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Joan T
04-25-2012, 12:53 PM
Since I am doing the fake journal for this month, I have a lot of sketches that I need to post somewhere so I'm starting this thread and will continue putting my sketches here instead of separate threads, unless it is a special journal with a theme.

A portrait from my group on Tuesdays.
A cow from the Suffolk County Farm.
http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/25-Apr-2012/95061-Ap_5_6_large_creature.jpg \
A Bellport house.
A fountain
The water and dock.

A portrait of Laurie
A view of the Bellport Yacht Club.

04-25-2012, 04:31 PM
These are all wonderful. But, I really like the cow, especially her long lashes.

04-25-2012, 06:06 PM
Great sketches! I especially love the landscapes. The cow looks young, like she's really a calf - well painted. You made my favorite prey look cute! LOL - I seriously enjoy beef, it's a luxury but one I appreciate. So normally I look at cows as large quantities of walking steak and burgers. This one's too cuddly looking. Well, maybe she's a big-eyed milker, source of yummy cheese that can be treated more like a pet.

04-26-2012, 12:59 PM
Some with ink, some without. Doesn't matter, as always....your sketches are awesome! Don't make me pick a favorite. Oh, OK.."Water and Dock", love the brown mid-ground tall grass in that one. And the fore-ground growth in the "Bellport House".

What pen and ink did you use in these?

Thanks for these!


04-26-2012, 03:01 PM
Joan, what a lovely group of paintings. . . and so varied. The cow is adorable, such a sweet look on that young face. Both of the portraits are wonderful, I love how you do white hair.

04-26-2012, 03:32 PM
They are all super,but do love that cow!


04-27-2012, 09:36 AM
Very nice portraits, Joan! And the colors on the pier piece is very attractive and warm.

04-27-2012, 12:37 PM

Joan T
04-27-2012, 04:42 PM
Debby - Thanks. The cows are so flirty with their long lashes.

Robert - Thank you. Sadly these are raised at the county farm and then turned into meal at the county jail. In fact, some of the inmates take care of them.

Doug - Thanks so much. I vary what ink I use. Sometimes I use a Micron pen in sepia and sometimes I want it to wash into the painting so I use my Lamy pen with Noodler's brown.

Ricky - Thanks. I like to paint the cows, but last year they fenced in a pasture for them to graze in. They were still in for the winter when I painted this, but I'm sure they are too far out for me to see their faces now.

Sandra - Thanks.

EP - Thank you.

Joan T
04-27-2012, 04:50 PM
This is Maurice. It was my first time trying to paint darker skin tones.
Pear tree at Richter's Orchard in Northport.
The flower market at Union Square Park in Manhattan.
The ticket counter at the Hoboken Train Station.
A local windmill at the Sayville Grange.

Wisteria growing on the porch of the manor house at the Bayard Cutting Arboretum.

04-27-2012, 05:00 PM
All these places you go. Great paintings. I really like the wisteria.

04-27-2012, 07:01 PM
More great paintings. You did a fantastic job on Maurice, I think this is your best portrait yet. Well done.

Joan T
04-28-2012, 12:11 PM
Debby - Thanks. I love how the wisteria looks so I made sure I got to paint it.

Jacqui - Thank you.

At the beginning of this week, my friend, Ai, from Thailand was in the NY area, so we got together to sketch. I know her from WetCanvas and we met last year for the first time when she was in visiting relatives.

We met on Monday by the clock in Grand Central Terminal and then went downstairs and sketched a flower vendor.
Next we braved the elements and sat out in the cold to paint outside Grand Central. I painted the 42nd Street entrance to the terminal.
Here are both of us holding our sketches outside.

We were freezing by this time, so we headed indoors to sketch at the NY Public Library on 42nd St and 5th Avenue.
On Tuesday we met in NYC again. First we went to the Metropolitan Museum of Art. We sketched in one of the sculpture gardens. I sketched in dry inktense pencil and added the water when I got home. The museum doesn't allow any wet art materials.

Our next stop was the Guggenheim Museum. When we finished looking at the artwork, we sat in the lobby to do a quick sketch of the ceiling and ramps.
Our last stop was in downtown Manhattan at the High Line Park. The park was built along an abandoned elevated train station and runs along the river. It was really pretty, but it was like sitting in a wind tunnel. We had to hold onto everything we had.
Here are both of us holding our sketches before we headed into Chelsea Market to warm up and have some coffee before we each went back home.
It was so much fun to sketch with Ai. She inspires me. She is brave enough to always sketch directly in ink or directly in watercolor and her paintings are wonderful. I enjoyed showing her parts of the city.

04-28-2012, 12:29 PM
Joan, for your building studies, do you put ink outline first and then fill in with watercolor next? e.g. Highline Park and NY Public library.

And for your Grand Station one, did watercolor go down first and then you flesh it out with pen work next?

04-28-2012, 04:44 PM
Sounds like fun times indeed. Glad you got to go sketching with Ai. These are all wonderful.

Joan T
04-29-2012, 01:20 PM
Viv - I did the watercolor first for both the Grand Central sketch and the one of High Line Park. I do that most of the time...wc first, ink 2nd.

Debby - We had a lot of fun. Thanks.

Yesterday I sketched a house nearby. I liked the fence and the path.

04-29-2012, 03:48 PM
That is a cool scene. Glad you were able to capture it.

04-30-2012, 11:32 PM
Wow, the NYC sKetches ROCK!

Would you mind saying what your plein aire paints are?
Do you use a water brush?



05-01-2012, 09:01 AM
what a beautiful Spring scene!

Joan T
05-01-2012, 02:37 PM
Debby - Thank you.

Doug - Thanks. I have a small Windsor & Newton field kit that I have had forever. I've refilled it with tube colors and have squeezed a few additional color pans into it. I use a waterbrush, but I also make sure I have a regular travel brush in case I want to do a dark color (hard with the waterbrush) or fine detail.

Rainy - Thanks.

We had a local carnival running here over the weekend. I had to stop and sketch it.

05-01-2012, 03:26 PM
Wow, I missed this whole thread, it is awesome of course. Carnival is a fun way to use all your colors.

05-01-2012, 08:45 PM
Delightful carnival scene. Of course you had to stop and paint it. :)

05-02-2012, 08:05 AM
you really captured the detail and feel of that carnival. great color, too. Is this a S&B journal you are using?

05-02-2012, 11:22 AM
Wonderful wonderful job on those portraits.

Joan T
05-03-2012, 12:29 PM
Margo - Thanks. I love the carnival colors.

Debby - The carnival was calling me. lol Thanks.

Rainy - These were done in the Strathmore Visual Journal. Thank you.

EP - Thanks! They are a bit different from landscapes.

I started doing the Every Day in May on Flickr, so I'm going to include the sketches done for that.

Day 1 was to do a landscape. This is Short Beach up on the north shore of Long Island. This was done in my Strathmore journal.
Day 2 was to sketch something that related to a resolution I've made. This one was done in a new S&B journal that I'm going to use for the rest of the EDM sketches. I'll have to check which journal it is. It isn't one specifically for watercolor so I'm curious to see how it works. For this one there was a little buckling on the back fo the paper, but it was fine in the front.
The Patchogue Sketch Club met last night along the Patchogue River. We started about 6 but by 7 we were all freezing and headed home. (Usually we stay out until it gets dark.) I worked small so I was able to finish this sketch of a house and pier along the river.

