Sunday, July 14, 2024

Procreate Sketches

It seemed like I hadn't done any digital sketching in a while so I did a few items for the Scavenger Hunt that way. These sketches are from two different hunts...a vacuum, footware, a car, and something related to a vacation.


Saturday, July 13, 2024

Summer Refreshment

 I really enjoy watermelon if it is nice and sweet, but I don't seem to have good luck picking a whole watermelon. Another thing I have against them is they are so messy to cut up. But they do make some nice models for paintings. lol

Friday, July 12, 2024

Things I Collect

One of the prompts for the Scavenger Hunt on was things you collect. I have a big jar of seashells of all kinds. Some I've bought but most of them I've collected from various places.

Thursday, July 11, 2024

Carriage House

The other night the Patchogue Sketch Club met at The Grange in Sayville. I've sketched there many times before and have drawn most of the buildings several times. This time my focus was on the carriage house, which as you can tell needs a lot of TLC. The Town of Islip has been really negligent in taking care of these old buildings and if something isn't done soon some of them will be too far gone to save. 

Wednesday, July 10, 2024

Greek Festival

Last Sunday the forecast was for scattered strong storms. I went to the pool early to do my exercise, but it didn't seem nice enough to stay there. After I came home I decided to check out the Blue Point Greek Fest held by St. John's Greek Orthodox Church in Blue Point. There was a very small area with rides and carnival games. I sat across from the booth where you threw darts at balloons. It was a colorful spot for sketching. Unfortunately right next to me was the game where you test your strength with the sledgehammer and try to ring the bell. Nobody was ringing the bell, but the sledgehammer was very loud.

What I liked best at the festival was listening to the live music by Tommy Kavounidis ( I sketched him while he was playing a Greek bouzouki. He loved that I sketched him.

I didn't try any of the food (which looked yummy) while I was at the festival but I got a piece of baklava to go. All week long I had been seeing postings on Facebook showing photos of the women making huge trays of it ... so I couldn't resist. It was delicious!

Tuesday, July 9, 2024

Peconic Herb Farm

 I love going to the Peconic Herb Farm to paint/sketch. They sell flowers, plants, trees, urns, pottery, and all kinds of fun stuff. Everywhere you look is a possible painting. This display was on the patio in front of one of the barns.

Monday, July 8, 2024

Rose Trellises 2

Somehow I missed posting yesterday...sorry about that. 

I went back to the Planting Fields Arboretum recently to capture the blooming rose trellises before they were done for the season. It is a special spot and my friend, Suzala joined me to paint them.

The above painting is very similar to one I had done in June, even though I did them from opposite ends of the trellises. The coloring is a little different. Which is your favorite?

Saturday, July 6, 2024

Kalers Pond View

 My plein air group went to paint at Kalers Pond in Center Moriches. It was hot and sunny so I hid in the shade under some big trees. You could see the pond peeking out.

Friday, July 5, 2024

Pat's Hollyhocks

 I love painting hollyhocks, but don't see them very often. These were in my friend, Pat's garden. She graciously let me sit and do a direct watercolor of them.

Thursday, July 4, 2024


 As I said I couldn't stop painting direct watercolors. This is a gourmet market near me...a bit of brickwork, flowers, trees, an umbrella, and some lettering. The white lettering was done with a white gel pen.

Wednesday, July 3, 2024

Viva La Vida

Viva La Vida is a Spanish/Mexican restaurant in Oakdale. This was done as a direct watercolor. I just love the bright colors of the pottery and the walls. 

Monday, July 1, 2024

Sunday, June 30, 2024

Ink Sketches

Between the direct watercolors I've been doing, I've had limited time to just sketch in ink. I have done a few for CreativeSpark.

This was a still life of fruit and veggies as well as glasses and a knife done for one of the Scavenger Hunts. I did this as a continuous line 

As much as I like the line sketch I couldn't resist adding color.

The lobsters below were done for a Scavenger Hunt and the prompt was "an animal." This was also a continuous line.

This was the latest ink sketch done for the current Scavenger Hunt on CreativeSpark that I'm hosting. It fit the hunt items for people and a bench.

Friday, June 28, 2024

30x30 Direct Watercolor #30 & 31 - Lavender By the Bay

I'm not stopping the direct watercolors yet since the month isn't over. Here are #30 & #31 done at Lavender by the Bay in East Marion on the North Fork of Long Island. The company has 2 lavender fields, but I like this one is more scenic. I painted there with a few other urban sketchers and we made a day of painting, going out to lunch, shopping at farmstands, and finally enjoying ice cream at Snowflake Ice Cream Shoppe in Riverhead.


Left to right...Sara, Me, Susan, and Elaine

Thursday, June 27, 2024

30x30 Direct Watercolor #29 Eyelash Salon

 Who knew there was an eyelash salon in Sayville. I never noticed it before...maybe because of the hydrangeas and the white fence that catch my eye. Direct watercolor #29.

Wednesday, June 26, 2024

30x30 Direct Watercolor #28 - Bayport Marina

This direct watercolor was done at local marina in Bayport. I was there on a Sunday and it is fun to see the families going out for a trip together.

Tuesday, June 25, 2024

30x30 Direct Watercolor #25 #26 #27 - Carl Schulz Park

 The destination for the NYC Urban Sketchers was Carl Schurz Park at 86th St and West End Avenue. The park had a bit of everything. I completed 3 direct watercolors there. One block away was a small, dead-end street called Henderson Place. It had homes that reminded me of Paris.

