When I went to Bellport Day on Saturday I checked in with at the South Bay table and the submitted artwork. Then I went off to find something to sketch. Outside Bellport Central there was a great display of sunflowers for sale...some in containers and some in a bicycle basket. I started directly with watercolor and only had a bit of the flowers on left done when someone took them inside. I figured the ones in the bicycle basket would be next so I painted quickly. Sure enough that display disappeared too. That is one of the perils of plein air...the subjects often disappear.
Monday, July 31, 2023
Sunday, July 30, 2023
Saturday, July 29, 2023
I like doing these views of the local towns when I get a few of the stores next to each other. I actually sat in my car to get this view. Since it is so hot I parked and opened all the windows to catch what breeze there was. That way I don't have to worry about sitting in the direct sun.
Friday, July 28, 2023
Thursday, July 27, 2023
Last night the Patchogue Sketch Club was scheduled to sketch the band, Hokis Pokis at Rotary Park in Sayville. For some reason we had a very small turnout...just 4 of us and one sketcher we didn't find until the concert was over. The band was entertaining doing some acapella, some doo-wop, some disco, some Motown, etc. There were only three band members and I was able to see all of them this time.
Wednesday, July 26, 2023
My friend was still working on one of her paintings for the SBAA Plein Air Event so I went over to Robinson's Pond to keep her company. Unfortunately the pond has a lot of algae that spoils the view of it. But I sat and painted a small scene while we chatted.
Tuesday, July 25, 2023
Monday, July 24, 2023
There is a farmstand on Lakeland Ave called "The Farm." I've sketched and painted there a few times. It gets crowded and I try to sit to the side so I'm not in the way.
|Done in 2019.|
|Direct watercolor done in 2020.|
My only front view of The Farm.
|An 8 x 10 painting done for Paint the Great South Bay in 2017 and sold to the owner of the farm.|
Sunday, July 23, 2023
The Sayville Farmers Market is always a fun place to sketch. It has colorful tents and produce, cars and people. I don't get there very often because it is held on Saturday and many Saturdays I head into the city to sketch with the NYC Urban Sketchers.
Saturday, July 22, 2023
I am participating in a paint out with the South Bay Art Association. Each participating artist will be allowed to exhibit one local painting done during the plein air event. I worked on this view of Bellport over several days. I wanted the lighting to be similar so I went to paint around 10:30 each day. I'm happy with the way it came out. The last day I actually had shadows too. The work will be exhibited next Saturday, July 29 at Bellport Day.
Friday, July 21, 2023
I haven't been doing as many small paintings as I usually do this past week. I am taking part in the South Bay Art Association Plein Air Event. My energy level is down do to the effects of Covid, so the painting I was working on took me 3 days of short painting times. Once the light changed too much I called it a day. That painting and another will be posted soon.
Meanwhile I did a few sketches at home for the Scavenger Hunt on creativespark.art. My fingers are still busy.
Thursday, July 20, 2023
Wednesday, July 19, 2023
A few weeks ago I stopped at Andrews Family Farm in Wading River to check out their produce. As I pulled in I noticed that one of the owners, Denise was there. I hadn't seen her since the end of the fall and it was good to catch up with her. I left with some veggies and two bouquets of sunflowers that she gave me. They made a huge arrangement and I painted a few of the flowers when I got home. The painting wasn't quite finished and the sunflowers were gone, but at last I got around to finishing the painting during one of our rainy, damp days. I played a lot with the background.
Tuesday, July 18, 2023
Recently we switched pizza places and are now going to La Pizzeria in Bayport. The first time I drove there I noticed that they have this huge window in front where you can see some of what is going on behind the counter. I knew at some point I was going to sketch that view. The other day I parked right in front and did exactly that. I was sketching from my parked car. I wonder if they were wondering what I was doing parked there for so long.
