Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Paint the Great South Bay - Part 2

After a good breakfast I headed over to the Phoenix Gallery in Bellport to see what some of the other artists were up to. That was sort of our "home base" where we had snacks, water, and most important of all a restroom.

Next I headed back down to the Bellport dock and painted what I was told later is "rowboat beach." There are always colorful rowboats and kayaks pulled up on the beach there. I sat in the shade and I did the view of the boats with some of the larger boats in the marina and the yacht club on shore.

Here is my painting against the view.

Here is the painting itself.

By this time I figured I had done enough water scenes for the day and headed back into town.
Bellport is a small town with some cute stores and businesses. This is a local restaurant called "The Bellport." However on the outside all is says is "Restaurant."

Here is my painting of it.

I had other plans so I couldn't paint on Saturday. Can you guess which two paintings I submitted on Sunday for the show? I put in the sunrise and the boats on the beach. The show will be on exhibit until Sept 20th and we are having a reception on Sept. 7th from 1 - 4. It will be fun to see the paintings that were entered...too bad there wasn't room for them all.

Monday, August 25, 2014

Paint the Great South Bay - Part 1

I had a very busy weekend. One of the art organizations I belong to (South Bay Art Association) organized the "Paint the Great South Bay Plein Air Event and Show." From Thursday until Sunday the participating artists painted in locations of their choice on the south shore of Long Island. There were about 30 artists taking part, some painting solo and some in small groups. On Suday afternoon each artist was able to put in two paintings they had done for a show that will run from now to Sept. 20th in a gallery in Bellport.

I started on Thursday afternoon in West Sayville near the town dock. There is a marine repair company there that I have done several sketches of in the past, but never a full painting. Usually there is some rusty boat that they are scraping and sanding, but on Thursday it was a nice boat with not quite as much character...but I painted it anyway. I set up my chair, easel, and an umbrella behind my car. I didn't want to be in anyone's way so I stayed outside the fence.

This was the view I had.

I did attract the attention of the owner and the workmen, and some of them came over to look and comment.
Here is the completed painting.

I made plans with my friend, Rosamaria to meet the following monring for surmise at the dock in Bellport. I checked the schedule and sunrise was at 6:06, so we met at 5:30 AM hoping to catch some of the color before the sun came up. Here are a few photos of the sunrise.

Here I am all bundled up...it was quite cold down there in the morning. I had on a windbreaker, a scarf, and a heavy sweatshirt...and I was still a little cold.

Here is Rosamaria working on her painting. She was facing out towards the bay.

Here is the final painting from the sunset.

As the sky got light Rosamaria and I headed into town for breakfast. We definitely needed coffee!
I'll post Part 2 tomorrow.

Saturday, August 23, 2014

Self-Portrait and Portraits

Over on "Paper, Paint, Pencils & Pens" we have been doing "selfies" 
and sketches of each other from photos. Each of these is about 3 x 5.

Here is my self-portrait.




Friday, August 22, 2014


I did this sketch of the lifeguards at Corey Beach which is on the Great South Bay in Blue Point.

Thursday, August 21, 2014

My First Solo Art Show

Tonight was the reception for my first solo show at the Comeswogue Library in Port Jefferson. I had 28 watercolor and collage pieces showing as well as several sketchbooks in a display case. My thanks to all the people who stopped by tonight or during the time the show has been hanging. Nice people always help make events like this special. Here are a few photos of the show before people arrived and a few before the last people left. I forgot all about taking pictures since I was so busy talking. I guess I should have asked someone else to take the photos. lol

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Corey Beach

Last week I sketched at Corey Beach in Blue Point. This is the concession area at the beach, with some of the oceanfront homes behind it.

Tuesday, August 19, 2014


Last Tuesday my portrait group had the lovely, Ali as our model.
She was great!