05-03-2012, 08:44 PM
Great sketches. What is Every Day in May?

Joan T
05-04-2012, 11:27 AM
Debby - There is a Flickr group that does a challenge of 31 items to be sketched in May. You are supposed to sketch one a day and then post it to the group on Flickr. I did it last year and it was fun to do.

Here is my EDM sketch from yesterday. The item was free choice. I was out shopping at an outlet complex. This was the view out my car window. As you people know, I will sketch anything. lol

05-04-2012, 12:49 PM
LOL, that is sexy bikini. . . just in time for summer! Lovely landscapes and the exercise resolution is great. I have been trying to do that more myself, making myself try to find hills and steps and the likes when out walking the dogs or just around the office/town :)

05-04-2012, 05:37 PM
Nice red bikini. Thanks for the answer.

Joan T
05-06-2012, 04:15 PM
Rainy - Thanks. I walk for exercise every morning as soon as I get up, but I know the weights are important too.

Debby - Thank you.

Here are a few more EDMs.
Again yesterday we had mostly overcast skies and misty air...not condusive to painting outside. I was determined to find a place to sit in my car and paint, and finally did.

05-06-2012, 05:20 PM
Hi Joan. . . that is a very lovely teapot. The candy is great, you got the wrappers transparency very well. What a great quaint flower store. . . did you buy any flowers?

05-06-2012, 07:37 PM
Great sketches. Really like the piece of candy.

05-06-2012, 11:50 PM
Great sketches Joan and good for you jumping on another challenge bandwagon immediately after IFJM! I'm wedded to my Pentel brush pen this month, well I may do some pencil sketching too, its been way to long since I did that.

05-07-2012, 02:37 AM
Lovely sketches. The teapot is my favourite :)

Joan T
05-07-2012, 12:50 PM
http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/07-May-2012/95061-May_7_EDM_spoon.jpg Rainy - Thank you. I didn't buy any flowers. I have to find ones that need shade to go on my patio. I don't get much sun.

Debby - Thanks. The candy was soooooo good! lol

Margo - These are much quicker to do than the fake journal pages. Thanks.

Jennifer- Thank you.

Here are a few more EDM sketches.

And a small plein air from yesterday.

05-07-2012, 01:18 PM
Oh goodness - great sketches. I'm sure we'll see that red bikini again in future sketches ... someone on your beach will be wearing it :)

05-07-2012, 01:20 PM
These flowers are lovely, Joan! Great colours!

05-07-2012, 01:25 PM
Lovely flowers.

Joan T
05-09-2012, 02:00 PM
EP - Thanks. It will be bathing suit season soon.

Ulla - Thank you.

Debby - Thanks.

I did a few more sketches for EDM.
Here is my portrait done with my group yesterday.

05-09-2012, 02:06 PM
Hi Joan,

I'm back on the site after being very busy over the last few weeks...all good busy, though. And I was rewarded by a number of new journals to follow, including this one. All your work here is of your usual high quality, but I really am impressed with the portraits - very nicely done!

05-09-2012, 08:05 PM
Great sketches of everyday objects. Marvelous portrait.

05-09-2012, 09:37 PM
Absolutely lovely pages! I really like how you show us glimpses from what you see in your everyday life through these sketches.

Joan T
05-15-2012, 03:03 PM
John - Thanks so much!

Debby - Thank you!

Jenny - Thanks. I can't resist sketching fun found objects that are around.

Here are a few more EDM sketches. I've been busy lately and seem to not be doing landscape sketches in my journal. Plein air painting has taken over a bit. I did a paintout on Saturday that was so much fun. Here is a link to some photos of it on my blog.






05-15-2012, 04:43 PM
These are all wonderful. But, I really like the cow, especially her long lashes.

The cow is the only one smiling. Dr. Debby, tell your patients, I mean ... your subjects .... to smile. :D

05-15-2012, 04:47 PM
Oh goodness - great sketches. I'm sure we'll see that red bikini again in future sketches ... someone on your beach will be wearing it :)

(ears perk up). Sorry. :o

05-15-2012, 08:05 PM
Great EDM sketches. The buttons reminded me of my mother's and my grandmother's button jars. I wonder it mom's is still around...

Joan T
05-16-2012, 11:20 AM
Thevaliantx - Thanks.

Debby - Thanks. I don't think I've ever found a button in that collection that matched anything I needed. lol My mom had so many loose buttons that are one of a kind in that collection.

The EDM for yesterday was a street sign. It was raining so I sat in the car to paint this by a local school.

05-16-2012, 02:34 PM
Super sign. Even got that neon yellow they are painted.

05-16-2012, 07:02 PM

Now I'm REALLY hungry!!

05-16-2012, 10:30 PM
Great EDM sketches. A break after all the research and heavily illustrated pages of Roz's challenge. I have one of those button collections...2 actually my grans and a maiden friend of hers who had no one else to leave them too. There are some buttons with mates but some of those one of a kind buttons are very stellar on a purse of totebag. I've used scads that way.

05-17-2012, 03:12 AM
*drool* mushroom burger...I think I can smell it :)

05-17-2012, 11:01 AM
Joan, you are making me hungry and its nowhere near lunch break yet :)

Nice ones.

05-17-2012, 05:04 PM
Great sketches. I have a collection of buttons too. I've started using them in collage and as templates for circles.

It's amazing what you can find to draw.

05-17-2012, 08:34 PM
Wonderful sketches, Joan! :clap:

Joan T
05-18-2012, 01:16 PM
Margo - Thanks. That sounds like a fun way to use the buttons.

Jennifer - Thanks. Now if they only made it rare like I like burgers...

Rainy - Thank you. Sorry about making you hungry. That happens to me here too. lol

Elain - Thanks.

Serena - Thank you.

First a few EDM sketches.
I've sketched this spot a few times before. My sketch group met there on Wednesday night. It is hard to sketch while you're smelling the fries and onion rings...not to mention the fried clams. lol
Yesterday I went to an herb farm with 2 friends to sketch and shop.

05-18-2012, 03:12 PM
Great sketches. I love herbs.

05-19-2012, 07:58 PM
Yumm... I'm getting hungry, too! Beautiful shading and variation of color in the herbs!

05-20-2012, 04:52 PM
Hey Joan,

Another batch of great sketches....you serve'm up like a batch of hot chocolate chip cookies...Always scrumptious!

I surprised myself the other day when I was on another forum and I saw a sketch and the first thought that came to me was... Joan!. Sure enough it was one of yours. Loving your sketching style!


05-20-2012, 10:27 PM
Super sketches, that loaf of bread is amazingly 3d.

Joan T
05-21-2012, 05:33 PM
Debby - Thank you.

Tina - Thanks.

Doug - Glad you could tell it was mine. Thanks.

Margo - Thank you.

I've was busy all weekend and never got to the computer, so I'm very behind in commenting on the other journals. I promise I will get to them.

Here are a few new EDMs.


05-21-2012, 07:39 PM
Great sketches. Love the artist's set up.

05-22-2012, 03:30 PM
Joan, those are GREAT. . . I especially love the artist set up and the crusty bread. The details on the bread are great

Joan T
05-24-2012, 11:08 AM
Debby and Rainy - Thanks so much!

