Monday, July 24, 2017

Peach and Cherries

Yes, the packing is finished, and I'm ready for the trip tomorrow. Hopefully I will be able to post each day and keep up my blog while I'm gone. I will also try to post on Facebook for those of you who follow me there.

After I finished packing and we had dinner, I just HAD to paint something. I never got to do that yesterday and if two days go by I get too antsy. lol I grabbed something that was handy.

Sunday, July 23, 2017

Anniversary Bouquet

Jerry and I recently celebrated our 20th anniversary. These were the flowers he bought me...nice and colorful to paint. I'm not sure where the time went.

I have made some progress with my packing. Most of my art supplies are together...but not in my backpack yet. Laundry is being done while I'm on the computer...but clothes for the Urban Sketching Symposium in Chicago are not a priority. LOL I did get new cards from to hand out to the other sketchers I meet. Moo lets you do more than one design, so of course I couldn't decide from my sketches so there are about 20 different designs.

Saturday, July 22, 2017

Riverhead Farm & 100 People Completed

My plein air group went out to a farm in Riverhead on Tuesday. It was hot and I had to hide under my painting umbrella for some shade to do this view.

Today at the beach I completed my sketches for #oneweek100peoplesymposium. In fact I did more than 103 because I lost count.

I started organizing my supplies for the Urban Sketching Symposium in Chicago. I leave on Tuesday but am really procrastinating. I did get some supplies I have to decide how many and which sketchbooks to take.

Friday, July 21, 2017

Fellow Sketchers and More People

After the Rubin Block Party those of us that remained (about 20) headed over to a bar to have a drink, food if we liked, and to share our sketches and stories of the day. As soon as we sat down people start  to sketch each other. I did 8 of the sketchers that I could see from my chair at the very long table. This sketch is what made me think about doing the challenge of the 100 people. It got me in the mood. lol


My people sketching continued today with a few sketches outside CVS and then inside the waiting area of Nissan Service while my car had routine maintenance. #66-80 There was a guy painting the wall but he didn't stay put long enough to sketch him actually working.

Then I left and went to Smith Point Beach. It was hot but I was perfectly content sitting under my umbrella sketching the people around me. #81-86

Thursday, July 20, 2017

Rubin Block Party - Part 2 & People Sketches

Up and down 18th St by the Rubin Museum there were activities and performances...especially for kids. There was a station set up with all kinds of metalware (pots, pans, cups, strainers) and the kids were given wooden spoons to make sound with the objects.

There were performances by Himalayan and Indian dancers. Their costumes were so colorful and lovely. I tried sketching them as they performed on the stage...not an easy task.

Here are more of my sketches for #oneweek100peoplesymposium. This first group was done by the pool yesterday. #35-41 I forgot my sketchbook and had to sketch on a piece of loose paper that had writing on the other side.

These were done today at Alive After Five where we were sketching. Some of the people were watching us sketch and some were other sketchers. #42-53

Finally these are of Zoe and Fantasia. The Sideshow Sketch Night group arranged for them to pose again this year. Zoe has had Fantasia as a pet for 3 years and the snake is 13 years old. She is very tame and feels quite different than you would expect. #54-61

Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Rubin Block Party - Part 1

On Sunday we went to the Rubin Block Party. The Rubin Museum is a museum of Himalayan art and artifacts. They hosted a block party with music, dance, information, craft events, food and lots of people. We got there early and there were NYC Urban Sketchers up and down the street. My first sketch was of one of the entrances to Xavier High School, a prep school for boys. Yes, this is the girls entrance so I am assuming that at one time the building was a coed school. Sitting on the steps was my friend Patricia Giagnat who was sketching from the steps on the other side.

Unbeknown to me, Pat was sketching me at the same time. lol Here is her sketch. She works in mixed media and does a lot of sketching on her iPad...or iPat as we call it.

Sketch by Pat Giagnat.

I did a few sketches for the challenge, but haven't taken photos of them and I can't upload them yet.

Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Church Window & People Sketches

On Sunday I went into the city to meet the NYC Urban Sketchers with another friend. We stopped at an art store that was having a sale. It was across the street from this church with all these windows and turrets. We had about 30 minutes before the store was opening, so I focused on one window with a little flowered balcony.

Here are my Day 2 sketches for the 100 people challenge. A few were done at the beach yesterday but for some reason I didn't post them (?), a few from the pool today, and a few of my fellow plein air artist friends from our painting location this morning.

