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Joan T
01-31-2014, 09:19 PM
I am starting a new thread with my 2014 sketches.

My friend and I started 2014 off right by going to a food court to sketch some people. These were done with my lamy pen with a great brown ink that bleeds.

Joan T
01-31-2014, 09:25 PM
This group was done locally after our snowstorm and frigid cold temperatures at the beginning of the month. The lake nearby froze and I sat in my car to sketch some skaters.

Joan T
01-31-2014, 09:28 PM
Here are two local scenes...a marina and some buildings in Riverhead.

doug105
02-01-2014, 11:36 AM
Hey Joan!

What a nice bunch of sketches!
Great way to start off your 2014 sketchbook!

DougN
Great

DrDebby
02-01-2014, 03:06 PM
Delightful sketches. Love the pen and wash.

nomadic painter
02-01-2014, 06:15 PM
The figures in pen and wash have awesome character to em!
-J

rasaluk
02-01-2014, 10:53 PM
Love the sketches and the fact that your willing to sketch from your car in the cold. Awesome.

Scattykat
02-02-2014, 04:01 AM
lovely sketches to start the year with, like the look of your lamy pen and brown in that bleeds, brill for sketching peeps :D

Joan T
02-06-2014, 09:19 PM
Thanks Doug, Debby, J, Rob, and Kat!!! I appreciate your comments!:)

The group I am blogging with moved on to sketching San Francisco from Google Maps. Here are my sketches.

My tour begins with the sign at Fisherman's Wharf,
Nick's Lighthouse at the pier,
A streetlamp in Chinatown,
Clayton & Haight Streets ( I was there in the 60s too. lol),
and the San Francisco Art Institute.

Joan T
02-06-2014, 09:25 PM
I don't know why some of the images are small and some are big.

The smell of baking bread at Boudin Sourdough on Jefferson St. would definitely get my attention if I were actually there. lol
I have been to Lombard Street, "the crookedest street in the world."
The Trans America Pyramid is interesting as is the top of a building near it.
And then there is a stop at In-N-Out Burger.

Joan T
02-06-2014, 09:31 PM
I had to find a view of the Golden Gate. This one is from the Presidio.

If you are in the mood for a tour you can get tickets on Jefferson St.

The first time I was ever in San Francisco I went to Golden Gate Park to the Japanese Garden. I sketched part of it.

No trip to San Francisco is complete without a cable car ride.

And my last SF sketch is one of the "Painted Ladies" on Steiner Street.

Yorky
02-07-2014, 04:15 AM
Super sketches Joan :clap:

Doug

DrDebby
02-07-2014, 02:29 PM
Great mini tour of SF.

rasaluk
02-08-2014, 01:55 AM
What a great start to the New Year. So many great sketches already. I look forward to seeing many more!

JennyMK
02-11-2014, 12:09 AM
These are so much more interesting than photos!

Marmsk
02-11-2014, 11:45 AM
Loving your sketches, Joan! I agree with Jenny's comment.

Joan T
02-11-2014, 08:32 PM
Thanks, Doug.

Debby - It was fun revisiting places I remembered from an actual visit to San Francisco. Thanks.

Resaluk - Thanks. I do so many sketches that sometimes I can't keep up.

Jenny - Thank you.

My sketch group that meets on Wednesday evenings needed an indoor location so we went to a diner.

I did portraits with two groups on the same day, one in the morning and one in the evening.

Joan T
02-11-2014, 08:40 PM
The NYC Urban Sketchers met on a frigid, snowy Saturday to sketch indoors at the Hispanic Society of America.

I sketched the Tomb of Gutierre de la Cueva, Bishop of Palencia in the early 16th century. I also did one of the statues in the room.

The main room was interesting to sketch from upstairs with all the many, many arches.

I sketched the Royal Arms of Spain from 1700-1700, made of marble.

Joan T
02-11-2014, 08:43 PM
When the Urban Sketchers meet we usually go out for lunch. Everyone sketches at lunch, even if it is just each other. I sketched a man at the restaurant where we ate.

After lunch a few of us returned to the museum. I headed upstairs and sketched some of the tin-glazed earthenware from Mexico.

Joan T
02-11-2014, 08:52 PM
The next location we sketched using GoogleMaps was Portland, Oregon, a city I haven't yet visited IRL.

I found a strange place called Voodoo Dougnut with a lot of people waiting outside and did a separate sketch of two of the people consulting a map.

Then I found a sign which I found out is famous and has become a bumper sticker in Portland...Keep Portland Weirs.

Portland has some fun looking food trucks, and a place to cool off in the middle of the city.

I'll be back with more soon. The Olympics are on right now and I want to watch the pairs skate.

rasaluk
02-12-2014, 12:51 AM
All really nice sketches. I particularly like the ones you did in the Hispanic Society.

Yorky
02-12-2014, 02:09 AM
Fabulous sketches Joan.

Doug

vhere
02-12-2014, 09:00 AM
brrrr as we currently have very high winds and half the country under water, that last one made me shiver!

DrDebby
02-12-2014, 02:52 PM
Marvelous sketches.

Joan T
02-12-2014, 10:28 PM
Thanks Rasaluk, Doug, Vivien, and Debby!:heart:

I've been doing a lot of snow scenes since our weather has been so wintry.
The first was done at a wildlife center near my sister's house in NJ.
Next is a portrait done of John, who had a really great face.
Fruit is always fun to sketch.
And then there are two more local snow scenes.

Yorky
02-13-2014, 02:45 AM
I really admire your sketches Joan and your prodigious output.

Doug

DrDebby
02-13-2014, 03:00 PM
The winter scenes are wonderful. Great job on the portrait and fruit too.

Joan T
02-13-2014, 08:50 PM
Thanks Doug and Debby!

