Saturday, October 12, 2013

Astoria Park Views

The NYC Urban Sketchers met at Astoria Park today. We had a good turnout with 9 of us sketching for most of the day. The park is in Astoria which is in the borough of Queens. 
Our first sketching location was right at the entrance to the park, just along the RFK Bridge, formerly called the Triborough Bridge. 

Here are Susan, Ben, and Mark hard at work.

I sketched the bridge from below.
This is about 4 x 7.

I also sketched Mark working at his easel.

Next we moved closer into the park. Susan and Gene were busy talking 
with a wonderful view behind them..

I painted a view of the RFK Bridge.

We also had a good view of Hells Gate Bridge...and yes, it actually was
pink and fuchsia.

Here is a photo of the view with my sketch in front of it.

We took a break for lunch at a wonderful Greek restaurant in the neighborhood called 
Agnani located at 19-06 Ditmars Blvd. We talked, shared our sketches, and swapped some sketching information about materials. Then a few of us went back to the park to sketch.
I did this small one which is about 4 x 6.


  1. These are all wonderful Joan. Love the fuchsia bridge. Love them all actually. :)

  2. Wow, great sketches! What a fun sketching location! And like like you had perfect Fall weather!

  3. Gosh you are prolific! Wonderful en plein air paintings.Keep going as long as the weather allows.

  4. Joan, your sketches are so wonderful. I love all of you sketches! That Hell's Gate Bridge is so fabulously interesting and rather European in flavor. The last sketch of the park is so full of life!!

  5. Thank, Chris. Trying to do the bridges was hard. I kept getting lost in all the pieces. lol

    Tina - We really lucked out with the weather. It was a bit on the cool side early in the day but warmed up nicely. Thank you.

    Polly - When I'm there I try to make the most of it. lol Thanks!

    Sherry - Thanks. I liked the light coming through all the trees in the last one. The boughs made sort of a canopy.

  6. I love all of these sketches, Joan!! Painting bridges are tough...this is excellent...

  7. Wow, you made it to Astoria! Good for you. I was too lazy to take the subway there, but I really like all of your sketches, particularly the bridge.