Saturday, October 1, 2022

Inktober Day 1

Today marks the start of Inktober 2022!!! Are you excited? Are you participating too?

I spent most of today with two friends hanging an art show out in Cutchogue at The Old Town Arts & Crafts Guild. The Patchogue sketch club is having an exhibit there for the month of October. When I was on the way home in the late afternoon I stopped at the Bayview Market & Farms in Jamesport to do a sketch for Inktober. I didn't want to miss the first day. It is hard to switch to ink only so quickly. The adjustment is hard. lol


Friday, September 30, 2022

Classic Chevy Truck

Last week a friend posted that there was going to be a car show in Patchogue hosted by the Patchogue Fire Department and that her dad's Chevy truck, Ol' Gold was going to be on display. I knew I wanted to sketch at the show. When I got there I ran into Cheryl and she asked me to sketch his gold Chevy. I can just imagine Paulie zipping around town with his lovely wife at his side.  

On a very sad note, one of our popular NYC Urban Sketchers, Lewis Gutterman passed away on Monday after complications from surgery. In my mind, Lewis was like our social mayor. He and his wife, Cathy were so friendly and kind to everyone. They helped organize many of our social events and trips and ran the NYC Westchester branch of our group. If you were a new member, Lewis took you under his wing and made sure that your first experience with our group was a good one. He secretly did portraits of the members from photos that he took and then presented them to that member at our show & tell meetings. I have one that he did of me. Lewis always took photos of everyone with their artwork during show and tell and often had the photos printed to give out to the members. A nice word for everyone was his trademark. His joy, sense of humor, and love of people will be missed. 
RIP, Lewis.

Thursday, September 29, 2022

Olish's Farmstand

I like stopping at Olish's Farm in Eastport. There are always fun, colorful displays.


Wednesday, September 28, 2022

Lighthouse #2

 I got back to sketch the Fire Island Lighthouse at Robert Moses State Park again. The clouds in the sky were so amazing. This was the view from my beach chair.

Tuesday, September 27, 2022

Hog Farm Evening

On Wednesday the Patchogue Sketch Club went to Hog Farm in Brookhaven. We met at 6 so we would have some light for sketching. There was a constant flow of people coming to pick up their farm shares or just shop for the fresh delights. It was a good night for sketching.

Monday, September 26, 2022

Lighthouse 1

We had some warm weather so I headed down to Robert Moses Beach the other day. Since I really hadn't been there to sketch the lighthouse all summer I sat and did a direct watercolor of it before I went down on the beach. 


Sunday, September 25, 2022

Exquisite Garden

 Today was "Arts on Terry" a fun, annual event presented by the Patchogue Arts Council. It is a contemporary art fair highlighting 300+ artists from a variety of Long Island Arts organizations. It included a full day of art exhibits, demonstrations, PAC Paint Showdown, live painters, family-friendly activities, live music, poetry, and performances. Two of my art groups exhibitied at the event and I had work showing in both groups.

As we have previously, the Patchogue Sketch Club did a collaborative project. Each participating member was given a panel on which to paint a garden. The panels each had half circles on both sides to be halves of flowers on their panels to match the half circles on the panel in each direction. The 10 panels were then hung together. Here is the completed project.

Artists left to right: Liz Dow, Mariann Anderson, Christine Hanson, Pat Sweeney, Laurie Samara-Schlageter, Rosanne O'Reilly, Linda Prentiss, Joan Tavolott, Jennifer Mesticky

I took photos of it in sections too.

This is the section I painted. Most people used acrylics but my panel was coated with watercolor ground and I painted it with watercolors. The panel to the right of mine was also painted with watercolors.

The project was a lot of fun to work on, and a wonderful surprise when the panels were finally hung together!

Here are photos of a few of the paintings that were done for the live paint showdown.