The other day I drove over to the Stony Brook Gristmill to sketch this. Unfortunately the wheel of the gristmill can only be seen if you get out of the car and get close to the building...and it was too cold to get out of the car. lol

Joan T
02-13-2014, 08:53 PM
On Saturday I planned to meet the NYC Urban Sketchers in Manhattan. As always I look for a model on the train ride in since it is over an hour. Sometimes my view isn't good, like the man through the seats, but sometimes I get a good view.

Joan T
02-13-2014, 08:57 PM
Due to the train schedule I was in the city about an hour before I was meeting the group. I figured that wasn't a problem because I could sketch before I met them. So I got off the train and went up to street level. I was dressed warmly with a hat, gloves, scarf, thermals, and a warm jacket. I sketched this first in pencil and then started to add color....guess what? My paints froze! They got all grainy on the paper and I couldn't move them around...also I couldn't get the water to come out of the water brush. This was a first for me. So I put the sketch in my bag and brought it home to finish it.

Joan T
02-13-2014, 09:02 PM
I joined the other sketchers at the David Rubenstein Atrium up at Lincoln Center. There is a courtyard that goes between two streets with a vertical garden wall. There is also a snack/coffee bar. I did a view through the atrium including the wall, a few other people and the view out the big glass windows.

Our group of sketchers is doing a sketch exchange with Sao Paolo, Brazil. We were partnered with someone from that Urban Sketching group and we will be swapping one of our sketches from Saturday. Not everyone in the group is participating but I am.

Joan T
02-13-2014, 09:06 PM
Next we moved to the lobby of Alice Tully Hall at Lincoln Center. It was in a good location on a corner, so we had good views of the buildings across Broadway. I also tried sketching Jim and two of the other sketchers, but didn't quite finish before we moved on to lunch.

Joan T
02-13-2014, 09:08 PM
Urban Sketchers seem to all sketch through lunch (why waste a moment? LOL) and I sketched the people across the table from me directly in ink without relying on my pencil and eraser.

Joan T
02-13-2014, 09:12 PM
After our late lunch almost everyone left for home except for two of us. We decided to walk and find another sketch location. That sketch is the one I will be sending to my sketch partner, so I am not posting it anywhere until she receives it.

My last sketch of the day was done on the Long Island Railroad on the trip home. Luckily a man sat facing me about 2 rows away, so I had a good view of him.

Yorky
02-14-2014, 01:15 AM
Fantastic sketches Joan, and what a prodigious output. Thes quick figure sketches are great. :clap:

Doug

DrDebby
02-14-2014, 02:20 PM
Awesome sketches.

Joan T
02-16-2014, 08:47 PM
Thanks Doug and Debby!

Here are two more snowy outdoor sketches. The first was done at the Smith Point Marina in the parking lot...loved the tracks in the snow.

Then I did a sketch of the Stony Brook Grist Mill, and finally a still life indoors.

DrDebby
02-17-2014, 02:04 PM
Marvelous sketches.

JennyMK
02-18-2014, 01:54 AM
Love the colors in the winter scenes!

Joan T
02-18-2014, 09:10 PM
Thanks Debby and Jenny!

Here are a few sketches of people. The first was done at the portrait group I go to on Tuesday mornings. The second group was done at a coffee place my evening sketch group goes to a lot in the winter. This was the first time we were there when they had entertainment.

Joan T
02-18-2014, 09:14 PM
Here are a few more wintry sketches. The first was done down by the dozen bay. The edges freeze and when the tide comes in it breaks up into large and small pieces. It makes a lot of noise and was churning in the waves the other day.

The second was done at Artist Lake. There are a lot of birds there. I left out most of them. I think they stay there because so many people always pull up in their cars and feed them.

Yorky
02-19-2014, 02:35 AM
Excellent sketches Joan, especially the smaller ones.

Doug

DrDebby
02-19-2014, 02:38 PM
Great sketches. Love the ducks.

Joan T
03-01-2014, 10:14 PM
Thanks Doug and Debbie!

With our bitterly cold weather I did a few sketches of my living room.

Joan T
03-01-2014, 10:16 PM
I squeezed in a few portraits last week.

Yorky
03-02-2014, 03:02 AM
A comfy room, lovely portraits.

Doug

jacquip
03-06-2014, 05:27 PM
Joan just catching up with all your great sketches. I love all your work. Your portraits have improved so much, fantastic. You have such dedication. :)

DrDebby
03-07-2014, 02:03 PM
Cozy looking living room. :) Great job on the portraits.

Joan T
03-17-2014, 09:59 PM
Thanks Doug, Jacqui and Debby! Once again I'm falling behind with my posting.

I'm always looking for different buildings to sketch so I sketched the local train station which is quite modern.

I was doing sketches for a kitchen theme so here are a few views of my kitchen.

Joan T
03-17-2014, 10:05 PM
I also did a double page sketch in my moleskine of the school down the street.

My sister and I drove down to South Carollna for a workshop. I had to sketch something in the hotel room and about all that I saw from my bed was the small fridge and microwave in the room.

The last sketch here is at Springmaid Beach Resort in Myrtle Beach where we took the workshop. We got there early enough to have time to sketch before our room was available. This is the restaurant/gift shop/fishing shop at the Springmaid pier.

mhimeswc
03-18-2014, 07:13 PM
You make kitchen sketches look like fun, Joan! I like your sketch of the school, too. And Marlin's came out really good.

DrDebby
03-18-2014, 08:28 PM
Marvelous sketches.

JennyMK
03-19-2014, 04:14 AM
I would love to be able to participate in workshops, it sounds so inspiring!

Joan T
03-23-2014, 08:55 PM
Thanks everyone!

