Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Inktober Day 18 - Scarecrow & People Sketches

I stopped in Bellport for a quick Inktober sketch of another scarecrow this afternoon. This is "Mylar Mermaid" and her tail seems to be made from pieces of mylar in colors and prints.
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The NYC Urban Sketchers almost always go to a bar or restaurant at the end of our sketching day to have something to eat, drink or just to share our work. There is always a "show and tell." The place that was selected for Sunday's gathering was Greewood Park. It was an unusual place since it is a former gas station that now houses a 13,000 sq ft indoor/outdoor pub with food, games, and a fireplace. 

Steve and Marie sketching.

Susan and Nobuko.

Here is one photo that Ruth took of some of the sketchers.

Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Inktober Day 17 - Huge Tree & Green-Wood Cemetery Part III

My plein air painting group went to Frank Melville Memorial Park in Setauket this morning. I've sketched and painted there many times. Sometimes it is hard to find something to inspire you when you have been there before. I think in the entire landscape there was one tree that had changed color and the red barn that usually entices me was wrapped in orange fencing because they are repairing it. So a friend and I walked around a bit on one of the paths I hadn't been on before. We found this huge tree with a strange bamboo grove behind it. It wasn't something I would paint but I thought it made a good Inktober subject. I used my twig, Chinese ink, and a stencil brush for this one.
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My last sketch from Green-Wood Cemetery was done from up on a hill looking back at the main entrance to the cemetery. I believe that the highest spot in Brooklyn is in Green-Wood Cemetery. Up at the top of that tall spire in the entrance is this huge nest and it is the home to the Brooklyn parrots. Parrots you ask...yes. There is a large colony of parrots that make their home in the entrance to Green-Wood Cemetery. Apparently back in the 1960s the parrots escaped from a shipment which arrived at Kennedy Airport which was coming from South America. The escapees found their way to Brooklyn. They have been there ever since. It is fun to watch them flying in and out of the openings in the entryway. I wish they came down a little closer so you could really see them.

Monday, October 16, 2017

Inktober Day 16 - Scarecrow & Green-Wood Cemetery Part II

Today was a damp day so I didn't want to sit outside and sketch. I figured that if I went back to Bellport I could find a parking spot near one of the scarecrows and sketch from my car. Moday is a fairly quiet day in Bellport. I picked "Farmer Joann" or did she pick me? LOL I didn't realize her name until I got out of the car to check. I used my Elegant Writer pen and Lamy with waterproof ink for this. #inktober #inktober2017

Yesterday was a busy day at Green-Wood Cemetery. I spied another angel to sketch. In fact, I could have spent several days there sketching angels. If you haven't heard of this cemetery here is a bit of information about it. It is a National Historic Landmark and was founded in 1838. By 1860 it was attracting 500,000 visitors a year. Today people enjoy the 478 acres of hills, valleys, ponds and paths. It has one of the largest outdoor collecting of 19th and 20th century statuary and mausoleums. Since it is so popular trolley tours are given to take you around this huge place.

Sunday, October 15, 2017

Inktober - Day 15 - At the Cemetery

Today the NYC Urban Sketchers went to Greenwood Cemetery in Brooklyn. It is a huge place and the burial place of some famous people like Leonard Bernstein and Louis Tiffany. We drove around to find a good view to sketch and ended up by one of the back gates. I'm going to post this first, because it was what attracted us to this area...the prostrate angel was so moving that I had to sketch it. I used watercolor pencils for this.

This next sketch is my Inktober Day 15 sketch done right around the same area as the angel. I used my Lamy pen with waterproof black ink as well as my Elegant Writer to make some areas bleed.

