Chasing the elusive Neowise comet

Living in Florida has a lot of pluses. It’s almost always sunny. It’s warm year round. You can eat outside on Christmas Day. Lots of great flora and fauna. The people are nice and friendly. The lizards are insect control so they are always welcome in our screen house.

The down side are the damn fire ants and in my part of Florida, trying to see something in the northern evening sky when there are storms every day. John and I have been trying to spot Neowise and we get wispy glimpses but we haven’t seen it like many others have. We can see Jupiter just fine every night but Neowise is in the North and it seems the north always has cloud cover.

We’ve been driving out to places where there is no light pollution. Then we get bit by mosquitoes…ok, bugs are another minus.

This is pretty much the best that we have seen it. I “winged” the whole scene…..

Oh yeah, there’s a story blurb included, too….

Tiny Book is Finished!

And it is in the mail with time to spare. I really enjoyed this project and I hope the people who visit it in person at the Brooklyn Art Library will like it, too.

Here is the cover and over the next few posts I’ll share the many spreads that it took to complete this sketchbook.

I decided to go with Chihuahuas since we have two and I needed a change from cats. Many of the tiny portraits are of Chloe and Mack, our fur babies, but many were also inspiration from the Sktchy App.

Tiny Dogs, Giant Hearts cover
Inside Front
First Spread – Chloe

Oyster Bay Bonanza

Here is the second sketch that I did yesterday in Oyster Bay. It’s a local hangout that was pretty busy.

Today, we drove down to visit mom at her place. We took her out to breakfast, we hung out and we put her postcards in a photo album.

My friend Amy made her cat cards and here’s a photo of mom with one of the cards. She loves to get these cards!

Kitty and The Scream

This kitty was completed with three colors, blue, red & yellow, and black and white. I chose “The Scream” because I thought it would be humorous using cats. The triad color idea was today’s prompt from Carla Sonheim’s 365 days of prompts and ideas. The idea was to use red, blue and yellow. “The Scream” was the perfect idea. What I learned from doing a “master copy” was the Edvard Munch most likely used the same three colors, plus black and white to do his painting. That was today’s Eureka for me.I also forgot to post last week’s weekly page of doodles in yesterday’s post. I am posting it hear today.

Sketches fron Alive on 25 #3

John and I don’t get to the Eastern part of Long Island too much, although I occasionally teach classes at the art school in Riverhead.  Riverhead is another town on Long Island that is doing that slow crawl of revival.  It’s a nice place to visit and sketch. 

They do a street fair similar to Patchogue’s Alive After Five and they call theirs Alive on 25, which is the number of the NY state highway that Riverhead calls their Main Street.   

New York is dotted with hamlets and villages along state routes and I highly recommend going out of the way to find them.  They are places to sketch.

Last evening, at Alive on 25, there was a model arranged for us to sketch.  There was also an antique car show that I would have loved to sketch instead, but we were already committed to sketching the model.  Oh well, maybe another time.

Below there are two sketches of the model, I did more but I liked these two the best.  I also did a “rogue” sketch of the sculpture on the grounds of the East End Arts complex….I say “rogue” because I took a lot of liberties with this sketch and just had fun with it.

Enjoy!