Here are a few more EDMs.
http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/24-May-2012/95061-May_22_EDM_ears.jpg http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/24-May-2012/95061-May_23_EDM_souvineer.jpg
We have been having showers most days lately so I haven't done much outdoor sketching in my journal. Due to the rain I went to the portrait group on Tuesday instead of a trip back to the lighthouse, which was rained out. This is Erin.

05-24-2012, 12:37 PM
Joan the hair and skin tones on the portrait are beautiful. Love the seascape (wish I was there) and the ears.

05-24-2012, 05:08 PM

Yum! Yum! Yum!

05-24-2012, 07:47 PM
Ahhh, here you are!

Vivien Maloney
05-24-2012, 11:13 PM
Just checking in to see what you've been up to as I haven't been to this Forum lately. What a wonderful lot of sketches Joan! Good to see you met up with Ai again...I bet you both had fun sketching together! And I love your "Every Day in May sketches!" You're an inspiration to all of us, as you're never at a loss for something to sketch. Love your work!

05-25-2012, 02:57 AM
More lovely sketches. As Viv says, you are an inspiration to us.

Love that bread, crusty and moist.

Joan T
05-25-2012, 02:34 PM
Rainy - Thank you.

EP - Thanks. I could use a slice of that bread right now.

Jillanne - Glad you found us. I hope you plan on posting your journal here.

Viv - Thank you so much. You are so sweet!

Elaine - Thanks!!!

05-25-2012, 09:18 PM
Glad to see even a bit of rain doesn't set you back Joan. That is a very lovely portrait of Erin.

Joan T
05-26-2012, 10:28 AM
Margo - Thanks. It looks like her a bit.

Here are the latest EDM sketches.
I did this one the other night when I met with the Patchogue Sketch Club.

05-26-2012, 12:41 PM
lovely Italian bread - nice sketches :)

05-27-2012, 12:21 AM
LOVE the boat scene. . . just beautiful.

05-27-2012, 05:43 PM
Yummy sandwich makings and a lovely dock scene.

05-28-2012, 02:13 AM
Umm...you are making me hungry. I haven't had a lobster roll in years. Love those little shacks where you get lobster rolls and clams! You just don't see many of those in the desert...well actually none! That is a seriously accurate sketch of the makings.

05-28-2012, 04:35 PM

Love the beach sketch, the boat sketch, the flower sketch, the lobster sketch, and all the other sketches...


Joan T
05-30-2012, 11:42 AM
Viv - Thanks!

Rainy - Thanks so much!

Debby - Thank you!

Margo - Thanks. One of the benefits of being near the water is the seafood...especially shellfish.

Sorry to have made everyone so hungry. lol

Here are the latest for the EDM project. Sorry to focus on food again.


05-30-2012, 01:02 PM
Wonderful clouds, food, mailbox and portrait.

05-30-2012, 03:17 PM
Great sketches for your ending EDM. At least these are food items I can recreate easily at home and usually do a big of in the summer time!

05-30-2012, 09:50 PM
Absolute wonderful sketches again Joan. The food does look appetizing, but my favorite is those clouds...

Joan T
05-31-2012, 11:00 AM
Thanks Debby, Margo and Jenny!

Here is my EDM from yesterday.
Last evening I met up with the Patchogue Sketch Club down by the water in Rocky Point. We sketched from 6 to about 8, so I had time for 2 small sketches. This is the view from the gazebo on the fishing pier back toward the land.
Then I turned around in the opposite direction to sketch two of the fishermen. They weren't very actively fishing and it took a while for them to stay still enough for a sketch.

05-31-2012, 06:26 PM
Marvelous sketches.

05-31-2012, 08:27 PM
Hi Joan,

Sorry I've been absent for much of the month, but glad I caught up on this thread! Hard to pick out favorites, but the boat basin sketch and the BBQ spread particularly stuck with me as I went through. And the bread.

05-31-2012, 09:11 PM
You did a great job on making those sneakers look 3d, right down to the stitching. Great dockside sketches too, a very nice array of greens in the landscape.

Joan T
06-02-2012, 11:52 AM
Thanks Debby, John, and Margo!

On Thursday I headed down to the beach at Smith Point. There is a beautiful garden that is part of the TWA Flight 200 Memorial that is there. Nothing much was in bloom in the way of flowers, but the plants were interesting in front of the view of the dunes. I did this one in my moleskin journal that I haven't used since last summer.
Yesterday I headed out to Riverhead which is about a 25 minute drive from me. I went to the Peconic River Herb Farm (where I love to sketch and have done so many times). I had done a sketch of some of the herbs about 2 weeks ago and wanted to do another one.
I joined the Sketchbook Project again for this year, and glued in wc paper like I did last time so I could work in watercolors. This was also done at the Herb Farm and spans 2 pages. I could probably paint for a week at this place and not get bored.


06-02-2012, 11:46 PM

I really like the view from the gazebo. All the subtle colors in the foliage
are executed to perfection.

Thanks for sharing!


06-03-2012, 12:41 AM
Those are lovely, ESP the colors in the last two really appeal to me...beautiful? love the tennis shoe!

06-03-2012, 07:08 PM
Delightful plant paintings. I love herb gardens.

06-03-2012, 08:26 PM
Wonderful herb sketches Joan.

Joan T
06-04-2012, 12:50 PM
Doug - Thanks so much.

Rainy - Thanks!

Debby - Thanks. This place has so much to sketch between the herbs, flowers, pots, greenhouses and buildings. Add to that the fact that they are right on the river. I haven't gotten around to sketching that yet.

This was done at one of the garden areas at the Suffolk County Farm.

Yesterday I had to pick up paintings in Bellport, so I went a bit early to sketch in town. This is one of the churches. That open doorway attracted me, but by the time I finished someone had closed it and locked up the church. lol

06-04-2012, 02:50 PM
Nice job on all these, particularly the church. I also really like the double-page Moleskine spread for the dunes. It works perfectly for that subject.

06-05-2012, 04:32 AM
I love the two pages-dunes, it makes me smell salt and hear the waves. I haven't been to the beach in ages.

Your sketches are always so inviting, I want to spend time wandering around in them.

06-05-2012, 03:48 PM
Such an amazing range of subjects.
Love the Rocky Oint vista and the Herb garden with the pots.

Joan T
06-06-2012, 03:23 PM
Thanks John, Jennifer, and Elain!

Joan T
06-07-2012, 11:40 AM
http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/07-Jun-2012/95061-June_6_3_help.jpg I did this one last night at the Maritime Museum in Sayville. This particular boat is old and really run down...but at least it still floast. I think they are going to restore it. This is one of the double page spreads for my Sketchbook Project.

06-07-2012, 11:42 AM
Nice job on the two-page spread, Joan! You've definitely captured the maritime scene and the oh-so-common 'a few too many nautical miles' look of old war horse boats. We have a lot of them out this way in our fishing fleets.

06-07-2012, 05:33 PM
Marvelous sketch of the dock and boat.

06-10-2012, 06:36 AM
As long as it floats, there's hope :) I really like the trees and the subtle shades of the sky.

Joan T
06-11-2012, 12:33 PM
John - Thanks. The good thing is that the museum does renovate the boats eventually.

Debby - Thanks.

Jennifer - Thanks so much.

I needed to do a "downtown" sketch for the scavenger hunt, so I headed over to the next town from me, which is Sayville. Luckily I found a spot to park with a view cause it started to drizzle while I was working on this.
I did this yesterday down at the beach in Westhampton. I walked down a ways along the beach so I could do one of the houses. I wouldn't mind having a house on the beach in this spot. Then I could invite all of you for a visit. A big area in front of the dunes is protected because the piping plovers are nesting...they get a big part of many of the beaches out here.