When the workshop was over Michelle and I spent an extra day so we could go out sketching. The coast of South Carolina has some wonderful seafood, and we found a shrimp boat to sketch. I also have a photo of the sketch with the scene behind it.

Our next stop was Murrell's Inlet. It is a pretty spot and there is a walkway build along most of it. Unfortunately the walkway blocks the view if you are sitting down to sketch. So we sketched from the very end of the walkway. I also sketched one of the palm trees and a woman who was fishing in front of us.

Yorky
03-24-2014, 02:53 AM
Wonderful sketches Joan, what fun you had. I always thought your photos were a little dark and that last one shiws your paper as white, it makes a big difference.

Doug

DrDebby
03-24-2014, 01:59 PM
Great sketches.

jacquip
03-25-2014, 12:29 AM
These sketches are great Joan. That shrimp boat looks very complicated, bravo for doing such an excellent job.
Was just wondering, what happened to the Somewhere to Sketch blog you used to do great stuff for?

Joan T
03-28-2014, 04:15 PM
Thanks Doug, Debby, and Jacqui!

I did a few beach areas near me. Each of these was done from my mobile studio.:wink2: That is the only way I have been able to do plein airs lately at home.

Joan T
03-28-2014, 04:17 PM
I am lucky to still be able to get out and do a portrait now and then. John posed for us one night.

Joan T
03-28-2014, 04:23 PM
Very often if I want to sketch I head over to Sayville which is the next town over and is on the water. There is almost always something going on down by the dock, and it changes from day to day.

For the kitchen theme I was working on I did a sketch of one of the beer steins that belonged to my father. He had several of them and I can remember him using them when his friends came over. When he passed away, I wanted one of the steins and his honing stone for sharpening knives. We always had a roast on Sundays and my dad would resharpen his carving knife before he used it. I always loved watching him pull the knife across the stone and then test it to see if it was sharp enough.

mhimeswc
03-28-2014, 10:28 PM
Nice beach sketches, esp. that last one. Soon you will be sitting in the hot sun painting those.

DrDebby
03-29-2014, 01:58 PM
Marvelous sketches and great memories.

vhere
03-29-2014, 07:10 PM
Lovely memories captured and I like the shrimp boat

bookscorpion
03-30-2014, 06:51 AM
I like the boat sketches in particular. All those details... The beach sketches make me want to take a walk on a lonely beach.

jmb57
03-30-2014, 07:04 AM
I always enjoy your sketches

Yorky
03-30-2014, 07:56 AM
Beautiful work Jon, that dock is wonderful.

Doug

Joan T
04-01-2014, 08:53 PM
Thanks so much Mickey, Debby, Vivien, Jennifer, jmb, and Doug!

Here is a sketch that I did at a local garden center and one at the local bowling alley.

Joan T
04-01-2014, 08:58 PM
I recently went to the Planting Fields Arboretum in Oyster Bay. Part of the estate is a greenhouse that is filled with camellia plants. From mid February to mid March they are usually in bloom. With our winter weather I never got there in Feb and then I was away. I decided to go check if they were still blooming. A number of them had finished blooming but there were enough still looking great. So I did a few sketches of them. I also sketched in the main greenhouse in their cactus section.

Yorky
04-02-2014, 02:15 AM
Wonderful florals Joan.

Doug

bookscorpion
04-02-2014, 03:00 AM
The flowers look gorgeous. Those cati are called Schwiegermuttersitz in German, 'mother in law's seat' ... :D

DrDebby
04-02-2014, 02:15 PM
Great little field trip. The flower sketches are marvelous.

Joan T
04-06-2014, 05:51 PM
Thanks Doug, Jennifer, and Debby!

The first two barns here are from upstate near Goshen, NY and were sketched from my car on a sketch day with my sister, Michelle. The third barn was done locally.

Joan T
04-06-2014, 05:54 PM
Since I move here to eastern Long Island I have been seeing a sign for the Bayport Aerodrome, and I finally went to see what was there recently. It is a small airport for small private planes. The runway are grass and there are a few small hangars.

The second sketch is of Gillette Park in Sayville. The gazebo is used for musical concerts in the summer. As always the parks here are filled with these pest, but pretty, Canadian geese.

bookscorpion
04-07-2014, 02:56 AM
Lovely barn sketches and I really like the aerodrome sketch.

DrDebby
04-07-2014, 02:19 PM
Great sketches. The barns are super.

mhimeswc
04-09-2014, 08:20 AM
Quite a few more sketches since I last looked. Your barns from our trip came out great, love the flowers, the little airplane and the gazebo.

Joan T
04-16-2014, 10:53 PM
Thanks Jennifer, Debbie, and Mickey!

Here are a few small sketches I've done from photos and two more portraits. The flowers are ATC sized.

Joan T
04-16-2014, 10:56 PM
Water views are always of interest to me. This first one was done at the East Islip Marina and the second one at a local boatyard.

Joan T
04-16-2014, 10:58 PM
I've been patiently waiting for some signs of spring and it seems that painting flowers and garden centers put me in the spirit of spring.

Yorky
04-17-2014, 12:34 AM
Super sketches Joan, great portraits.

Doug

vhere
04-17-2014, 04:53 AM
a lovely series and it's so nice to see Spring :)

DrDebby
04-17-2014, 02:22 PM
Spring is coming, really it is. Great sketches.

Joan T
04-22-2014, 09:20 PM
Thanks Doug, Vivien and Debby! It is nice to finally be able to get out.

Joan T
04-22-2014, 09:25 PM
Here is an assortment of sketches...the two people were done at the library, two were done from photo references I had, and the last one here was done outside my front door.

