Sunday, February 25, 2024

Islip Charm

Sometimes I just drive around in areas that have older houses like this one in Islip. I find that they have a lot of character. 

Saturday, February 24, 2024

Assorted Sketches

All of these sketches were done for a scavenger hunt over on Creative Spark.

This covered two items...a fence and something from nature.

 Last week I ended up going to one of those walk-in medical offices. My cough was really bad, I was wheezing, and I wasn't sleeping well. It turned out I had bronchitis. I was put on an antibiotic, something for the cough and an inhailer. I'm finally feeling much better. While in the medical office I only had a short time to sketch people.

Vehicles are a popular item on the scavenger hunt list. The VW called to me since that was my first car...but mine was bright red.


Friday, February 23, 2024

Snow Along the Canal

There are a few canals in Blue Point. This one runs through a small park near Flo's. I was able to park right along the side of it. There was a woman sitting next to her car and feeding the gulls so I quickly sketched a few of them into the scene while they were swooping down to grab what she was tossing.

Over on CreativeSpark there was an interesting item for the scavenger hunt. We had to find a playing card and sketch the numbered side as well as the back of the card. I dug out a very old deck of cards. From what I remember I got these the first time I flew anywhere. It was maybe 1968/1969 when I was all of 20 years old. A friend and I flew out to CA, stayed with her cousin and his family for a few days, and then drove up the CA coast. Neither of us could legally rent a car on our own and her dad rented one for us, but Suzanne had to do all the driving. The trip was a lot of fun and we met two sailors on a cable car in San Francisco. We hung out together all day and then the next day they took us on a tour of their aircraft carrier. We also went horseback riding and I was thrown off my horse. (And I have never climbed back on another one to this day.) At the time the airlines gave you all kinds of things when you were on board if you asked. I got the deck of cards. The box is really worn and I'm not sure if all the playing cards are still inside, but it was fun to sketch one of the cards.


Thursday, February 22, 2024

Snow by the Fence

 I had mail to take to the post office the other day, so after I dropped it off I sat in the post office parking lot in Holbrook to paint this snowy view. The snow has lasted longer than I expected. This was done in my Strathmore Toned Beige Sketchbook. White gouache was added for the snow.

Wednesday, February 21, 2024

Meadow Croft Snow

I headed to Meadow Croft, a historic estate in Sayville to see if there were any snow views. I tucked my car between a few trees and painted a bit of the property.


Tuesday, February 20, 2024

Snow at The Grange

 We had a second snowfall recently. Depending on where you are on the south shore towns got somewhere between 2-5 inches of snow. I headed out in my mobile studio and ended up down by The Grange in Sayville. There were a lot of people sledding but I couldn't get close enough to sketch there from my car. I did park near the historic buildings and got a bit of a view.

The snow was still coming down lightly and melting on my windshield.

Monday, February 19, 2024

At the Car Wash

 On the weekend the car wash is a busy place, and following a snowstorm it is even busier as so many people come out to get the grit and salt off their cars. Washville in Bayport was quite busy. I used artistic license to leave out the line of cars entering the premises on the right. I found a parking space in a lot across the street which had a fairly good view of the place. I just had my view blocked a bit every time the light down the street turned red. lol