Sunday, October 22, 2017

Inktober Day 22 - Dune View & Dyckman Farmhouse Part 2

It was sunny and warm this morning so I decided to go over to the beach to do today's Inktober sketch. #inktober #inktober2017

The NYC Urban Sketchers continued our day at the Dyckman Farmhouse in Manhattan as part of our urban sketching day with USK Indonesia. This old, Dutch farmhouse was interesting to sketch from all sides.

At the end of the afternoon I was sitting on top of a picnic table (photo below) looking up toward where some of the other sketchers were working. I didn't have much time but I did capture some of them at work.

Just in case you were wondering why I sat on the picnic table...if I sat on the seat the hill blocked the sketchers who were working up there.

Before heading off to the Inwood Bar and Grille for refreshments we posed for a group photo on the back steps of the Dyckman Farmhouse.

As always we met afterwards for drinks and food...a great time to sketch some of the sketchers on the other side of the table. We had a lot of people for "show & tell" this week so there wasn't a lot of time for people sketching. We were too busy looking at everyone's sketches.

I will have to check to see if USK Indonesia has posted anything from their day.

Saturday, October 21, 2017

Inktober Day 21 - Dyckman Farmhouse in Ink and Color

Today's Inktober Day 21 sketch was done at Dyckman Farmhouse in the Inwood section of Manhattan. I was there with the NYC Urban Sketchers today for an unusual urban sketching day. The NYC Urban Sketchers spent the day sketching at the Dyckman Farmhouse, an old Dutch Farmhouse located on Broadway, while our counterparts in Indonesia were sketching on the Spice Island on Manhattan Street. The Treaty of Breda connected Manhattan Island, the Dutch, and the Spice Islands with the trade of nutmeg. The NYC Urban Sketchers are doing a sketch trade with our friends in Indonesia. We are sending them a bit of Manhattan while they are sending us a bit of the Spice Islands. I first sketched this view in ink.
#TreatyofBredaSketchCrawl #nycurbansketchers #Manhattan_RhunSketchwalks #urbansketchers #bandafestival #malukusketchwalk #spiceTrailSketch #uskindonesia #indonesiasketchers 
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I wanted to add color to the sketch because it was my contribution to the trade with the Indonesian sketchers. I hope whoever gets it in trade likes it.

Friday, October 20, 2017

Inktober Day 20 - Sayville Ferry Terminals & New Tiles

Today I sketched along River Road in Sayville. One after another there are ferry terminals/ticket booths to the different areas on Fire Island. The entire length of the street has street signs that say "No Parking April 1 - Nov 1. Of course that forces you to pay to park your car in the huge lot that was to my right. I ignored that and sat in my mobile studio to sketch this view down the street. I wasn't parking...I was sketching! LOL
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I recently did a few new alcohol ink tiles. I did use a different product to coat the tiles and protect them called Enviro Tex Lite Pour-On, High Gloss Finish. It really gives them a super glossy protective coating. It isn't too hard to use...just rather messy since you pour it over the tiles (which have to be raised up) so the finish coats the top and drips down and off the sides. Needless to say, your work area needs to be well covered. I'm happy with it!

Thursday, October 19, 2017

Inktober Day 19 - East Islip Marina

Today's Inktober sketch was done at the East Islip Marina. This piece of equipment has been sitting in the same place for several years. At one point they were redoing that end of the marina but it has been finished for a long time. I used my twig, Chinese ink, and a stencil brush. 
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When I finished the sketch I decided to add some watercolors to see what it would look like. Some of the ink ran which surprised me since I thought it was permanent...which it was in most of the sketch.

The color changes the look of it a lot, doesn't it?

Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Inktober Day 18 - Scarecrow & People Sketches

I stopped in Bellport for a quick Inktober sketch of another scarecrow this afternoon. This is "Mylar Mermaid" and her tail seems to be made from pieces of mylar in colors and prints.
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The NYC Urban Sketchers almost always go to a bar or restaurant at the end of our sketching day to have something to eat, drink or just to share our work. There is always a "show and tell." The place that was selected for Sunday's gathering was Greewood Park. It was an unusual place since it is a former gas station that now houses a 13,000 sq ft indoor/outdoor pub with food, games, and a fireplace. 

Steve and Marie sketching.

Susan and Nobuko.

Here is one photo that Ruth took of some of the sketchers.

Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Inktober Day 17 - Huge Tree & Green-Wood Cemetery Part III

My plein air painting group went to Frank Melville Memorial Park in Setauket this morning. I've sketched and painted there many times. Sometimes it is hard to find something to inspire you when you have been there before. I think in the entire landscape there was one tree that had changed color and the red barn that usually entices me was wrapped in orange fencing because they are repairing it. So a friend and I walked around a bit on one of the paths I hadn't been on before. We found this huge tree with a strange bamboo grove behind it. It wasn't something I would paint but I thought it made a good Inktober subject. I used my twig, Chinese ink, and a stencil brush for this one.
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My last sketch from Green-Wood Cemetery was done from up on a hill looking back at the main entrance to the cemetery. I believe that the highest spot in Brooklyn is in Green-Wood Cemetery. Up at the top of that tall spire in the entrance is this huge nest and it is the home to the Brooklyn parrots. Parrots you ask...yes. There is a large colony of parrots that make their home in the entrance to Green-Wood Cemetery. Apparently back in the 1960s the parrots escaped from a shipment which arrived at Kennedy Airport which was coming from South America. The escapees found their way to Brooklyn. They have been there ever since. It is fun to watch them flying in and out of the openings in the entryway. I wish they came down a little closer so you could really see them.

Monday, October 16, 2017

Inktober Day 16 - Scarecrow & Green-Wood Cemetery Part II

Today was a damp day so I didn't want to sit outside and sketch. I figured that if I went back to Bellport I could find a parking spot near one of the scarecrows and sketch from my car. Moday is a fairly quiet day in Bellport. I picked "Farmer Joann" or did she pick me? LOL I didn't realize her name until I got out of the car to check. I used my Elegant Writer pen and Lamy with waterproof ink for this. #inktober #inktober2017

Yesterday was a busy day at Green-Wood Cemetery. I spied another angel to sketch. In fact, I could have spent several days there sketching angels. If you haven't heard of this cemetery here is a bit of information about it. It is a National Historic Landmark and was founded in 1838. By 1860 it was attracting 500,000 visitors a year. Today people enjoy the 478 acres of hills, valleys, ponds and paths. It has one of the largest outdoor collecting of 19th and 20th century statuary and mausoleums. Since it is so popular trolley tours are given to take you around this huge place.

Sunday, October 15, 2017

Inktober - Day 15 - At the Cemetery

Today the NYC Urban Sketchers went to Greenwood Cemetery in Brooklyn. It is a huge place and the burial place of some famous people like Leonard Bernstein and Louis Tiffany. We drove around to find a good view to sketch and ended up by one of the back gates. I'm going to post this first, because it was what attracted us to this area...the prostrate angel was so moving that I had to sketch it. I used watercolor pencils for this.

This next sketch is my Inktober Day 15 sketch done right around the same area as the angel. I used my Lamy pen with waterproof black ink as well as my Elegant Writer to make some areas bleed.

Saturday, October 14, 2017

Inktober - Day 14 - Protest & Hoptron Brewtique

The activist in me surfaced for a while today. Some organizations here on Long Island joined together to do a "Stop the War on Women - The Handmaid's Resist & Rally" in Melville. We had a drizzly start to the day so when it stopped raining I went over early for the rally and sketched the people arriving for my Inktober Day 14 sketch. People were asked to wear red shirts and some people were in red capes like in the show "A Handmaid's Tale." It was good to see some men and children at the rally. #inktober #inktober2017

On Wednesday evening some of the members of the Patchogue Sketch Club went to the Hoptron Brewtique in Patchogue to sketch. Wednesday is a slow night for them so they didn't mind us commandering a large table and staying for a while to sketch. We did have either beer or hard cider as well as snacks. I sketched some of the people standing up at the bar.

Friday, October 13, 2017

Inktober - Day 13 and a Zentangle

Today I headed out to the north fork of Long Island to sketch and stop at the farmstands while there is still produce available. Wowak Farms in Laurel is one of my favorite places to stop and their stall is out front of the farm right along the main road. I sat across the road in my car because the road is so busy. I've sketched it before and always buy some of their fresh veggies. Today I got broccoli, tomatoes and corn. Yum!

A week or two ago I went to another zentangle class given by an accredited Zentangle teacher. This time the instructor showed us how to shade the design to make it more three-dimensional. I swore I was going to do some more of them, but haven't done any others since. :(

Thursday, October 12, 2017

Inktober - Day 12 - Scarecrow

At this time of year I love going to Bellport to see all the scarecrow decorations they have. Most of the lampposts and trees along Main St and Bellport Lane have a scarecrow hanging. You can vote on your favorite. I checked out a few of them and picked "Skippy the Hippy" for my Inktober Day 12. Why did I select him? It was windy out and he was in front of a restaurant called Porters on Bellport Lane that offered a wall to block the wind and a cushioned ledge to sit while I sketched.
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As with most of the Inktober sketches I have the urge to add color, so after I photographed Skippy, I pulled out my watercolors. With all the patterns in Skippy's clothing I had to add the color.

Wednesday, October 11, 2017

Inktober - Day 11 - Weeks Boat Yard & Farm Painting

Today I drove over to Weeks Boatyard to sketch one of their rustic barns. The twig and Chinese ink work well for scenes like that.

