Wednesday, June 29, 2016

Sketching People


On the way to Coney Island we were on the Long Island Railroad for more than an hour...plenty of time to sketch some of our other travelers.


I did a few ink sketches of people on the boardwalk too.


Tuesday, June 28, 2016

Coney Island

One of the absolute treasures in Brooklyn is Coney Island. It is an incredible feast for the senses with the foods, amusements, the beach, noises, the colors, and people, people and more people. My friend, Susan has been there to sketch several times and each time I missed going. We trecked out there by train and met another friend for the day.

No trip to Coney Island is complete without a visit to Nathans which is known for their hot dogs, fried clams and fries. I skipped the hot dogs but the rest was yummy. I sketched this in the morning and by lunchtime there must have been a hundred people on lines in front of it...me included. lol


Look down the boardwalk in any direction and you can see some of the rides...none of which I would dare to go on. People are sitting and walking everywhere. Sometimes you see someone whose attire or look makes you just stop with your mouth hanging open...and you think to yourself "Did I just see what I thought I saw?" There are a lot of very normal people too.


After lunch we needed some shade so we went into the area with the rides and games. I just had to sketch the Wonder Wheel sign and everything behind it.


Our last stop of the day was at the Freak Bar. This is where a lot of the sideshow people hang out. It was pretty quiet except for the lady with the false spangly eyelashes, the fishnet stockings, short shorts, platform heels and the boa constrictor around her neck. She was very popular because everyone wanted to pose with her. I wish I had time to sketch her too.




Coney Island

One of the absolute treasures in Brooklyn is Coney Island. It is an incredible feast for the senses with the foods, amusements, the beach, noises, the colors, and people, people and more people. My friend, Susan has been there to sketch several times and each time I missed going. We tracked out there by train and met another friend for the day.

No trip to Coney Island is complete without a visit to Nathans which is known for their hot dogs, fried clams and fries. I skipped the hot dogs but the rest was yummy. I sketched this in the morning and by lunchtime there must have been a hundred people on lines in front of it...me included. lol


Look down the boardwalk in any direction and you can see some of the rides...none of which I would dare to go on. People are sitting and walking everywhere. Sometimes you see someone whose attire or look makes you just stop with your mouth hanging open...and you think to yourself "Did I just see what I thought I saw?" There are a lot of very normal people too.


After lunch we needed some shade so we went into the area with the rides and games. I just had to sketch the Wonder Wheel sign and everything behind it.


Our last stop of the day was at the Freak Bar. This is where a lot of the sideshow people hang out. It was pretty quiet except for the lady with the false spangly eyelashes, the fishnet stockings, short shorts, platform heels and the boa constrictor around her neck. She was very popular because everyone wanted to pose with her. I wish I had time to sketch her too.




Monday, June 27, 2016

Warwick House Commission - SOLD

This was done as a commission requested by a friend of a friend and done from photos of the house in Warwick, NY. The woman wanted this as a gift for her niece who grew up in the house and on the property, and was married there over Memorial Day Weekend. Her family had owned the property which was an orchard and had sold it. The new owners allowed them to have the wedding there.


Sunday, June 26, 2016

Marsh ATCs & Painting

On Wednesday night the Patchogue Sketch Club was down at the Maritime Museum grounds in West Sayville. It is one of our favorite spots for marsh views and great sunsets. I did 2 ATCs for my exchange as well as a regular painting.




Here's a bit of the sunset that night.



Saturday, June 25, 2016

Ladies With An Umbrella

I was attracted to these two ladies at the beach the other day...so of course I sketched them.

 

Friday, June 24, 2016

A Day at the New York Botanical Garden

On Sunday I went with two friends to the NY Botanical Garden in the Bronx. We planned to sketch but there were several things going on there. First there was an exhibit of impressionist paintings, then an impressionist garden, and a Plein Air Invitational Paint Out. Several artists whose blogs I follow were going to be there and I was hoping to see them.

After viewing the impressionist paintings in the library we walked and found several of the plein air artists. I talked to a few and then found a spot along the Bronx River where there was some shade.


Then I moved over by the rose garden and painted the view looking in through on of the gates.


Someone told us that James Gurney (http://gurneyjourney.blogspot.ca) was a little further up the hill so we went to check. Not only was he there but Shari Blaukopf too (https://shariblaukopf.com). Shari gave a workshop in NY recently and I would have loved to take it but I couldn't work it out. We spent most of the rest of the day watching both of them paint. They were so gracious and informative too. They were right next to each other and we kept going back and forth to watch.

Here is the piece that James Gurney was working on. He had two models in period costume posing for him.

James Gurney at work.


Shari Blaukopf with her first painting done earlier in the day.

Shari painting flowers in the garden.
The models that posed for James.

Left to right: James Gurney, Me, Suzala, Arthur, Shari Blaukopf

The day was also filled with lots of beautiful flowers. Here are a few.