Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Pelham Tower

This clock tower is one of the things we all sketched while we were in Pelham. One of the people who lived in the house to my right came over to check what we were doing. He told me that until a few weeks ago the clock was missing its I guess we timed our visit well. There were so many lovely buildings with the rock walls like this. 

Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Pelham Doorway

On Saturday the NYC Urban Sketchers ventured out north of the city a bit to the town of Pelham in Westchester County. It was a nice place to sketch with buildings that had a lot of brickwork and arches. I picked this apartment building entrance because on my side of the street there was an area where nobody could park. However that didn't stop cars from parking directly in front of the building across the street. lol I quickly sketched the lady who was waiting for her ride to take her shopping. I didn't think she would be there for long, but she surprised me...her ride must have been running late.

Monday, September 18, 2017

At the Edge

Maybe two weeks ago I threw a grey Graphit-Kreide water-soluble chunky pencil by Lyra into my beach cooler. I got it as a freebee in my swag bag in Chicago. Why did I put it in my cooler? Since it was a crayon I wasn't sure what would happen if the sun and heat were beating down on it. I have had wc crayons soften in the sunshine. I did put it in a ziploc bag so it wouldn't get wet.

When I was at the beach the other day the water was really rough...from the next storm (Jose') which is coming up the Atlantic coast. I sketched the water and the waves as well as the gull with the pencil and then added regular watercolors over it. I liked the effect I got. It was easy to soften the waves to make them look like they were splashing. I brought this home, framed it and submitted it with another piece I did yesterday to the plein air show and sale one of my art groups is having at the Fire Island Lighthouse. The painting itself is 5 x 7. I will have to check out what other colors this brand of pencil comes in. We were also given one in a dark blue, but that one isn't water-soluble.

Sunday, September 17, 2017

Boatyard Revisited

Weeks Boatyard in Patchogue is one of those places that I can return to over and over. There are always new boats and an assortment of buildings from different angles.

Saturday, September 16, 2017

Ink Sketches

On Thursday I had to bring my car into Nissan for an inspection and minor repair. I found a few models in the waiting area.

And later at the beach this lady modeled for me.

Friday, September 15, 2017

Corey Beach

On Wednesday our sketch group was scheduled for a last trip to Flo's in Blue Point. Unfortunately for us Flo's wasn't open during the week. So we headed down the street to Corey Beach. I sat at a picnic table to get this view.

Thursday, September 14, 2017

Water View

My plein air group went to Avalon Park in Stony Brook on Tuesday morning. One of the prettiest spots is behind the grist mill overlooking the water. It was low tide when we were there. 

Wednesday, September 13, 2017

Beach Dunes

The beach season is winding down but I am stretching it for as long as I can. This was painted at Robert Moses State Park on Fire Island this week.

Tuesday, September 12, 2017


On Saturday my friend and I made one more stop for a sketch. This is the Presbyterian Church of Sweet Hollow. Isn't that a pretty name? It is in Melville.

Monday, September 11, 2017

DACA Rally

When my friend, Suzala and I went to the Hicksville LIRR train station on Saturday we were there to sketch at the DACA Rally. Immigrants, advocates and members of the community marched in support of DACA and the immigrants it protects. The rally marched from the train station to Gov. Andrew Cuomo's local office.

We started sketching the crowd at the station while they were organizing. There were at least 200 people who took part. The only way we were able to sketch was standing up in the crowd. This was my first sketch. It was impossible for me to sketch a lot of the crowd before they started to march.

Since Suzala still has trouble walking long distances from her foot that was broken at the beginning of June we didn't march with the group. Instead we got back in my car and drove over to where the group was headed. Several speakers, some of them activists and some of them Dreamers stepped up to the microphone. I tried to sketch as much as I could in the time we were there...again while standing, which isn't easy. The organizers were so happy to see that we were documenting the rally and several of them took photos of the sketches.

Sunday, September 10, 2017


Like so many of you I have been following the news reports of the destruction and effects of Hurricane Irma. Although it has lessened in intensity it has affected and will continue to affect so many people. My thoughts and prayers go out to all of those affected.

Every time I have been to the Hicksville LIRR Station lately there have been workmen busily working on renovations. Usually I am taking the train form there and don't have time to stop and sketch. Yesterday we were there for another reason and were early, so my friend and I went up to the platform, plunked down our chairs and did a sketch of some of the workmen. They are putting a roof over the platform which will come in handy in wet weather.

Saturday, September 9, 2017

Rye Beach

The other day I was meeting a friend midway between her house and my house at Rye Beach up in Westchester County. This beach is located on Long Island Sound about 1 1/2 hrs from me. I got there early before she arrived and pulled out my sketchbook. These are the buildings on the promenade by the beach.

Friday, September 8, 2017

On Line

I think it would be rare to go into Starbucks and find no line. That's where the Patchogue Sketch Club met on Wednesday evening. We were scheduled to sketch outdoors but we had on and off showers and rain most of the day, so two of us made an "executive decision" to sketch indoors. You can see where we went. lol The Starbucks location in Patchogue has a big table where we can congregate and you can either do the counter and the people waiting or the people at the tables and the comfy chairs.