Now I can return to posting some other work. Before I left for Maine the Patchogue Sketch Club met at Swell Taco to have dinner and sketch. We sketched there back in August when the model was wearing the taco costume. It was crowded so we ended up sqashing 6 of us at a table for 4. The waitress would stop and check if she could take anything off the table, but most of it was our still life that kept being rearranged as the night went on. lol

The chips and the hot sauce made a good still life.

So did my actual dinner...a carne aside taco and a chicken taco.

We had a lot of fun, but I think we need to make sure we do a larger table if we try this again.

Tuesday, October 10, 2017

Inktober - Day 10 - The Harbor, Bob's, and a Ferry Ride

Today was our last day in Damariscotta for this trip. We planned on leaving around 10am but I went down by the harbor to do an Inktober sketch in the morning. This was done with a twig and Chinese ink. I think the extra practice with the twig is starting to pay off. #inktober #inktober2017

Our last stop in Maine was for lunch in Kittery. Bob's Clam Hut is our favorite restaurant...and it is deadly. We always eat too much, but the food is so good. When we finished eating I had some time to do a sketch before we got back in the car to head back to the ferry in New London, CT.

Of course I found someone to sketch on the ferry ride. This man was sitting with a woman that I assume was his wife, but they got up and moved before I got to sketch her.

Monday, October 9, 2017

Inktober - Day 9 - Pumpkinfest X 2

Today is the last day of Pumpkinfest here in Damariscotta. Today's big event is the Pumpkin Regatta where huge pumpkins are hollowed out and turned into boats. I went down to the harbor at around 10 to find a place close to the water where I could sit on my chair. Of course they were forecasting rain during the day. I took my slicker just in case. Since I was there about 1 1/2 hrs before the racing would start I got a good location and I was right in front of the truck that was delivering the pumpkin boats. They were forklifted off the truck. I decided since they were so close to me that was what I would sketch. I used pencil first and then my water brush and watercolors. Then I started adding some ink. It spritzed a bit so I closed the sketchbook until it stopped and then I started again. I got a good part of this painting done before it really started to rain. I was getting just too wet and it didn't look like it was going to stop, so I packed up my stuff and headed over to one of the stores. I never did see any of the actual race. When I got back to my sister's house I finished painting and inking this sketch. 

Here are a few photos I took while I was sitting there.

The crowd waiting in the rain.

The forklift delivering the pumpkin boat to the river.

The Viking boat taking a spin.

The Unicorn boat out on the river.

After I dripped off a bit in one of the stores I went back out and sat across the street under the overhang in front of the bookstore on Main Street. That was a nice, dry place and I was able to do my  Inktober Day 9 sketch of the view across the street. One of the decorated pumpkins was sitting in front of the Damariscotta Center. #inktober #inktober2017

 Here is a photo I took of the scene...right about when the shuttle bus must have dropped people off. lol 

Sunday, October 8, 2017

Inktober - Day 8 - Clark Farm & Pemaquid Harbor

Today we had rain and showers on and off here in Maine. That mean when I went out to do my Inktober sketch I had to do it from my "mobile studio." I used my Elegant Writer pen for this sketch at Clark Farm.

I couldn't leave it as just ink...all those pumpkins just cried out for color.

This afternoon I drove over to Pemaquid Harbor and sketched this scene.

Saturday, October 7, 2017

Inktober - Day 7 - Pemaquid Point & Waiting for the Parade

Today's Inktober sketch was done at Pemaquid of my favorite places. Next to the Pemaquid Point Lighthouse is the Seagull Shop. I sat outside and sketched the corner of the building and the view out to the ocean.

This afternoon was the parade to go with Damariscotta's Pumpkinfest. The town was really, really crowded so I found a spot at the far end of the route near the church where I could sit and sketch the crowd. I knew sketching the parade would be a bit too much. I only sketched a few of the people. I had hoped to take a photo of the crowd to show you, but the battery in my camera was too low...typical. lol

Friday, October 6, 2017

Inktober - Day 6 - Ocean Point and Pumpkinfest

I decided to head down to Boothbay this morning and drove out to Ocean Point. It was drizzling by the time I got there so I had to sketch from my mobile studio. This was done with a twig and Chinese ink. #inktober #inktober2017

This weekend Damariscotta is having their annual Pumpkinfest. I've been here for this event in the past and it is a lot of fun. This morning I went out for my walk and the huge pumpkins were all on their bases waiting for the artists to decorate them. Just a few of them had started to work but one woman had and I stopped to talk to her. This afternoon I stopped in town to see her progress and sat and sketched her at work. The rain had washed some of her design off before it dried so she had to redo part of it. Her pumpkin has a haunted house on top made out of popsicle sticks and the pumpkin has white skeletons with a black design around them. The artist is Crystal McLain and she has done this for the past 5 or 6 years.