Delft Blue

Today I had to drop off a bunch of paintings for a show/clothesline sale in East Hampton, NY. I rode with a friend and was not prepared to stay out there and sketch. All I had in my handbag was one of my Lamy Safari’s that was filled with blue ink. I picked up a Strathmore packet of postcards and sketched with the blue ink. Hey, sometimes you just have to use whatcha have.

It is a little ironic that I had blue ink and an East End iconic windmill was in front of me in a region that was settled by the Dutch (and English.). I felt like the Dutch Boy ad.

As I said, I made do with what I had on hand. It’s totally unlike me to leave the house without my sketch gear, but I proved the point that there is no excuses why a sketch cannot be done, anywhere, anytime…grab anything and sketch!

Oyster Bay Kitty

I was in Oyster Bay today with some of the NYC Urban Sketchers that didn’t go to Porto. It was a gorgeous day!

Here is one of my sketches from today’s outing.

Urban sketching and kitties

I went out with my sketch club this evening and we sketched the Patchogue Carnegie Library. This library was built with grant money from Andrew Carnegie. The library has been moved, restored and is now the Teen Center and teen library.

I enjoy sketching outside so I got the idea to add a kitty to my sketch. I kinda like this idea. It’s like “where’s Waldo” with a cat. This kitty is going to the library to check out a book on native bird species. It’s good to know about your prey.

Sunday Sun

The temperature is finally in the low ’80’s, it’s the weekend and there is no wind so everyone seems to be going to the beach today. I love Florida, up North everyone is still celebrating St Patty’s Day (it appears to be a month long celebration on Long Island, another reason to abandon ship in March) in Florida, people head outdoors. Gotta Love Florida!

There was this awesome truck on the beach that I had to sketch. I was trying a few things out here, a new sketchbook, a Leuchtturm1917, my watercolor pencils and watercolor and how different media performs in the Leuchtturm1917. This is the first sketch in the Leuchtturm1917, which was given out at the Urban Sketcher Symposium in Chicago. I like the pink cover😎.

Sketching out

Yesterday was such a beautiful day that I had to go out to sketch. I took a ride up to the North Shore of LI to join a group that was painting there.

I wanted to mount my little guerrilla box on the tripod but alas, it didn’t come with the tripod adapter mounting plate so I need to order that. In the meantime I took a large board that John made for me over the summer and I used the car and the tripod as a makeshift mount.

It was so surprisingly warm, that the only reason why I was wearing my jacket so as to not be stupid and catch a chill. It was worth it to get out in the sun to do a quick watercolor and ink sketch. The ride home I was cranking up Coldplay. For just that wee bit of time it was indeed, Paradise.

And….winter is back…..sigh.