Saturday, December 16, 2017

Just Believe

On Wednesday our sketch group met at the library. This time we brought along some greenery, Christmas plants, decorations and treats. I sketched a bit of everything.

Friday, December 15, 2017


At this time of year I usually have a few poinsettias around...good subjects for a sketch.

Thursday, December 14, 2017

PALS Exhibit and Sale

This past weekend, the PALS Plein Air Limner Society had our 8th annual show in Sayville. On the walls were paintings from all of our locations this year...some done en plein air and some in the studio. It is always a fun show and in addition to the paintings we bring matted pieces and any other art related items we want to sell. I brought some of my alcohol ink tiles, some alcohol ink ornaments, matted pieces, books, and greeting cards.

For some reason I hadn't taken any photos of the ornaments and by the time I thought of it there were only a few left. They sold really well.

Here is the showcase that contained the ornaments and some of my tiles in addition to work by other artists.

Here are the paintings that were hung in the show.

The bottom left painting was mine and is part of the PALS on the Road display. I painted it in Maine.

The center painting with the orange umbrella is mine.

I painted the dahlia on the bottom left.

The sunflower field on the bottom left is one of my paintings.

Here is the showcase that contained the ornaments and some of my tiles in addition to work by other artists.

Each year we have a "People's Choice" award. This year Donna Howard won for her painting of the dahlia garden below.

I think the show gets better each year.

Tuesday, December 12, 2017

Christmas Characters

The last week or so has been crazy busy with Christmas things, shows, and gatherings. I haven't sketched as often as I should and the other night I just had to do a sketch. I pulled a few of my favorite Christmas characters off their spots on the bookcase and they posed for me. The mouse even sang a few toons.

Monday, December 11, 2017

Christmas Hats

Last Wednesday my sketch group met at the Patchogue-Medford Library. We were meeting to put our sketches into the display case on the first floor...and then sketching. We had a lot of sketchbooks to put in and one member brought some Christmas hats for us to wear.

Here we are in front of the showcase. I am all the way on the right.

After the showcase was done we did a little bit of sketching. I focused on the Christmas hats.

Sunday, December 10, 2017


It has been a long time since I went to a portrait session with any of my art groups, but finally got to the South Bay Art Association's session last Wednesday. Bob was our model.

Saturday, December 9, 2017

Rockefeller Center - Part 2

Lunch and the rest room were calling so we left our good spot outside at Rockefeller Center and headed indoors. The NYC Urban Sketchers were meeting for lunch inside 30 Rockefeller Plaza downstairs were there is an area with tables to sit. It did feel good to be inside and warm again.

After a yummy bowl of hot soup I sketched some of the people in the food court area. The baby was being held my her dad, but they got up and moved before I could sketch him. (Some people just don't cooperate. lol)

After lunch Suzala and I planned to go back outside to sketch, but we got sidetracked. We passed an area with tables that was up against glass doors overlooking the Rockefeller Center Skating Rink...and someone was just getting up from their table. We started sketching and the table even closer to the glass doors opened up and we were able to move even closer. It was our lucky day! Of course the skaters did not stay still and the seated people kept moving back onto the ice but I was able to sketch some of the poses. (If you look at this sketch and see the area on the right that is so crowded with people...we were sitting right above that in the morning.) At one point the ice was cleared of all the skaters for the Zamboni machine to clean the ice. That gave me time to add the color to the sketch.

The day ended with a "show and tell" in the same area where we had lunch. There was a couple sitting at a table nearby that enjoyed the show and tell as much as we did. They applauded for all the sketches too.

Of course a trip to the city isn't complete without a sketch of someone on the train.

Friday, December 8, 2017

Rockefeller Center

Last Sunday the NYC Urban Sketchers were meeting at Rockefeller Center to sketch the tree and the assorted decorations and activities there. I thought Mark, our organizer was crazy...Rockefeller Center on a Sunday in December??? I couldn't imagine sketching in the crowd that would be there.  I went in with my friend, Suzala on the Long Island Railroad. She has trouble walking any distance so we took a taxi from Penn Station (34th St) up to Rockefeller Center (50th St). When we got there we found a bench with a so-so view. I left her there and went to walk around the promenade and see if anyone else from the group was there. By the time I got back she had been chatting with the security guards. When they saw that we were sketching they told us that we could move to a special section where there wouldn't be crowds and we would have a pretty unobstructed view of the statue of Promethius and the tree. The area was fenced off from the general public so we wouldn't have to worry about people banging into us. It was perfect!

