Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Mall Sketches

My husband wanted to go Christmas shopping and wanted me to come along, but then he wanted to go to the stores alone so he could shop for me. Rather than waste my time since I was at that exact mall the other day (he didn't time this well) I decided to bring my sketchbook and headed over to the food court. Here are a few of the sketches I did of the clerks, cooks, and the customers. This ink pen bled a little more than I would have liked...especially on the faces.

I am hoping to finish the marathon sketch soon. I worked on it a lot today so stay tuned.

Monday, December 15, 2014


Yesterday when I got home from doing the show all weekend I was antsy because I hadn't sketched anything in nearly 2 days. Each of us brought home a poinsettia plant that was used to decorate for the show. I knew I had to paint it. This was done directly in watercolors.

Sunday, December 14, 2014

Tree Shopping and PALS Show Photos

I've been on a search for places selling Christmas trees to so some sketching.
I found this one along Route 25 in Ridge.

This weekend was our 5th Annual PALS Plein Air Show and Sale at the BAFFA Gallery of the Gillette House in Sayville. From April to the beginning of December we painted at 26 different locations on Long Island. The camaraderie between the artists is special and we all look forward to painting together, but seeing all the finished paintings together is just amazing. Here are some photos from the show.

The top left and bottom right paintings are mine.

The top painting of the field is mine.

The red dahlia painting on the bottom is mine too.

Here I am with one of my paintings.

And here are most of the artists.

We sold several paintings off the wall, many matted paintings, cards, books, etc. 
It was a really successful show!
My thanks to Jeanne Salucci who has organized this group, selects our locations, and works so hard to make this show happen!!!

Saturday, December 13, 2014


The Patchogue Sketch Club met at a local Starbucks on Wednesday night. We lucked out and got a big table near the counter and as always in Starbucks there was a flurry of activity. Most people stood long enough for a quick sketch of them, and my friend Gina and I kept checking them out at the tables around us after they sat down to see what they were really wearing. lol

Friday, December 12, 2014

Santa Sighting

I wanted to do a sketch of Santa so I headed off to the nearest mall, which turns out to be the same mall I sketched at last December, the Smith Haven Mall. The decor was exactly the same...even Santa looked the same. I need to find a new mall to sketch Santa. lol

Thursday, December 11, 2014


On Monday I went into NYC to meet two non-sketching good friends for a day of shopping, talking, and seeing "THE TREE." We were meeting at noon up by the Time Warner Center by Columbus Circle, but I went in early because I wanted to sketch the Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree. I had sketched it with the scaffolding around it a few weeks ago and needed to do it finished. It was very cold out but I stood leaning against one of the buildings and sketched. I finished most of the sketch before I had to go hop on the train to meet them but added the lights with gel pen when I got home.

I did a few sketches on the train going into the city. I think everyone I sketch on the train is connected to their cell phone. lol

The Time Warner Center had these fabulous star decorations that changed colors every few minutes. Which color do you like? My favorite is the purple.

We shopped at the Holiday Market at Columbus Circle and then headed back to see the Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree lit up at night. It looked great!

The statues of the soldiers were fun too.

Here I am (left) with Maureen (center) and Rhea (right).

On the way back to Penn Station we passed this display in front of one of the buildings.

The city is so great at this time of year!

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Deano X 3

Our portrait group had Deano as our model this week.

First I painted him in watercolors.

I finished before our 2 hrs were up so 
then I did a quick pencil sketch.

And then I sketched him in ink.