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Sunday, October 31, 2010

Abandoned House

This spooky looking house was done for the WDE on WetCanvas from a photo reference by Dana. This was done with watercolors and ink and is 5 x 10.

Friday, October 29, 2010

Longwood Estate Red Barn

My Tuesday plein air group selected Longwood Estate, in Ridge, NY for our last two painting days. There are several buildings on the site, as well as a pond so there is a lot to paint. I did this one of the red barn with the autumn colors this week. This is 8 x 10. I returned to this spot again yesterday and will post that painting after a few touch ups.

Thursday, October 28, 2010

Patchogue Theatre

This past year I joined two local plein air groups. This painting of the Patchogue Theatre was done last week when I went out with the Patchogue Sketch Club on a Wednesday evening. Our location was right on the main street in the town of Patchogue. We were interviewed by the Patchogue Patch a few weeks ago at one of our sketch sites and here is a link to the article. It shows my hands working on a sketch and then I am in a few of the other photos.

Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Expresso & Canal Reflections

These are the last of my paintings from Venice. The top one, "Expresso" is another painting I did one evening in our apartment. Some nights I was too tired to go out and walk around, so I set up a still life. These items are so typical Italy. I don't drink expresso, but I do love the pots and that colorful expresso can couldn't be resisted. I'm still trying to decide if I should do a background or a cloth underneath the objects. My husband keeps telling me to leave it as is...I'm not so sure.
The bottom one is the only larger painting from outdoors that I did while I was away...and it is only 6 x 8.
So for now I have to say, "Ciao Venezia!"

Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Jo's Garden - SOLD

I like being able to attach that word "SOLD"to the title. lol This was done back in September at the home of a friend of one of my sketching friends. This is Jo's garden, filled with all kinds of shrubs, but not too many flowers. When I was working on it, Jo asked if I sell my paintings and said she was interested in buying it. I told her I would take finish it and then bring it to her to see. Of course I procrastinated a bit and just brought it to her this weekend. She loved it! The painting is 8 x 10.

Monday, October 25, 2010

Jean's Grandson

This was done for the Weekend Drawing Event on WetCanvas from a photo reference supplied by "justjean" who was hosting. This is her adorable grandson.

Sunday, October 24, 2010

Travels to Maine - Part III

The first painting is of the marsh area in Wells, Maine. I love the broad expanse of grasses and the distant trees. The second painting was done right near the Nubble Lighthouse in Cape Neddick, Maine. I only had a short amount of time to paint there on my way home, so I knew doing the lighthouse was out of the question.

Saturday, October 23, 2010

Travels to Maine - Part II

Here are two coastal paintings done while I was up in Maine. Both were done in the Boothbay Harbor area.

Friday, October 22, 2010

Travels to Maine - Part I

Over Columbus Day Weekend I took a trip up to Maine to visit family. The first painting was done on the Cross Sound Ferry from Orient Point, NY to New London, CT. The ferry makes the drive from here much shorter. The second painting is of a farm stand in my sister's town of Damariscotta, ME. This one was painted from my car.

Thursday, October 21, 2010

All That Remains

This is one of my evening paintings from Venice. It is 7 x 10 and not painted immediately after consuming the prosecco. lol I saved the bottle and the cork for an evening when I was looking for something to do.

Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Sag Harbor Water View

My sketch group and I went out to Sag Harbor a few weeks ago. This is the view I painted. It is 7 x 10 and presently hanging in a show by the Patchogue Arts Council.

Sunday, October 17, 2010

29th Worldwide Sketchcrawl - Oct. 16, 2010

Yesterday was the 29th Worldwide Sketchcrawl. My sister, Michelle, and I did our sketchcrawl together. We started at the Lambert Castle in Patterson, NJ where I painted the castle and part of the outdoor fountain. Next we went to the Great Falls which is also in Patterson. It was strange to see this beautiful waterfall in the middle of the city! Our last stop was Abam's Farmstand which is near my sister's house. It was a really brisk, windy day to be sketching. By the end of the day we were bundled up in winter coats and hoods trying to keep warm.

Friday, October 15, 2010

Archway Near Realto Market

This painting is the same size as the one below (3 x 5). I wanted to show the height of the arch and the building in Venice.

Thursday, October 14, 2010

Narrow View of Venice

This painting is about 3 x 5. I wanted to paint something that showed the height of the narrow streets of Venice.

Wednesday, October 13, 2010

City & Country

The first painting is "Linens and Lace Entry." This is the entrance to a store that sells Burano lace products. I loved the flower covered walkway across the canal.
"San Erasmo Building" and "San Erasmo Vineyards" were done on a tiny island out in the Venetian lagoon. It looked almost like the Tuscan countryside. San Erasmo grows most of the fruit and vegetables sold in the markets in Venice.

Tuesday, October 12, 2010

By the Canals

The first painting, "Corner by the Bridge" is 4 x 6 and is in a spot where I probably did 3 or 4 paintings. It had a lot of atmsophere and crumbling going on.
The second painting, "Fondamentene l'Osmarin" was painted in the same area as the last posting. There was a nice walkway along the canal with many spots to sit and paint.

Sunday, October 10, 2010

Sunset at Maritime Museum

This is about 3 x4 and was painted the other evening when I met with the Patchogue Sketch Club at the Maritime Museum in Sayville. I had to work fast to capture this before it got dark.

Wednesday, October 6, 2010

Venice Treats

Both of these paintings were done on the same morning. I was in an area I hadn't painted in before when I saw all the gondolas lined up waiting. "Morning Lineup" was finished just as the gondoliers started arriving to get their boats ready for the day.
The second painting, "Over the Wall" was started on a cloudy morning, but then it started to rain. I tried standing in a doorway with my umbrella being held in place with my head, but that didn't work for long. I ended up waiting out the rain and finishing the painting when the rain stopped.

Tuesday, October 5, 2010

Morning & Afternoon Canal Paintings

The first 4 x 6 painting. "Morning Light on the Canal" was done early in the morning. I liked the color of that door and the soft shadows of the morning sun.
The second painting, "View to the Empty Fish Market" was done in the afternoon, after the Realto Fish Market closed for the day. The fish mongers were gone, but the atmosphere was still there.

Sunday, October 3, 2010

More Canals

The first painting is "Brown Door on the Canal" and it was the first really intricate doorway I tried to paint. I like the way it came out.
The second painting, "San Georgio Maggiore Sunrise" was done sitting on a bench at one of the gondola areas by Saint Mark's Square. I started it before it was light. I was also taking photos of the sunrise, so I would paint a little, and then get up and take a few photos, paint a little and then take a few photos. Both of these are 4 x 6.

Friday, October 1, 2010

Ringwood State Park

These were both painted at Ringwood State Park in Ringwood, NJ on a plein air trip with my sister, Michelle.
"Ringwood Marsh" is 4 x 6 done in watercolors.
"Ringwood Cottage" is 4 x 6 done in watercolors and ink.