Saturday, March 25, 2017

Snowy Port Jeff View

Although we didn't have any accumulation of snow last week there were parts of Long Island that did get snow. Port Jefferson is about 20 minutes north of me and they had quite a bit. I liked this view from the parking lot looking at the backs of the buildings.

Friday, March 24, 2017

Missed a Day!

Can you believe it, I missed a day of posting! is true. Yesterday was an extremely busy day. I had to drive up to Middletown, NY to pick up my paintings and those of 3 other artists from the NorthEast Watercolor Society Members Show. Middletown is a good 2 1/2 hrs from me, so Jerry and I left around 9, got up there about 11:40, and then drove to Queens so we could take the subway to Manhattan. We went to dinner and had tickets to see Bette Middler in "Hello Dolly" which was fabulous. We didn't get home until 1:00 am this morning. I went straight to bed and didn't even think about posting...hope you don't mind. 

Heres is another snow sketch that I did in my Strathmore Toned Gray sketchbook. This was done in Sayville.

Last week was my hubby's birthday so here are two things that were part of his birthday dinner...blueberry pie...

and his new favorite beer, Stella Artois.

Wednesday, March 22, 2017

From the Sea

The Patchogue Sketch Club met last week...indoors because of the temps that are still too cold for outdoor sketching in the evening. This week's theme was items from the sea. With all the different shells and beach glass we had lots to sketch.

Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Tree in Snow

The snow from our last storm lasted for a bit, so I headed out to sketch what was left of it. This was done in a Strathmore Gray Toned sketchbook using watercolors, ink, watercolor pencils, and a white colored pencil.

Monday, March 20, 2017

Welcome to Spring & The Final Part of the Urban Sketching Day

Happy First Day of Spring!!!
 In the spirit of the day I wanted to paint some outdoor flowers today. My good friend and fellow sketcher, Susan, who lives nearby is always ready to share her garden treasures with me. I called her this morning to check that something was in bloom in her garden and she told me to come on over. She works from home, so we chatted for a little while and then she went inside to work while I painted her crocuses, hellebores, and heather. Luckily it was sunny and warm enough to spend some time in the garden without freezing. Thanks, Susan!

On most occasions when the NYC Urban Sketchers gather, we meet at the end of our sketching day to share our work over drinks. I think we had about 20 people with us at the Brooklyn Museum and we headed out at about 4 to Tooker's Alley, a bar nearby. They open at 4 so we didn't worry about it being too crowded for us...and Mark always lets them know we are coming. Once everyone has a drink or whatever they order we start sharing our sketches from the day. It is always fun to see how everyone else captures the same or almost the same views. Some people do a lot of quick sketches and some people complete one longer piece. We have 2 rules when we can't say anything negative about someone's sketches and you can't say anything negative about your own. The second rule is the hard one. LOL

In addition to sharing our sketches, almost everyone immediately whips out a sketchbook and starts sketching the other sketchers at the table or the other patrons where we are. It is good because the other sketchers usually don't get up and move...although they move around some talking to people to their right or left. I was able to get two sketches each with several people seated opposite me.

As you can see from the three days of was quite a busy day!

Sunday, March 19, 2017

Then On To The Brooklyn Museum

After sketching the flowers that I posted yesterday, Susan and I went to meet the other NYC Urban Sketchers at the Brooklyn Museum. We spent most of the day in the African wing where there were great sculptures and artifacts to sketch. The museum didn't stop us from using ink or watercolors so my sketches are a combination of both.

My two sketches done before lunch:

Sketches done after lunch.

There was time for one more sketch before we were meeting to share our work...but no time to add color. (He looks like he's undergoing some kind of acupuncture.)

Then it was off to have drinks and share our work...more tomorrow.

Saturday, March 18, 2017

Quick Trip to the Botanic Gardens

Last Saturday the NYC Urban Sketchers were meeting at the Brooklyn Museum. My friend and I like to get an early start from out here and the museum didn't open until 11. But right next door is the Brooklyn Botanic Garden (how lucky) and they open at 10. So we headed to the garden and had time for a quick 30 minute sketch of one of the indoor exhibits in the greenhouse. I did this directly in watercolors.

Outside the Brooklyn Botanic Gardens looked much different than when we usually visit in the spring. We had snow the day before. Here is the Japanese pond...the snowy version.

Friday, March 17, 2017

Snowy Branch

In the past week or so we have had snow twice. The first snowstorm was last Friday and we got about  12 inches of snow. It was thick and heavy and looked so pretty. Once it stopped I had to go out and sketch it. I walked around our apartment complex and had to sketch this while the snow was still clustered on the tree branches. Even as I was sketching the snow was falling off the branches onto my page. lol This was sketched with my Elegant Writer pen so I could let it bleed for shadows.

Our second snowstorm was this Tuesday. They predicted 10-14 inches but the storm turned and we got about 4-5 inches before it turned over to sleet and then heavy rain. It washed away most of it here, but ride north on Long Island about 25 minutes and there is a big difference. I really didn't mind more snow...I think I've had enough, but it is pretty when it is freshly fallen like the first storm.

Thursday, March 16, 2017

Beach Dunes

All those people for so many days made me need to get back to the beach and sketch. It was still too cold here to sit outside, but since it isn't beach season I was able to park anywhere I wanted in the parking lot and found a great view from the car.

Wednesday, March 15, 2017

Pre-Dr. Sketchy Sketches

I guess I did this sort of backwards. We got to the Dr. Sketchy venue a little early to make sure we got good seats. Of course everyone there was an artist, and typical of most artists they made the best of their time before the model came out and sketched each did I.