06-11-2012, 10:53 PM
Great urban scene. Lovely beach sketch.

06-12-2012, 02:06 AM
You catch your area well

06-13-2012, 01:50 AM
This is going to be another fabulous Sketchbook Project book!

06-13-2012, 03:22 PM
Great sketches! You've got fantastic control with the watercolours. I'm especially loving the May 18th sketch. It reminds me of my parents' cottage.

06-13-2012, 08:38 PM
what an adorable little town!!! Great painting

Joan T
06-21-2012, 10:51 AM
Thanks Debby, Viv, Margo, Geekette, and Rainy!

I haven't had time to work in my sketchbooks much lately...too busy with larger pieces, but that is a good thing. I did get to do a few yesterday.

This was done while I was sitting on the beach near the bay here yesterday. It was about 90 degrees, but I had my beach umbrella to keep me cool. I used my micron pen and sketched directly in pen. I joined a 75 day challenge on Flickr where you do a sketch a day directly in ink. That is something I always say I'm going to do, but rarely do. Maybe the challenge will make me more comfortable sketching that way.
Then last night I met with the Patchogue Sketch Club down by another beach. We met at 6:15 and there were a lot of people on the beach still. I did this one in an old sketchbook from 2002 that still had some blank pages. I will have to take photos of the other sketches so you can see how far I've come since then. lol This is Corey Beach.
I finished before the other artists, so I did a sketch of one of them directly in ink. He didn't know I was sketching him. It came out resembling him a lot.

06-21-2012, 10:59 PM
Very good sketch of the sketcher. I did that 75 day in ink challenge. I ended up doing it for like 95 days because I made my sketchbook a wee bit on the large side. Kept me going with my sketching during the move and unpacking. It also made me totally unhesitant with the ink. I think you will enjoy doing it. My current challenge is having only used ink or watercolor for over 8 months to start using pencil again! Sometimes its like a dog chasing it's tail, this pursuit of art!

06-22-2012, 10:27 AM
They are all great! I especially love the florals!

Joan T
06-22-2012, 11:13 AM
Margo - Thanks. Sketching directly in ink is a challenge for me, so maybe doing so many sketches that way will make it more of a habit...I hope!

Tiptrinket - Thank you.

This is another sketch I did directly in ink. We are having a bit of a heat wave here on the east coast. When I left the beach to come home yesterday it was still 98 degrees at 5 pm. This was done in my moleskin of some of the people in front of me.

06-22-2012, 04:17 PM
These are marvelous. I understand. Sketching directly in ink is a challenge for me too. :o

Joan T
06-25-2012, 12:48 PM
Debby - Thanks. I'm always impressed when I see people work directly in pen. Maybe by day 70 I'll feel confident. lol

For this one I set up a still life to sketch.
This was done at a local arboretum. I love this little walled garden.
I needed to do a sketch last night so I pulled out one of my hundreds of photos that I took a few years ago in Tuscany.

Joan T
06-29-2012, 11:28 AM
http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/29-Jun-2012/95061-June_27_Day_7.jpg The above sketch is of one of those convenience stores where you pull up and make your purchases through your car window. My sister loved these places when her kids were little and asleep. She didn't have to get out of the car and wake them up to buy something like milk.

Then I sketched an ice cream place in Bellport before my art organization's monthly meeting. Of course I started with the people and they got up before I was really finished, so I had to do them partly from memory.

This was done on two pages in my moleskin while I was at the beach the other day.
I sat on my patio and sketched my hanging begonias.

06-29-2012, 04:36 PM
Marvelous. I really like the walled garden. Good for you keeping up with your challenge.

06-29-2012, 05:31 PM
Another awesome bunch of sketches!!

Do you have a link to this 75 sketches challenge?


06-30-2012, 01:22 AM
Joan, I think you do wonderfully well direct to ink. You'll be amazed how much more confident you feel with that pen after 75 days. I started with pen in October and just now switched back to pencil for a class I'm in. It feels very strange to have an eraser in my hand again. It was a fun week, but I missed my pens.

Joan T
06-30-2012, 12:27 PM
Debby - Thanks so much.

Doug - Thanks. Here is the link: www.flickr.com/groups/[email protected] (http://www.flickr.com/groups/[email protected]) You have to sign up if you want to join the group.

Margo - Thanks for the encouraging words!

Here is Day 10 directly in pen. This was done from a photo I took a few years ago in Charleston.

06-30-2012, 12:49 PM
I like your description of the motion of water

06-30-2012, 12:49 PM
drawing straight into pen on a long challenge like this certainly does make it flow more confidently :) very nice

06-30-2012, 10:25 PM
Lovely fountain. I agree with Margo, the water is delightful.

06-30-2012, 11:15 PM
wow, I love that one Joan. Esp. how you captured the brick without drawing every one. Nice job.

07-01-2012, 05:13 PM
These are beautiful! I especially like the one outside of Grand Central and the one of the inside of the NY Public Library. I have never tried watercolor, and now I want to!

Joan T
07-03-2012, 12:58 PM
Margo - Thank you.

Viv - Hopefully the confidence will come. Thanks!

Debby - Thank you.

Rainy - Thanks!!

Mads - Definitely give wc a try. Thanks.

Here are a few more from the directly in ink challenge.
Day 11 - This was done from a photo I took somewhere in North Carolina.

Day 12 - Here is the Montauk Lighthouse done from a photo I took of it. I don't think my actual sketch is that tilted...I think it is the way I took the photo.:)

Day 13 - I was having a pedicure yesterday and couldn't resist the view across the salon.

07-03-2012, 05:39 PM
Great you are keeping up with the challenge. Delightful sketches.

07-10-2012, 07:30 PM
I love that barn Joan! I wonder what it is about barns and rural scenes, they seem to have some universal appeal.


Joan T
07-11-2012, 11:30 AM
Thanks Debby and David.

It seems like I keep running out of time to spend on the computer now that summer is here. I will catch up on everyone's blogs slowly. I am still keeping up with my "directly in pen" challenge. Here are a few more.

Day 14 was done at the pool in my development.

On the 4th of July we headed down south for my nephew's wedding in Georgia. On the way we stopped overnight at the Hampton Inn in Roanoke, VA. It was too hot outside to sketch so I did one of the breakfast area for
Day 15.
Day 16 was sketched in downtown Athens, Georgia. It was hot but I went out for a walk at about 6 am with my small moleskin tucked into my fanny pack. I sketched in ink and added the color when I got back to the hotel.
Day 17 is the Georgia Theatre. I was told that many musical acts got there start there. Again I headed out about 6 before it got oppressively hot! The streets are pretty empty at that time...very few people were up.
Later that morning I went out with my sister to sketch at the gardens by the visitor's center across the street to the hotel. It was fine until the sun came out and then I thought we would faint in the heat. It didn't stop me from sketching. lol
I have a few more from the trip and will post them tomorrow.

07-11-2012, 12:22 PM
Wowee! What a trooper doing the sketching in the "I think I'll faint" heat!! Very very fantastic work.

07-11-2012, 12:44 PM
You get a definite gold star for all that sketching!

