My thanks to everyone for the condolences and support. It helps a lot.
Last week I just had to go out and do an actual 8 x 10 painting of the trees in bloom when I found a little free time. I had the morning off from caring for my FIL so I headed over to the Bayard Cutting Arboretum, and asked the workmen where there were dark pink trees in bloom. This was the perfect spot.
I am down to the last 2 days of sketches for my "fake" journal. Here is the link to today's entry.
On a sad note, this morning my family had a big loss. My father-in-law lost his battle with cancer. He was 95 and lived a very active, full life. He touched so many people as he journeyed here on earth. I hope he is at peace now with all the family and friends that went before him. RIP, Pop!
Last Wednesday, my sketch group did our first outdoor sketching session in a very long time by the water in Blue Point. It was almost warm enough to sit outside comfortably.lol I was frozen by the time I finished this as the sun was going down. Then I needed to hop in my car and warm up.
A week ago last Friday my sketching friends and I went to another Sideshow Sketch Night held at the Brickhouse Brewery in Patchogue. This time we sketched Cheeky Lane in her costumes...and later not so much in her costumes. lol
Separately each of these were done in about 5 minutes. Cheeky designed her costumes and she is a burlesque performer.
Again these were 5 minute poses.
This time it was a 10 minute pose.
This was done of one of the longer, 20 minute poses.
This one was done for a contest where you had to make it look like a poster advertising her show. Prizes are given to the winners.
Today's entry for my "fake" aquarium journal is here.
We had a carnival in town over the weekend. Before it opened I stopped by, sat in my car, and sketched a few of the rides that I could see from my location. Of course the one with the umbrella seats had to be tested while I was sketching it. lol
My last sketch at the Planting Fields Arboretum in Oyster Bay was done of a line of trees going off into the distance. I liked the shadows they were making. This was done with a brush pen that if I touched the ink quickly it would shade a little.
Please hop over to "Alicia's Aquarium Journal" my journal for International Fake Journal Month.
I visited the Planting Fields Arboretum with a few artist friends last weekend and we were able to sit outside for a while to do the trees like this one that was in bloom. Between the blossoms and the texture of the trunk I was a happy sketcher.
Here is the link to my next page in the "fake" journal about the aquarium.
Yesterday was a very busy day for me so I didn't have a chance to post yesterday.
This was done at Little Nook in West Sayville recently. They have all kinds of stuff around like musical instruments, parts of cars, old records, and a cabinet filled with games that people can play while they sit and eat/chat. My friend, Cindy challenged me to do the games, so I did.
Last week I ended up at the local Urgent Care for pain in my shoulder that turned out to be severe bursitis. I was in such pain that I couldn't move my arm even a fraction of an inch. Since I couldn't make an appointment with a doctor I went to Urgent Care. Of course I was there with half the world which was what I expected. I brought along my iPad and as long as my hand and arm was resting against my body and my lap I was able to sketch. This lady was also waiting across the room from me. Luckily the prednisone they gave me worked in a few days and hopefully I'm back to normal and will stay that way.
Meanwhile over on my "fake" journal you can catch up on what is going on at the aquarium.
The other day I stopped for Chinese takeout in Patchogue and brought along my iPad. It was a smart move because there was quite a wait. The food is good so they do a very good business. Just thinking about it now makes me hungry. lol
Here is my next page in my "fake" journal about the aquarium.
I've passed this antique store on the north fork many times and wanted to sketch it. But there was no place to sit in my car to sketch it. The other day I discovered that if I sat up top int he parking lot of the animal clinic across the street I had a good view. Unfortunately the antique store was closed. Usually they have all kinds of treasures out front. I guess I will have to go back.
Here is the link to "Alicia's Aquarium Journal" if you want to visit.
Each of the upstate barns and farms have their own character. We found a cluster of farm buildings and silos that we hadn't seen before, so I looked for a spot where we could park and have a view from the car while we sketched.
Please stop by and view the next entry in "Alicia's Aquarium Journal."
Last week my sister, Mickey and I had paintings to pick up from an exhibition in Middletown. We always go out and sketch some barns afterwards. This barn is a favorite of ours and we sat in the car to sketch it. Usually there are cows either in the field or with their butts to us as they feed from the trough. This time there were no cows!!! I hope they were grazing somewhere else and haven't been sold. So many of these farms and barns have been disappearing up there.
Here is the link to the day 5 page in "Alicia's Aquarium Journal" that I have been doing.
I'm lucky that I usually am ahead with my sketches. My arm has been bothering me for a few days and I was in such pain all night that I went to an urgent care facility this morning. I have bursitis in my shoulder. It hurts like hell, but I'm trying to keep going anyway...at least from home. I can type and post with my other hand and have been able to do some sketching if I keep me arm in a set position on the table. The pain is horrible! Hope the cortisone kicks in soon.
I head into Sayville quite often to sketch. It has a great downtown with some interesting storefronts...and if it is cold sometimes I can nab a parking spot with a good view.
Today begins April and "International Fake Journal Month." I've participated in this several times (there are links to my previous blogs on the right) and am doing a separate blog again this year. My "fake" persona is an oceanographer who works at an aquarium. Please visit. Here is the link to the blog: