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 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.


  1. What a fabulous weekend! There is nothing quite like painting on location to capture the mood and light. Love both of these, but really like the early morning looks cold!

  2. Two stunning works Joan! I have noticed before that your boat and water scenes are always particularly well executed. It seems to me that your affinity for them really shines through.
    Congratulations on your solo exhibition - it looks wonderfully presented! I hope it does very well for you!

  3. Really like both of these Joan, you have captured the scenes so wonderfully well. How dedicated you are getting there at 5.30am, you deserve every success with your works in the final show

  4. How wonderful to have a painting friend. All of mine are online! The day sounds glorious and I really like both paintings! I am so wishing I could see inside that boat.

  5. Both paintings are beautiful Joan .. You captured the early Sunrise beautifully!

  6. Joan - both of these paintings are wonderful. I can feel the coldness just by looking at you bundled up. I bet you and your friend were more than ready for a cup of coffee. I so admire your stamina and focus on painting outdoors. Thank you so much for sharing.

  7. You are so busy and prolific I can't keep up. Your work is beautiful. Hope to see you one of these days. :)

  8. Thanks so much everyone!!! It was a fun even to do, especially with friends.

  9. Ahhhh, plein air, friends, artists, exhibits..... what more is there?? Beautiful paintings and photos. Thanks.