07-11-2012, 07:13 PM
Awesome sketching. You are quite dedicated to sketching. :)

07-11-2012, 08:03 PM
Neither rain, nor sleet nor sweltering days in the south can keep this girl from her task!:clap: :clap: :clap: Good for you, anyone who waits for the perfect subject or weather never paints anything. You on the other hand paint and sketch everything. Tipping my big old southern belle hat in your direction!

Joan T
07-12-2012, 10:57 AM
Thanks EP, Viv, Debby, and Margo! I sometimes get a little bit too carried away, but that is me.:D

This is the place we stayed in Athens, the Foundry Park Inn and Spa. The wedding reception was in this building that I sketched. I never got to try the spa, but did get to spend a lot of time in the pool. I found a bit of shade outside our room so it wasn't too bad sketching this.

On the way back home we stopped in Roanoke VA overnight. I had to do a sketch directly in ink so I sketched in the hotel room.
I guess I'm caught up now. I haven't done much sketching since I'm home. I'll have to head out and remedy that today.

07-12-2012, 03:35 PM
You are definitely an inspiration to keep sketching every day and everything you see.

07-12-2012, 08:55 PM
Wonderful work on the 75 day challenge! I especially like seeing the VA and GA sketches, as I will hopefully be taking a road trip from PA down the east coast, along the Gulf Coast and back to the NW in the fall. I have not spent much time in the VA-NC-GA area, and have never been on the Gulf Coast.

07-14-2012, 12:17 AM
Joan, really enjoy your light touches on doing human figures with all the broken lines.

I really like how you contrast the background with the lady on the bench in the first piece in this post (http://www.wetcanvas.com/forums/showpost.php?p=17353152&postcount=105).

07-14-2012, 12:25 AM
Love your sketches Joan! Day 13 is just wonderful and my favorite!

Joan T
07-18-2012, 11:47 AM
Thanks Debby, John, Sandra, and Tangerine.

For some reason this summer I'm getting less artwork done and still have less time to spend on the computer. Where does the time go?

This was sketched outside our public library.

The other day I went to get new tires and sketched this scene outside the waiting room window.

On Saturday I did the Worldwide Sketchcrawl. I did it alone locally.
This is the Farmer's Market in Sayville...lots of good things to sketch and eat.
Here is the bread vendor.
This booth sold home-made cheeses as well as veggies.
There was also someone selling flowers.
I finished Saturday with a dip in the pool...as did several kids.

07-18-2012, 01:49 PM
Yay swimming! Less artwork and less time on the computer means you must be having tons of fun doing other things ... like.... cooking? Dancing? Gardening? :)

07-18-2012, 02:03 PM
Swimming...a dip in the pool would be wonderful. I've only had 2 swims this summer, would gladly give up sketching time to do so. Very good sketches.

Rose Petal
07-18-2012, 02:54 PM
Love the sketches of NY ladies. Nice Job! Did you meet your sketching pal on this website? If so that is pretty cool.

Rose Petal/Kim

07-18-2012, 04:39 PM
Hello Joan. . . I am having that same issue this summer despite being home more! Part of it is raising my daughter's puppy for her, but a fun part! Love that puppy breath.

Great sketches. I especially like the one at the library and the two potted plants! Swimming pools looks fun place to sketch.

07-18-2012, 06:07 PM
Wonderful sketches. I'm with EP, you're probably busy doing other things so time sketching and on the computer are less.

07-18-2012, 11:09 PM
Is that water color you use in your sketches? I've thought about playing with water color, but not sure I have the patience for the drying, or the water trails that go where I don't want them to go.

Joan T
07-19-2012, 12:11 PM
EP - I have to find time for everything. lol Thanks.

Margo - Thanks! There has to be a middle ground between summer activities and sketching.

Rose Petal - Thank you. Yes, I met Ai here on Wet Canvas in the Scavenger Hunts. I've met a few people from the WetCanvas family in the years that I've been a member...even as far away as in Tuscany.

Rainy - Thank you. You must be having fun with the puppy.

Debby - Thanks!

Tom - I always use watercolors, and most of the time they dry quick enough for the sketches.

I have one more sketch from the other day of a couple on the beach...not one of my best ones, but I did sketch. lol I was too lazy to even add color.
Today is a fairly overcast day and not as hot as the last few days, so I am planning to go out sketching. Hopefully I will have something to post tomorrow.:wave:

07-19-2012, 05:08 PM
I like seeing your sketching marks for a change Joan. :)
You got the proportions and positions wonderfully.

07-19-2012, 07:07 PM
Nice sketch.

Joan T
07-20-2012, 11:53 AM
Thanks Rainy and Debby!

I went to visit a friend of mine yesterday who has a wonderful garden. After yacking for a while I left her to her work and went into the garden so sketch her watering can filled with flowers.


07-20-2012, 04:02 PM
Beautiful flowers.

07-21-2012, 07:59 AM
nice :)

Joan T
07-21-2012, 10:50 AM
Thanks Debby and Viv!

It was a wet, rainy day yesterday so my only sketching was indoors. I did this before I used it in my bottle of Corona Light. lol

07-21-2012, 01:29 PM
beautiful sketch of the old watercan and flowers!!! Love it.

Nice work on the lime. . did you use any ink in that one or pencil?

07-21-2012, 08:10 PM
Mmm... lime. Great sketch.

Joan T
07-23-2012, 12:39 PM
Rainy - Thanks. The lime was done just with watercolors.

Debby - Thank you.

This was done from the parking lot at the beach looking back toward the bridge I crossed to get there. I regret trying to do clouds in ink.
Yesterday I went with a friend to Old Westbury Gardens to paint. In addition to doing 2 small paintings I did one sketch for the 75 day challenge. This was done in the walled garden.

07-23-2012, 05:49 PM
Love the walled garden.

07-23-2012, 06:04 PM
lovely garden... the bridge is also nicely done but I understand about clouds in ink. Not easy!

07-25-2012, 05:57 AM
All your sketches are really wonderful! A lot of fun time you spent!

Joan T
07-26-2012, 11:35 AM
Thanks so much Debby, Rainy and Mostho!

I have been continuing with the 75 days of ink sketches but seem to be less pleased with them as I go on. lol I'm showing the good and the bad. Maybe I need to get back to architectural sketches instead of trying people directly in ink. Here are a few more.

This is my sister's grandaughter Katerie who is 6. I made her look like 26! :( She was painting some seashells while I sketched her. I also did a pencil sketch of her, but I forgot to take a photo of that one. I'll have to post that one tomorrow.

07-26-2012, 03:23 PM
It's hard to get the child proportions on a portrait. Now you know what she'll look like as an adult. It's still a good sketch.

07-26-2012, 04:18 PM
Wonderful journal. I have never done one before but am being inspired to do one having seen what you are doing. I love your watercolours and I find the sketches in this journal wonderful. Why do you call it a 'fake journal'?

07-26-2012, 05:39 PM
Joan you are so good to begin with just trust the ink process and sketch lots and lots of people with your pens. Have you played with ball points at all? I fell in love with the Parker Jotter when I did the 75 day ink sketching, you can even shade lightly with them. At the beginning and maybe up to midway through I was not thrilled with drawing in ink. Then one day I realized I hadn't complained about the inability to erase for days. Now I love being able to have a complete sketchkit with a small sketchbook and pen in my purse, very lightweight!

Joan T
07-27-2012, 06:35 PM
Debby - Thanks. I would have done a bit better in pencil, but I was doing it for my 75 day challenge.