These people were seated closer to the bar across from me. The good thing about sketching artists is that they usually aren't going anywhere so they stay put. lol

This guy had the right idea. He had a bottle of champagne in a bucket while he was sketching.

This artist was ready with her materials, but had to check her phone one last time. lol

Tuesday, March 14, 2017

Dr. Sketchy's Dior

After the Turnstyle location a few of us went to another event, Dr. Sketchy, at the Flute Bar. For those of you who don't know about Dr. Sketchy here is a blurb from their website or you can click on the link above:
Dr. Sketchy's Anti-Art school is the world's premier alt.drawing movement. Artists draw glamorous underground performers in an atmosphere of boozy conviviality. Found in 2005 in a dive bar in Brooklyn, Dr. Sketchy's has now spread to over 100 cities around the world.

The theme for the afternoon was Dior. Normally there are several models in various stages of dress/undress. We had one lovely model, Chantal, who started out posing in her vintage 60's bra and panties and proceeded to put on more clothing as the poses went on. They usually begin with several 1 minute poses, moving on to 5 minute poses, then longer poses, and back to short poses again. You really have to sketch quickly for many of the poses, and use a medium that you can use easily. I used either pencil or a water-soluble pencil for the beginning poses, adding watercolors and ink for the longer poses.

Chantal had some gorgeous clothes that are original Dior's. She said later that about 90% of the time she dresses in vintage clothing.

Monday, March 13, 2017

Sketching at the Turnstyle

The NYC Urban Sketchers met at the Turnstyle, an underground shopping and eating establishment located near Columbus Circle in Manhattan two Saturday's ago. It was a bitterly cold day...only 16 degrees when my friend, Susan and I left Long Island. The Turnstyle is located just after you exit the turnstyles at the subway exit for Columbus Circle near 8th Ave and 59th St. Unfortunately since the staircases leading up to the street are wide open, it was a bit cold down below too. We wore our coats the entire time we were sketching.

I sat in front of Lush Cosmetics to do my first sketch. They weren't open yet, but the sales people were busy stocking the shelves. They noticed that we were sketching and asked us to stop by and show them the finished sketches. They loved it and asked if they could take a photo for their Facebook page. I'll have to check and see if they posted it.

Next I moved over to Casa Toscana an Italian eatery. Everything looked so delicious!

By Suzette made savory and sweet crepes and was a colorful spot to sketch too.

Due to the cold weather we didn't have a great turnout of sketchers, but those of us who showed up had a great time.

Sunday, March 12, 2017

Bay Shore Deli

I was down by the ferries in Bay Shore one day and found this deli near the dock. I loved the colors and the building. I was attracted to this location after seeing a post by Shari Blaukauf about how she likes painting buildings on corners, so you can see two sides of the building. This deli serves Mexican food, so I'll have to go in the next time I'm down there. 

Saturday, March 11, 2017

Center Moriches View

I found a spot down by the water in Center Moriches that looked so pretty with the dried grasses and the deep green trees. It was windy and cold so I sat in my car to paint.

Friday, March 10, 2017

Fireplace Boat Basin and Long Island Snow

Now that I'm finished with the 100 People challenge, I can get back to posting some of my other work. This was painted down at the Fireplace Boat Basin in Brookhaven. In season it is filled with boats, but at this time of year there was not one boat in the water. I didn't let that stop me. Since nobody else was around I parked my car at the end of the little boardwalk going to the water by this shack. It was a good vantage point for sketching from my "mobile studio."

Today we had a snowstorm here on Long Island with about 5 inches of wet snow by me. Here are a few photos I took when I walked around my complex when the snow stopped, as well as a sketch of some of the snow on the branches of one of the trees.

This was done with my Elegant Writer which shades so nicely.

Thursday, March 9, 2017

#OneWeek100People2017 - Day 4

Today I had a great idea for where to find a lot of people...the Motor Vehicle Department. I don't know about where you live, but here in NY you spend quite a while waiting for your number to be called. There were lots of people seated, standing at the windows at the counter, and standing at tables filling out forms. It was the perfect perfect that I kept on going and going, and I sketched all the way to my goal of 100 people. Here are the last pages of my models.


These were done yesterday after I had already posted. The man on the left was parked at the beach next to me.

At first I had a seat where I could see the full figures of the people.

For most of these I sketched what I could see from where I was seated looking left.

Then I moved to a seat on the other side of the room so I could sketch people's faces from the other side.

Several people were standing at the table where there was space to fill out the forms.

Lots of people were just sitting and waiting.

Here are some additional people working on filling out their forms, and some people just waiting...and waiting.

This turned out to be a great place to sketch people. I'll have to remember it in the future on freezing days when I don't want to sit in my cold car.

After reflecting on this challenge there are a few things I realized:

1. Each day felt like I was starting over and I needed one or two people for practice before I got into the groove. A warm-up would be good.
2. The material I think worked best for me in this challenge was the Platinum Preppy pen. It moves smoothly and can give me enough detail to satisfy me.
3. People's faces are pretty similar with just small details to differentiate style (or lack there of) and chins (single or double). The faces don't really need a lot of detail since I wasn't doing portraits.
4. I still need to concentrate on the body heights and remember that the average body is about 8 heads high. I also need to work on drawing the position of the feet in shoes. Usually I get to that part of the figure and say, "Now what?." One of the artist who started the challenge, Liz Steel, has been making comments on her own sketches and when she finds something that needs attention she works on it, even researches it. Maybe that's what I need to do with the feet and shoes.
5. I LIKE challenges! LOL

For those who are curious, not one of the 100 people seemed to notice that I was sketching them. People around me noticed, but nobody made a big deal about it or even commented...they just looked and smiled.