Monday, December 6, 2021

Salzburg Historic Center

On Saturday the NYC Urban Sketchers made a virtual visit to Salzburg, Austria. We were provided with an entire webpage to select our focus for our sketch. I went with a photo of the historic center of Salzburg. 

Sunday, December 5, 2021

Insurance on Main Street

There are two buildings side by side on Main Street in Sayville with similar looking fronts. I like them with the bay front window and the sort of tile roof. This one is an insurance company and the other one is a photography studio. I may have to sketch that one too.


Saturday, December 4, 2021

Wrapped for the Winter

 Boats lose a bit of their charm when they are wrapped for the winter. That's what we are seeing all over by the marinas here since it is that time of year.

Friday, December 3, 2021

Deer Grazing

 The other day I went down to the Islip marina. I forgot that at this time of year people often come there with  cars full of discarded pumpkins and leave them for the wild deer. This area has a lot of deer and they seem to love pumpkins. Near the parking lot there were about 7/8 deer happily chowing down on the feast as well as the grass. I planned on sketching only one deer and moving on but it sort of morphed into a sketch of two deer and the foliage. I left out all the broken pumpkin pieces...artistic license. I don't draw in pencil very often so this was a bit of a challenge. My hand tends to smear the graphite and I lose what I was working on. I went back and redid some parts and it is what it is. I also had a hard time getting the pencil sketch to come out clear and not blurry. There aren't any spots for the camera to really focus on I  guess.

Thursday, December 2, 2021

Along the Lake

I drove around the other day looking for some color and found this spot along Lake Ronkonkoma. I liked that you could see a few houses nestled in the orange trees. Since I painted this the colorful leaves are getting harder to find. The last few days haven't been sunny so there is this dull gray pallor over most of the area. They keep saying a chance of rain but the closest I've seen is a bit of spritzing or a hail shower.


Wednesday, December 1, 2021

Along the Service Road

Sometimes I will find places to sketch that don't have a great place to sit with my car. This was part of the service road that connects to a highway in Brookhaven. There happened to be a small turn-around in front of one of the houses. I'm not quite sure if I should have been parking along it but I liked the scene with the colors going away from me. I pulled over as far as I could in the dirt and grass. Since it isn't a really busy spot I didn't think I would be blocking anyone.

Tuesday, November 30, 2021

Seville Cement Company

  On Saturday after we sketched the train station, Suzala and I stopped at another location she had seen while riding around recently. We had stopped to check it out on the way to the station and figured we would have it for a future location, But we had time enough to stop and sketch there too. I think it is part of Seville Cement Company. There was no name anywhere, no workers anywhere, but the gates were wide open, so we just drove in and parked. I googled the area to find out where we were and found a website for the cement company. What makes me think that might be right is that there were Seville trucks parked on the property. This was so much fun to sketch with all the ladders and tanks and whatnot. I used my Lamy pen and permanent ink. To get the shading I touched a wet brush to the point of the pen to pick up a little color.