Joan T
04-22-2014, 09:31 PM
These sketches were done for a theme about travel that I am doing with a group of people. All of these were done from photos I took and are ATC sized except for the one of the musician.

DrDebby
04-23-2014, 02:08 PM
Marvelous sketches.

JennyMK
04-26-2014, 01:15 AM
It's always a joy to see your pages!

Joan T
04-28-2014, 09:09 PM
Thanks Debbie and Jenny!

This group of sketches were done on an outing with the NYC Urban Sketchers in a park on 168th St and East End Avenue in NYC...except for the people on the train who were sketched on the E train.

Joan T
04-28-2014, 09:15 PM
The first two sketches were done from my own photos. One is from Disney and the other from the National Gallery in Washington, DC. The one of the flowers for sale was done at a local farm stand, and the portrait is of Eileen.

DrDebby
04-28-2014, 10:01 PM
Fun sketches. Great portrait of Eileen.

Yorky
04-29-2014, 01:36 AM
You really are good at these Joan :clap:

Doug

Joan T
04-29-2014, 11:06 PM
Thanks, Debby!

Doug, thanks. These give me a lot of practice.

Wagtail
04-30-2014, 03:18 PM
Super sketches!

Joan T
05-09-2014, 05:08 PM
The sketch was done of Olivia at a meeting of my Tuesday sketch group.

Joan T
05-09-2014, 05:13 PM
The NYC Urban Sketchers went to Bronx Community College a while ago. The campus had some interesting buildings as well as a Hall of Famous Americans which was outdoors on a curved covered walkway. It was an interesting spot to sketch.

Joan T
05-09-2014, 05:17 PM
The building was also at the college. The rest of the sketches here were done from photos I took in assorted places.

Yorky
05-09-2014, 05:22 PM
My, you have been busy Joan. Love the architectural ones, and great portrait.

Doug

Joan T
05-09-2014, 05:22 PM
This group was done near Union Square Park in Manhattan. My sister, Michelle, and I had gone in to see the American Watercolor Society show and took along our sketching supplies to make a day of it. It turned out to be bitterly cold and windy in the morning so we found a Whole Foods Store with a sitting area overlooking the park and sketched from there for a while. When it warmed up in the afternoon I sketched the woman in the park while actually sitting in the park.

DrDebby
05-10-2014, 02:19 PM
You do make the most of your sketching opportunities. You are an inspiration to keep the sketch supplies handy and use them. :) Superb sketches.

Joan T
05-14-2014, 09:17 PM
Here are some sketches of people doing things in daily life. The woman cooking was done from a photo I took at a market in Arles, France. The woman raking was done locally. Of course there is the obligatory palette painting. lol

Joan T
05-14-2014, 09:25 PM
I've had a lot of fun sketching at locations with the NYC Urban Sketchers. Sometimes our locations are not places I would pick, but turn out to be really different and interesting. For the World Wide Sketchcrawl we went to the Gowanus Canal area which was considered to be one of the most polluted waterways in the USA. It is a rather industrial looking area and has several bridges crossing the canal. Of course along the canal are things that have been dumped, businesses like the cement company, and assorted strange things. We sketched by several of the bridges.

Joan T
05-14-2014, 09:26 PM
This was my last sketch for that area and was done across a double page.

Joan T
05-14-2014, 09:34 PM
I do sketch almost everywhere. This first one was done Easter Sunday before mass started. On the holidays the church gets very crowded so we go early. I can always find some people to sketch front the back.

The second sketch here was done in a park here on Long Island. First I had been doing a painting of a pond with forsythia in bloom in front of it. While I was painting a man came over and asked if he could take a picture of me. When I saw his huge camera and heard him clicking away I asked him if he was a professional photographer. It turns out that he worked for one of the big NYC newspapers and the photo with a caption about me was in the newspaper the next day. When I was done with the painting, I did a sketch of one of the old, huge trees in the park.

Yorky
05-15-2014, 01:18 AM
WONDERFUL sketches Joan. The industrial ones are so interesting.

Congratulations on the photo in the newspaper. What yiu do is indeed special. :clap:

Doug

loft2183
05-15-2014, 08:28 AM
I especially like the colors you chose. Along with the scenes the sketches feel happy and comforting to me.

DrDebby
05-15-2014, 03:27 PM
Congrats on getting into the paper. Your sketches are marvelous.

Joan T
05-21-2014, 04:21 PM
Thanks everyone! I am so behind in posting...
Here are a few sketches I did out and about in the area...a school crossing guard, a man practicing his golf swing, a pink house, and some flowers at a plant nursery...and a portrait of Mary.

Joan T
05-21-2014, 04:25 PM
Here are more flowers at the plant nursery, a dog walker, and one of the magnificent pink trees that were in bloom recently.

The last two sketches were done the same day at the portrait group. I finished the portrait of the second Mary and had time left, so I did a sketch of some of the other artists painting and sketching her.

Joan T
05-21-2014, 04:31 PM
Here are a few sketches I did for various projects. The first is of my sister, Michelle and her new granddaughter, then a man I took a photo of in France, a lamb from my own photo, and Flo's done en plein air with the Patchogue Sketch Club. (At least now I've posted up until the beginning of May. lol)

DrDebby
05-22-2014, 02:51 PM
Great sketches. Tho' I have to ask... does the baby have 6 fingers on her right hand?

Joan T
05-22-2014, 09:57 PM
IRL she doesn't. Thanks. I guess I was concentrating on the position and not the number of fingers. LOL

Joan T
05-26-2014, 09:31 PM
I have been doing sketches for the "Every Day in May" challenge.

