Wednesday, September 19, 2018

Bubble Man

On Saturday I took a workshop from another urban sketcher at Columbus Circle. I haven't finished the piece of artwork from the workshop, so I will post that at another time. In the afternoon I met up with the rest of the NYC Urban Sketchers near the model boat basin in Central Park. Since I had been there over Labor Day Weekend, I focused on an entertaining scene of the bubble man busy at work. I'm lucky I can blow tiny bubbles. These huge ones always amaze me. He even blew bubbles inside bubbles.

Last week I had seen a post on the  Urban Sketchers Perth Facebook page by someone from Perth who was visiting NY and posted a photo from Brooklyn. I invited her to join our group if she was free on Saturday, telling her where the group would be but that I was taking a workshop in the morning but would be sketching with the group in the afternoon. I also said how I had enjoyed meeting some of the members of the Perth group when I was in Australia. So when I found the group in the afternoon I asked if anyone from Australia had met up with them. Jacqui had found them and sketched with them in the morning. She went off to sketch a bit away from the group in the afternoon but promised to come back for our "show and tell" at the end of the day. Here is Jacqui Masters sharing one of her sketches of a lamppost from Central Park. She was really sweet and so thankful that I had contacted her and let her know we would be sketching. 

We also had another visitor. Debo was in NYC from near Savannah, Georgia for a doctor's appointment for her husband. She has visited before but this was the first time I met her.

One of the nice things about the Urban Sketchers is meeting people from other places and having a common interest. You can meet great people that way!

Tuesday, September 18, 2018

Alcohol Ink Tiles

Just in case you were missing seeing my alcohol ink tiles here are a few recent ones. A friend of mine said she would like to buy a sunflower tile and wanted to know if I had done any southwestern design tiles. She wanted one as a gift for a friend she would be visiting. I told her I hadn't done any southwestern designs but I would give it a try. She also wanted larger tiles so I did the 6 inch ones instead of the 4 inch ones. The inks are very unpredictable so I'm never sure what I will get. I brought her 2 sunflowers (not pictured) and these two. She bought all four of them.

(BTW the white circles are not part of the design but a reflection of the lighting in her kitchen. 

I will be doing several shows before Christmas so I need to get started on developing an inventory for the shows.

Monday, September 17, 2018


On Friday night I met my friend, Suzala to go to a carnival in Merrick. It was mostly rides and games, with a little food thrown in. We wanted to paint the scene at night and it was pretty dark by the time we finished. It was fun.

Suzala painting.

My painting and the scene.

Sunday, September 16, 2018

Sunflower Field

I have painted this view of the Suffolk County Farm many times, but have never seen sunflowers in the field...cows maybe, but not sunflowers. This view is on the exit ramp of a very busy highway here on Long Island. The ramp runs on the south side of the Long Island Expressway and there is this very roomy spot next to the marked exit ramp. I'm always expecting the highway police to come along and give me a hard time about parking there, but so far I've been lucky. It isn't like I'm anywhere near the traffic coming off. Just one side of the field had the flowers so I backed up into the corner to get this view. I always sit in my car for safety when I paint or sketch there.

Saturday, September 15, 2018

Fountain in the Mist

After painting the fountain I posted yesterday I must have had fountains on my mind. The Patchogue Sketch Club was meeting at Post Morrow in Brookhaven on Wednesday evening. There is a fountain there too, although I've never seen any water in it. I debated about not going because as I pulled out of my garage it was already starting to sprinkle. Our weather had been iffy for days with showers popping up quite often. I ended up driving to the location only to find that it was misting there too.  I started to paint directly in watercolor figuring that if I worked quickly I might be able to complete something before the weather was too bad. I went back to my car and got my painting umbrella which helped keep part of me dry but wasn't doing anything for my paper. I stayed for about 40 minutes and I did as much as I could before it got worse. I took the sketch to the car before I packed up and when I got home I notices there were all tiny water marks on the painting from the mist. I could have worked on it more but I like the effect.

Friday, September 14, 2018

Sayville Fountain & Breakfast

I was passing by this fountain in Sayville and noticed it had water. The last time I sketched it I think it must not have been summer because the water wasn't running. There was part of a house in the scene but I used artistic license and left it out. Most of the water is saved whites but I also added a few narrow drips of water with my white gel pen.

This was a sketch for a recent scavenger hunt on Wet and fruit. It was hard not to eat the breakfast before sketching it...thus the bites taken out of the peach. :)

Thursday, September 13, 2018

Lunch, Anyone?

