Tuesday, January 19, 2016

Day 19 - The Meeting

The Meeting
Ballpoint in sketchbook, approx 4"x5"

Combining a bit of "urban sketching" with this 30/30 Challenge at a board meeting I attended this evening. I see that there are a couple of things I left out. There should be a pretzel jar that the man on the left is reaching for, and I could have done more w/the negative spaces of people's legs, and draped coats under the table as well as darkened the floor. 

Day 18 - Caumsett Fisherman's Road

Fisherman's Road, Caumsett
Watercolor, 6" x 6"

I wore many hats today. Graphic design, mermaids and a little reading and practicing from Joyce Hick's book, Painting Beautiful Watercolor Landscapes. I squeezed this painting in as part of the practice. 
scraping in (top), and wet/wet with a little damp and dry details.

Sunday, January 17, 2016

Day 17 - Three Little Pumpkins

Three Little Pumpkins
watercolor, 6" x 6"

I bought these mini pumpkins back in October along with a bunch of those little ornamental gourds that look like birds. The "birds" dried out and got moldy long ago, but these still look good and I couldn't bear to throw them away or put them in the compost. I love their squashed shape and their elegant skinny stems.

Working in watercolor and pen in the last few days reminded me that I need to start reading through some of the art books I got for Christmas - Joyce Hicks watercolor book and a book on Urban Sketching by Thomas Thorspecken.

Saturday, January 16, 2016

Day 16 - Evening sky from my window

Eastern Sky
Watercolor and Pitt pen in my sketchbook.

While I was doing some other work, I happened to look up to see this lovely eastern sky at about 3:30 pm  - early evening in January.

Day 15 – Duck Egg Cup

Duck Egg Cup
Pitt pen

When we were kids, my mother went to ceramics class once a week. She made and painted all sorts of things – the life sized family of chickens, a Minuteman statue or two, and other things, though I don't think she ever made the ceramic christmas tree. One Easter we each had a duck or chicken egg cup or chicken (lid) resting on her nest (bowl). I have all of them now, though the chicken's "nest" recently disintegrated. This is the duck, I think he has a cute face.

PS: I looked at the bottom. My mom put her initials and '69. I was 9, my brother was 5 & my sister was 4.

Friday, January 15, 2016

Day 14 - Life Drawing at The Art Guild

On the second Thursday of the month, The Art Guild has a life drawing evening - 3 hours for $15. We have wonderful models! Here are a few of my sketches, which will stand in for a finished piece.

Short 2 minute poses

5 minute poses

10 minute pose

20 minute pose

Day 13 - Evening Tea

Evening Tea
Pitt pen in sketchbook

Because sometimes it's just what you have to do.
Playing around with my new Pitt pens.

Tuesday, January 12, 2016

Day 12 - Sketching at Planting Fields

I haven't posted in a few days, but I haven't abandoned the 30/30.

Last week I started an abstract that was going to end up being day 7-10. That didn't quite work out - yet. It's pastel and gesso and acrylic, and I haven't abandoned it. But, I also need to work out a poster design for this year's Great South Bay Music Festival, which may take priority. It's the 10th Anniversary, so I may be feeling a little pressure for fabulous!

Today was our monthly sketching morning at Martin Viette, but they were CLOSED! So we changed the plan and headed up to Planting Fields Arboretum to sketch in the greenhouse. The poinsettias were gone and there was no one around except for a worker taking down the christmas tree. I should have drawn him, but I had already started this! This is one of the cozy corners.

Greenhouse Corner
Pitt pen & pencil
I'll try to post again tomorrow!

Thursday, January 7, 2016

Day 6 - Caumsett Spring

Day 6 - Caumsett Spring
6" x 6", pastel on uart paper

Caumsett State Park is an amazing jewel on Long Island's north shore. Acres of woodlands, meadows, and a formal garden make it a wonderful place to spend an afternoon in all seasons. Hundreds of birds and all sorts of wildlife call this park home. 
I took the reference picture for this last spring.

Wednesday, January 6, 2016

Day 5 - Lighthouse Keeper's Roof

Lighthouse Keeper's Roof
6" x 6". pastel

I am always drawn to the angles of roofs and gables particularly red roofs in contrast to cerulean blue skies. Maine, and coastal places in New England and New York, are full of these combos.
This is the Lighthouse keeper's home (which is now a fascinating museum) on Mohegan Island, Maine. I spent a rainy dreary afternoon exploring paintings, photos, historic items and other ephemera of the island, and it's residents and visitors.

Tuesday, January 5, 2016

Day 4 - Tree Branches & Sky

Tree Branches & Sky
Pastel, charcoal, watercolor crayon, 6" x 6"

All the best intentions today of getting this done early, but got engrossed in drawing mermaids, went to a client's for a few hours... and then I forgot to do something super important! (EEK!) So embarrassing. Didn't ever realize till hours later! Ug.

This was done pretty quickly and was inspired by my walk at Planting Fields on the 1st.  It was getting dark and the tree branches were magnificent against the blue sky and clouds were changing to gold in the west.

Sunday, January 3, 2016

Day 3 - Short Walk in Bayville

I'm trying to combine a couple of things - a little exercise, a little painting - at least while the weather is rather mild for January in New York.
I took a short walk in town, down along West Shore road to the bridge and the marina and was treated to another gorgeous sunset! I can't ever do it justice. Golden and orange, rosy to purples and blues and greys. I also really enjoyed the ambient noise - the water lapping, the gulls calling, the thunk thunk thunk of cars crossing the drawbridge behind me, little birds saying their goodnights and finding a warm place to cozy up for the night.

January Sunset at the Marina
watercolor, 6"x6"

Enjoying some Downton Abbey now...have a great night!

Day 2 - A Walk at Jones Beach

First, a trip to Blick for a few minor things. Naturally, I ended up spending waaaaay more than I intended. But how can I pass up Neocolor crayons for 57¢ each?

Second, a stop at REI to pick up the three-legged folding seat w/back. Surprise! I had bonus points to spend, so it was free! Makes the Blick bill a bit easier to take.

I took a short walk around West End 2. The sun was low in the sky, the wind was blowing, but it wasn't too cold.
There were loons swimming around, tree swallows on the picnic benches, the usual herring and black-backed gulls, house finches, brants, sparrows of all sorts, chickadees, crows – and, just as I was getting back to the parking lot – a lone merlin sitting on top of one of the holiday light displays.

Worst picture of a merlin ever. But, trust me, it's a merlin.

And this is the watercolor painting I did when I got home of the path through the dunes to the fishing area. 

Jones Beach Path

Friday, January 1, 2016

2016 Reboot - Picking up where I left off

I'm back! Without making excuses - I will say that it was a long, busy year. Good and bad, happy and sad (sounds like a song, maybe).
Anyway, it's January and it's time for Leslie Saeta's 30/30 Challenge.
I will not guarantee a painting every day...I have some work I have to keep under wraps for now...but I'll try to post something.
This is a sketch I did today at Planting Fields Arboretum in in the main greenhouse. It's still decorated for Christmas with hundreds of red and pink&white poinsettias and a "lighthouse" christmas tree decorated with white ribbons, red poinsettias. little lights and white seashells. I did the pencil & watercolor parts while I was there and did the pen when I got home. Maybe I'll finish it (If I do, I'll post.)
We'll try again tomorrow!
Happy New Year!