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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
I have always participated in the visual arts including watercolors, drawing and sketching, pen and ink, and photography. Since retiring from teaching I have devoted much of my time to watercolors, sometimes combining them with pen and ink or collage.
Watercolor is the perfect medium to capture the beauty that surrounds us. I love to travel, and sketch and paint wherever I go. Painting, especially on location, captures the spirit and life of the subject. I hope to continue doing that for a long time to come.