Eileen - You should definitely try doing one. Thanks. The "fake" journals were done pretending to be someone else or to have a different life.

Margo - Thanks. I haven't tried sketching in ball points at all. I'd like to use something with a fine point that bleeds a little. But then I want to go add color too. lol

Joan T
07-27-2012, 06:37 PM
This is the other sketch of my greatniece. It looks a bit more like her and a bit younger this time. She wasn't very cooperative. I don't think she sits still for more than a minute, and wants to see what I'm doing while I'm sketching.

07-27-2012, 09:49 PM
Well, of course she wants to see what you're doing. :) I can see where this is a more accurate sketch. Looks like a little girl. She's very cute.

07-28-2012, 11:33 AM
I like your sketches of Katerie (cool name!) What a fun activity, painting seashells. Was that your idea?

In the second sketch she is so bright eyed and really lovely girl.

Joan T
07-28-2012, 11:33 AM
Thanks, Debby.

Here are a few more done for my 75 day ink challenge.

This one was done at my local library.
This one was done at a memorial garden down by the beach.

07-28-2012, 11:34 AM
OOPs. . . posted and then saw these new ones.

Again, great sketches. Is that one of those plants that grow in water with rocks instead of dirt? Great beach scene.

07-28-2012, 06:22 PM
You are doing so good on the challenge. Your drawings are delightful.

Joan T
07-30-2012, 12:38 PM
Rainy - I don't know if there were rocks in the bottom or not. I have several pieces of the same plant at home just rooting in water.Thanks.

Debby - Thank you.I guess it is making me feel more confident with a pen. lol

Joan T
07-30-2012, 12:41 PM
We have had really cloudy, damp weather the last few days. I did go out yesterday to sketch, even though it was misting lightly at times. I did these from my car.

This is a local farmstand.
And this was done at the East Islip Marina for the Sketchbook Project.

07-30-2012, 02:16 PM
wonderful view of the Marina and the posts

The farm stand looks like it doesn't have much produce at the time you drew it?

07-30-2012, 02:17 PM
Looking good Joan. I use Pilot Precise pens when I want a fine line and a bit of a bleed. Pentel Pocket Brush Pen usually doesn't bleed but is a fun and very different kind of pen to use as well, I love adding water color over it, just another thing I've picked up from Roz Wound Up and enjoy!

07-30-2012, 05:33 PM
Yum, fresh produce. Marvelous sketches.

Joan T
08-01-2012, 11:31 AM
Rainy - Thanks. Most of the produce was on the other end of the farmstand, but I didn't want to park over there and be too obvious. lol

Margo - Thanks. I have some micron pens with a very fine point, but they don't make them in sepia only black for some reason. I usually prefer to use sepia pens. I'm going to have to get another pen to refill on my own.

Debby - Thanks!

Joan T
08-01-2012, 11:33 AM
Here is another sketch for the 75 day project. This guy made a good model...and a good dinner.

08-01-2012, 04:07 PM
Doing double duty! Great.

08-01-2012, 05:56 PM
Fabulous lobster sketch, and always nice when the models can double as dinner.

Joan T
08-06-2012, 12:39 PM
Debby and Margo - It is nice to have models that serve dual purposes. lol Thanks.

This was done the other night when my sketch group went out.
Believe it or not this was sketched in the ladies room of the manor house at the arboretum I go to a lot.
On Friday I went with a few friends to paint at a garden out east.
Wine anyone?
I sketched some of the plants on my patio railing.
I think I'm caught up with my posting. Maybe tomorrow I'll have time to visit everyone's journals.

08-06-2012, 01:47 PM
Lovely, you have a very nice range of greens. Your green mixing is definitely getting a workout this summer!

08-06-2012, 04:22 PM
Wonderful sketches. I'll take some of that wine. :lol:

Joan T
08-10-2012, 11:40 AM
Margo - Thank you!

Debbie - I'm always ready to share my wine!

Here is another sketch. I did resist the burgers even though they smelled great!

08-10-2012, 04:15 PM
You are a saint, always resisting the food offerings when you are out sketching. Great sketch.

08-10-2012, 09:58 PM
Lovely sketches and fun descriptive comments!

08-10-2012, 10:29 PM

You are such a prolific sketcher. I love what you've been churning out.
When I sketch with a pen on a piece of scrap paper it doesn't turn out too bad (sometimes), but the minute i get out some decent art paper my hand/brain stiffen up and.......

Keep it up cuz you're such an inspiration,


08-13-2012, 06:04 PM
Great series of sketches!

Joan T
08-13-2012, 09:34 PM
Doug - So make yourself a small sketchbook with scrap paper. lol That would work. There are a lot of people that have that same problem and some of us that sketch all the time hesitate when we get a "nice" new journal that we don't want to mess up. lol

I have been sketching but right now I'm up in Maine visiting my sister Tina and haven't figured out how to upload to her laptop. It isn't easy when you change your normal routine. I'll probably have to wait and post when I get back home this weekend.

08-13-2012, 09:37 PM
Joan, great sketches. . . Checkers looks like a fun eatery but that person all alone looks like you caught it at a time when it was not near mealtime :) Is that black cat wine :) And the pen and wash in the loo is great, what ink is that?

08-15-2012, 07:06 AM
I like the lobster in particular. A great series of sketches!

08-18-2012, 10:30 AM
Joan, I had a lot of catching up to do with your posts here and they are all great. FWIW I love the ink and watercolor sketches that you've done. I'm trying to use ink in alot of mine. It takes a little getting used to but the look is worth the risk, IMHO. Very well done.


Joan T
08-18-2012, 12:34 PM
Thanks so much everyone!!!

Rainy - Sorry, but I can't remember what ink was in the pen I was using for the chair in the ladies room.

Joan T
08-18-2012, 12:38 PM
Now that I'm back home, I can post things again.

This was done while waiting on line for the Cross Sound Ferry from Orient Point to New London. I knew I had to be fast before the lines started moving onto the ferry, so I did it directly in ink.
Then I sketched some of the people on the ferry.
I did a few sketches on my early morning walks in my sister's town. These were done directly in ink too.

08-18-2012, 05:05 PM
Very good, nice sketches!

08-18-2012, 07:32 PM
great sketches, Joan. I esp. like the waiting for the ferry one :)

08-18-2012, 08:07 PM
Marvelous sketches.

08-19-2012, 10:04 PM
Great sketches, hope your trip was as pleasant as they are.

08-20-2012, 12:23 AM
Love the kayaks :)

08-21-2012, 08:56 AM
lovely :)

Joan T
08-22-2012, 11:39 AM
Thanks everyone!!!

One rainy day my sister and I rode around looking for something to sketch from the car, and weren't having any luck. She needed to stop for milk before we drove home so she pulled in by a market. Across from the market were these stores that looked like they could be fun, but the view wasn't great from the car. Luckily inside the market was an area with tables by the window and a great view across the street. I noticed these two guys standing under the overhang so they were dry while their wives were in the stores shopping. Of course after I was done one of the wives showed up in this bright yellow slicker. She would have been a perfect addition.
I did this on one of my am walks in Maine. I was sitting on a rock wall in front of someone's house. Some woman and her dog were passing by and wanted to know if I was OK or needed help. I don't know what she thought I was doing.
Heading back home on the ferry I had just enough light to sketch outside on the top deck. I had to do the color at home.
I bought some sunflowers over the weekend...sketched them too!
Last night I did an ink sketch of my salt and pepper shakers.

