Last Friday I was driving through Sayville and noticed that they were putting up the Christmas tree and decorating it in anticipation of the parade and lighting of the tree that was taking place on Saturday. It was really cold out so I was lucky to get a parking spot with a view so I could work from my "mobile studio." This is about 5 x 7 and was done in my Stillman & Birn Alpha Sketchbook.
Last Tuesday night I went to the Wet Paints Studio Group sketch night in Sayville. Twice a month they have a model pose for the artists that show up. Maria was our model. The model poses for 20 minutes and then takes a 10 minute break. That is repeated 3 times. Some people do 3 different sketches, but since she is in the same pose I continued working on the same painting. This is 5 x 7.
Last Sunday my friend and I went to hear the Bay Area Chorus and their "Fall Festival of Song" at the United Methodist Church in Patchogue. The last few times we went we sat up in the balcony to sketch, but this time Susan got there early and sat right in the front row downstairs.
I was able to get a few sketches done. I used a Stillman & Birn Zeta Series sketchbook that was 5 1/2 x 8 1/2. I like the weight of the paper, but the surface is slick and will take some experimenting on my part to figure out how best to use watercolors on it. I began with pencil sketches (You can still see them.) The Zeta did a lovely job of taking ink. I guess it is more like hot pressed paper which I don't regularly use.
I started with a sketch of the director of the chorus, Martha Canpanile.
And then moved on to sketch one of the members of the chorus and a few of the musicians who were sitting right near us.