It seems like there is a lot of construction going on around here. This was spotted in Bayport but I'm not sure what they were doing since there were no signs around.
Tuesday, January 31, 2023
Monday, January 30, 2023
This was sketched in Sayville heading south on River Road by the Fire Island Ferries. I like sketching there at this time of year because you can actually park there. In season you can only park in the paid parking lots.
Sunday, January 29, 2023
I don't know how this painting escaped being posted since it was done probably two weeks ago. There is a big boatyard in Port Jeff. Most of the boats are covered but there are always a few that aren't like this one.
Saturday, January 28, 2023
My closet and brain are filled with different projects I keep saying I'm going to try. I've watched a lot of videos on gelli botanical prints and thought I'd give it a try. I collected some dried flowers and leaves to use. I got mixed results with this technique and it seems that dried flowers and leaves tend not to be the best items to use. They tend to leave behind seeds and residue that stays behind in the paint and affects the print. I'll have to try again with fresher items. Here are the prints I did.
|This one was my favorite because the dark undercolor showed the most.|
|This one didn't have enough of a design from the items.|
|This was done with dried flowers but I couldn't press them down enough to get paint between the individual flowers. The flowers were too tick.|
|This one was done with more pliable leaves but it didn't leave enough of an imprint |
inside the larger shapes.
|Parts of this came out better than the others, but the technique still needs work.|
I will have to give this another shot. I kept the paints and gelli plate out so I can try again.
Friday, January 27, 2023
I'm always looking for something different to sketch. I was over by the Smithtown Historical Society and figured I would sketch one of the buildings when I noticed that there were sheep in the field AND they were staying fairly still. I pulled my car up over by the fence and started with one...and then another and I continued on. At times one would get up and walk away, but most of them were staying close by and seated. It was a good way to sketch some of them.
Thursday, January 26, 2023
When I got off the LIRR on Saturday I headed uptown on the Q train. My destination was Sotheby's New York to meet the NYC Urban Sketchers. Sotheby's is basically an auction house, although it looks a lot like a museum, but here you can touch the artwork and merchandise that is being sold. People come with flashlights to examine the objects carefully before the auctions start. The staff there is always very accommodating and let us use any of our materials and our stools. The building has 10 floors but I think I've only explored 3 or 4 of them and the auction objects are always changing.
I headed up to the 3rd floor where I found one of two "Allegorical Heads of a Woman" done in stone, probably Flemish and from the 18th Century. my first sketch of one of the "Two Allegorical Heads of a Woman" done in stone. Probably Flemish from the 18th Century
Wednesday, January 25, 2023
On Saturday I decided I wanted to go into the city and join the NYC Urban Sketchers for the day. My friend whose husband usually drives us into the city couldn't go. It was a big decision to go it alone on the Long Island Railroad (LIRR) and subway (the Q train). The train only leaves Ronkonkoma (my station) once an hour on the weekend. That meant I either had to take the 7:31 am train and get there at 9:10 before the location opened, or take the 8:31 am train and be a little late. I opted to be a little late.
When I got on the train there was a family already seated in the middle section where the seats face each other...yay...that is the perfect spot to sketch people if I sit on the opposite side in the next row on the aisle. There weren't too many people on the train and a few of them were masked. The group I was facing included 2 grandparents and 3 kids. They were all busy eating breakfast when I got on so I sat down and had my bagel and coffee as we started to pull out of the station. They rode as far as Jamaica and then got off to switch trains to Brooklyn. It was just enough time (about an hour) to finish my sketch. I didn't sketch grandma because the seat blocked her.
Tuesday, January 24, 2023
Last Friday our weather wasn't so great. We had a rainy, chilly day but I really wanted to go out and sketch. It was raining too hard to sit somewhere and paint from the car. I tried to come up with an indoor location where I would have a view that I hadn't been to recently. Thank goodness for coffee shops. Unfortunately we don't have too many nearby. I decided to go to The Bean in Patchogue. I hadn't been there in a while. The only problem is you have to park in a parking lot behind the building and walk around, so I was a bit wet when I got there. But the staff was very welcoming, there was a dry empty table with a view, and good coffee too (much better than Starbucks). I was happy!
Monday, January 23, 2023
Sometimes the sky is just so pretty that I have to stop and paint it. The best place to do that is usually by the beach or the bay where there is nothing to block the views. This was done down by Sayville Beach.
Sunday, January 22, 2023
Saturday, January 21, 2023
The Patchogue Sketch Club met this week and our theme was fabric. Mark set up two stations of draped fabric for us to draw. I find it super hard to do fabric in watercolor so I resorted to using graphite and shading with a stump. I was pleasantly surprised at how these came out.
Friday, January 20, 2023
Before Christmas I passed this location and thought it would be a fun place to sketch. I made sure I went back on the weekend so there wouldn't be trucks pulling in and out blocking my view. Posillico Materials in Farmingdale makes paving products. I liked the challenge of the tanks and the strange items around it. It would probably be fun to get inside and really explore but I don't think they would be happy with me roaming around. lol
Thursday, January 19, 2023
It is a challenge to find a sketching location when the weather doesn't cooperate. I went over to Whole Foods in Lake Grove because I knew they had a seating area. I purchased a cup of coffee and sat at a table by the window. That made it possible to see customers at the tables by the half wall and see over the wall to the customers and clerks at a few of the checkout stations. Although I was really very close to these models none of them noticed that I was sketching them. People seem to be in their own little worlds.
