Saturday, August 19, 2017

Beach People

I tried to use the technique from the workshop at the beach the other day. Some of it was semi-successful.

This time I did a regular painting of people in front of me.

Friday, August 18, 2017

Anne Watkins Workshop

If sketching at Governors Island wasn't enough, several of us were scheduled to take a workshop sponsored by the NYC Urban Sketchers with Anne Watkins starting at 6pm in Bryant Park. My friend, Suzala's husband, Rick, was a prince and had driven us into the city in the morning and spent the day with us at Governors Island. Then he drove us uptown for the workshop. The workshop was on doing fast gestures of people with watercolors. Anne works with flat brushes, something that I generally don't use. She wanted us to paint our subject in large blocks of color softening with water where the shoulder or back turned away. We used very little detail and she wanted us to use mass not line. I had a very hard time not using line, but I did my best. Here are a few that I thought were successful, although Anne thought I still used too much line. Since we didn't start until 6 it was really getting dark by the time the workshop was nearly over. We wrapped up about 7:45.

A woman in a colorful sari was sitting near a man who was on his cell phone.

My friend, Rayle was working nearby.

Paula was close by painting too.

Suzala was working on her gesture sketches.

A man on his cell phone was nearby...a good model.

Olivia was painting near the wall overlooking the park.

Here is a photo of Anne Watkins doing her demo.

All in all, it was an interesting method, but since I don't want to paint exactly like someone else, I will use some of her ideas, but I'm happy using line to show the shape too.

Thursday, August 17, 2017

Governors Island Sketches

So sorry I missed posting yesterday. This one is a bit long so I hope it makes up for it.

On Saturday the NYC Urban Sketchers took the ferry from downtown Manhattan to Governors Island. This is a small island between Manhattan and Brooklyn and is car-free with an old fort, some lovely old houses, and great views back to the city. 

I did a quick ink sketch on the ferry ride which lasts all of about 7 minutes.

Our first stop was Colonel's Row where there are some wonderful houses that were once used for the military officers. This sketch and the one below were done in my Stillman & Birn Beta softcover multi-media sketchbook.

While we were on the island a Civil War Reenactment was taking place. I caught some of the "soldiers" during their break from firing the cannon.

Before leaving I had time for a quick ink sketch of the skyline.

Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Still Life

I participate in the Scavenger Hunts on Wet Canvas. I am hosting the present one and this still life was done as one of the challenges. Here is a link to the hunt in case you are interested in seeing what goes on there. 

Monday, August 14, 2017


Last Wednesday my sketch group went to a local concert in the park in Sayville. "3Legs," an acoustic Beatles tribute band was playing. They weren't bad, but the people in the audience were even better. They sang along with all the songs. It was a fun night. Sketching was good until it started to get dark.

Sunday, August 13, 2017

Beach Ink Sketches

Most days when I go to the beach I try to sketch some people...mostly they are cooperative, but some do change positions in the middle of a sketch.

This lady stayed pretty still. I liked the way she had one foot over the other leg.

There are always lots of people reading. They usually don't move. The boy drying off was gone quickly.

I like the assortment of different beach chairs. This one had it's own shade.

This guy had a bandana on his head. I think he had a few tattoos, but I didn't include them.

Saturday, August 12, 2017

Avalon Preserve

My plein air group painted at the Avalon Preserve in Stony Brook. They have fields of yellow flowers that are so pretty. Since we've painted there so many times, finding a different view isn't easy. I found a wooden fence over by the driveway to the barn which I thought looked a bit different.