Sunday, April 23, 2017

Tax Protest

On March 15th here in the USA there were tax marches and rallies to tell the president that we wanted him to release his taxes to the American people. I was with a group of very determined people.

Tracy is having another fun day.

Saturday, April 22, 2017

Weeping Cherry Tree

I made a second visit to the Bayard Cutting Arboretum in Oakdale last week. I wanted to catch as many blooms as possible. I've sketched this tree before but from a different side.

Happy Earth Day

Tracy is celebrating over on her blog today.

Friday, April 21, 2017

In Bloom

Last week I stopped at the Bayard Cutting Arboretum in Oakdale. It felt like spring and was warm enough to be out of my car sketching. I looked for a magnolia tree in bloom, but the one that I could find only had buds. I'll have to go back and see if it is blooming yet, but by the time I get there it will probably be too late. lol

The arboretum does a wonderful job with tulips, but there weren't too many that were opened yet.

Tracy is having fun if you want to visit.

Thursday, April 20, 2017

Forsythia Fence

I'm still enjoying the forsythia in bloom around my area. It brightens everything up. This was sketched in Patchogue.

Tracy is making a new friend again...check it out.

Wednesday, April 19, 2017


Last week my friend and I drove down to Philadelphia to see the exhibit "American Watercolors in the Time of Homer and Sargent." To say it was outstanding is putting it mildly. We left here at 6 am, stopped to have breakfast along the turnpike in NJ, and were outside the Philadelphia Museum of Art sketching at 9:30. As soon as the museum opened the sketching stopped.

Here's the link to the latest pages of Tracy's adventures:

Tuesday, April 18, 2017

Setauket in Bloom

The forsythia is in bloom around here and I just had to get out to paint it. This was done up in Setauket.

There are two posts for "Tracy at the Ranch" today. Somehow I missed posting there yesterday.

Monday, April 17, 2017

Union Square

Last Sunday I met my sister, Michelle, in the city to go see the American Watercolor Society Show. She came from NJ and I came from Long Island and met at 14th Street. We had time to walk up to Union Square and sketch for a while...and the temperature was perfect...a great spring day!

First I sketched the fountain.

I sketch faster than my sister, so I did a quick direct in ink sketch while she finished up.

Then it was off to lunch and then the watercolor show, which was wonderful! Michelle doesn't have my stamina for sketching so after the show she left to take her trains back home. For those of you who haven't gone sketching outdoors you tend to bring along a lot of stuff...a chair, your materials, an extra layer of clothes, maybe a hat and gloves. It does tend to wear you down when you are lugging all of it around all day. lol

After Michelle (Mickey) left I went back up to Union Square to do another sketch of some of the surrounding buildings.

Since I was in the city and it was only about 4 pm I decided to take the subway up to visit a friend who was in the hospital recovering from surgery. I called her to check that she was up to having company and hopped on the new Q line that stops at Union Square. It should have been a quick ride up to 72 St and 2nd Ave...but things didn't work out that way. The train stopped at 57th St and we were told it was turning around and going back to Brooklyn. The next two trains did the same thing. So I decided to walk from 57th St and 7th Ave to the hospital on 68th St and York Ave which is about 1.75 miles. It was warm and I was walking quickly. Poor Louise thought I wasn't coming since I arrived nearly 1 1/2 hrs after I called her. lol It was good to spend time with her since she had been in there for several days and was bored. I did take her for a walk around the hallways, which was something she needed to do. No sketches of that part. lol