Sunday, October 21, 2018

Inktober 2018 - Day 20

Our weather seems to have changed overnight and the cold arrived. I went out today in my down jacket so I could get an Inktober 2018, Day 20 sketch done. Sayville was having a Fall Festival today with wasn't much more that food vendors, some crafts, a few rides, and this giant bouncy pumpkin. I sat across the street on the steps of the bank somewhat protected from the wind and in the sunshine...a good spot. 
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Saturday, October 20, 2018

Inktober 2018 - Day 20 & Sketching at the Met

Today I went into the city to meet the NYC Urban Sketchers at the Metropolitan Museum of Art. I took the Long Island Railroad in so I had a good opportunity to do a few ink sketches for Day 20 of Inktober 2018.
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Our plan today was to sketch in the American Wing at the Met which is a wide open, light-filled room with lots of sculptures. But most of it was closed due to a party that was being held there tonight. That section was roped off but you could still see across the room so I sketched a statue with some Tiffany glass windows behind it. The museum has a "dry media" policy, so I worked in watercolor pencils for my first sketch and then used my water brush. Nobody complained. The policy is very often not enforced but I have been there when a guard came over and told me I could only use dry media. I don't know what the title of the sculpture is since they wouldn't let us into the area that was roped off.

I started a second sketch before lunch and finished it after lunch. It was done by William Wetmore Story of Cleopatra. I did this one in graphite pencil. Right after I finished it they announced that all visitors had to leave the American Wing so that they could set up for the function that was taking place there.

We headed from there to a section of the museum that has European sculptures. This time I focused on the view of the room, the people and the sculptures.

Friday, October 19, 2018

Inktober 2018 - Day 19

It was windy and a bit cold at the Suffolk County Farm. I went there to do some bird sketches for my Day 19 for Inktober 2018. I did a few chickens and then went over by the turkeys. The guy on the bottom right looked like he had tangled with some creature. He was nearly bald in spots and missing so many feathers. I wonder what his story was.
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Thursday, October 18, 2018

Inktober 2018 - Day 18

Now that it gets dark earlier and the temperatures are getting colder the Patchogue Sketch Club is meeting at the library on most Wednesday nights. This week we had a theme and everyone brought kitchen tools. Mark had already set up some of his items and I added some of mine to make the setup larger. For this sketch I took one of my old water brushes and filled it with a mixture of platinum carbon ink and water. I would have preferred a water-soluble black ink but couldn't find any in my collection of inks. 
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Wednesday, October 17, 2018

Inktober 2018 - Day 17

For my Day 17 sketch for Inktober 2018 I headed to Blue Point to Corey Beach. It is a beach on the sound and I sketched the view of the gazebo looking at it from up the street.

Tuesday, October 16, 2018

Inktober 2018 - Day 16

I headed into Sayville to sketch another one of the decorative scarecrows that are hanging all over the town. This one is called "Henny Penny" and was decorated by the staff from the Rooster Cafe. The scarecrow is hanging right in front of the restaurant and looks like it is dressed like a waiter from the restaurant. It was raining while I was sketching and this was in a perfect spot for sketching from the car. 
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Monday, October 15, 2018

Inktober 2018 - Day 15

Today's Day 15 Inktober sketch was done at the West Sayville boat dock. There is a company right before you go out on the dock that does boat repairs and repainting. There are always one or two boats being worked on in addition to lots of scaffolding, pipes, ladders, etc that are fun to sketch.
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Sunday, October 14, 2018

Inktober 2018 - Day 14 & 10 x 10 Workshop

For today's Inktober 2018's Day 14 sketch I went to Bellport. Like in the years past the town has decorated lamp posts and telephone poles with creative scarecrows with pumpkin heads. There is always a vote for your favorite scarecrow. The one I selected this time is Scarecrow #2 titled "Charlotte Mistress of the Night." I was attracted to her gown and the black long gloves...very high society. lol
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As I promised yesterday here is a bit about the NYC Urban Sketchers 10 x 10 workshop with Laura Rosen titled "Adding Atmosphere and Form with Color." It was a great workshop but the weather really didn't cooperate. Laura had us meet her at Riverside Park South at 68th Street and the Hudson River. The morning stared with rain so by the time everyone arrived they were wet and it was chilly and windy. Laura did a demo under the umbrellas at the outdoor cafe there but the rain was falling between the umbrellas and the wind was blowing it over to where we were working. We moved from there to a covered roadway that runs along the park. She showed us some prepared examples of how the colors in the sky transition from almost an ultramarine at the top slowly changing to cerulean as you go down and then to a light area with a tint of blue, yellow ochre, and a touch of alizarin. She also showed how warm and cool colors can help to give something form.

The rain finally stopped so we joined her out on the pier looking upriver toward the George Washington Bridge. She did a demo showing us how she layers cool and warm colors as she goes back into the scene to provide depth and atmospheric perspective. Laura uses an orange micron pen to sketch. She likes the warmth it adds to the sketches and it neutralizes with the cool colors. Here are a few photos from the demo.

Laura demonstrating her technique.

Laura adding color to the painting.

