I like going to Olish's Farm in Eastport. They always have such wonderful baskets of flowers outside.
Wednesday, May 31, 2023
Tuesday, May 30, 2023
Port Jeff is a fun place to sketch houses if you can find parking. I lucked out near this blue house and sat across from it. Whenever I sit on a hill to paint or sketch I pray that I don't drop anything and have to go chasing it down the hill. lol
Monday, May 29, 2023
Sunday, May 28, 2023
The Patchogue Sketch Club went to Swan River Preserve in Patchogue last week. It was our first scheduled outdoor location for the season. After several days of warm weather, Wednesday turned quite cold. I went prepared with a jacket and a heavy sweatshirt to wear over it. By around 7:30 I was wearing both as well as a winter scarf. If one was in my backpack I would have put on a hat too.
Anyway I sketched down by the tunnel that goes under the Long Island Railroad. That is one of the few places where you can see the water. Most of the foliage is so tall that it blocks the water views. I tend to go back to this spot almost every time we go there to sketch.
Saturday, May 27, 2023
Meadow Croft Estate in Sayville is a nicely preserved historic estate in Sayville that was owned by John Ellis Roosevelt and his family. They were related to Teddy Roosevelt. They have a small garden with a birdbath that I like to visit and sketch.
Friday, May 26, 2023
Thursday, May 25, 2023
Wednesday, May 24, 2023
Continuing my day of sketching with the NYC Urban Sketchers I moved to the English-style garden where the Burnett Fountain is located in a lily pond. It is a memorial to the children's book author Frances Hodgson Burnett, known for her novel The Secret Garden. The two figures, one a boy playing the flute and the other of a young girl holding a birdbath resemble the main characters in that book. It is a very popular spot. Everyone comes there for photos and a couple got engaged right in front of us while we were sketching.
Tuesday, May 23, 2023
The NYC Urban Sketchers recently met at the Conservancy Garden in Central Park. They are so tall and pretty they look like they are dancing.
Monday, May 22, 2023
Sunday, May 21, 2023
The Patchogue Sketch Club's theme recently was Outdated Music Formats. We still have a Panasonic cassette player and lots of cassettes with Jerry's music on them. That's how he saves what he's composed. For this theme I borrowed his player and when we all got together I borrowed a cassette of The Band from Laurie and a few 45s from Pat. I always loved that doohickey (a spindle adaptor...I looked it up.) that goes in the middle. I have some of those in a case, but finding mine was too much work.
Saturday, May 20, 2023
Friday, May 19, 2023
I like checking out train stations to find something different. So many of the stations here don't have much character. The Long Island Railroad Station in Riverhead has some. I was glad to go back and sketch it.
Thursday, May 18, 2023
Wednesday, May 17, 2023
One of the nice things about taking the Long Island Railroad into the city is there is usually someone I can sketch on the ride in or the ride home. This guy and his girlfriend looked very comfortable, although they shouldn't have their feet up on the seats.
Tuesday, May 16, 2023
Last week the NYC Urban Sketchers combined sketching with observing installed art. New York based artist Carole Feuerman has 9 sculptures displayed along Park Avenue between East 39th and 34th Streets. They are located on the median in the center of the Avenue. The sculptures are hyper realistic and she describes them as "Sea Idylls." Each of them is life-sized or larger, some full bodies and some just part of a person. The statue at East 37 Street is called "Justice" and shows a woman in a bathing suit sitting on top of a chrome sphere that reflects the viewer as well as the street and world around it. I found them wonderful and I regret that I didn't have time to sketch all nine of them.
Below is "Brooke with Beach Ball."
Monday, May 15, 2023
I haven't been back to Crab Meadow Beach in Fort Salonga for quite a while. It is a pretty spot on Long Island Sound. I figured I should go before the season starts because then I won't be able to park because I'm not a Smithtown resident.
Sunday, May 14, 2023
Saturday, May 13, 2023
Friday, May 12, 2023
I did a second sketch across a double page spread in the square Arteza sketchbook I have been using for a project. I am happy with the way both of these came out. Maybe I'll try this method again in the future. Our pink trees are disappearing and all the spring green leaves are opening in their place. I'm sorry to see them go.
Thanks, Tina, for your inspiration.
Thursday, May 11, 2023
Sometimes the clouds are what attracts me to paint something. I saw the sky and knew I had to find an open area to see far in the distance. Although Hecksher State Park is on the Great South Bay in Islip, you could see all the way down to the Captree Bridge in the distance.
Wednesday, May 10, 2023
Tuesday, May 9, 2023
Monday, May 8, 2023
The Patchogue Sketch Club had stamps as our theme recently. I know I had saved some stamps from foreign cards and letters but couldn't find them. What I did find were some stamps in small postage amount from long before we started using the "forever" stamps. When they raised the postage I would buy some 1, 2, and 3 cent stamps to add to the last stamp that was used. I like this one of the Connestoga Wagon.
Sunday, May 7, 2023
Saturday, May 6, 2023
The South Bay Art Association had their general meeting last week and we all worked on zentangles. We did them a few years ago and I enjoyed doing them, but probably haven't done more than one since then. Here was what I worked on this time.
Thursday, May 4, 2023
Sketching at the West Avenue Dock in West Sayville is always fun. There is always something interesting there to sketch. It might be a ship that is being restored or a pile of concrete slabs like here. Don't you love all those tires? lol
Wednesday, May 3, 2023
The town of Mattituck on the north fork is a cute town, but I never find a parking spot on Love Lane where most of the shops are. The other day I lucked out because it was midweek and there were several spots available. I pulled into one that gave me a great view of these two planters in front of the entrance to Lombardi's Love Lane Market. When I finished painting I headed in to see what they had. It was an interesting assortment of foods...a little different from a supermarket.
Tuesday, May 2, 2023
Like my friend, Tina Koyama, at this time of year I stop in my tracks for trees covered in pink blossoms. (I think she sketches many more of them than I do.) I was driving by the Oakdale Train Station and spotted this tree. I had to stop...#1 It was beautiful and #2 there was a parking space waiting for me. I found it hard to differentiate the color of the blossoms from the brickwork and am not sure if I succeeded.
Monday, May 1, 2023
On Earth Day the NYC Urban Sketchers celebrated and sketched at the Queens Botanical Garden in Flushing. There were quite a few events going on in the garden related to Earth Day. Groups danced, taught about recycling, taught about composting, and gave away trees.
I started out doing a large sketch of the trees and flowers that were in bloom. A few kids cooperated and hung out on the grass in front of me.