I love the poses on the people but they don't like to stay still. Sometimes I combine part of the body of one person with another person. But these people (especially the lady in the green dress and the man in the checked shirt) had such distinctive waiting poses I sketched them completely. I did sketch in pencil rather than ink because they were moving so much that I needed to adjust the sketch of each person several times. It got easier when I got to the background. lol

Thursday, September 7, 2017

Beachy Display

On Tuesday my plein air group was supposed to paint a windmill house out east, however due to repaving of local streets it was impossible to get there. So we went to the Peconic Herb Garden in Calverton instead which was nearby. They have a lot of outdoor displays but this indoor one caught my eye. It was set up in the end of a greenhouse, but it was much too hot inside to stay there. I was able to see this much while I was sitting outside the building looking through the doorway to the inside. All kinds of interesting objects were in view.

Wednesday, September 6, 2017

Beach Sketches in Ink

Well, Paint the Great South Bay is over. It really tired me out, so the other day I barely sketched. I did go to the beach at Smith Point to relax. I sketched the walkway from the parking lot to the beach itself, which goes under the road. I always thought it would make an interesting painting...maybe some day. 

When I picked my spot and set down my belongings I noticed there was a family in front of me. They had two little girls with them. One of them was sitting by herself with her had digging into a big bag of pretzels. She was so cute with her striped shorts and ruffled top, but that scrunchy sunhat was calling to be sketched. Luckily I did the sketch quickly because soon after they packed up and left. I guess the kids needed their afternoon nap.

Tuesday, September 5, 2017

Paint the Great South Bay Reception & Awards

Yesterday was the Paint the Great South Bay reception and awards ceremony. We were each allowed to hang 2 framed paintings and then display our other paintings outside on easels.

Here I am with the two paintings I put into the show.

Here are photos of a few of the other artists.

Debra Meekins

Cindy Fox

Pauline Hazard

Regina Haliday

Rosanne O'Reilly

Here are the winning paintings.

1st Place - Fabian Tacuri

2nd Place - Larry Johnston

3rd Place - Anderew Davidson

Honorable Mention - Segundo Orellana

Monday, September 4, 2017

Reese's 1900 Pub

On Saturday morning Paint the Great South Bay had a Quick Draw Event. I'm not sure why it is called a quick draw since it wasn't quick. The idea was that we would have our canvas or paper stamped in the morning. Then we could start painting at 9am and had to be back in front of the Patchogue Theater at noon. We could paint anywhere in the designated area but if you were going any distance it would cut into your painting time. 

I had checked out the town the other morning to see which buildings might have light and shadows on them. I liked the way Reese's 1900 Pub looked, but apparently so did several other artists. Four of us were painting pretty much the same scene but we were all using different mediums or standing in different locations. This was my view. Except for about 3 minutes there was no sunshine or much for all that planning. lol

And this is the painting I did.

You can see three of us were lined up along the same side of the street. One artist, Larry, was up the block tucked into a store entrance.

(Left to right: me, Linda Davison Mathues, Cindy Fox) Photo by Laurie Devlin

 Here are two of the other artists working on their paintings.

Cindy Fox (photo by Laurie Devlin)

Linda Davison Mathues (photo by Laurie Devlin)

Pauline Hazard (Photo by Laurie Devlin)

At noon we went back to the front of the Patchogue Theater and if necessary matted and framed our work. Then they were placed on our easels for the public to view them and vote on them.

We hung around for about an hour while passersby were given tickets to vote on their choice for the quick draw winner. Larry Johnston was declared the winner. I came in second.

Left to right: Gina Lento, Krystle DiNicola, Frank Zambrano, Cindy Fox

I don't have a photo of Larry's finished painting but here is a photo of him painting it that morning.

Larry Johnston (Photo by Laurie Devlin)

Sunday, September 3, 2017

Sayville Park

On Friday morning I went to Sayville Park to paint for Paint the Great South Bay. I've sketched this spot several times and I always like the fact that there are people on the benches and along the walkways. This time I was the solo painter at this location.

I tried to take a selfie but it came out terrible so I will have to just show you a picture of my view.

Saturday, September 2, 2017

Fire Island Lighthouse

A group of the artists participating in Paint the Great South Bay met at Fire Island on Thursday evening around 5. We all picked a location to paint the lighthouse...most from different positions and there were many compositions. I did a sketch once before from this spot, so I wanted to do a full painting from this spot.

Here is the completed painting.

I was able to get photos of the artists who were painting nearby, but there were several that were too far for me to walk to and still work on my painting. lol

Rosi Berry was painting right nearby.

Cindy Fox was doing a lovely pastel.

Larry Johnston pas painting in oils. 
Gina Lento (the organizer of the event) was working in pastels.
Liz Macchio was painting in acrylics.

The artist below came to the event all the way from Marietta, Georgia. She did have family who lived locally so she got to visit too.

Debra Meekins was painting in oils.

As the sun started to set there were some beautiful colors in the sky.

We stayed until the sun went down and the bugs started to come out. Then we all headed home.

Friday, September 1, 2017

Sketch a Taco?

Paint the Great South Bay has had a few fun evening events. On Wednesday, Swell Taco, a restaurant in Patchogue hosted an even where they had someone dress up like a taco and invited us to come and sketch. If you handed in your sketch and coupon you got a free taco. The owner intends to hang the sketches on the wall.

We set up in front of Swell Taco, and the hostess, Britt posed for us. Of course it attracted the attention of all the people walking along Main Street, which was the point. Attract people to our event as well as to the restaurant.

Here is my sketch followed by a photo of Britt.

A few photos. I am next to the woman in the orange shirt.

Photo collage by Krystle DiNicola