On Saturday I went back to Greenport to continue participating in the paintout. That was when the Maritime Festival was taking place, so the two main streets were filled with vendors and people.
The first spot I picked to paint was near the docks. Claudio's is well-know on the east end of Long Island. I was sitting on a dock across from it, but somehow ended up being right where the blessing of the fleet was taking place. There was a Greek Orthodox priest who gave a blessing with prayers and music, and then there was some kind of celebration where young boys jumped into the water and swam across to the other dock. I just continued to paint, even though at times I was surrounded by people. This is what I painted there.
After lunch we found a street with some interesting houses to paint. I really liked this one.
The auction of the paintings was supposed to be held in the park, but due to all the rain the spot was a mudpit, so they moved the silent auction into the schoolhouse. I don't think very many people realized it was there and the turnout was really poor for the auction. I think only 5 of the approximately 25 paintings ever got any bids. I didn't sell anything, but I had a lot of fun.
This weekend I participated in my first paintout in Greenport, NY. Plein air artists did paintings in the village on Friday and Saturday and then there was a silent auction of the paintings to benefit the Maritime Museum in Greenport. Of course we had horrible weather. lol It rained most of the day on Friday, so my friend and I ended up painting this view from the front seat of my car. Most of the time it was raining too hard to keep the windows open and it was so hot and humid in the car. I used artistic license to make the day look a bit nicer in the painting...no heavy rain or flooding.
To do this second painting I sat in my car again, while it was parked in someone's driveway on the other side of the street. It was still raining, but not quite as hard as in the morning.
We saw only one other artist while we were in Greenport for the day. I think the weather scared most of them away.
I had painted another house the weekend before in Greenport. This was a challenge to do because after I sketched it out, we found out that the cars for the Shelter Island ferry lined up on that street, just in front of where we were sitting to paint.
On Tuesday the PALS plein air group meets to paint outdoors. With the overcast skies and sporadic drizzle only a few of us ventured out to paint. I did a small painting (5 x 7) just in case I had to run to the car. This is the side entrance of the house.
Most of the paintings that I did on my trip to Venice are 4 x 6 or 5 x 7. I did manage to do a few that were 8 x 10 like these two doorways. I love the fact that every entrance off the canals is different.
We are finally home from our trip to Venice, and I can upload photos of my paintings again. Yeah! The painting above is another section of the restaurant where the bartended gave me prosecco when I finished the first view. Sadly there was no prosecco this day.
The painting above is of an archway near the Realto Market looking toward the Grand Canal. I always loved the shadows there in the morning.