For some reason I'm a bit behind posting this sketch.
The Patchogue Sketch Club had office supplies as our theme last week.
Sometimes for the scavenger hunts on creativespark.art I do direct watercolors like this one of the seashell...
I was in Northport the other day. I usually paint down near the harbor but instead I rode along Bayview Street. There are some wonderful old houses. This one had blooming trees and a wonderful fence. How could I resist. I made a u-turn and sat right behind the trunk of my car so I could get a good view and not block the sidewalk.
At the end of last week I noticed that they were setting up for a carnival down at The Grange, a park that is about 5 minutes from me. The rides and booths seem to always look the same so I was looking for a different view. I parked my car and the carousel was right in front of me. None of the booths were open and there were only a few workers there, so I sat and sketched. I was far enough away that I didn't have to worry about the horses being anatomically correct. lol That's always a good thing. I thought I would get back there while it was open over the weekend, but that didn't happen.
Last week I took a drive to Waterdrinker Family Farm in Manorville. I've painted there a few times with my plein air group. Every year they have a big tulip festival and as I drove along the fence on the side of the big field I could see some people out by some of the tulips. I didn't want to go out into the field and felt that it would be a while before the bulk of the tulips were blooming. Instead I drove over to the sales barn and right in front was this wonderful red tractor. I liked the scene with all the plants on display.
I've sketched the view in Sayville of the ferry terminals many times. It is always fun to capture this scene. I finished just in time. While I was packing up my supplies they started boarding the ferry.
Last Sunday my friend, Suzala and I took the LIRR into NYC to see the American Watercolor Society Show at the Salmagundi Club on 5th Ave. It was definitely worth the trip! There are always several people I know personally who have work in the show and I find works that are outstanding. It is good inspiration.
Of course we brought along our art supplies so we could stop and sketch before going home. It was a really nice day, and Union Square Park was filled with people enjoying the sunshine and the wonderful trees and flowers that were in bloom. While we were painting we were entertained by a great musical performance by someone playing the xylophone. We found a good spot to sit with a table and chairs and captured the views.
Last Friday my friend Suzala and I met at the Huntington Train Station to sketch. She had come across this interesting trestle while riding with her husband. No matter what view I picked it meant sketching a few cars because we were in the parking lot of the station. We were parked in a "residents only" parking lot so we stayed close to our cars so we wouldn't get ticketed. Of course the parking meter person came along but after seeing what we were doing and talking to Suzala he didn't give us a hard time about the parking. He didn't stop and pose for us either. lol
Jerry bought me a tulip plant for Easter. Things got busy but I managed to sketch them before they started to droop.
While riding along Main Street in Islip recently this food truck caught my eye and I turned around to see if I could get a good sketching view of it. How could I not be excited by that color and fun sign? I sketched and then moved on...no tasting of the dogs was done.
I have completed quite a few of the lessons from Sketchbook Revival...more than I have done in the past. Some of them didn't seem like something I would want to try but I watched the videos and made an attempt. Here are the recent ones.
Angela Fehr's lesson was on doing spontaneous watercolors. It was fun watching the paints mingle, but it wasn't something that excited me.
On Saturday Bellport had their annual Crazy Easter Hat Parade. Although it isn't anywhere near as crazy as the one in the city it is fun to see. Eggs, bunnies, flowers, feathers, ears...anything was attached. The Easter Bunny was giving out candy to the kids. Sketching wasn't easy because #1...I was standing and #2...people would step right in front of the person I was sketching and have a conversation with someone. I was patient and was able to get a few sketches done before the Easter Bunny climbed onto the fire engine and the parade started down Main Street. The hats were judged and prizes given out...even 2 doggies got prizes.
Happy Easter everyone!!
While I was at the Bayard Cutting Arboretum I decided to do a quick sketch of a star magnolia blossom, but this time in watercolor and ink. I figured I should do another one....who knows if they will still be in bloom when I get back there.
I took a ride to the Bayard Cutting Arboretum the other day thinking the tulips would be in bloom, but I saw white blossoms across the path and headed that way instead. The Star Magnolia tree was starting to bloom. I had my Strathmore Toned Tan sketchbook with me and I always have a tube of white gouache so I was all set. The shading on the blossoms was done with watercolors as was the branches. All of this was done with direct watercolor. I added a bit of blue background to help make the flowers stand out.
I was out on the north fork of Long Island on Sunday and took a ride down to Jamesport beach. I liked the view across the water. It called out for a double page spread. This was done in my sketchbook for the library project.
I am still working slowly on some of the lessons from this year's Sketchbook Revival.
Here are a few more pages.
Joanna Sharpe's lesson was called "A Little Every Day, Watercolor Play." She had us use watercolor washes leaving an area to do some lettering. Her lettering is whimsical and uses exaggerated features and embellishments to the painted page. I did one section similar to her piece and using the same phrase she did.
I still have a number of lessons to go.
Here are a few sketches that I did recently. I took the Long Island Railroad from Hicksville recently. I got there a little early but was able to pull out my small sketchbook and capture a few of the people in the waiting room before my train arrived.