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.
Friday, September 30, 2022
Thursday, September 29, 2022
Wednesday, September 28, 2022
Tuesday, September 27, 2022
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
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
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|
Saturday, September 24, 2022
Friday, September 23, 2022
Thursday, September 22, 2022
On Saturday my friend, Suzala's husband was going to a robotics competition in Norwalk, CT. She wanted to go along and sketch in the town. We invited another friend who lives close to CT to join us for the day. Suzala drove us around so we could see some of the sights that she though would be good sketch locations. We all loved this spot which is the Norwalk River Railroad Bridge. None of us was fast enough to capture a train crossing the bridge, but we had a lot of fun sketching it. I knew it was a bit much to tackle doing it directly in watercolor (which Suzala did) so I sketched it directly in ink and added watercolor. We were glad we picked this location because we found out later that this bridge is scheduled to be replaced in the near future. I'm sure the new one won't be as interesting.
In the afternoon I headed up the street to sketch the Sono (South Norwalk) Switch Tower Museum. That staircase was quite a subject. lol The person inside had noticed that I was sketching it and came out to see the sketch when I finished. He liked it enough that he asked if he could take a photo of it. Of course I said yes.
Wednesday, September 21, 2022
Tuesday, September 20, 2022
Last Wednesday, the Patchogue Sketch Club got permission to sketch at a lovely private garden in Patchogue. The location was in a spot pretty much hidden from most people. It was off of a busy service road of one of our highways. At the end of a long driveway was a house with property that went back to the water on Palace Brook Lake (which most of us didn't even know was there). The property is beautifully landscaped around a small section of the lake with walled areas of flowers, a dock, a rowboat, etc. There was a subject to make everyone happy! It was a definite respite from the madness of Sunrise Highway which was so close that the traffic could be heard. Apparently there was a big wooded area at one time between the road and the house, but as the highway was built much of it was used for the service road so the wooded buffer was cut down. Sadly, the owners are selling the property so we won't get a chance to sketch there again.
I sketched one of the walled areas and the flowers.
Monday, September 19, 2022
Sunday, September 18, 2022
We have been lucky here in NY because the weather has stayed quite mild. I even go to go to the beach this past week. It is always a great place for inspiration, so I'm glad I had some painting supplies with me at Robert Moses Beach.
I just tried to focus on the wave itself for this little painting.
Saturday, September 17, 2022
Friday, September 16, 2022
As I mentioned yesterday I took a gouache workshop this past weekend that was offered by the NYC Urban Sketchers. It was given by Maru Godes from Madrid and held near the model boat pond in Central Park. Originally a workshop was offered in the morning only but there were enough people interested so that she agreed to host an afternoon workshop too. That's the workshop I took.
Maru paints in very bright, sometimes unusual colors. She began the workshop having us use the gouache with assorted amounts of water to see how it covers the paper each way. Then we used assorted materials like colored pencils, graphite, and neocolors to texturize the dry gouache. Our next assignment was to use non-local colors and a dry material in a similar color combined together. Here I used gouache and colored pencil.
Thursday, September 15, 2022
On Saturday I signed up to take a gouache workshop in Central Park. Suzala and I got there early so we could sketch before the workshop started. This was done directly with watercolor and is about 5 x 7.
Wednesday, September 14, 2022
I went to Robert Moses Beach recently and was talking to a friend on the phone when I arrived. I ended up keeping her on speaker phone and sketching a scene before I went down on the sand. This year several of the state beaches have opened a bar area near their concession stands. This one has palm trees and a yellow canopy over the bar area. A lady came and sat on one of the stone benches and I included her in the sketch.
Tuesday, September 13, 2022
Monday, September 12, 2022
While I was at Pat's garden (see previous post) I collected some of her flowers and dried Queen Anne's Lace. They were simple blooms but I thought they made a pretty arrangement. The black-eyed Susans were a little dry but they added a nice pop of yellow. This was done on a grey page in my Stillman & Birn Nova Trio that I received from some special friends (you know who you are). It was done in mostly watercolor but the white is gouache.
Sunday, September 11, 2022
One of the members of the Patchogue Sketch Club invites the group to her garden to sketch every year. This was our last visit for this year since it it getting dark earlier now. We tried to meet extra early but some of the sketchers work and can't get there as early as some of us. This is the door to one of her Pat's storage buildings. She has a gorgeous garden. I'll show some photos below this painting.