Friday, September 17, 2021

Trees by the Water

 I was down by the bay beach in Sayville. It was a windy day but the trees looked good against the sky.

Thursday, September 16, 2021

Watching the Waves

 I a second visit to the ocean, this time going to Robert Moses State Park. I had planned on sketching the lighthouse but the striped umbrella was too much of a distraction.

Wednesday, September 15, 2021

Back to the Beach

 My hip surgery sort of kept me away from the ocean beaches all summer,  If I went to the beach it was somewhere that I wouldn't have to worry about walking through sand to get where I was going, like the local bay beaches.The other day I decided to head over to the ocean at Smith Point Beach in Shirley. Due to the rough water and the high tide the water was nearly up to the dunes, so I stayed up by the pavilion which is nearly even with the top of the dunes. I sat in my chair and painted the view in a small Strathmore Visual Watercolor Journal that is 3.5 x 5 inches.

Tuesday, September 14, 2021

Battery Park Sketches


After spending the morning sketching the Charging Bull and his friends I headed down to Battery Park. There were a lot of vendors along the perimeter of the park selling all kinds of food, hats and sunglasses, and all kinds of touristy trinkets. I sat in the shade of a big tree to sketch a few of the vendors.

I still had a little time to sketch so I went over to Bowling Green Park, a small park in front of the National Museum of the American Indian. This park is the oldest NYC public park and was opened in 1733. I sketched a few of the people sitting around before our group had our show and tell.

This is actually a sketch of a guy whose girlfriend was asleep on his lap. Her curly head of hair was what drew me to the sketch.

Monday, September 13, 2021

Broadway Bull

 On Sunday the NYC Urban Sketchers met in downtown Manhattan to sketch near the charging bull statue located on Broadway in the Financial District. Our goal was to sketch people and this was a good place. It is always a fun location because so many tourists come there to snap their photos with the bull in assorted different silly poses. The bull's rear is a popular spot because for some reason people love to pose while touching the bull's genitals. (I'm putting it nicely. lol) People also like to climb up and sit on its head. I expect to see someone get gored by the horns.

I started sketching from the top step of a restaurant called Cipriani. Of course a while later someone came along and told us that we had to get off the steps...the steps were "private property." The restaurant was hosting some kind of event/show and they were expecting a lineup of guests. So we moved and since I sketch quite quickly I had the bull and the people already sketched and was able to finish it from another spot.

Sunday, September 12, 2021

Flo's of Blue Point

 Every year the Patchogue Sketch Club makes a sketch visit to Flo's in Blue Point. Due to Covid restrictions there aren't as many picnic tables set up, but the other night the tilted, striped umbrellas caught my eye. There were a number of dogs there with their owners so I captured one of them too.

Saturday, September 11, 2021

Port Bistro & Pub

I had an appointment for my 3 month checkup for my hip in Port Jeff the other day. Everything with my hip seems to be doing well. When I finished with the doctor I looked around in town for a place to sketch. I came across the Port Bistro & Pub which looked like a fun outdoor place to do just that.