Tuesday, September 1, 2015

City Ink Sketches

I am taking an online mixed media class with one of my urban sketching favorites, Mark Taro Holmes. His first lesson in the course was on single-line and 5-7 line sketches. They are mostly continuous line drawings done with a fine line pen and then adding dark tones with a brush pen.

Here is a link to Mark's workshop in case you are interested. This is a short video that gives you an overview of his class. Since it was offered at such a discount I couldn't pass it up.

On Saturday when I got into the city I had about an hour to walk from Penn Station on 32nd St to where the NYC Urban Sketchers were meeting at 5th and 23rd St. On the way I saw a view that looked perfect for the first lesson, so I stopped to sketch. The goal of the single line sketch is to be able to capture a scene quickly, which is perfect for sketching when traveling or when you are somewhere with "non-sketchers." This probably took me about 10 minutes. 

When I was done I headed down to Madison Park to meet the group. I still had a little time to sit outside the park and sketch the iconic Flatiron Building. It has an incredible number of windows, but I left out most of them. Although this was not a single-line sketch I did use the idea of the brush pen for some darks to make it pop.

Tomorrow I will show you what was in the park!!!

Monday, August 31, 2015

Sketching on the LIRR

On Saturday I took the LIRR into the city to meet the NYC Urban Sketchers. I got a good seat going in and was able to sketch a few people.

This lady was busy doing crossword puzzles all the way to the city. I wonder if she was doing the NY Times puzzle...after all her t-shirt said "genius."

These ladies were all friends traveling together. They had accents, but I'm not sure where they were from.

This guy was nice and still...a good model.

Sunday, August 30, 2015

Goin' Fishin'

The other day on the way to the beach, I made a stop at Captree State Park which is across from Robert Moses State Park. There is a large area along the water where all the fishing charter boats leave from. I lucked out and there were some people already waiting for the 11:00 fluke trip. There were a lot more people but by the time I sketched these three everyone else had already boarded. I hope they caught some fish.

Saturday, August 29, 2015

Sketching by the Lighthouse

Wednesday evening my sketching group met at Robert Moses State Park. I arrived about 6:30 and found a few sketchers already very busy. I knew the sun would be setting before I knew it, so after I walked to the Fire Island Lighthouse I focused on the top of the lighthouse tower instead of doing the whole thing.

The sunset was so beautiful that I did two quick, small watercolors of it.

Friday, August 28, 2015


On Tuesday morning my plein air group met at a farm. Some of us hit the sunflower fields. My thanks to Andrews Family Farm in Wading River which is always so welcoming to us.

Thursday, August 27, 2015

New Portrait & Paint the Great South Bay Reception

On Tuesday evening our portrait goup met and Paul kindly posed for us.

Sunday was the reception at the Paper Cup Studio for the Paint the Great South Bay plein air event. Each of the 32 artists who participated were able to put in 2/3 pieces which will hang until Sept 27th. 

If you look on the back wall, this is where all the paper cups we created are displayed. Here I am talking with another of the artists.
Marianne Thorvaldson & Me

Gina (chairperson) gets an orchid from Pauline Hazard.

"The Lane"

"By the Dock"

Gina Lento (chairperson) and LuAnn Thompson (gallery owner)

Gina with her painting "Varneys"

Pauline Hazard with her painting.

Me with my painting.

Ann Baum with her painting.

There was a great turnout for the reception and three paintings sold. Yay!! The paintings will hang for a few more weeks so we are hoping there will be more sales. The commissions from this show go toward our student scholarships.

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

Paint the Great South Bay - Part IV

Luckily Saturday brought nicer weather for Paint the Great South Bay. I headed over to Bellport in the morning to do one last painting. "The Lane" is a small courtyard next to Costello's Cafe. I was originally going to do mostly dark shades behind the gate to make it pop, but then these two ladies came along and sat down. How could I resist? This is 8 x 10 and is also hanging in the show.

Here I am set up on the street in Bellport.

As you can see, cars love to block my view when I'm painting. lol