08-22-2012, 03:09 PM
Such a great variety of sketches. I guess the lady was confused seeing you sketching.

Joan T
08-25-2012, 10:57 AM
Debby - Thanks. I don't know what she was thinking. lol

This was done in my Sketchbook Project book. This is the marsh that can be seen from the Maritime Museum in Sayville where my sketch group met the other night.
I was at the beach the other day and liked the look of the beach shop...I resisted buying anything. This is also in my Sketchbook Project book.

08-25-2012, 11:12 AM
both a re beautiful, Joan. I love how you did all the clothes in the shop, so fun and colorful. Is this the 2013 sketchbook project book? Is it the same paper as last year? How do you like it?

08-25-2012, 01:33 PM
This is going to be one of the most interesting and colorful of the project books!

08-25-2012, 05:15 PM
You are so good at sketching and resisting temptation. Lovely landscape.

Joan T
09-11-2012, 04:36 PM
Rainy - Thanks. I can't work on the paper they have in the book, so again I cut up pieces of wc paper and glued them into the book. I just can't frustrate myself trying to do wc on that paper. lol

Margo - Thank you. Like last year's book it will have a bit of everything in it.

Debby - Thanks so much.

I did a small sketch in watercolors of some flowers I bought at a local farmstand.

I did a few beach sketches directly in ink for my 75 day challenge.
Last Wednesday I flew out to San Diego for my nephew's wedding. I made sure I had my sketchbook and supplies so I could sketch while waiting at the gate to board the plane.
We stayed at Harrah's Rincon Casino in North San Diego. The wedding was about 20 minutes from there. On Friday morning we spent some time at the pool before we changed to go to the wedding. Sketching was much safer than playing the slot machines. lol
I even sketched a few people at the pool.
I just had to do a sketch of a slot machine.
And last a sketch before departing from San Diego.

09-11-2012, 05:06 PM
Delightful range of sketches. Especially those from your trip.

09-11-2012, 08:33 PM
Great trip sketches, where are the bride and groom? I second Debby's applause on resisting temptation, something I couldn't do if there was a casino involved! At this advanced stage in you 75 day straight to ink sketching how are you feeling about it? I didn't add color to mine but had a delightful toned paper in a sketchbook I made for that purpose. My only regret is this was some lovely heavy paper used for printing some customers letters to mail, ie no idea what it was so I can never buy more. It was lovely with a pen while it lasted!

09-12-2012, 03:50 AM
Always a joy to see your sketches!

09-12-2012, 11:34 AM
Looks like you had a fun trip. The watercolour sketches without the pen sketch are stunning, the flowers in particular. I can't help admire anyone who can jump right into paint without laying down a sketch first.

Joan T
09-13-2012, 11:00 AM
Debby - Thank you. I loved having new scenes to sketch.

Margo - Thanks. I still prefer sketching in pencil first, but I think doing the 75 day challenge is helping me become more observant since I can't go back and change the ink.

Eileen - Thanks so much!

Geekette - Thanks. I force myself to do some directly in ink or directly in paint, but I'm much more comfortable sketching in pencil first.

09-15-2012, 11:57 AM
Joan, you have been busy. I just LOVE how you did the can on that flower painting. . . the tones are colors in the metal are awesome. The air terminal one is wonderful details. and WOW. . . you were in my neck of the woods. .

Joan T
09-15-2012, 01:29 PM
Rainy - Thanks. Are you in the San Diego area? I wish we had more time to explore there since I haven't been out there in about 7 years.

These were done with the Patchogue Sketch Club at the home of the lady that lets us paint in her cupcake store in the winter. Doesn't this look like a relaxing spot? The only problem is that it is getting dark so much earlier now. We usually meet about 6 and by 7:10 I couldn't see my sketchbook or the scene any more.
First sketch:
http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/15-Sep-2012/95061-Sep_14_75_day_tree.jpg Second sketch:

09-15-2012, 06:19 PM
Lovely yard you sketched. And the light will be fading even sooner over the next few weeks. Fall is definitely here.

09-16-2012, 12:13 AM
Great sketches. I carry a small flip up book light that clips onto my sketchbook and shines rather brightly with led lights, and better yet weighs next to nothing. It could always go in the glove box of your car too.

Joan T
09-18-2012, 01:40 PM
Debby - Thanks. I can feel autumn in the air here.

Margo - Thank you. I need to get a small book light. It would probably help.

I sketched this from the boardwalk at the beach last week.
Here is the place I find hard to leave in the morning. lol
I did this one of the marina in the distance while I was sitting by the bay the other day.

09-18-2012, 03:46 PM
Great batch of sketches, I love what you are doing with the skies.

09-18-2012, 07:26 PM
Super sketches. I can see why you'd want to stay there, the bed looks really comfy.

Deborah Secor
09-18-2012, 10:26 PM
Joan, I just did a very quick trip through your sketchbook with a few stops to admire places and techniques you used! Fun!! Thanks for sharing.

Love the last one. I'm a landscape kind of gal and the marina sketch appeals to me a lot. The soft/hard of the grasses is excellent.

Joan T
09-19-2012, 11:01 AM
Thanks Margo, Debby, and Deborah!!

This was done yesterday for the 75 day challenge (yeah, I'm almost there). It was a gloomy day with rain forecast, so I sat in my car in a parking lot near the Suffolk County Farm to sketch.

09-19-2012, 12:27 PM
Yay! Day 59, hey? This has become a habit for you :)

09-19-2012, 04:30 PM
You got the sky just right for a dreary day.

Joan T
09-20-2012, 03:30 PM
EP - It hasn't quite become a habit, but it has forced me to be more observant and sketch carefully.

Debby - Thank you.

This is Day 60 for my challenge. It also fit into the Scavenger Hunt too. This is a bouquet of lavender I bought at a lavender farm where I spent a day painting this summer. It smells so good!

09-20-2012, 03:51 PM
Lovely sketches.

09-20-2012, 04:48 PM
Hi Joan, once again I had a lot of catching up to do but browsing your sketches is so much fun. I love the variety of the things you sketch, its always interesting and your sketches are so good. I love the beach shop. It reminds me of the numerous ones we see here in Florida on every trip to the coast. Very well done.


09-20-2012, 05:25 PM
Lavender is lovely. Even when dried, it keeps a bit of it's fragrance. Marvelous sketch.

09-22-2012, 01:18 AM
Achoo! Lovely lavender, I'm just allergic, there is a lavender farm right down the lane from my house, haven't gone, didn't know if I'd survive the close contact. Your farm painting is very atmospheric!

Joan T
09-24-2012, 01:57 PM
Eileen - Thanks!

Helen - Thanks so much. Glad you enjoyed catching up.

Debby - Thanks. The smell of lavender always reminds me of the stores in France. I think the fragrance of lavender was always in the soap.

Margo - Thank you. I went with my art group to paint the lavender fields this summer but a few people wouldn't join us. They were afraid the smell would be too much, but I loved it.

This was sketched at a farmstand near me.
Yesterday I went with a friend to paint at a marina in our area. I did this while I was waiting for her to finsh her painting.

09-24-2012, 04:36 PM
Lovely sketches. Like the sunflowers.