While I was at the festival in Patchogue the other day there were booths selling lots of foods. I liked the colorful look to the sausage & pepper truck, although that is something that would never tempt me. I worked on this until I heard that the zeppole eating contest would be starting shortly. I had friends that were taking part in that so I didn't want to miss it. For anyone unfamiliar with zeppoles they are fried dough, sort of like a doughnut but shaped more like an oddly shaped ball, then they are dusted with powdered sugar. They are delicious but turn to lead in your stomach. lol

Wednesday, September 12, 2018

A Classic

On Saturday I went to a festival in Patchogue and there was a car show as part of the event. I couldn't resist sketching this 1932 Oldsmobile. I met the owner, who was a classic himself and probably older than the car. lol

Tuesday, September 11, 2018

Last Lobster

Lobsters were on sale at the supermarket last week so I figured I'd better grab a few before the price goes back up. This little fellow posed nicely for me. I didn't have to keep moving him back to the correct spot. :)

Monday, September 10, 2018

Pine Neck Park

At the end of Pine Neck Avenue in Patchogue is a small park with a bit of waterfront, a boat launching ramp, and a dock. Just as I was getting ready to sketch a family came along with fishing poles and crabbing nets. This young man stayed put for quite a while.

Sunday, September 9, 2018

Return to the Eastport House

On Tuesday morning we made a return to the same house in Eastport as in the post below. The owners are such nice people. They put out cold water in a cooler for us and fresh picked blackberries. It was another hot day so I found a spot in the back of the house that was in the shade for most of the morning. I liked the collection of pots in the back garden. Again they had fencing around the garden to keep out the deer which will eat everything they can get.

Saturday, September 8, 2018

Eastport House

Last week my plein air group went to paint at a house in Eastport. The owners have this historic house which is surrounded by gardens in the front, the back, and on both sides. There was a big area that was a vegetable garden in the front of the house, surrounded by 10 ft high wire fencing to keep out the deer. I ignored all of that and focused on the side of the house, the side garden and the flag. It was a very hot day, close to 99 degrees and I was painting out in the sun...with very little shade.  I ended up leaving before this was completed because I was just too hot. I had to finish it up at home. I am really happy with the way it came out.

Friday, September 7, 2018

Pine Neck Avenue

The Patchogue Sketch Club met the other night at the end of Pine Neck Avenue in Patchogue. There is a small beach area, a boat launching area, and a dock. Right after I sat down a family with a few children came along to do some fishing and crabbing. This young man stayed nearby most of the time.

Thursday, September 6, 2018

Sunday in NYC

On Sunday I went into NYC with two other artist friends. We met at the Met Breuer which is a small museum that is part of the Metropolitan Museum. The exhibits here are more modern/contemporary than you would find at the Met itself. We viewed sketches that were in the exhibit Obsession: Nudes by Klimt, Schiele, and Picasso from the Scofield Thayer Collection. It was a great exhibit and you could easily see the influence of each on the work of the other.

Then we went to the Neue Galleri where we had lunch and then saw another exhibit of the works of Gustav Klimt and Egon Schiele. These included some nudes, portraits and landscapes. It was wonderful. This was one of the paintings on exhibit by Klimt and the detail and amount of gold and silver in this was just so impressive. I had only seen this in books and it just amazed me.

We had a little time to walk through a bit of Central Park and stop by the boat pond to do a quick sketch. I did the ink on location and started to add the color with watercolor pencils but we had to leave to head to the next part of our day.

Our final stop was the Flute Bar for a Dr. Sketchy session. I have posted some sketches from their events before. Basically they have what is a burlesque model that poses in several outfits. Our model for the afternoon was Tiger Bay who I believe was Miss Coney Island 2017. Several other NYC Urban Sketchers happened to be there too. Costumes, music, a model, contests and friends. What more could you want? Here are a few somewhat risqué sketches from yesterday afternoon. Quick poses and longer poses. Tiger Bay posed in one costume made of tiny pom-poms, one made of feathers, and a final one of leather.

We left here on a 7:40 am train and  got back at nearly 10:00 pm. It was a full day!

Wednesday, September 5, 2018

Catching Up - Varney's & Hog Farm

It seems I have somehow managed to get back in here and post. I don't know what happened, but I'm glad to be back. I will post two images today to try and catch up.

First is Varney's, a restaurant on the outskirts of Bellport. I liked the cheery sunflowers on the left. I've eaten here and they have great mussels.

