Saturday, July 31, 2010

I am being asked to post one of my sketches....

I am adding this sketch on to the last post. Usually I don't post my own sketches because I want members sketches to be posted, but at a request of Susan, who says I am also a member of the sketch group, I am posting this from our first outing in Blue Point. This is one of my sketches in my Art House CoOP sketchbook.

Some sketches from our latest outings

Here's some sketches by some folks from our outing in Blue Point.

Tuesday, July 27, 2010

Wednesday sketch Evening July 28th at 6:30PM - BYOC

We're going to try Blue Point again. Although the dock is a little small, there were a few cute houses around the water that are dying to be sketched.

From Main Street, take Blue Point Ave down to the end, we will be in the vicinity. Rain or shine, unless there is a really nasty thunderstorm like there was last week.

Thursday, July 22, 2010

Walking Arts Tour

The Deadline for the Walking Arts Tour has been extended to July 30. As you know, this is one of the Patchogue Arts Council's big events and it plans to be bigger this year....

2010 PAC WAT Call for Artists and Volunteers
Its not too late to submit! Deadline is Friday July 30th 2010!
To Upload and application
We are expanding to sites in Bluepoint, Bayport and Beyond! We also have plans of a Pod Cast-a discussion of each artist/work prior to taking the stroll! This Walking Arts Tour will be the best one yet!

We are very excited to announce guest Curator Maria Macedonio-Ritter for the Fall 2010 WAT. Ms. Ritter is a fine artist and the Founding Director of the
Center for Visual Arts in Bluepoint, NY.
The Fall 2010 WAT will have 2 great events surrounding it, a PAC Mixer and WAT kickoff party on Saturday August 28th, 2010 at the Center for Visual Arts in Bluepoint and on Sunday October 24th, 2010 PAC and the Patchogue Theatre for the Performing Arts Live in the Lobby will come together once again for the 3rd annual Patchogue Arts Festival, a free day of art, poetry and live music throughout Patchogue! We look forward to seeing your work as we walk the Fall 2010 PAC WAT!
PAC is powered by 100% VOLUNTEER efforts! We need your help!
  • STREET TEAM to hang posters and hand out post cards
  • Docents to walk through the event providing information about artists, their work or the events of the day
  • Hang team to help hang and take down the work
  • Drop off and pick up team to oversee just that
  • People to set up and maintain the food table at the kick off party and festival
  • General people power!

Monday, July 19, 2010

Wednesday sketch Evening July 21st at 6:30PM - BYOC

BYOC is Bring Your Own Chair. We will be meeting in Blue Point, the very end of Blue Point Avenue to be exact. From Main Street, turn onto Blue Point Ave toward the water....go to the very end...we will be by the water, park where you can.

Saturday, July 17, 2010

Some really neat sketching/journaling books

Some really neat books on sketching and journaling that I picked up recently:

The Decorated Journal by Gwen Diehn...she even has some instructions in the back on making your own sketchbooks.

How to Be an Explorer of the World by Keri Smith...this book is so AWESOME!!! I love it. Each page has an idea of where or what to sketch, things many of us haven't thought of...this would be great for our sketch group.

An Illustrated Life by Danny Gregory. Again, another amazing book that has journal pages out of other artists' sketchbooks, many with how-tos that are very helpful.

If you are a member of your local library, you can go on-line and reserve books and pick them up, or you can orders the books above at Barnes and Noble or Borders. An inexpensive place here on Long Island where you can buy books is and they have Moleskines priced affordably as well. I think non-locals can even order on-line from them.

For those who are on the fence about sketching and hearing others say that sketching isn't real art, go to your museums and see what some of the masters have done. There's an artist I just read about recently, her name escapes me at the moment, her entire collection of journals and sketchbooks are being donated to the Smithsonian because the Smithsonian wants to keep records of artists lives via their journals and sketchbooks. From what I read, she said she was going to miss them but they were better off where others could see them.

The Art House CoOp Sketchbook Projects has over 3000 sketchbooks on tour from their 2009 sketchbook project. More info for last year's project and the tours can be found at

Sketchbooks journal an artist's progress and development. They record ideas, they are prep work for paintings. Many painting problems are solved in a sketchbook. Many great ideas came out of a sketchbook. The June 2010 issue of Watercolor Artist Magazine has a great article about J.M.W Turner's sketchbooks.

Sketchbooks contain all sorts of great information about an artist's life....keep sketching!

Monday, July 12, 2010

Plein Air Limner Group, July 13th 9:30 AM

Posting for the Limner Group, plein air outing:

Tuesday July 13th 2010
9:30 AM

South Dunton Avenue Beach
East Patchogue,NY

Beautiful, simple, peaceful beach...
View of Bellport Bay
Lapping water, bay breeze, boulder rocks,
small sandy beach, stones and shells,
beach grasses,rickety wooden dock, boat in the distance

Wednesday sketch Evening July 14th at 6:30PM - BYOC

How about we meet this week at the Sandspit Park and Marina, located at 80 Brightwood Street in Patchogue, better known for the location of the Davis Park Ferry. If you are a Brookhaven Town Resident, access is free but you might have to show proof of residence.

Pick a spot anywhere that you can find a bench, or set up your chair and enjoy sketching.

Thursday, July 8, 2010

Monday, July 5, 2010

Wednesday Sketch Evening July 7th at 6:30PM - BYOC

Bring your own chair...the forecast looks ok, we'll give Corey Beach another shot.

You don't have to do just the beach, there are boats in the back, there's Flo's restaurant on the corner...pick a spot and enjoy.

Saturday, July 3, 2010

Independence Day Challenge

It's Independence Weekend...A good time for sketching the festivities and any parades.

How about sketching this weekend, posting them on-line and linking them to this post so we can see what everyone is doing this weekend!!

Happy Independence Day!!