Laura's nearly finished painting.
It was hard to paint in the conditions we had because it was so damp that the paint wouldn't dry on the very damp paper. We moved back by the cafe for a wrap-up. It was a little warmer there because there was a lot less wind. Except for myself and one other sketcher everyone else opted to go leave and not paint because they were too uncomfortable. I knew I wasn't leaving without painting. So Ron and I went back on the dock. We went near some kind of storage shelter that blocked a little of the wind...enough that I was able to sketch without my fingerless gloves. lol Laura came out to check on us but she was shivering from being wet and cold. We told her she should go home and we would stay as long as we could. We were comfortable and the sun actually came out for about 2 minutes. Both of us were able to do two paintings each, one facing the bridge and one facing south. With the dampness it was hard to get dark colors without layers, but I was happy with my two paintings. I did end up adding a few darks at home to make the sailboats stand out a little more.

Around 2:00 Ron and I decided to call it a day and went to get some lunch. I think it was a productive day and a helpful workshop.

Saturday, October 13, 2018

Inktober 2018 - Day 13

Today I took the Long Island Railroad from Ronkonkoma into Manhattan for a 10 x 10 workshop given by the NYC Urban Sketchers. I used the train time to sketch 3 people across the aisle from me for my Day 13 sketch for Inktober.  I will touch up the work I did in the city and post it tomorrow. #inktober #inktober2018

Friday, October 12, 2018

Inktober 2018 - Day 12

It was a wet morning but I headed out hoping the rain would abate enough that I could at least see out the windows of my car to sketch. That's what I ended up doing. There was an empty lot right across from Weeks and Reichel Printing in Sayville. I am assuming it is partly owned by the same Weeks family that owns the boatyard where I sketch a lot.
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Thursday, October 11, 2018

Inktober 2018 - Day 11 & The Clydesdales

Yesterday I did my Day 11 sketch for Inktober from my car parked down at Off Key Tikki in Patchogue. It is on the Patchogue River and bills itself as a waterfront resort. It is a bar/restaurant decorated to have a tropical feel. I've never been inside or on their dock so I can't vouch for their food or drinks. Most of this was done with my Elegant Writer pen.
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Then later in the afternoon I returned to Patchogue for a special event. The Budweiser Clydesdales were coming to Patchogue. They were celebrating the opening of the new Blue Point Brewery which is part of the same parent company as Budweiser. We were also told that they were celebrating the anniversary of the end of Prohibition but I don't know for sure if that is true.
 Our Patchogue Sketch Club decided to go and try to sketch. My friend, Gina and I knew they would be starting at the grounds of the new location of the Blue Point Brewery. The event was slated to run from 5-7 so we went around 4:00 to see them get the horses ready. Of course the area was barricaded but we were able to stand along the fencing. The horses were inside huge, special Budweiser Clydesdale trailers. Each horse was led out one at a time, groomed, and readied to be hitched to the wagon that was near us. There were 8 horses and they were huge. I did a few sketches and arranged them all on one page.

Here are closeups of the different sketches.

The horses trotted along Main Street stopping to deliver a case of Budweiser to different bars and restaurants along the route. There were tens of thousands of people in the crowd lining the street. It seems like I am always in crowds

For this last sketch I followed the truck as it went along. Each time it stopped I sketched a little more of the scene. It was a fun event! I did keep walking along and found a few of our other members of the sketch group. Most opted to watch and not sketch, but a few did sketch something...not easy to do because they kept moving. Once they passed where all the restaurants are they were turned around in a Carvel parking lot and then made their way back to the starting point.

Wednesday, October 10, 2018

Inktober 2018 - Day 10

Outside my development we have had workers busy digging underground for weeks. They seem to be slowly...and I do mean slowly... working their way south. I figured I should sketch them and their machinery while they were here, so I sat in my car nearby to do my sketch. Most of the men had their cars and trucks parked on the same street and kept going back and forth. One of them noticed what I was doing as he passed and he commented on how he loved the sketch. Then another guy came over, and another, and then two more. I think the first guy sent all the others over to take a look. All the workmen came to check it out and comment on who I had included in the sketch, even asking me to make one of the hardhats red. They asked if I could bring them a copy when it was finished and that was when I asked them what they were doing and how long they would be there. They are running a sewer connection to a new development that is being built quite a way south of mine...and they will be there definitely through November. I guess I will have time to do more than one sketch of them.
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Tuesday, October 9, 2018

Inktober 2018 - Day 9

Our trip to Maine was coming to an end. We began our trip home around 9:30 and stopped at our favorite restaurant in Kittery for an early lunch. Then I sat outside for about 40 minutes and did a sketch of Bob's Clam Hut for my Inktober 2018 Day 9 sketch. There is always a colorful cast of characters to sketch there.
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I went for my walk this morning and found one decorated pumpkin that  I missed taking photos of. He was hiding by a shop by the back parking lot.

Yesterday afternoon after I had already done my blog post for the day I did a painting of a restaurant called Schooners Landing which is down by the dock.

