This was done at my portrait group this past Tuesday. Dawn was a really nice model and I hear she will be coming back soon. I'm happy with the lower half of her face, but I think I have her eyes to high up.
I did this painting the day after the last one I posted. I had stayed over at my sister's house planning to go visiting with her, but she wasn't feeling well. So instead I drove back upstate and looked for a new view that we hadn't painted before. I did a larger painting of this barn last year. I drove around until I could see it from a different angle.
These were a gift from my husband for Valentine's Day. I requested that he not get me roses due to the price of them and I prefer having different flowers to paint. He came home so pleased that he had found something really colorful, and they are beautiful. This is 8 x 10.
The SBAA portrait group met yesterday, and this gentleman posed for us. He has posed before, but my portrait of him made him look a lot younger. My second attempt, seen here, comes closer, but I think he still looks younger than he is. I'll just have to keep painting his portrait until I get it right.
This is the painting I did for my Valentine's Day cards that I sent out. I send out so many that I can't understand how the Post Office isn't in the black yet. lol I bought a tiny box of chocolates to use as a model. There were 4 chocolates in the box, but all the painting rules say use an uneven number of items, so I forced myself to eat one of them. This is titled "Sweet Treats." Enjoy them...I promise you won't have to worry about the calories.
I always said I'd like to try sketching dancers from life, but it is even harder than I thought. Yesterday my local library had a presentation by a group who did Flamenco music. I tried sketching and painting the female dancer, but she never held a pose for very long. I did give it a shot.
I was hoping to have some snow to paint yesterday, but we only had a little and by the time I got out to paint something it was gone! I ended up at Lily Lake in Yaphank. I've always wanted to pain this view across the water. This is about 4 x 6 in my Stilllman & Birn journal.
I almost forgot to post this week's portrait from my SBAA group. This is Dot, the mother-in-law of one of the artists I paint with. I think I made her look a bit younger than she really is, but I don't think she minded at all. This is about 5 x 7.
Yesterday I had to drive up to Middletown, NY to drop off paintings. I always like going up there because of the scenery I pass along the way. There are some great farms just off the road. I have painted views of this dairy farm before, but I focused on the dairy cows this time. This was done in my Stillman & Birn journal.
After painting at the camellia house I went over to the regular greenhouse at the Planting Fields Arboretum. There were lots of orchids and tropical plants. I did this of some of the plants, many of which were near the roof. This is 4 x 6.
My travels yesterday took me to the Planting Fields Arboretum in Oyster Bay. I wanted to go visit the camellia house which is in bloom at this time of year. I took a few photos and then painted this view of one of the exits from the building. That way I got a bit of architecture and the flowers too. This was done in my Stillman & Birn 7 x 7 journal.
Yesterday I headed back to Port Jefferson hoping that it would be easier to park somewhere with a view...not so easy. lol I did finally get a parking spot looking down towards East Broadway. The harbor is just beyond these buildings. I was able to get a few figures who were walking by in the nice weather. This was done in my Stillman & Birn journal and is about 4 x 7.
I went to the SBAA portrait group on Tuesday and painted Carl. He had a great face, but I was worried about doing a stubbly beard and not making it look like dirt on his face. I'm happy with the way this came out. This is about 5 x 7.
My sketch group scheduled a sketching session at Roast Coffee & Tea Trading Company on Main Street in Patchogue last night. We've sketched there before. This time I did a sketch looking out the windows toward the street. This is about 4 x 7 done in my Stillman & Birn journal.
We had unseasonably warm temperatures yesterday so in the afternoon I headed over to the Suffolk County Farm to sketch a few of the animals en plein air. Unfortunately each time I started to sketch someone came along to move the animals somewhere else. I did get a few sketches done.
I painted this the other day in Port Jefferson. I love that on the north shore of Long Island when you are near the water there are often hills. I like looking up at this corner and seeing the other houses. This painting is 5 x 7. For some reason I can't get a good picture of this. It keeps showing much more yellow than it it.