Saturday, October 14, 2017

Inktober - Day 14 - Protest & Hoptron Brewtique

The activist in me surfaced for a while today. Some organizations here on Long Island joined together to do a "Stop the War on Women - The Handmaid's Resist & Rally" in Melville. We had a drizzly start to the day so when it stopped raining I went over early for the rally and sketched the people arriving for my Inktober Day 14 sketch. People were asked to wear red shirts and some people were in red capes like in the show "A Handmaid's Tale." It was good to see some men and children at the rally. #inktober #inktober2017

On Wednesday evening some of the members of the Patchogue Sketch Club went to the Hoptron Brewtique in Patchogue to sketch. Wednesday is a slow night for them so they didn't mind us commandering a large table and staying for a while to sketch. We did have either beer or hard cider as well as snacks. I sketched some of the people standing up at the bar.

Friday, October 13, 2017

Inktober - Day 13 and a Zentangle

Today I headed out to the north fork of Long Island to sketch and stop at the farmstands while there is still produce available. Wowak Farms in Laurel is one of my favorite places to stop and their stall is out front of the farm right along the main road. I sat across the road in my car because the road is so busy. I've sketched it before and always buy some of their fresh veggies. Today I got broccoli, tomatoes and corn. Yum!

A week or two ago I went to another zentangle class given by an accredited Zentangle teacher. This time the instructor showed us how to shade the design to make it more three-dimensional. I swore I was going to do some more of them, but haven't done any others since. :(

Thursday, October 12, 2017

Inktober - Day 12 - Scarecrow

At this time of year I love going to Bellport to see all the scarecrow decorations they have. Most of the lampposts and trees along Main St and Bellport Lane have a scarecrow hanging. You can vote on your favorite. I checked out a few of them and picked "Skippy the Hippy" for my Inktober Day 12. Why did I select him? It was windy out and he was in front of a restaurant called Porters on Bellport Lane that offered a wall to block the wind and a cushioned ledge to sit while I sketched.
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As with most of the Inktober sketches I have the urge to add color, so after I photographed Skippy, I pulled out my watercolors. With all the patterns in Skippy's clothing I had to add the color.

Wednesday, October 11, 2017

Inktober - Day 11 - Weeks Boat Yard & Farm Painting

Today I drove over to Weeks Boatyard to sketch one of their rustic barns. The twig and Chinese ink work well for scenes like that.

Now I can return to posting some other work. Before I left for Maine the Patchogue Sketch Club met at Swell Taco to have dinner and sketch. We sketched there back in August when the model was wearing the taco costume. It was crowded so we ended up sqashing 6 of us at a table for 4. The waitress would stop and check if she could take anything off the table, but most of it was our still life that kept being rearranged as the night went on. lol

The chips and the hot sauce made a good still life.

So did my actual dinner...a carne aside taco and a chicken taco.

We had a lot of fun, but I think we need to make sure we do a larger table if we try this again.

Tuesday, October 10, 2017

Inktober - Day 10 - The Harbor, Bob's, and a Ferry Ride

Today was our last day in Damariscotta for this trip. We planned on leaving around 10am but I went down by the harbor to do an Inktober sketch in the morning. This was done with a twig and Chinese ink. I think the extra practice with the twig is starting to pay off. #inktober #inktober2017

Our last stop in Maine was for lunch in Kittery. Bob's Clam Hut is our favorite restaurant...and it is deadly. We always eat too much, but the food is so good. When we finished eating I had some time to do a sketch before we got back in the car to head back to the ferry in New London, CT.

Of course I found someone to sketch on the ferry ride. This man was sitting with a woman that I assume was his wife, but they got up and moved before I got to sketch her.

Monday, October 9, 2017

Inktober - Day 9 - Pumpkinfest X 2

Today is the last day of Pumpkinfest here in Damariscotta. Today's big event is the Pumpkin Regatta where huge pumpkins are hollowed out and turned into boats. I went down to the harbor at around 10 to find a place close to the water where I could sit on my chair. Of course they were forecasting rain during the day. I took my slicker just in case. Since I was there about 1 1/2 hrs before the racing would start I got a good location and I was right in front of the truck that was delivering the pumpkin boats. They were forklifted off the truck. I decided since they were so close to me that was what I would sketch. I used pencil first and then my water brush and watercolors. Then I started adding some ink. It spritzed a bit so I closed the sketchbook until it stopped and then I started again. I got a good part of this painting done before it really started to rain. I was getting just too wet and it didn't look like it was going to stop, so I packed up my stuff and headed over to one of the stores. I never did see any of the actual race. When I got back to my sister's house I finished painting and inking this sketch. 

