Category: Plein air

The Dockmaster

drawing cats for mom, Pen & ink, Plein air, Sketches, Urban Sketchers, Watercolor September 5, 2018

My father-in-law is 89 years old and still works at the local boat ramp. He works because he wants to, it keeps him busy and active.

This is the hut where he spends his working hours. It has A/C for those hot days.

I sketched it this evening when I was out with my local sketch club. Everyone else sketched over by the water…..I was the rebel.

Belt of Venus or Gone fishin’

drawing cats for mom, Plein air, Sketches, Watercolor September 4, 2018

Sometimes people ask where I get my inspiration. I do some brainstorming and I jot down lots of ideas but they don’t always turn into anything. Then there are the ideas that are there, right in front of me.

This kitty is one of those spur of the moment ideas. John and I went to the beach this evening. I brought some premade kitties to embellish; I brought books and magazines, so I was prepared for whatever I felt like doing. I am currently reading “The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet’s Nest.” I try to make time for a bit of recreational reading and I was hoping to indulge in reading my book.

I was working on one of my premade kitties and I looked up and the lightbulb came on. At first, I didn’t pay the fishing rod much attention except to see if the guy it belonged to caught a fish. He wasn’t having much luck. I was finishing my kitty when I glanced up again and saw the beautiful sky behind it with the Belt of Venus so I whipped out my watercolors and a blank postcard and did this little sketch of kitty fishing.

I included a photo with the scene behind it.

Siamese Kitty

drawing cats for mom, Paint the great South Bay, Pastel, Plein air, Sketches August 25, 2018

My mom used to have three bratty Siamese. When the last one passed away, my sisters and I figured we’d see more of her. Nope. She adopted two homeless cats soon after the last Siamese passed away.

Here’s a Siamese kitty that I know my mom will love!

Also, these paintings below will be in the wet paint show and sale tomorrow and are available to purchase!

Last Alive After Five of the summer

drawing cats for mom, Paint the great South Bay, Pastel, Plein air August 23, 2018

Tonight brings the summer to a sad close….yes, we still have a little over a week to Labor Day, but tonight was the final AA5 of the summer☹️.

This is also the week of Paint the Great South Bay. So far it has rained, I was swarmed by flies and bit by a yellow jacket. (Little bastard died for that one.)

I was out painting this evening and did this painting

And took a photo and turned it into a postcard for my mom (see if you can find kitty)

I had a rough week which led to a lot of this

Here is my set up and you can see how the painting came together….

More to come!