I had already started my sketch including one of the security guards but moved as soon as the offer was made. They were even nice enough to allow any of the other sketchers who came along to join us there. Here is my first sketch with one of the guards. He stayed nearby so I was able to finish him easily.

For my next sketch I simply turned around and faced the opposite way toward 5th Ave. This view is one of my favorites during the Christmas season. There are angels with lights tucked into all the greenery all the way up the promenade. It is pretty during the day and just wonderful at night!

Doing a white angel wasn't easy. I moved one of the trees so it was behind the angel and did some negative painting in her dress and wings. Then I used a white gel pen to add some texture. I'm really happy with the way it came out. 

Two more quick stories about the morning. Suzala had on a foot brace so she can't wear her regular shoes. She was wearing sandals with heavy socks, but it was a pretty cold day and her feet were cold. There was a security woman there with a bomb sniffing dog named Sammy. Suzala of course made friends with the woman and the dog. The dog came and sat on her feet for a while to keep them warm. Also while we were sitting there a young couple came in to take a photo and the guy got down on one knee and proposed. I wasn't fast enough to sketch them. lol

Thursday, December 7, 2017

People Everywhere

Last Saturday the South Bay Art Association had an Art & Crafts Holiday Market at the South Country Library. Since I am on the Board I had to be there so I figured I might as well take part. We had a good crowd. I sold some of my artwork, cards, and a lot of my alcohol ink ornaments. For some reason I forgot to take photos of those and they are now on display for the next show. You can see some of them in the photo below.

During a slow stretch I sketched the vendor next to me and some of the people who stopped by her table.

Photo by Krystle DiNicola
This was not done at the show, but on the subway when I went into the city for my birthday.

Wednesday, December 6, 2017

Celebrating in NYC

Last Thursday was my birthday and my husband and I spent it in NYC. We got into the city about noon. He went off to do a few things and I went off to sketch. The plan was to meet for an early dinner at this Italian restaurant, Carmines, that I love, go out for drinks, and then we had tickets to see the Broadway show, "Beautiful."

I have always loved these red ornaments that are on the street diagonally across from Radio City Music Hall. I sat on my stool and by the time I finished I was frozen.

I decided to head to St Patrick's Cathedral on 5th Avenue to warm up. It is a beautiful church and I love to walk around there. On my way to my favorite chapel in the back of the church I passed the Nativity set. All the statues seemed like a bit much so I kept walking but when I got to the side I noticed that the camel could be done on its own. I liked that I could also incorporate some people looking at the Nativity and the lady lighting the candle.

I have to say that I turned out to be a wonderful birthday with many of the things I love, as well as the person I love.

Tuesday, December 5, 2017

Christmas Ornaments

This was sketched last week when my sketch group met on Wednesday night. Everyone brought in ornaments to sketch, and we sketched some of our own and some that other people brought in. I brought the tiny tree and the two ornaments under it, but my friends shared the lights and the Santa ornament.

Monday, December 4, 2017

Shaded House

There is something about this house in Sayville that calls to me. I think it is the beach blue and white of the outside. I've sketched it before and will probably sketch it again. The house faces the water and I can imagine sitting there having a cup of coffee or a glass of while while I watch the sun go down.

Sunday, December 3, 2017

People Sketches

This first group of people was sketched at the DMV while I was waiting for my driver's license renewal.

Sketching people on the train is always a good way to make a trip to the city seem shorter.

Saturday, December 2, 2017

NY Public Library & Bryant Park

Last weekend the NYC Urban Sketchers met at the NY Public Library on 42nd St and Fifth Ave.
This was sketched in the Rose Reading Room on the 3rd floor. I hope I didn't miss any books. lol That's one of our sketchers, Louis at the table.

Next I headed outside, hoping that it was warm enough to sit and sketch by the skating rink.  I used artistic license to eliminate about 200 people from this sketch. 

Bryant Park has a wonderful Holiday Market at this time of year with small booths filled with wonderful vendors. I stood up on an elevated section so I could draw the booth as well as some of the crowd.

Friday, December 1, 2017


When I'm not sure where to go locally to sketch, Weeks Boatyard in Patchogue is one of the good locations until all the boats are shrink wrapped for the winter. Luckily when I went the other day there were still a few being worked on and still uncovered.

Thursday, November 30, 2017

Port Jeff View

Last week I took a trip up to Port Jeff. It is a cute town north of me where you can catch the ferry across the Long Island Sound to Bridgeport, Connecticut. I found a spot to sketch a view.

Wednesday, November 29, 2017

Sayville Road

I keep returning to this area of Sayville to sketch but usually do the views looking toward the water. This time I sat with my back to the water and painted the view facing north along Browns River Road.