Sun Vet Mall in Holbrook for our weekly sketch outing. At this time of year we need to have an indoor location. I wasn't looking forward to it because it is one of those small malls that all the stores are pulling out of. It isn't scenic at all. Imagine my surprise to find that along with the Santa setup they brought in a carousel and a Christmas train ride. Lucky for us nothing was operating yet, so the carousel wasn't moving and I was able to sketch the horse that was right in front of me. (I have sketched moving carousels before and they are not easy...a different horse or creature stops in front of you each time. lol) We do plan to go back and sketch Santa or the train another time.

Thursday, November 20, 2014

Sky and Trees

Sometimes when I drive around I see something and have to stop immediately. I had been near one of our local parks and I could see this view across the lawn of the park. So I pulled in the entrance, turned my car to face the view, and went at it!
Sadly, we have had a few cold, windy days and most of the beautiful colored leaves are now gone from the trees. I don't like seeing them so bare. It will be a challenge to search and find some trees that are still "in bloom."

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Park Entrance

I found this path in the middle of the autumn colors by a park in Sayville. If you walk along the path you end up at the water.

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Melrose Trees

With the colorful leaves on the trees I keep riding around looking for places to paint.
Each location I pass looks like a painting to me. This was done on Melrose Pkwy in East Patchogue.

I'm glad I painted so much when I could. Most of the trees have lost most of their leaves between yesterday and today because of the strong winds.

My presentation tonight went really well. When the video is available I will post it for everyone who wants to see it. For right now here are a few photos from tonight. My friend took more with her camera but I don't have those yet.

Showing my collage of rocks.

Talking up a storm.

Showing a plein air of Venice.

Monday, November 17, 2014

Maritime Museum

Down near the water in Sayville is the Maritime Museum, and on the property there are some old boats out of the water. They always make interesting subjects and especially with the autumn colors around them. This is 8 x 10.

Tomorrow is a big day for me. I belong to the Wet Paints Studio Group in Sayville and I will be the featured artist in their "Meet the Artist" series tomorrow night. I've been invited to bring some of my artwork and talk about my work and life as an artist to our members. They have been doing this for years, and asked me several times to participate, and I guess they finally wore me down. (I do hate speaking in public and then I also hate the sound of my own voice. lol) They usually film the presentations and post them on, so when and if it is available I will post a link. Of course I'm not completely organized yet, but I figure I have part of the day tomorrow to organize the work I'm bringing...yes, I'm procrastinating. lol I will let you know how it goes.

Sunday, November 16, 2014

Barn and Autumn Leaves

Here is another sketch with the wonderful fall colors. This was sketched down by the Sayville Grange on Broadway Avenue.

Saturday, November 15, 2014

Arboretum Path

Right now the leaves on the trees here are at their peak, and I have been trying to paint them every day. This was done last week with my PALS Plein Åir group at the Bayard Cutting Arboretum in Great River. This is 8 x 10. There will be more of these colorful paintings to come.