Sketching stuffed animals at the library and library Sketch Club display

The Patchogue Sketch Club meets at our local library during the dark winter months. We occasionally sketch at a restaurant or other indoor venue in the winter, but the library has become our winter home.  The library staff members are very gracious hosts and many of the library’s visitors stop by to see what we are doing.  Winter is a good time for us to do skill building exercises like anatomy or values, or activities like making sketchbooks.

This week, we sketched various stuffed animals. Many people have them but don’t usually think of them as something to sketch, so we had quite a few people stop by this evening, curious about what we were doing with the stuffed animals.

Sketching stuffed animals is always fun.  How can you not be charmed by a stuffed beanie baby or homemade crocheted horse?  It definitely was a cute way to end the day.

I found this beanie turkey in my attic recently while doll hunting.  I forgot we had him and pulled him out for Thanksgiving.


One of my fellow sketchers brought this totally awesome crocheted horse that her mother made years ago.  I had to sketch it twice.


I have had this chubby dragon for a few years.  He sits on my bed.  I brought him out to the library.  He seemed pleased to be there.


Last but not least, here is our display of sketches at the Patchogue-Medford Library.  It is on view during the library’s hours until December 6th.  Then we’ll sketch it out for a holiday sketch display.

Sketching stuffed animals at the library and library Sketch Club display

The Patchogue Sketch Club meets at our local library during the dark winter months. We occasionally sketch at a restaurant or other indoor venue in the winter, but the library has become our winter home.  The library staff members are very gracious hosts and many of the library’s visitors stop by to see what we are doing.  Winter is a good time for us to do skill building exercises like anatomy or values, or activities like making sketchbooks.

This week, we sketched various stuffed animals. Many people have them but don’t usually think of them as something to sketch, so we had quite a few people stop by this evening, curious about what we were doing with the stuffed animals.

Sketching stuffed animals is always fun.  How can you not be charmed by a stuffed beanie baby or homemade crocheted horse?  It definitely was a cute way to end the day.

I found this beanie turkey in my attic recently while doll hunting.  I forgot we had him and pulled him out for Thanksgiving.


One of my fellow sketchers brought this totally awesome crocheted horse that her mother made years ago.  I had to sketch it twice.


I have had this chubby dragon for a few years.  He sits on my bed.  I brought him out to the library.  He seemed pleased to be there.


Last but not least, here is our display of sketches at the Patchogue-Medford Library.  It is on view during the library’s hours until December 6th.  Then we’ll sketch it out for a holiday sketch display.

NYC Urban Sketching at the Dyckman Farmhouse

Today I went into NYC to sketch with the NYC chapter of Urban Sketchers.  Today’s sketch outing was a joint venture with the Urban Sketchers of Indonesia to commemorate the Treaty of Breda, where the Dutch traded Manhattan to the English for a monopoly on nutmeg.  We are trading sketches with the Indonesians and this is the first time two Urban Sketcher chapters sketched jointly. We sketched at the Dyckman Farmhouse on Broadway in the Bronx.  Yes, there is a farmhouse in Manhattan.

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!


Today’s sketch

When I leave the studio to sketch or paint “in the wild,” I never know what adventures I will find, with whom I will have a conversation, what events I will stumble on, or what wildlife I will encounter.

Today I left the studio to go to a neighboring village to sketch.  I found an alley that was shared by two businesses, one a cafe, the other a gift boutique.  This gave me the ability to sit in one place while sketching the other.  As I was sketching, people chatted around me.  At the end of the alley was a man who worked at the business on the left, conversing with someone I couldn’t see.  He was the perfect subject so I sketched him quickly, noting the placement of objects surrounding him so that when he moved, I could continue without him.  That plan worked!

As I was sketching, two cars collided right in my field of vision.  It looked like one car pulled out of their parking spot into the path of another car. It was a little unnerving.  There was a loud crash and I walked to the end of the alley and there was a young man who was a little upset apparently that the other lady pulled out in front of him.  There were two ladies in the other car so one can only surmise that they were chattering away and missed seeing the young man and his car.  I am glad everyone seemed ok. 

 I went back to finish my sketch and then I popped into my friend’s shop afterward to show her and my other friend my freebies from the Urban Sketching Symposium in Chicago.  Now to rustle up some lunch…..

Sketches from the past few days

Here are a few days of sketches that I haven’t posted yet….

John and I went to the Hambletonian on Saturday at the Meadowlands.  I did a few sketches but I liked this one the best because it shows the old Meadowlands Grandstand.  Not sure why they had to build a new one but the Jets/Giants new Met Life stadium is right behind it.

BTW, for those uninformed, the Hambletonian is the harness racing equivalent to the Kentucky Derby.


Sketches done this evening while watching a Beatles cover band at the Common Ground in Sayville.


The next couple of “sketches” were done from one sketch that I used and cut a template to create a jellyfish garland….JELLY!!!!


I also created another garland and hung it in my family room….



This next sketch was a “liquid” object exercise…the paper was torn and I drew the bike to conform to the ripped paper….