Wednesday, January 18, 2023
On Saturday I joined the South Bay Art Association Sketch Group at the Brookhaven Free Library. Once a month they have been sketching a still life setup. We were supposed to sketch a vintage Singer sewing machine and items to go with it. There was a problem however. The cover of the sewing machine was locked and there was no key available. The member who owns it had it in her storage locker which had been broken into. Whoever broke in took the key and left the sewing machine. Linda didn't realize that once the cover was on it was locked. We played around with it a bit trying to unlock it but we had no success. Luckily Linda had brought along some jars filled with bobbins and buttons. We arranged them into an interesting still life and sketched that.
Tuesday, January 17, 2023
When I am driving along a street near the water I always check out the side streets to see if there is something interesting down there since so many places here have docks and buildings that go with them. Somehow I've missed this spot, even though I've been to several of the Patchogue marinas nearby. This was past a business that didn't seem to have anything to do with marinas or docks. I went a bit farther and parked my mobile studio with a view of these ramshackle sheds. I definitely did not plan to enter...I was fine where I was.
Monday, January 16, 2023
Sunday, January 15, 2023
This spot at the town dock in Sayville is usually an interesting spot to sketch. There are always big boats that are being repaired or painted. These two guys were sanding the hull of the ship and were pretty much covered in white dust. I hope their masks were actually respirators.
Saturday, January 14, 2023
I love when I find something new to sketch like this rather worn building. The plus was having the traffic signs right in front of me too. The Country Corner Tavern looks like a fun place. Maybe I should have gone in for something to eat and some guitar lessons. This was sketched from my mobile studio in East Setauket while it drizzled.
Thursday, January 12, 2023
Why sketch one house if I can do two and 2 halves? This was sketched in Oyster Bay. I liked the row of houses and couldn't decide which one to sketch. I started sketching the yellow one and I slowly added a second and they looked like they needed a bit more company on the sides.
Wednesday, January 11, 2023
When I was in Oyster Bay painting the row of houses I had time to ride over to the harbor where I found this scene to paint.
Tuesday, January 10, 2023
One of the beach areas here on Long Island that was always popular with surfers is Gilgo Beach. Unfortunately it was one of those places where you had to be a resident of a particular town to gain access and park without paying a high price. Since I didn't surf and there were so many wonderful beaches I could go to I was went to Gilgo during the season. I have visited off season when you can park without a problem. There is a small area with a road and maybe about a dozen houses. I drove over there the other day with my Strathmore Toned Tan Sketchbook, my pens (including my white Signo gel pen), my watercolor pans and watercolor pencils. I sketched this house on Cottage Lane.
I wasn't really happy with the way the white looks. It seems too bright for the other colors. I tried going over the white with a dry watercolor pencil, but it didn't do much to tone it down. As much as I love having a white pen that works I do wish they made it in more of a cream color too. I've checked at Blick when I've shopped there but didn't see any other light colors. I'll have to check online.
Monday, January 9, 2023
Sunday, January 8, 2023
One of the items in the Scavenger Hunt for Creativespark.art is a boat. Since I am surrounded by them I have no excuse for not getting one done unless I am stuck in the house for 10 days. lol This boat was docked behind the Lands End Catering. I wonder how you get on and off the boat if there is no loading and unloading. lol
Saturday, January 7, 2023
Going back to the 70s I rented a summer house with friends in the town of East Quogue which is part of the Hamptons. I have very fond memories of that time and every once in a while I take a ride out there and see what is still around that I remember and what is new. There are a number of new shops (even bagels...yay!) and this is one of them. I like that they have retained the original buildings and have not gutted them and turned them into a strip mall.
Friday, January 6, 2023
I like wandering in the towns out here that are along the water. Port Jeff (Port Jefferson) has a lot of old, quaint houses in the town and overlooking the water like this one. I sat in the empty parking lot of one of the town marinas to get this view looking up into the hills.
Thursday, January 5, 2023
Wednesday, January 4, 2023
Yesterday was a damp day with showers most of the day. I had a few errands to run and then looked for something outdoors to sketch. I've been to Bello Poultry Market in Holbrook to sketch before...but only from the outside. On the side of the parking lot there were two statues, one of a rooster and one of a cow. Now how could I pass that up? I angled my car a bit and needed to use the wipers so I could see, but I did sketch both of them. Some day I will go inside the market and check that out too.
Tuesday, January 3, 2023
Yesterday I took a ride to visit my sister, Mickey in NJ. It was a fairly nice day so we headed over to the James A. McFaul Wildlife Center in Wycoff, NJ to sketch and to take a walk. It was nice to be able to enjoy an outdoor art day together.
Monday, January 2, 2023
With the holiday excitement there are a few sketches that never got posted.
Avocados in a Mexican-American Grill in Bayport. It was a cold day for sketching so my mobile studio came in very handy. Haven't tried the restaurant yet.
Sunday, January 1, 2023
Yesterday was New Year's Eve and although it was a dreary, wet day I had to go out to pick up a painting from an exhibit in Patchogue. While I was out I decided to do a sketch. I found this view of the back of some buildings and sat in my "mobile studio" to sketch. At times I did have to put the wipers on to see the view. So here is my last painting of 2022.