09-24-2012, 05:36 PM
...super journal Joan, so much to look at and read, loved the lobster, and other foody things, good portraits too. It's true what you said about not wanting to touch new sketchbooks, I bought several of my fave ones, but they have rocketed in price, now I look at them but leave them on the shelf, and use cheaper paper cut down. Anyways, enjoyed catching up on your bright fresh sketches...

09-25-2012, 05:57 PM
I always love sunflowers and that marina sketch is exceptional.

Joan T
09-26-2012, 11:43 AM
Debby - Thank you.

Kat - Thanks so much. Glad you came by to catch up.

Margo - Thanks

This was done with whatever ink I had in my Lamy pen, but it smudges so much. I'll have to remember to put something else in it...now if I only knew what was in it so I don't use it again.

09-26-2012, 11:59 AM
Lovely sketch and I like the color of ink, maybe it just has a longer dry time.

09-26-2012, 08:54 PM
Great barn sketch. I too like the ink color. Too bad it smudges on you.

09-27-2012, 11:16 AM
nice atmospheric sketch even if you weren't happy with the ink

Joan T
09-27-2012, 11:19 AM
Thanks Margo and Debby! Unfortunately I have no patience for the ink to dry. I end up with it smudging and all over my hand. But have I changed the ink yet...no. lol

Yesterday was a day that started out with showers in the morning and then the weather kept changing all day long. I did find a few minutes of sun and went down and sat on the beach. This was done facing north from the tiny local beach on the sound. I think the building in front is a gym and the builing behind it sells boat parts. This was done directly in ink for my 75 day challenge...only 10 more to go!
Then about 5:30 I met with the Patchogue Sketch Club for our weekly sketch night. We had an alternate location ready just in case of rain, but we were able to sit on the corner in downtown Patchogue and sketch. We were just starting to pack up at 7 (it was already dark) when it started to sprinkle...we timed it perfectly.

09-27-2012, 05:57 PM
Great sketches. Glad you beat the rain. Want to send some my way?

09-28-2012, 06:34 PM
Well whether you end up liking sketching directly in ink or not, it is sure to have boosted your confidence in the ability to do so. I had a much different attitude toward ink sketch after my 75 days last year, I probably enjoy it much more now than I did during the challenge. Probably because now it is my choice, which is silly cause it was my choice to do the challenge in the first place. Catch 22.

Joan T
09-29-2012, 11:35 AM
Debby - Thanks. They keep forecasting rain and then we get very little...usually just sprinkles.

Margo - LOL I'm glad I did the challenge. I enjoy trying some subjects directly in ink, but doing the challenge has felt like pressure. I agree with you that it will be more enjoyable to do it because I want to.

Here is another done done directly in ink for the challenge. I was sitting an art show for a few hours yesterday. It was very quiet in the gallery, with few patrons, so I sat behind the table in the entrance and sketched the view in front of me which was not very inspiring. lol
This was more enjoyable. I've been looking through info on Ireland, hoping to get there this spring. Anybody with suggestions for really scenic places in Ireland that I shouldn't miss?

09-29-2012, 02:52 PM
Nice sketch of the "uninspiring". Those subjects may teach us as much or more as the inspiring scenes. I like your suggestion of volume and texture in the basket that holds the plant. Ireland will put to good use your wonderful ability to create a wide variety of greens.

09-29-2012, 04:58 PM
Uninspiring or not, the sketch is great. Oooh, a trip to Ireland. I've not been there, so can't offer much.

Joan T
10-01-2012, 04:32 PM
Margo - Thanks so much!

Debby - Thanks. We've talking about going to Ireland for a few years now, so maybe it will finally happen. I've been researching places to visit, but there are so many spots and spread out so far...and you have to drive on the wrong side of the road.

Yesterday I did two quick little paintings from the same spot down by the water. The clouds in the sky were calling to me. I just had to paint some of them. I started keeping a small paint set, a pen, a waterbrush, and a wc sketchbook in my car. It was a good thing I had that on my way home yesterday.

10-01-2012, 06:44 PM
Very cool clouds.

10-02-2012, 01:07 AM
Glad you have decided to keep the traveling studio stocked for serendipitous moments like these

Joan T
10-03-2012, 11:57 AM
Thanks Debby and Margo!

These are a few for my 75 day challenge of directly in ink.

Day 67 was done from a reference from the WDE this past weekend. The photo was from mlou jhu.

Day 68 - just a simple feather
This one was done from a photo I took in Capri, Italy a few years ago.

10-03-2012, 03:05 PM
Delightful sketches. Only a few more days to the challenge.

10-03-2012, 11:02 PM
Capri sketch is beautiful, are you longing for Italy?

10-04-2012, 01:15 AM
Joan, do you use the watercolors en plein air, or do you just sketch on-site and then paint the sketches when you have gotten back to your studio?

I'm thinking of water colors, but don't know what to start off purchasing. :wave:

Joan T
10-07-2012, 03:09 PM
Debby - Thank you.

Margo - Can you tell I'm missing Italy? lol Thanks.

Valiantx - I usually do the entire sketch and the watercolor on site. Except for the sketches that have been part of the 75 Day Challenge directly in ink, I sketch in pencil first and then add the watercolor or the ink. Sometimes I use the ink and then the wc and sometimes the wc first...I'm fickle. lol

This was done yesterday in a small park by a canal. Across the canal were some parked RVs. It was done directly in ink for the challenge (#70). There was a woman sitting there too, but by the time I sketched the man she had disappeared.

10-07-2012, 04:34 PM
Delightful scene. Sorry the woman left. Hazards of sketching live subjects who don't know you are sketching them. :)

10-08-2012, 09:06 AM
It looks like it's cooling off there. Do you have your scarves and gloves out yet? I found a knitter who will make me fingerless gloves suitable for painting in, ie warm and washable, with no furbies to fall into the paint.

Joan T
10-09-2012, 05:38 PM
Debby - Thanks. If they knew I was sketching he probably would have left too. lol

Margo - One day last week I went to the beach and actually went for a dip in the ocean...and then another day I needed my coat and gloves for my moring walk. I took precautions already and put ear muffs, a scarf and my fingerless gloves into my sketching backpack. And then I always have provisions in my trunk - 2 bathing suits (you never know when you'll be near a pool), my flip flops, sneakers and socks and a HEAVYweight sweatshirt.

We have been having misty, drizzly weather for a few days so I resorted to using photos to do some of the final direct ink sketches for my challenge.

This was from one of my photos of Venice. I've painted and sketched from this photo several times. There is something about that little corner that I like.
This one was done en plein air from my car because it was drizzling out. This is a spot down by the bay in Patchogue.
This was done from a photo I took in North Carolina. I love barns.
Just 2 more sketches for this challenge and I'll be done!

10-09-2012, 05:40 PM
Great sketches. Yay, you're almost done with the challenge. Good for you sticking to it for the full 75 days.

10-09-2012, 09:54 PM
Your watercolor and pen works are AWESOME!!! You have definitely mastered your technique. I most love the one, pretty early in the thread or the entrance of the depot on 42nd street, the taxicab looks like it maybe got rained on, or maybe it was on purpose, but I loved how it looked so much. Thank you for sharing your journal. I love seeing everything you are capable of in so many mediums. :)

10-10-2012, 12:34 AM
Prepared is good. It's why you are always able to catch the good sketches, and a fast dip somewhere is wonderful as well. Congrats on your near completion of the 75 day challenge. Love that barn.

10-11-2012, 01:25 AM
Bravo on the challenge. I've got the drumroll going to the finish. Go Joan!