Saturday, November 28, 2015

Bayport House

When I drive around I often find interesting houses. Sometimes there is a place to pull over to sketch.

Friday, November 27, 2015

Swept Away

I'm presently doing another Craftsy class, this time with Stephanie Bower called "Perspective for Sketchers." She gives a lot of good information on lining up things, measuring for size, vanishing points, etc and usually starts in pencil. This is a change from my latest style of sketching directly in ink. I'm learning a lot and things I heard before are really being reinforced.

This sketch was done in an elevated view nearly straight on. I found this restaurant in Bay Shore down by the water.

Thursday, November 26, 2015

Happy Thanksgiving

Happy Thanksgiving! 

Today is a day to share with loved ones and to think about the things that we have been blessed with. I am lucky to have a loving, supportive husband and family, great friends especially here on the wonderful blogs I visit, and a great life. My thanks to all those who visit my blog and share a bit of their lives with me. I am also thankful for the service men and women in our armed forces, the police officers and firefighters who put themselves in danger constantly. 

This morning I sat and watched the Macy's Thanksgiving Parade...and sketched.

While the parade was on I put my pecan pie into the oven.
Doesn't it look delicious?

I hope all of you had a wonderful Thanksgiving!

Wednesday, November 25, 2015

Briermere Farm Before Thanksgiving

I usually try to do my posts in order and am usually a few days ahead, but I wanted to post this now since it has a Thanksgiving theme. Briermere Farm in Riverhead is famous here on Long Island. People swear they have the best pies around (especially their blueberry cream). I've only tasted the strawberry-rhubarb and it was good, but that combination is not one of my favorites. I'll have to try another one some day. Anyhow, for Thanksgiving they do an awesome business. People drive out there from as far as NYC, which is about 80 miles. Most customers order pies ahead of time and expect to stand on line when they get there to pick them up.

I was thinking about where to go sketching today and decided to head out there and sketch the crowd. What a circus! It wasn't easy to find parking and I wanted to sketch from the car since it was cold out. I finally got a spot in the side lot that very few people seem to realize is there. I didn't have much of a view but patiently waited for the woman parked next to me to leave and took her spot. It had a great side view of the  building between the trees. Most people came out with several pies and many with full cartons. LOL  I watched the clock a few times to see how long people stood on line before they returned to their cars with the pies. It seemed to be about 15 minutes. I happily just sketched and will make my own pecan pie later today. Hope you have something delicious to have tomorrow!

Tuesday, November 24, 2015

Lights in Bay Shore

I was riding around Bay Shore the other day and noticed this guy on a ladder. He was stringing lights on the town Christmas tree. The guy with the long stick had the lights attached to it and he kept walking them around the tree. It looks like a handy gadget. I had to find a spot to park and sketch this. I think some of the towns have been taking advantage of the mild temperatures for this time of year and getting the holiday decorations done early. I like Christmas, but we seem to start getting ready for it earlier each year.

Monday, November 23, 2015

At the Dock

It was overcast the other day and rain was threatening. I didn't want to travel any distance but I wanted to sketch. I found this at the dock in Patchogue. Maybe it is for the harbor master or something like that. I sat in the car to sketch because as soon as I got there it started to rain.

Sunday, November 22, 2015

Panera Sketch

A few friends and I met to sketch the other night at a local Panera Bread. There is always something good to sketch there, but for some reason we are always facing that delicious looking bread and pastries. lol