Joan T
05-26-2014, 09:34 PM
May 5 - 10

Joan T
05-26-2014, 09:37 PM
May 11 - 15

Carole A
05-26-2014, 09:59 PM
Your perspective in all your sketches- especially with buildings - seems right on. They all seem perfect in perspective.

eyepaint
05-26-2014, 11:03 PM
Your work is so inspiring. I just adore your sketches :)

Yorky
05-27-2014, 01:47 AM
Wonderful sketches Joan, what a good idea.

Doug

vhere
05-27-2014, 03:57 AM
Lovely sketches and a great photo of you too :)

DrDebby
06-01-2014, 02:38 PM
Marvelous sketches for EDM.

Joan T
06-01-2014, 09:47 PM
Thanks Carole, EP, Doug, Vivien, and Debby!

Since May is over I'll post the rest of my EDM sketches.

Joan T
06-01-2014, 09:52 PM
May 22 - 26

Joan T
06-01-2014, 09:54 PM
May 27 -

DrDebby
06-02-2014, 02:59 PM
Excellent sketches.

eyepaint
06-02-2014, 06:45 PM
Excellent sketches.

Indeed. Particularly the May 31 paper money :)

Joan T
06-08-2014, 09:36 PM
Debby - Thank you.

EP - Thanks. Too bad we can't spend it. lol

Here are a few animals. kayaks, and a sketch of a garden center.

Joan T
06-08-2014, 09:39 PM
And a few more animals.

Joan T
06-08-2014, 09:42 PM
Here are a few beach sketches and town sketches.

Joan T
06-08-2014, 09:46 PM
One of my art groups was invited to paint in Sayville gardens during their garden tour which is next Saturday. For the brochure we previewed the gardens and did small black & white sketches of something in each garden. Here are the sketches I did.

DrDebby
06-09-2014, 06:41 PM
Gorgeous sketches. Particularly that sassy goat. :)

doug105
06-10-2014, 08:46 PM
Hey Joan!

Nice bunch of sketches!

The gull, the rocky shoreline, the big fish, all of them!!

DougN


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eyepaint
06-10-2014, 11:12 PM
Gorgeous sketches. Particularly that sassy goat. :)
... and I love the smug piggy :)

Joan T
06-11-2014, 05:27 PM
Thanks Debby, Doug, and EP!

Here are a few more animals I sketched.

Joan T
06-11-2014, 05:34 PM
This group of sketches is from a trip into NYC to sketch with the NYC Urban Sketchers. I sketched on the subway, then in Bennett Park which was the site of Fort Washington during the Revolutionary War, Plaza Lafayette which overlooks the Hudson River and the George Washington Bridge, and Jeffrey's Hook Light which is right next to the George Washington Bridge.

Joan T
06-11-2014, 05:38 PM
Here are a few more sketches done on the subway and train going to the city. The other sketches were done locally of flowers, my planting supplies, and the nearby beach.

Joan T
06-11-2014, 05:41 PM
Gardens, gas and beach...life on Long Island. lol

Yorky
06-12-2014, 02:16 AM
Wonderful sketches Joan :clap:

Doug

DrDebby
06-12-2014, 01:52 PM
You are such an inspiration to just sketch. Your sketches are delightful.

Marmsk
06-22-2014, 09:16 AM
I love the pig, just love the pig. So many sketches, you are amazing.

robertsloan2
06-30-2014, 09:23 PM
Beautiful sketches! My favorite are the florals, the place sketches that you capture so well and the birds, the two wading birds and the cat. One's a seagull or something like it and the other a heron or egret. Also the cherub has a great expression, and the fish in the garden. You do such a variety of subjects all so well. The line and texture you use for foliage is fantastic.

I learn a lot every time I study your sketches.

Joan T
07-05-2014, 11:11 PM
Thanks so much everyone!!!

Once again life has intervened and I haven't posted in a while. I am so far behind. I'll post a bit now and maybe if I get back to it regularly I can get caught up again. :lol:

This group was done on an outing with the NYC Urban Sketchers. We sketched on the 59th Street Bridge which connects Queens to Manhattan. We started out on the bridge itself and then moved down to terra firm.

Joan T
07-05-2014, 11:16 PM
Here's one subway sketch and a few I did of musicians from photos.

Joan T
07-05-2014, 11:18 PM
Starbucks is always a good rainy day sketching place....and the beach when the sun is shining.

Joan T
07-05-2014, 11:22 PM
Here is a bit of everything, a patio view, a scene from the arboretum, a marina, a musician and the main street in the next town.

Yorky
07-06-2014, 02:16 AM
Your sketches get better and better Joan. I like your figures.

Doug

DrDebby
07-06-2014, 04:55 PM
Absolutely delightful sketches. You are so versatile in your subjects.

Joan T
07-15-2014, 04:57 PM
Thanks Doug and Debby.

I'll post another big batch and maybe some day I'll get caught up. lol

The first sketch was done from the patio of a garden that is part of the Nature Conservancy. We were there on a foggy, damp day and my paper wouldn't dry for me. lol

The second sketch was done at the local arboretum I go to a lot. I did this one across a double page spread.

Lydia posed for us at portrait night back in June. It came out looking just like her.

Joan T
07-15-2014, 05:02 PM
Our sketch group goes to local marinas often in the evening to sketch.

Then I was in a flower mood. Everything was in bloom in the gardens I visited so I couldn't resist.

And the beach is always calling. People are always fun to sketch.

Joan T
07-15-2014, 05:07 PM
Here are a few more water-related sketches. One was done in Stony Brook and the other is my friend's sailboat.

Joan T
07-15-2014, 05:12 PM
A few weeks ago the NYC Urban Sketchers headed to the suburbs north of the city to a town called Cold Spring. We had a nice day of sketching and socializing up there. I sketched the gazebo by the water which was already decorated for the 4th of July, a house along the main street, Lucy sketching by the water, a storefront, and another house. (You can see I'm up to June 28...I'm getting caught up.)