Here are a few photos I took while I was sitting there.

The crowd waiting in the rain.

The forklift delivering the pumpkin boat to the river.

The Viking boat taking a spin.

The Unicorn boat out on the river.

After I dripped off a bit in one of the stores I went back out and sat across the street under the overhang in front of the bookstore on Main Street. That was a nice, dry place and I was able to do my  Inktober Day 9 sketch of the view across the street. One of the decorated pumpkins was sitting in front of the Damariscotta Center. #inktober #inktober2017

 Here is a photo I took of the scene...right about when the shuttle bus must have dropped people off. lol 

Sunday, October 8, 2017

Inktober - Day 8 - Clark Farm & Pemaquid Harbor

Today we had rain and showers on and off here in Maine. That mean when I went out to do my Inktober sketch I had to do it from my "mobile studio." I used my Elegant Writer pen for this sketch at Clark Farm.

I couldn't leave it as just ink...all those pumpkins just cried out for color.

This afternoon I drove over to Pemaquid Harbor and sketched this scene.

Saturday, October 7, 2017

Inktober - Day 7 - Pemaquid Point & Waiting for the Parade

Today's Inktober sketch was done at Pemaquid of my favorite places. Next to the Pemaquid Point Lighthouse is the Seagull Shop. I sat outside and sketched the corner of the building and the view out to the ocean.

This afternoon was the parade to go with Damariscotta's Pumpkinfest. The town was really, really crowded so I found a spot at the far end of the route near the church where I could sit and sketch the crowd. I knew sketching the parade would be a bit too much. I only sketched a few of the people. I had hoped to take a photo of the crowd to show you, but the battery in my camera was too low...typical. lol

Friday, October 6, 2017

Inktober - Day 6 - Ocean Point and Pumpkinfest

I decided to head down to Boothbay this morning and drove out to Ocean Point. It was drizzling by the time I got there so I had to sketch from my mobile studio. This was done with a twig and Chinese ink. #inktober #inktober2017

This weekend Damariscotta is having their annual Pumpkinfest. I've been here for this event in the past and it is a lot of fun. This morning I went out for my walk and the huge pumpkins were all on their bases waiting for the artists to decorate them. Just a few of them had started to work but one woman had and I stopped to talk to her. This afternoon I stopped in town to see her progress and sat and sketched her at work. The rain had washed some of her design off before it dried so she had to redo part of it. Her pumpkin has a haunted house on top made out of popsicle sticks and the pumpkin has white skeletons with a black design around them. The artist is Crystal McLain and she has done this for the past 5 or 6 years.

Thursday, October 5, 2017

Inktober - Day 5 - On the Ferry & Parkslope

Today's Inktober sketch was done on the Cross Sound Ferry going from Orient Point to New London, CT this morning. The concession stand is always a busy place.
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This was done on Sunday in Parkslope Brooklyn with the small group of NYC Urban Sketchers that I spent the day with. It was my last sketch of the day done on 5th Avenue and Carrol St.

Wednesday, October 4, 2017

Inktober - Day 4 - Creatures

Today I went to the Suffolk County Farm to sketch animals. I wanted to practice sketching with the twig, so I used that for this sketch of the sheep. The second sheep wasn't cooperating and was sleeping with his backside facing me. #inktober #inktober2017

In a nearby pen there were two peacocks. This one was so colorful but kept turning away and going inside the little house to eat. I kept following it around trying to stay on the same side of it so I could finish the sketch. I did this one directly in watercolors.

