I don't get to paint live animals very often but my art group met outside and my friend, Jenn brought along her pooch, Larry. He sat fairly still except when he would spy a squirrel...luckily I drew him fairly quickly.
Thursday, July 29, 2021
Wednesday, July 28, 2021
After looking at the gray skies for the first painting that I posted yesterday I was craving some color. Off in the distance I could see a spot filled with colorful kayaks. It was still drizzling so I stayed under the shelter where I was standing and painted from there. I had a small square piece of watercolor paper that fits into a 6 in x 6 in frame. I painted slightly larger than that and when I framed it I cropped it to fit the frame. I worked with more pigment this time so I didn't have as much of a problem with the paper not being dry. I'm happy with the way this came out.
Tuesday, July 27, 2021
On Sunday the South Bay Art Association held its first Bellport Plein Air by the Bay, a paintout open to all artists. Unfortunately the day was dreary and damp, with light mist and showers. There was no rain date.
I found a fairly covered sheltered area that had a view of some of the boats docked in the marina. I sketched out the scene and then went to do a wash of grey color for the sky...the paper absorbed every bit of the water and would not dry! If I tried adding any additional color to the paper it bled and faded. The humidity really made it super difficult to get anything to look like anything other than a faded grey. I waited and waited but the drying time was really slow. I decided to try and do the pencil lines over in ink and that worked a little better, allowing me to isolate some of the colors on the boats. I worked on this for about 2 hours before deciding that I would have to do stronger colors at home once the paper dried. So this is not officially a complete plein air painting. I punched up the color and added the reflections in the water. Since the weather was so difficult for painting all the artists were told that they could work on their paintings more at home from their photos so I am not the only one who has added to the work they did on location.
The completed artwork is going to be on display and up for sale next Saturday at Bellport Day, a big celebration in town. There will be prizes for 1st place, 2nd, 3rd and best in show.
I haven't decided on a title yet...maybe "Bellport Grey." This painting is 8 x 10.
Monday, July 26, 2021
Sunday, July 25, 2021
I had time to join the NYC Urban Sketchers Zoom group yesterday morning. They were virtually sketching hot air balloon festivals and events. I am not brave enough to take a ride up in a hot air balloon. I don't like heights but do OK if I have a wall or a railing nearby...I'm not sure a basket would give me enough security. While looking through the images I found these cute hot air balloons that were part of the Great Reno Balloon Race.
Saturday, July 24, 2021
Friday, July 23, 2021
Thursday, July 22, 2021
Wednesday, July 21, 2021
The other day I was in Bayport for my physical therapy. When I was done I decided to take a ride down to the Bayport dock. I parked facing east and soon it started to drizzle. Luckily my plan was to sketch from my mobile studio anyway. The drizzle didn't last for long, but the sky had some wonderful dark grey clouds in it.
Tuesday, July 20, 2021
As I roamed around Sayville the other day I came across this brick wall with flowers in front. I usually see the brick wall from the other direction but the flowers with the dark greens behind them looked so nice. This was done directly in watercolors.
Monday, July 19, 2021
On Saturday the NYC Urban Sketchers had a virtual event visiting the red rock country of Sedona, Arizona. We had visited there quite a while ago an in person and the area is so beautiful. For this painting I used several different colors of ink, my watercolors, and then added some oil pastel for texture.
Sunday, July 18, 2021
I was in Bellport on Saturday to stop into the Frame Shop to talk to my friend, LuAnn who owns it, but I was early. Bellport is one of those towns where I can almost always find something to sketch. These flowers in front of this red building attracted my attention.
Saturday, July 17, 2021
I have passed by this church in Oakdale many, many times and have always thought it would make an interesting sketch. St John's Episcopal Church was built in the 1700s and is an odd shaped building that looks very narrow on one end. I'll have to make a point of going inside sometime to see what is is like. There is an old graveyard with really old tombstones. According to the sign it is open to all, but I just sketched from my car.
Friday, July 16, 2021
I was looking for a location to sketch from my mobile studio yesterday and ended up at Avery Nursery in Patchogue. Unfortunately they were closed. But I was able to sit in the shade of a big tree right outside the fence and sketch anyway.
Thursday, July 15, 2021
Wednesday, July 14, 2021
Tuesday, July 13, 2021
On Saturday the NYC Urban Sketchers held their first official meeting since Covid 19 hit. The group met in Central Park. Of course I am still in no condition to travel to the city, and I don't know how long before that will be possible. Several of the members are continuing to hold the virtual events on the weekend too, so for those of us who are not joining the city group yet will still have an opportunity to sketch. This weekend Cecilia did a website for Mesa Verde. I've never visited there in person, but it was fun to see all the cliff dwellings that have been left behind. Here is my sketch. This was done in my Strathmore Toned Tan Sketchbook using an assortment of ink pens, watercolors and white gouache.
Monday, July 12, 2021
Sunday, July 11, 2021
This small painting for the 30 x 30 Direct Watercolor Challenge also fit for an item in the Wet Canvas Scavenger Hunt. We were supposed to find something that represented childhood. Being a kid at heart I often pick up the crayons that restaurants give out for kids to color while waiting for their food. I will have fun sketching on the table if it is one of those that is covered with paper. I kept this little set...just in case.
Saturday, July 10, 2021
Friday, July 9, 2021
This Tuesday Lefty Lucy posed in costume dressed similarly to Carmen Sandiego. Apparently in the early days she wore a yellow trenchcoat instead of a red one.
here are some of the five and ten minute sketches.
Thursday, July 8, 2021
Here is another direct watercolor. for the 30 x 30 Challenge. I'm not too happy with this. I lost the light around the edges of the front bush.
Wednesday, July 7, 2021
This painting of hollyhocks by the window was done for the 30 x 30 Watercolor Challenge from a combination of images from my photos.
Tuesday, July 6, 2021
Friends sent me some really pretty roses and lilies as a get well gift. Usually I am not good at painting arrangements when they arrive and then they are on their last legs by the time I get to them. This time I got the painting done early...done in direct watercolor for the challenge.
Monday, July 5, 2021
Sunday, July 4, 2021
Today's painting for the 30 x 30 Direct Watercolor Challenge is a patriotic one for the 4th of July.
Wishing those of you who are celebrating today a
HAPPY 4th of JULY!!