DrDebby
07-16-2014, 04:59 PM
Excellent sketches. So great to see the variety of subjects you handle.

Scattykat
07-17-2014, 05:54 PM
great sketching as always me dear, esp love your flowers and landscapes :)

Joan T
07-18-2014, 09:19 PM
Thanks so much Debby and Kat!

On the 4th of July which was a rainy day in NY, so I decided to sketch from the TV. I was watching a 4th of July musical show with fireworks at the end. It was called "A Capital Fourth" because it was filmed in Washington DC in front of the US Capital. I sketched a man in uniform who was part of one of the bands, Patti LaBell (who I made much thinner than she is), Kelly O'Hara (from Broadway), and the fireworks over the Capital building.

Joan T
07-18-2014, 09:27 PM
These two are water related.

The first one was a plein air sketch done in the evening with my sketching group. The sky was stormy and we weren't sure we would be able to finish sketching before the storm reached us...but we did. The scene is a location in Sayville down along the canal.

The second one was done from a photo I took in SC back in March of a seafood market.

Joan T
07-18-2014, 09:29 PM
Both of these were done at the Planting Fields Arboretum in Oyster Bay in the walled garden. It seemed like everything was in bloom!

Joan T
07-18-2014, 09:32 PM
This group was done at the beach. Sometimes people stay still enough to sketch them, if they don't get up and go in the water. LOL

Glynda B.
07-19-2014, 06:57 AM
Joan, your work is always a delight. I especially liked the "water" images and your flowers. You always seem to find interesting things to paint. Thanks for sharing these.

DrDebby
07-19-2014, 02:19 PM
These are wonderful, as always. It's a joy to see your area and people through your sketchbook.

vhere
07-19-2014, 04:08 PM
I go away for 2 weeks and you have done zillions!

Joan T
07-19-2014, 08:12 PM
Glynda, thanks so much!

Debby, I have a great time sketching anywhere.

Vhere - I did so many I got backlogged. LOL Thanks.

eyepaint
07-21-2014, 12:29 PM
Ah! Check out the little person in the covered stroller! :) :) :)

JennyMK
08-02-2014, 10:23 AM
I had a lot of catching up to do, and I really enjoyed it!

Marmsk
08-03-2014, 04:31 PM
Good to look through your sketches. Always interesting. :clap::clap::clap:

Marmsk
08-03-2014, 04:33 PM
:clap: Great sketches, so full of life. :thumbsup:

robertsloan2
08-10-2014, 12:25 AM
Gorgeous new paintings, Joan! I especially love the stormy seafront - you captured the weather in the colors of the water and have the mood of the storm in it, that is so wonderful. Glad you finished before it rained! Good 4th of July things, though I don't know either celebrity they seem distinctive. Great fireworks. Gorgeous building after the storm scene. Great beach sketches but overwhelming, wonderful, colourful flowers! Love the Arboretum ones!

Nick7
08-17-2014, 02:43 PM
Hi Joan,

your sketches make me wonder what the difference between a sketch and a painting is...
Very nice.

Joan T
08-26-2014, 10:25 PM
Gosh, I can't believe how long it has been since I posted over here.

Thanks EP, Jenny, Eileen, Robert, and Nick.

Here are a few people I did.

Joan T
08-26-2014, 10:29 PM
The next group is from the World Wide Sketchcrawl that I did with the NYC Urban Sketchers in Hoboken, NJ. We were in an area along the water with a ferry terminal, a park and a few fun restaurants and businesses.

Joan T
08-26-2014, 10:31 PM
Here is a Vietnam memorial along the waterfront in Hoboken.

eyepaint
08-26-2014, 11:16 PM
Those are wonderful sketches of Hoboken. Congratulations on your solo show with your sketches on display!

Yorky
08-27-2014, 12:57 AM
Wonderful urban sketches Joan.

Doug

DrDebby
08-27-2014, 02:34 PM
Great sketches. So glad to see you posting again.

Joan T
08-27-2014, 09:25 PM
Thanks EP, Doug, and Debbie! I will try to post a bit before I go on vacation next month.

Back in July I went up to Maine for a few days to visit my sister. I did a sketch waiting for the ferry from Orient Point over to New London, CT and two other sketches of people on the ferry.

Joan T
08-27-2014, 09:29 PM
I did a few paintings in Maine. It was foggy when I got there, but I painted a water scene anyway. The other days were clearer and I painted by the water, including at the Pemaquid Lighthouse.

Joan T
08-27-2014, 09:47 PM
Here are a few more that I did in Maine and one at a restaurant on the way home.

Yorky
08-28-2014, 01:31 AM
Super sketches Joan, you really catalogue your travels and build up memories.

Doug

robertsloan2
08-28-2014, 11:41 AM
Your travel sketches are always wonderful, capturing the feel of a place so well. Your people are always so well characterized and interesting. My favorites though are the rocky Maine seascapes, the light house and the rocky shores and sense that the sea extends so far beyond the painting. I love those nature scenes so much. Wish I could watercolor that well! You're inspiring me!

Nick7
08-28-2014, 03:11 PM
You make me want to get up and go to buy watercolors :D

DrDebby
08-28-2014, 05:00 PM
Marvelous sketches of your trip.

Joan T
08-28-2014, 09:43 PM
Robert - Thanks so much for your kind comment.

Nick - Thanks!!! Go out and get the watercolors.

Debby - Glad you like them. Thanks.

Joan T
08-28-2014, 09:47 PM
I have been doing quite a lot of figures, mostly at the beach.