Tuesday, October 3, 2017

Inktober - Day 3 - Andrews Farm

My plein air group was painting at Andrews Farm in Wading River today. In addition to my painting from there I made sure I got a sketch done for Inktober. I went inside the farm stand to sketch this basket of peppers. #inktober #inktober2017

On Sunday a small group of NYC Urban Sketchers and I went to Parkslope, Brooklyn. The rest of the NYC group went up to Connecticut, but we thought that was a little too far, and Brooklyn seemed to interest us more. This was where I did the first sketch for Inktober2017. Parkslope has many brownstones, that are a delight to paint. I sat directly across from this one and painted it. The owner did come out to see what I was doing and liked it. Too bad he didn't want to buy it. As you can see, Parkslope has cars parked in front of the buildings, so I had to make sure I sat with a view between two parked cars so I could paint this view.


Monday, October 2, 2017

Inktober - Day 2 - Old Building and Waves

For today's Inktober sketch I went to Islip down along one of the canals where the fishing boats are. I couldn't find a view of a boat that I liked but this very worn building caught my eye. I used a twig and ink for this sketch following the method taught in the workshop I took in Chicago. KK made it look so easy...but it isn't. I like the textured effect it gives. I'll have to do more of the Inktober sketches this way so that I practice this method more. This is the perfect time.  #inktober #inktober2017

On Friday I drove to Ponquogue Beach in Hampton Bays. It was a very windy day and the water was still on the rough side from the remains of the storms that were in the Atlantic. I tried to find a spot out of the wind and where I could be elevated to see the water. It was too windy for my easel and the only place I could find that was high enough was sitting on the top edge of a bench that was against the pavilion wall. So I perched there, but it didn't give me any place to rest any of my materials and I had to hold everything. Needless to say, I did a small painting (5 x 7). I was happy with the way the spray of the waves came out.

Sunday, October 1, 2017

Inktober - Day 1 and a Bit of Wine

Yes, Inktober is back!!! For those of you who do not know about Inktober here is some information.

Inktober was created by artist Jake Parker as a challenge to improve inking skills and develop positive drawing habits. 

Anyone can do Inktober, just pick up a pen and start drawing.
INKtober rules:
1) Make a drawing in ink (you can do a pencil under-drawing if you want).
2) Post it on tumblr (or Instagram, twitter, facebook, flickr, Pinterest or just pin it on your wall.)
3) Hashtag it with #inktober
4) Repeat (you can do it daily, like me, or go the half-marathon route and post every other day, or just do the 5K and post once a week. What ever you decide, just be consistent with it. INKtober is about growing and improving and forming positive habits, so the more you’re consistent the better.)

The sketch below was one on an outing with a few other NYC Urban Sketchers in Parkslope, Brooklyn. There are so many interesting buildings and brownstones there to catch your attention. The building I picked was mostly a red-brown...really calling for color but I resisted adding it, using hatching instead. #inktober #inktober2017

I know if I don't keep posting some of the other pieces I have, I'll end up too far behind, so some days this month I'll be posting my Inktober sketch as well as a second one.

Saturday, September 30, 2017

Dahlia Garden

The other day my plein air group was invited to paint in a private dahlia garden. There were so many dahlias to choose from, but this one really attracted me.

It was a damp day and my paint wasn't drying very quickly. While I was waiting I started this painting of red dahlias. I painted it directly in watercolors. I still haven't decided if I am going to add a background (muted colors maybe?) or leave it white. What do you think?

Friday, September 29, 2017

At the Beach

On Sunday I went to Smith Point Beach. It was a perfect day even though summer was officially over. It was in the high 80s with a slight breeze and a lot of sun. The water was rough from the storms out in the Atlantic, but a lot of people had come down to the beach for the day.

Right next to me was a family and the father and daughter both were sitting with umbrellas. The daughter fixed her umbrella so she was in complete shade, but she had no view.

The father had a similar setup but his umbrella was high enough that he could still see.

Meanwhile up by the pavilion there was a music festival going on. Throughout the day there were bands constantly playing and most of them were very good. I could hear them from where I was sitting on the beach, but at one point I went up for a while to watch the band and the people. Billboard Live was performing then. Sketching them was fun. When I was finally leaving at the end of the day (the sun had just gone down) there must have been about 300 people up there listening to the music.

I called my husband at 7:00 to tell him I was just leaving the beach and his response was, "Isn't it dark there?" lol