Monday, October 8, 2018

Inktober 2018 - Day 8

Today the Damariscotta Pumpkinfest Regatta took place. Down along the river behind the shopping area is the town dock and that is where all the pumpkin races are held. I don't know who hollows out the pumpkins...or how, but somehow they are turned into pumpkin boats that do actually float. Some are very tippy but that adds to the fun and the challenge of the race. There are solo paddle races, two-person relay paddle races, and motored pumpkin races. People get to the dock really early so they can get a good spot to view the race. My concern is always to find a new spot to sketch the event from. 

This year I was able to get pretty close to the dock so I started sketching as the contestants started arriving. There was a guy dressed as a Viking and one dressed as a Gnome who were there long before their races were other words perfect models who would be there for a while.
I used the original ink sketch for my Day 8 Inktober  sketch.

Here are a few photos from some of the races. There were several boats that capsized and had to be brought back to the dock to be bailed out for the next race. 

Once I took a photo of the sketch above I decided it needed some color, so I finished it with my watercolors.

Yesterday after I finished the Inktober sketch I posted, I headed over to the gift shop that is near the lighthouse. I sat near the edge of the cliff where it overlooks some of the rocks. In my younger days I would have climbed down on the rocks either by the gift shop or by the lighthouse itself, but I know nowadays I would have some difficulty getting down to the rocks and back up so I did it the easy way. Instead of using my watercolors I did what is probably about a 5 x 7 gouache painting.

Sunday, October 7, 2018

Inktober 2018 - Day 7

There weren't any events for Pumpkinfest today that I wanted to go to and it was drizzling this morning. I waited for the weather to improve and then drove down to Pemaquid Point to sketch. That is one of my favorite places up here and almost always visit it. I sat along the road that runs along the water to do my Inktober - Day 7 sketch of the rocky coast.

Yesterday I did a few sketches while I was in town. Here is one of another decorated pumpkin.

I met my husband for lunch and then stayed in town for the Pumpkinfest Parade on Main Street. I found a spot to put my stool where I was leaning against a telephone pole. I figure that way I wouldn't be knocked over by people in the crowd. I sketched the people starting to gather and sit on the opposite side of the street from me.

Here are photos of a few more of the decorated pumpkins. This one had a "Starry Night" look to it.

These two were a little creepy but fun.

Saturday, October 6, 2018

Inktober 2018 - Day 6

Here in Damariscotta, Maine the big event of the year, the annual Pumpkinfest & Regatta is going on. For a tiny, sleepy town it is amazing the number of people who flock here for this event. Yesterday coming up it took us 1 hour to travel the last 11 miles to my sister's house because of the traffic.

I went out early this morning to view the decorated pumpkins that line the street. Here are a few of the wonderful decorated ones. 

Later I walked back into town to sketch. This looked like a good bet for my Inktober 2018 - Day 6 sketch because most of it was already black and white. The artist, Ari Edgar left markers for people to add their names of something to the pumpkin like these two little girls are doing.
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Friday, October 5, 2018

Inktober 2018 - Day 5

I am presently in Maine visiting family. We left Long Island this morning on the 9:00 am ferry from Orient Point to New London, CT. While we were on the ferry I was able to sketch the people seated across from us having coffee.
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Thursday, October 4, 2018

Beach Day & Inktober 2018 - Day 4

I love having beach days at this time of year and extending the feel of summer into the fall. I headed over to Smith Point Beach. We were lucky with warm temperatures, beautiful skies, and pounding surf...some of my favorite things!

For my Day 4 Inktober 2018 sketch I headed to Week's Yacht Yard (or Boat Yard). I love sketching there because there are boats, cars, buildings, and sometimes people. I used a bit of my Elegant Writer pen to get the bluish shading, my Lamy pen, and a brush pen.
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Wednesday, October 3, 2018

Gowanus 3 & Inktober 2018 - Day 3

For this sketch by the Gowanus Canal in Brooklyn I stood, leaning against a wall/fence and was looking toward Carroll Street. There was a lot of construction going lots of orange fencing to restrict traffic where the road was all torn up.

My Inktober 2018 Day 3 sketch was done at Little Vincent's in Ronkonkoma. They reheated my pizza slice and it was much too hot to eat without burning my mouth, so I started sketching my view. Of course I stopped once I was able to eat the slice and then finished this when it was done. I used my Lamy pen, a brush pen, and my water brush that I touched to the Lamy pen to get some shading. And yes, the pizza was good!


Tuesday, October 2, 2018

Gowanus 2 & Inktober 2018 Day 2

As I said yesterday the area near the Gowanus Canal is pretty gritty and industrial. There are some buildings that have been abandoned and graffitied. Some of the structures are weathered and worn and have seen better days like this waterpower that doesn't seem like it will be standing much longer.

Yesterday afternoon I met a friend for lunch and parked in a lot by the Bronxville train station. When I got back to my car there was a ticket on the windshield for an expired inspection sticker. I didn't realize that it was was only October 1st. I swear in the past Nissan sent me a reminder, but if they did I must have overlooked it. So this morning I was at Nissan to have the inspection done so I wouldn't get a second ticket. Since I was at Nissan for an oil change a little over a week ago sketching the inside of the waiting room seemed old, so I sketched the view into the showroom this time for my Inktober Day 2 sketch. #inktober #inktober2018