Another painting started

This boat has been put out to pasture.  It’s a shame because it looked like it used to be a nice boat.  It’s pretty big.  Word in the boatyard is that it is being stripped down and it will be burned in a boat burning next month in Sayville.  I wanted to capture it’s last days as a boat before it was towed away.  I never got to it during the plein air event, but I was able to get out today and work on it. I decided to do an oil painting to change things up a little.  

I used a watercolor pencil to sketch it out first and you can see the burnt sienna from the pencil marks mixing with the paint.  Most of that will go away once I add the final layer, this is just the underpainting.  The underpainting is where I put a thin layer of paint to mark where the big shapes are.  I will probably go back tomorrow to finish it, if not, next week, to give the oil a chance to dry a little before I move on to the next layers.

I did the front because I liked the shape of the boat better in the front. All the details will be added later, plus any additional tweaking of line, shapes and color.  Darker values will also be added later.

Plein air again

Tonight was sketch night and I pulled the pastels out again…. I started this around 6 and the sun sets on the South shore at 7:09 so I didn’t have much  daylight toward the end of the painting session.  It still needs some tweaking if I wanted a polished piece and there is enough information here if I wanted to take it further so I am content with this one.

The Artful Flea

Once a month, on second Saturdays, Chincoteague has an arts “flea” market.  I wanted to do one more painting before this evening’s wet paint sale so I tackled painting the market.  This was a ton of fun!  I usually sketch big markets and crowds of people with ink & watercolor, but this time I used pastel.  I loved doing this painting and plan to do more of these in pastel!

Today’s Chincoteague Paintings

Yesterday I passed a house that had a bunch of mermaids in the yard…..I went back there early this morning and painted the mermaid in the lifeguard chair, then I painted the hanging mermaid this afternoon.  Both of these will be available for sale tomorrow evening.

Paint the Great South Bay Quick Draw 

Today was quick draw day.   I checked the artists in and stamped their canvases/paper in front of the Patchogue Theater.  It was a good morning for painting!  The artists were given a timed painting session from 9 am and had to be back by 12 pm to be judged.

 Because I was doing administrative work, I decided to paint in front of the theater with a cleaner medium, casein.   So my view across the street was Kilwin’s, a much welcome addition to Patchogue.  And easy on the eyes, if you like ice cream and chocolate…

Once everyone checked in, I set to work sketching out my underpainting, then proceeded to lay in the paint.  Cars kept switching spots so I waited for a car that would be there a while.  

Finally, one lady parked in front and put money in meter.  Ha! Jackpot!  I asked her if she was going to be there long, and, seeing me with an easel, her cranky pants response was “At least 2 hours!” 

“Perfect!” I said, “I’ll paint your car!”  So I added her car to the painting.

I finished the painting at 11:58, lol.

I used a plastic palette today for the casein,  freaking awesome idea, wish Inhad thought of it sooner….here are photos of the painting and the tubes of casein..thank you Richeson company!  Love casein!


This took me two sessions to paint because when you paint outside, the light is always changing.  Plus painting with oils is not like painting with pastels, pastels are more forgiving.  So I went back two days later when the light was the same and finished it.  I don’t normally work in oils but I like to challenge myself.  Here is the painting I did of “Catch,” a restaurant in our Village.

Fire Island Lighthouse

A bunch of us went out this evening to paint on Fire Island.  We dragged our gear down toward the lighthouse.   It was a beautiful evening.  It was supposed to rain but the clouds blew away and left us with a juicy golden lit lighthouse.  A lot of us painted the lighthouse and it was amazing how everyone all had a different approach which resulted in many different ways to paint a lighthouse, lol.

So here is my painting of the Fire Island Lighthouse….


Painting in a boatyard

It was a cool, grey day.  Some friends and I popped over to a local boatyard to paint.  It was an interesting place and full of local history.  I walked around a bit.  Looks different from this side, usually I am sketching this location from the other side of Patchogue River.  I decided on this old building…..I wanted to do the whole building but it worked better this way.  As I was painting it, my friend Joan informed me that this was the restroom section of the building….niiiccee….so here is my painting of the potties…..