Monday, July 17, 2017

Dedication Ceremony & 100 People Challenge

Somehow I missed posting yesterday...sorry!

This was sketched last Wednesday at the Sailor's Memorial Dedication Ceremony at Lakeview Cemetery in Patchogue. Apparently this cemetery has the bodies of sailors from 2 ships that sank off the east coast back in the 1800s. The cemetery has a lot of old graves and a group has been working to restore and spruce things up. There was a color guard at the ceremony, but like most things I try to sketch, midway through the sketch one of the adults turned over his flag to a young man from the boy scouts and I had to adapt. Luckily the dedication ceremony finished before the rain started...because it poured about 1/2 hour later.

As a warmup to the Urban Sketching Symposium that takes place in Chicago next week which I am attending, some of the urban sketchers suggested that we do a summer challenge to sketch 100 people. For me it is easier at this time of year because I go to the beach or pool and there are people there...unlike in the winter when I actively had to search for them. lol Here are my sketches #1-21.


Saturday, July 15, 2017


This was painted at a private dock in East Moriches. Lucky for me that the boat stayed put.

Friday, July 14, 2017

Update on the Bellport Gazebo and the Lifeguard

Back on the 4th of July I painted at my art group's outdoor event, "Artists on the Lane." Someone I know who is part of the Bellport Chamber of Commerce told me I should submit my painting of the Bellport Gazebo for their annual poster contest for Bellport Day. I wasn't going to do it, but she convinced me to enter. I deepened the shadows on the grass and the gazebo and entered it. Guess was selected to be this year's poster! Bellport Day is July 29 and I will be out of town at the Urban Sketchers Symposium in Chicago, so I will have to make sure to sign a stack of posters before I leave and they go on sale. Woo-hoo!!! I do get some kind of prize and am invited to a chamber lobster dinner. Too bad I don't get a cut of the poster sales. Here is the updated look.

This was painted on the beach at Robert Moses the other day.

Wednesday, July 12, 2017

Port Jeff Garden Tour

On Saturday a few friends and I participated in the Port Jefferson Garden Tour.  I believe there were around 6 gardens that were on the tour and each garden had 1 or 2 artists painting. I was randomly assigned a garden and had no idea what I would find. Although the garden wasn't super inspiring I found a view that I liked that contained a lot of hydrangeas. Saturday was a very hot, sunny, humid day, but I was able to see this view from the homeowner's patio above the pool. From there I was able to paint from under a big market umbrella. The homeowners were very nice and had lemon infused ice water, lemonade, and cookies and cake for the visitors and me. So it was a bit uncomfortable but bearable. This painting is 8 x 10.

Here is the painting as well as the view I was working from.

I was at the garden from 11 until about 3:30. When I finished the first painting I had enough time to start another one. This view was looking toward the harbor which you could barely see through the foliage past the birdhouse. This painting was 5 x 7.

Lucky for me the owners loved both and bought both paintings. Yay!!!

Just a side of my friends was painting at a different garden and the homeowner came over and asked her if she was going to give the painting to her. I don't understand how someone can watch as you spend hours painting something, as Susan said "out in the blazing sun" and expect to get it for free. Why would someone even think that? 

Tuesday, July 11, 2017

Bellport House

One rainy day last week I was in Bellport to order some frames. I hadn't yet done anything for World Watercolor Month so I drove around in the rain to find a spot to paint. Hydrangeas keep calling me.

Monday, July 10, 2017

Alive After Five - July 6

The town of Patchogue had an even the other night called "Alive After Five." The main streets are shut down and there is food, drinks and entertainment everywhere. It gets super crowded and as the night progresses...too crowded. The Patchogue Sketch Club used this even for our sketch location on Thursday. I met up with a friend and we found out that another sketcher and her husband were at a table in one of the restaurants that open onto Main Street. So we met them and the 3 of us started the night sketching from there. The view was a bit blocked but you could see enough to sketch even if you had to combine body parts to make one person. Of course I did just a few of the hundreds of people that were standing in front of Gallo, the restaurant we were in. It was nice to sip on a beer and sketch out of the crowd for a while.

When we were all done with one sketch we vacated our table to give other patrons a chance to sit and eat. Gina, Cindy and I wandered down South Ocean Ave where we saw a few food trucks. It wasn't quite as crowded here and we found a place to sit where our backs were to a storefront and we were out of the way of the people walking by. I sketched Flo's food truck. I've sketched their outdoor stand in Bluepoint many times, but this was the first time I sketched the truck. Again I did only a few of the many people standing and waiting.