Joan T
08-28-2014, 09:54 PM
The NYC Urban Sketchers took a wonderful trip to the Chinese Scholars Garden in Staten Island. It was such a lovely, peaceful, serene place. While we were there a gentleman was playing a flute...perfect! This entire garden was done from materials that came from China and then assembled here. It apparently is the only garden of its kind in the USA. It was just wonderful with waterfalls, ponds, rock sculptures, and pavilions. The brick house was outside the garden on the property of the park.

Nick7
08-29-2014, 01:17 AM
Joan when do you sleep or work??

I need to find out how to squeeze pastels and now watercolor as well :D into my schedule.

Very nice paintings :)

Nick7
08-29-2014, 01:25 AM
Nick - Thanks!!! Go out and get the watercolors.



LOL, Joan. I am not able to find time to read all the threads for beginners here.

Just one question. How many colours do you usually use? I thought that only pastelists were the crazy ones that NEEDED hundreads of sticks (:D) but to my big surprise, watercolors seems to be produced in similar range (unbelievable :))

Your sketches makes me smile, they are very positive. And the Chinese garden brought back nice memories.
Thank you for that.

DrDebby
08-29-2014, 05:17 PM
Great sketches. Really get the feeling of serenity from the garden ones.

Joan T
09-01-2014, 08:18 PM
Thanks Nick and Debby!

Nick, it is hard to concentrate on two mediums at a time. That's why I stick to one.:cat:

One of the towns near me had something called Alive After 5 during 4 Thursday evenings this summer. It was sort of like a street fair with live bands performing, and restaurants setting up seating areas outside. I sketched some of the people in the crowds and a few of the food areas.

Joan T
09-01-2014, 08:21 PM
One rainy day I headed over to a new supermarket that had opened near here. It has a lot of organic foods and there was a lot of fuss about it opening. I was there two days after the grand opening and it was still crowded. I protected myself with a shopping basket in front of me and sketched some of the veggies and the ladies buying corn.

Joan T
09-01-2014, 08:25 PM
I've been doing a lot of sketches directly in ink (no pencil first :clap: ) while I am at the beach. I'm using paper that isn't watercolor paper but since they aren't going to be masterpieces I don't care. lol

Yorky
09-02-2014, 01:19 AM
Fantastic people sketches and street scenes Joan. You really are good at pa sketching.

Doug

vhere
09-02-2014, 06:59 AM
fun! and very brave sketching in the shop!

robertsloan2
09-02-2014, 11:10 AM
Gorgeous new urban and travel scenes again! I love the Chinese garden best of course, somehow you captured in the paintings those unique Chinese stones. There really is something about it that's as if you went to China with what they set up and what you chose to paint. It's wonderful. I'm awed at all the shops and details of people scenes, you really have a knack for getting the feel of a place and the ways people interact with it.

I'm so the opposite of you when it comes to multiple mediums though. If it is a way of putting color to a surface to render something, I want to try it and keep rotating among my different mediums. Some of that is my disabilities - I always want to do something as soon as I feel up to it, and some mediums like watersoluble oils take a lot of physical setup. So I look at the supplies and dream and plan and seize the moment.

Pastels, watercolor and pen/watercolor bob up to the top but I'll still sometimes do colored pencils slow realism, especially in small pieces. It's like each medium has its own place in my life but one thing that did for me was that what I learn in each comes back in all of them. When I do paint in oils or acrylics I get a lot looser because of pastels. What I learned about color in watercolor works in pastels.

I guess we're each different. I'd find it hard to settle down to one medium or one major palette, I like having choices of the moment too much.

DrDebby
09-02-2014, 02:57 PM
I'm going to be an echo. You are so good placing people in the scene.

Joan T
09-03-2014, 09:47 PM
Doug - Thanks so much.

Vivien - Thanks. I was hoping the shop would have a sitting area with a view, but all you saw was a wall. lol

Robert - Thank you so much. I love that you use so many different mediums.

Debby - Thanks so much.

With the beach so close by I couldn't resist more sketches of people on the beach. I'm trying to do most of these directly in pen. That's my challenge for the summer.

Joan T
09-03-2014, 09:52 PM
And a few more sketches.

eyepaint
09-03-2014, 10:27 PM
Sigh! More beautiful sketches. I like the giant lifeguard chair and the fellow in plaid swimtrunks lying on the blanket. Your continued commitment to this art is so inspiring :)

Yorky
09-04-2014, 01:19 AM
wonderful sketches Joan.

Doug

DrDebby
09-04-2014, 03:55 PM
You must have a lovely tan spending all that time on the beach. Great sketches.

robertsloan2
09-06-2014, 12:02 PM
Great beach sketches. I like the wide range of ages and body types you bring in, a lot of variety in your figures and plenty of character. You tend to capture people at a wide variety of happy moments from that face down nap to running around splashing in the water. I've noticed most of your crowd scenes have a very positive feel to them, no matter what people are doing.

Joan T
09-07-2014, 09:22 PM
Thanks EP, Doug, Debby, and Robert. It has been fun to sketch all the different people at the beach.

A friend from the NYC Urban Sketchers came out one day to sketch with us out here on Long Island. She wanted to be near the water. She didn't have to twist my arm. lol

Joan T
09-07-2014, 09:26 PM
The NYC Urban Sketchers did a day of sketching in Bryant Park. The plan was to do a "pivot" sketch day where we just turned and sketched something else in the same spot. Most of us moved around a bit instead of just pivoting.

Joan T
09-07-2014, 09:31 PM
A trip to the city usually involves sketching on the subway or on the railroad. Here are a few sketches of train people, followed by a few portraits (one is a self-portrait).

Nick7
09-08-2014, 01:03 AM
Joan, you paint a lot! I love the scene with water and reeds/bushes. And the big umbrellas :)

DrDebby
09-08-2014, 02:33 PM
Marvelous, simply marvelous.