On Saturday some of the sketchers from the Patchogue Sketch Club met at Hog Farm in Brookhaven for a bit of sketching. One of our members has a farm share there so she goes there a lot and asked if we could come along with her. I decided the produce looked too good to resist. I made sure I was standing out of the way of the customers while I worked. I did buy some tomatoes before I left...yum!

Sunday, September 2, 2018

Welcome to Patchogue

My Wednesday night sketch group met near Harbor Crab Restaurant in Patchogue this week. There was a nice view of the restaurant and marina...and we were lucky to have a breezy night and no skeeters.

Saturday, September 1, 2018

Pondering the Ocean

This was painted at the beginning of the week when I was at Smith Point Beach. I like capturing people in their beach poses.

Friday, August 31, 2018

Dunes at Smith Point

I really enjoy sketching the dunes at the beach. They are constantly changing from day to day and hour to hour. This was done at Smith Point Beach.

Thursday, August 30, 2018


My Wednesday night sketch group recently went to Seatuck Environmental Center in Islip to sketch. The building itself isn't usually open in the evening, just the grounds, but one of our sketchers works there and was able to keep it open for us to see an exhibit that was inside and sketch in the gardens of the historic house. 

Here are some of the other sketchers at work.

Wednesday, August 29, 2018

Patchogue Carnival

A week or so ago we had a carnival come to Patchogue. I swear the same rides are in every carnival so there isn't much difference between one and another that we have here. I started this with the slide and it sort of morphed into a sketch of all the rides. lol I couldn't stop myself. I did this from my car before the carnival opened for the day. I thought that was safer than sitting in the parking lot and being run over by someone who didn't notice me. lol

Tuesday, August 28, 2018

Sayville House

Well, things are back to bit art events on the horizon. Now I can catch up on some of the paintings that never got posted before PGSB. I have this thing about side gardens and I'm chuckling at this painting because I did one today in Eastport that looks very similar. This was done in Sayville and the flag and Adirondack chair caught my eye.

Monday, August 27, 2018

PGSB Finale

Yesterday was the exhibit, reception and wet paints sale for Paint the Great South Bay. It was held at the Patchogue Art Gallery on Terry Street from 1-5. The artists were allowed to hang 2 paintings of their choice in the gallery and bring the other paintings to display and sell outside. We didn't have as many people attend as we hoped but we did have some people and some purchases. Here are a few photos from the day.

Here I am with my paintings done during the week that weren't framed for the gallery show.

The painting below on the left of the urn in the garden, "Terry Street Garden" sold at the show. Yay!!!

Here is my painting (on the top), "Marshland."

Rosi Berry and her two paintings are below.

JoAnn Zambia did two small paintings that go together.

Here is Gina Lento with a pastel she did the other night during a festival event in Patchogue on Thursday called Alive After 5.

This year for the first time we had children participate. They were the daughter and son of one of the artists and painted with him at several of the locations. They both won awards.

And Anika's two paintings on the right both sold at the show.

 Jennifer Mesticky with her two paintings.

Mark Propper did an unusual painting of grasses lit at night by an outdoor lamp post.

Jeanne Salucci with one of her paintings.

Regina Halliday with one stormy painting and one sunny beach scene.

I should have taken photos of all the paintings but a big part of the day was being able to socialize with everyone. I think there were 4 paintings in all that sold.

Sunday, August 26, 2018

PGSB Part 5

Yesterday was the last day of painting for Paint the Great South Bay. In the morning we had a "quick draw" event. Between 8 and 9 am artists had their canvas/paper stamped with my pink logo and then went to paint in a location of their choice. Linda and I went to Weeks Boat Yard which is located nearby. I can always find something there to paint. I sketched one of the boats on the other side of the marina. I was hiding in the shade from another one of the boats.

Linda was also tucked in the shade of one of the boats. She does really colorful, bright paintings...a style I love but could never do.

The artists had to be back at the front of the Patchogue Theatre promptly by 12 noon for their painting to be checked. The framed pieces were then on display from 12-1 and any people passing by the theater were asked to vote for their favorite. The winner got 2 tickets to one of the theater events. 
Here are some people casting their votes.

The winning people's choice was the painting by Jeanne Salucci which is all the way over on the easel on the left.

Left to right: Beth Giacoummo (Executive Director of the Patchogue Arts Council, Jeanne Salucci, Linda Davison Matheus, Debbie Taylor Meekins, Gina Lento, and Michael Chait
 Not all the artists took part in the quick draw. Some were still out painting in other locations to get their last pieces done for the event. Dropoff of the artwork was Saturday night and then the paintings were hung and the exhibit was open to the public today.