Sunday, February 7, 2016

Tea Cups

A friend from my sketching group invited us over the other night to sketch some of her collection of tea cups. I did just a few. LOL She had an entire carton of them, all with different designs. I felt like my inner Liz Steel was coming out. My thanks to Pat for her hospitality. It was a lot of fun!

Saturday, February 6, 2016

Animals, Animals

One day this week we had really mild temperatures. I decided to go out and actually paint/sketch outside of my car. I headed over to the Suffolk County Farm, which turned out to be a lot more muddy than I expected. I love sketching the cows there because if they are not out in the far pasture, they are eating at a trough and they usually stay put. I sat in my chair and started sketching when plop, plop, started to drizzle. It does make a bit of a problem because I was using wc pencils in addition to watercolors, but I kept going. The drizzle only lasted minutes.

Next I headed over to the sheep...who don't stay still. If someone walks by they all meander over to wherever that person stops. I ended up working on 3 small sketches on the same page adding to each as that sheep or a similar looking one looked like it was in the same position. I'm happiest with the one in the top right corner. I think I got his shaggy wool just about right.

Friday, February 5, 2016

Snowy Golf Course

This was done across a double page in one of my small sketchbooks. this is part of the golf course in West Sayville that overlooks the Great South Bay. I wanted to capture it with a bit of the snow form last week's storm before the mild temperatures that were forecast made it melt. I didn't get a person in this sketch but there was a person off to the right practicing his swings on the "green" area. lol

Thursday, February 4, 2016

Visiting Starbucks

Last week I visited Starbucks with a few sketching friends. It is always a good spot to find something/someone to sketch. 

Wednesday, February 3, 2016

Sideshow Sketch Night

Somehow I missed posting yesterday...which isn't like me. So today I'll do a longer post.

On Friday evening a group of artist I know went to the Sideshow Sketch Night at the Brickhouse Brewery in Patchogue. I've gone to similar "Dr. Sketchy" events in the city and this was just as much fun. "Betsy Propane" and "Trick the Bastard" modeled for us in a variety of 1, 5, 10 and 20 minute poses icostumed and semi-costumed. (Some of the poses were a little risqué. lol) Betsy is a voluptuous burlesque dancer and Trick works at the sideshow in Coney Island. This was the first time this style sketch night was held on Long Island and 53 artists showed up...the event was sold out!

Here are some quick 1 minute poses that I did to warm up. I sketched these with a water-soluble pencil, but didn't have time to add any water. 

These are 5 minute sketches. In addition to the water-soluble graphite I used watercolor crayons for some bold color.

During the evening there were several sketching contests and raffles with prizes like yoga classes, pottery classes, a basket of art supplies, sketchbooks, and a basket of chocolate products. In case you're wondering, Trick was in  a straightjacket. 

This was one of the 20 minute poses.

During one of the breaks I sketched the woman who was the emcee. She owns a local vintage clothing store and was dressed in a gorgeous outfit.

The night wound down with shorter sketches that were 1 minute again.

Everyone had a great time and it was so much fun to see the sketches and artwork done by the other artists during the break. My thanks to Amanda and Dean who worked so hard to get this event together. They did a wonderful job!

I have to say that this event made it a bit easier to sketch than "Dr. Sketchy." There were tables to work on and spread out your materials. At "Dr. Sketchy" events there are no tables so you need to balance your art materials, usually in your lap. Both events are great fun. The "Dr. Sketchy" events have become worldwide events, but it was fun to have an event so close to home in Patchogue. Another Sideshow Sketchnight will be held at the same location on March 4th...sadly I won't be able to attend.

Monday, February 1, 2016

Art Reception and Portrait

It feels like something is missing now that the 30 Day challenge is over. lol Aside from a small sketch I didn't do much of any artwork. I am hoping to get myself to do some other artwork that I've been thinking about doing...maybe some yupo, masa, or collages. (I'm hoping that if I actually put that in print maybe I will actually do it. lol) I had an art reception yesterday. Three of my paintings were hanging in the show. Here is a photo of all the artists who participated in the Wet Paints Studio Group Art Show at the Sayville Congregational Church this past month.

On Tuesday night we had a model at Wet Paints. She posed for 2 weeks in a row, but I missed the first night. She was a very good model. I'm sorry I don't remember her name.

Sunday, January 31, 2016

"30 Paintings in 30 Days" - Collage & Wrap-up

The challenge is finally over. Although I enjoy doing the challenge by mid-month I have a love/hate relationship with doing the paintings. I generally start off the month by being one or two paintings ahead just in case a day comes along when I don't get to paint, but eventually I am back to that feeling of needing to get one done for the next day. It does help that I make sure my painting for the following day is always ready...just in case I still have that day to paint it. lol I picked doing flowers for the challenge because I always feel that I haven't handled the shading on them as well as I should. I do feel a little more comfortable now. Anyway, to all of you who have stopped by to see some or all of my paintings, my sincere thanks. I always enjoy seeing comments by everyone. Another good part about the challenge is that I usually find a few participating artists whose work calls to me for some reason and after the challenge I will continue to follow their work.

My finale is a collage of images of all the paintings I did for the "30 Paintings in 30 Days" challenge.

My thanks to Leslie Saeta for hosting the challenge and getting so many artists all over the world to create so many paintings in so short of a time.

You can see the other collages created by the artist here:

And back in my normal sketching/painting world...this week Barry modeled for my morning sketch group. I did one portrait and one sketch of him.