Back inside the park I found a tunnel under an overpass. You could see an area with flowers and a statue past the tunnel. From where I was sitting to sketch I couldn't see what it was a statue of, and later found out it was Peter Pan. (Who would have guessed?)

Then I moved to another shady spot where my friends, Anna & Jen were sketching. I did a third direct watercolor of them at work.

Monday, June 24, 2024

30x30 Direct Watercolor #24 - Herald Square Sketch

I went into the city recently to meet the NYC Urban Sketchers up at Carl Schulz Park near 86th St. The train time for Penn Station brought me into the city with about 45 minutes free before I had to get on the subway at Herald Square, by Macy's. So I stopped in Herald Square Park to do a direct watercolor sketch before I headed uptown. 

Sunday, June 23, 2024

30x30 Direct Watercolor #23 - Yaphank Lake and the Hawkins House

My plein air group, PALS planned to meet recently at what I thought was a historical building on Yaphank Lake. Apparently I didn't read the email close enough, and I was wrong. I got to the location and nobody was there. I started a direct watercolor (#23) and painted until another member, Liz, came along. Since it was just two of us we thought we might be in the wrong location. I reread the email and the group was going to another location nearby that was a historical house near the water. 

The Hawkins House was our actual location for painting that day. Since we got there late I didn't want to start a large painting so this is 5 x7. The house was great, and I really liked the seating area on the porch.


Saturday, June 22, 2024

30x30 Direct Watercolor #22 Meadow Croft & Flowers

The lawn at Meadow Croft Estate in Sayville had some lovely yellow flowers...perfect for a 30x30 Direct Watercolor.

The Patchogue Sketch Club went to the Swan River Preserve in Patchougue the other night. The foliage there is so tall it is hard to find a view to sketch. I ended up focusing on some small flowers against the slats of the fence.


Friday, June 21, 2024

30x30 Direct Watercolor #21 At the Arboretum

Recently I took a trip over to the Planting Fields Arboretum in Oyster Bay. I wanted to paint the roses on the trellises and wasn't sure if they were blooming yet. According to one of the horticultural specialists the aren't at their peak yet, but as you can see they are blooming. Hopefully I will get back there and do another painting. I love this spot because it reminds me of Monet's Garden when I painted there

When I finished the roses on the trellises I went into the walled garden. These flowers are Canterbury Bells. I used a bit of oil pastel on this in addition to the watercolors.

Thursday, June 20, 2024

30x30 Direct Watercolor #20 Olish's Farm

I like looking inside greenhouses, like this one at Olish's Farm in Eastport. They always have such nice displays outside. 

Wednesday, June 19, 2024

30x30 Direct Watercolor #19 Scenes from Port Jeff

Recently my friend, Suzala and I went to Port Jeff. Rather than ending up at an event that we were planning to go to, we walked around the town to find something to paint. I wanted to do a direct watercolor for the challenge. We found a spot in the shade outside a restaurant that looked really great. As I was finishing up, a lady with a little boy came over to see what I was doing. Looking at it she realized she was the lady with the cap sitting at the table. lol 

Next we moved to the main street in town. There was a spot with a view of Yogo Delish, a yogurt place. Luckily there was no parking allowed in front of the spot where we were painting, or directly across the street where Yogo Delish was, so we had a good view.

Tuesday, June 18, 2024

30x30 Direct Watercolor #17 - Beach Apparel

 I don't know about the beaches in other places, but here on Long Island most of our beaches have a shop that sells shirts and sweatshirts from that beach and assorted useful items for the beach. This was the "shopping area" at Robert Moses State Park and was done with direct watercolor.

Monday, June 17, 2024

30x30DirectWatercolor #17 Geese + Sunbather

Down by the bay in Bayport the other day I saw a group of geese hanging around. Of course there were about 8 to start with but only 2 managed to stay around long enough to be models for my Direct Watercolor #17.

When I was at the Robert Moses Beach recently I tried sketching with Procreate on my iPad. It is difficult to sketch on it in bright sunlight because it is very difficult to see what you're doing. Considering this was a half-blind sketch I don't think it came out too bad.


Sunday, June 16, 2024

30x30DirectWatercolor #16 & Holbein Workshop

I am always attracted to umbrellas and if they are red that's the icing on the cake. My 16th 30x30 Direct Watercolor was done at the Greek Bites Gill in Moriches. This time I can say I've been inside and have sampled their food, which is really good. 

Recently the Patchogue Arts Council hosted a Holbein Workshop where the Long Island representative, Jim Minet had us try out assorted Holbein art materials, watercolor mediums,  and Legion papers like Stonehenge and Yupo.

We started with Hobein watercolors on Stonehenge paper using a reference photo. We moved on to Holbein gouache and their acrylic gouache.

We tried painting on Yupo paper, a synthetic, plastic-like surface. I forgot how much fun that was to use...and also how frustrating too.

Jim also had us work on their black paper. The gouache especially worked well on that. In addition we tried the Holbein irridescent medium that can be used with watercolor or gouache.

Below you can see the irridescent medium in the shell I painted. I think all the participants enjoyed the workshop and the freebies that we went home with at the end of the night.