Figment

Figment is another imaginary creature, so for you model horse folks that follow me, Figment isn’t meant to be anatomically correct….she’s just another of the many creatures that wander the pages of my sketchbooks….and started as a random mark on the page….

Figment is a small stocky pony that lives on the Emerald Isle. She can go places that larger horses can’t and can climb steep hillsides.

The first time I ever saw a unicorn

The first time I saw a unicorn, I was on Chincoteague Island. I was painting plein air in the woods on Assateague… I was trying to capture the memory of when Paul Beebe saw Misty for the first time…I rubbed my eyes, (ended up with pastel all over my face), but yes, it was still there! A REAL unicorn! It shimmered and it was almost ethereal, like it was a vapor, or maybe it was a mist rolling in. I don’t know but I’ll never forget when I saw that unicorn!

The unicorn

This was a painting that I did several years ago. I came across it recently and thought it would be perfect for an assignment/prompt from Carla Sonheim’s ‘Best of 365.’ I added the unicorn with Procreate.

As far as painting it on location in Assateague, this is true and I actually was trying to capture the feeling Paul Beebe had when seeing Misty for the first time (as described in the story; Misty of Chincoteague.’)

Maybe some day I’ll meet another unicorn on Assateague.

Spirit Kitty and the Budweiser Clydesdales come to Patchogue

Here is today’s kitty:

This was an exciting day because the Budweiser Clydesdales came to our town! They we here to celebrate 85 years of the repeal of Prohibition. Plus, Blue Point Brewery is getting ready to open at their new location on Main Street. I was lucky (and smart) to get a great spot to do some sketching! I managed some time to do one of the trucks and the big guy right in front of me. It was very exciting to be able to sketch them. The new Blue Point Brewery is behind the truck.

Also, some photos! Main Street was packed from Waverly to just east of the Theater but I knew they were marching all the way to the east end of Main Street and the crowd was surprisingly lean there.

Oh, and today’s Inktober sketch….

Santa Clown and something totally awesome

I found out last week that my Horses of Asia map was selected for They Draw and Travel’s Maps of Asia book! I am so excited! You can get a copy of the book from Amazon!

This morning’s sketch inspiration:

There are multiple submissions on Sktchy of clowns, especially since clowns are thought of as being sinister, thanks to Stephen King. I sketched this clown and turned him into something benign, a clown Santa.

Over the River

This post is a week early since the map has already been posted on Instagram by They Draw and Travel. I am really excited they liked this map!

Thanksgiving Day is a day of long tradition.  It is a day for spending time with family and friends over a traditional meal that usually involves turkey.

This year, I chose to do a map for Thanksgiving.  The most logical choice for subject matter was the poem that most people know as “Over the River and through the woods to Grandmother’s House….”

What many people do not know is it wasn’t grandmother’s house in the poem, it was Grandfather’s house.  And it wasn’t a song, it was a poem.  The title of the poem is actually “The New-England Boy’s Song About Thanksgiving Day’ and it was written by Lydia Maria Child.  It was published 1844 in a collection called “Flowers for Children Volume 2.”

Lydia Maria Child lived in Medford, Massachusetts and after much digging, I found where she lived and how long it took her to actually get to Grandfather’s house. (Not long, actually, they could easily walk it on a warm day.)  She wrote the poem from her childhood memory of going to her grandparents house for the holiday. I never knew it was based on the writer’s memories.

New England did indeed get snow for Thanksgiving in the early 1800’s.  Which is not unusual, even in these times of climate change, some places still will have snow for Thanksgiving.

I started out this map drawing farmhouses and sketching covered bridges. John and I even took a trip upstate to see covered bridges for me to use as references for this map. I even used my Breyer stablemate horses as models for the two on the map….I have included that sketch below, as well as taking a photo of them “posing.” I had the poem all printed out and the last part of all of this research was where the author was from. Finding information about the author of the poem completely changed my map and the result is what you see here.

I hope this map brings you some fond memories of a holiday that is truly belongs to every American, whether you have been here generations or you are a new citizen.

Enjoy

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Below is today’s sketch….

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.

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.

Horses and yesterday’s Inktober Sketch

I spent over a week researching and working on this map that I did as a very belated Sketchbook Skool Assignment.  I was away when the class was “in session” and I mulled over ideas and nothing really inspired me until I saw they were requesting maps for Asia.  Then I had to mull that one over and almost passed that assignment over when I thought of horses.   So I did some research on horse breeds that originated in Asia and came up with this map.


I do have a scanned version so if you are interested in a print, please contact me.

Also, I did this yesterday as my husband was driving us to South Jersey to help my son.  This was my Inktober Day 1 sketch.  I posted it in Sktchy and on my sketch club’s Facebook page yesterday but never got a chance to post it on Social Media…