Monday, July 17, 2023
Sunday, July 16, 2023
Most of the time the pool in our development is fairly empty...and I like it when it is that way and almost a private pool for me. On this day it was windy so I didn't blame the lifeguard for sitting up on her chair with a towel across her legs. I would find being a lifeguard at our pool pretty boring...apparently she isn't too excited about what was going on. lol
Saturday, July 15, 2023
Many of the homes here fly the American flag but especially around the 4th of July. This house in Bellport was so enticing with the strong shadow on the white building and the American flag so prominent. Now that I think of it the buildings in Bellport's Historic Village itself are white. I don't remember seeing any that are another color. The doors however do stand out!
Friday, July 14, 2023
The Starbucks that used to be located in Sayville was replaced by the Coffee Bean House. I passed by recently and there were enough characters sitting around outside that I stopped for a sketch.
Thursday, July 13, 2023
Our afternoon in Central Park was really fun. One of our members found out that Gladiators NYC do bouts once a month on a hillside next to the Museum of Natural History. These poor guys were dressed in layers, padding, and armor on a VERY HOT day. The group was very welcoming and performs for the public for free. It was fun to watch them get ready in their costumes and suits of armor. The difficult thing was that it was almost impossible to catch them in battle stance. I ended up sketching them before the bouts started or after (like the guy resting against the bit tree). I did a collection of sketches of the gladiators, the troubadour, and the mc.
Wednesday, July 12, 2023
On Saturday morning the NYC Urban Sketchers met in Central Park to sketch Belvedere Castle. It is one of the most iconic features in Central Park and is located on top of a huge rock outcrop known as Vista Rock, the second highest natural point in Central Park.
Tuesday, July 11, 2023
For the creativespark.art scavenger hunt recently there was a gazebo, street light, bench, and picnic table to find. I got them all in this sketch done of Sayville's Rotary Park. It isn't quite a gazebo, but I figured a band shell would do.
Monday, July 10, 2023
Last week the Patchogue Sketch Club met on Main Street in Patchogue. Although we've been to Patchogue many times at the library but it has been a while since we sketched outdoors there. We all picked a location to sketch. I was attracted to the little man statue in front of the Chicken Place Restaurant. The statue reminded me of a bobble-head doll. I guess he is carrying a take-out box from the restaurant which is Peruvian. I will have to checkout the food sometime.
Sunday, July 9, 2023
Down my the Maritime Museum in West Sayville there is a street with some cute houses. They are fun to sketch in the winter when it is snowy and right now, especially when the flags are out for the 4th of July.
Saturday, July 8, 2023
Friday, July 7, 2023
I sat in the parking lot to get this view of Moku Loa Paddle Tribe, a paddle board rental location along the Connetquot River in Oakdale. I thought I was sketching kayaks but their website says they offer paddle board lessons, tours, and social paddles. Who knew? It looks like a fun place...but I have no sense of balance. lol
Thursday, July 6, 2023
Sayville Common Ground Rotary Park has concerts on Wednesday nights. My sketch club met there for the first concert of the summer and some sketching. The weather forecast predicted possible storms but a fairly big crowd turned out anyway, but few of us sketchers showed. I think there were only four of us.
People get there early to gather with friends and chat, have a bite to eat, etc. I used that time to do a direct painting of a few people and a dog.
Wednesday, July 5, 2023
With the direct watercolor challenge posts I missed posting a few other sketches. A few weeks back the weather forecast was for possible storms, so the NYC Urban Sketchers had Central Park as a destination but a backup of the Metropolitan Museum of Art if the forecast didn't improve. We ended up in the Met sketching Greek and Roman sculptures. I did one the captured a bit of the inside of the museum and the outside too. The museum rules state dry media only, but this isn't always enforced. I sketched in watercolor pencils and then used my waterbrush. The guards didn't seem to mind that, but stopped people who were using a watercolor palette.
Tuesday, July 4, 2023
My final watercolor for the 30 x 30 Direct Watercolor Challenge was done while sitting on the beach at Robert Moses State Park. I got to include a bit of water, people and umbrellas.
Monday, July 3, 2023
Sunday, July 2, 2023
I am coming to the end of my direct watercolors for the 30 x 30 Direct Watercolor Challenge. This one was painted down by the town beach in Sayville. It was a very cloudy day and on the chilly side. The lifeguard didn't have anyone to watch.