Joan T
09-08-2014, 06:01 PM
Thanks Nick and Debby!

This group of sketches was done on another outing with the NYC Urban Sketchers. We were in an area of Brooklyn called DUMBO which stands for Down Under the Manhattan Bridge Overpass. It is a popular spot and you have views of soooo many bridges all at once. We ended up having about 25 sketchers through the day including a visitor from the Barcelona Urban Sketchers. The three little sketches were done in about 15 minutes total on the way from one location to another. I said I couldn't sketch the view that fast and one of the other sketchers told me to draw a small box, and go for it directly in in. I used a water brush to let it bleed a little. I was amazed at how many I did in that short time. lol

Joan T
09-08-2014, 06:07 PM
Here are a few portraits and one self-portrait. The musicians were sketched at an outdoor event called Live After 5.

Nick7
09-09-2014, 01:03 AM
wow, I can easily spend an hour with a sketch before I get it right (or close enough). Hmm. Not sure what to do about that. Draw more probably.
Well done, Joan :)

DrDebby
09-09-2014, 02:41 PM
Great sketches. Good to challenge oneself. :)

Joan T
10-16-2014, 09:00 PM
Thanks Nick and Debby!

I have been off traveling for most of Sept & the beginning of Oct. I think I'll just begin again with the sketches from my trip.

My husband and I took a trip combining an 11 day cruise and then an 11 day stay in Lake Como, Italy. I started with a sketch at one of the Kennedy Airport bars. The bartender wanted this sketch but I told him I couldn't take it out of my sketchbook. I did a second one of him and gave it to him. In return he gave us two beers.

Joan T
10-16-2014, 09:01 PM
Like many crazy artists I had to do a sketch on the plane.

Joan T
10-16-2014, 09:09 PM
We stayed in Savona, Italy for 2 nights before the cruise left. That gave me lots of time to do some sketching there of the buildings and the boats.

Nick7
10-17-2014, 01:35 AM
Long time, no see :) It seems though you had a great time, and now we will because of your sketches :)
I forgot, do you pencil first? Do you use photo references sometimes? I love your town screnery. Can't wait to see the lake :)
Nice to have you back!

vhere
10-17-2014, 09:27 AM
It looks a great trip with lots of memories sketched :)

robertsloan2
10-17-2014, 10:10 AM
Wow. I love the buildings and I'm amazed at the crowds and the way you do portraits in watercolor. I hate trying to do people in watercolor, even with pen accents it's so tough. You get so much into so little space and manage to convey depth in the scenes. Your architecture is wonderful. I feel like I'm right there with you.

DrDebby
10-17-2014, 01:34 PM
Wonderful sketches of your trip.

eyepaint
10-17-2014, 05:29 PM
Hi Joan,

Welcome back to North America!

Wonderful sketches of your trip.

Ditto!

Cheers,

zebby
10-20-2014, 02:18 PM
Joan, I've gone through a few pages of your sketchbook - such nice work you do. I remember you from Artwork from life or something like that quite a few years back - I only joined in for a bit and then life got so busy - i went from a few grandkids up to 8 in the last several years and we were quite hands on with them. Since moving to the mountains I have lots more time now to join in. You capture life happening so well from your sketches.

Susaleena
10-21-2014, 11:32 PM
Love your sketches Joan! Especially your nyc sketches, welcome to the city! Hopefully, you enjoyed your visit :)

Joan T
10-22-2014, 10:39 AM
Thanks so much Nik, Vivien, Robert, Debby, EP, Zebby, and Susaleena!

Nick, I almost always sketch in pencil first and work on location. Once in a while I'll do something directly in ink or watercolor, but not too often.

The ship itself wasn't too exciting to sketch on. I sketched some of the crowd while we were waiting to be called to check in. That took a long time and I should have done more sketching of people then. lol On the days that we were at sea I would sit up at the pool on the outside deck and sketch someone in a lounge chair. It was hard because the deck chairs were usually so closely packed together and I didn't want to do a row of people. The one in ink and watercolor I started sketching and then this music started playing and the roof over the indoor pool (which was directly below the woman standing) started retracting. lol It changed the whole look of the sketch.

Joan T
10-22-2014, 10:48 AM
Our first two ports were in Greece. We didn't have much time at the first port of Katakolon and the town was very tiny with mostly tourist related shops. I did find a colorful taverna on the back street, sketched the view of it and spoke to the family that owned it when they came over to see the sketch, and then went on the patio and had a nice cold Greek beer. On the way back to the ship I saw a white house with some interesting shadows, so I had to stop and sketch that too.

In Heraklion, our second stop, we were there from about 10 until maybe 6. I didn't want to do an excursion so I took a 20 minute walk into the main area of the town. It didn't have any really good "Greek style" house so I was disappointed. It mostly had restaurants and apartment buildings. I did find a view of the church that seemed interesting.

robertsloan2
10-22-2014, 10:51 AM
Love your sketches, especially the watercolor place sketches. You have such a fine hand with watercolor, getting enough detail and giving a sense of realism but with lively brushwork. Pen accents are just perfect.

I can see why you are more likely to pencil first. I've taken to doing that too and started to keep some small mechanical pencils handy for it. They're HB and erase easily, the eraser on them is a white vinyl one and they're easy to put in my pocket.

Joan T
10-22-2014, 11:02 AM
Istanbul was our next port and the one I was most looking forward to, and we were going to be there from early in the morning until 1 the next day. After talking to a few people who worked on the ship I decided to take an excursion in the city to get oriented and then not come back to the ship with the group but stay behind to sketch (and shop).

The excursion took us to the Blue Mosque where I sketched one of the turrets while we were on line, and a bit of the tile work on the inside. I don't like tours because you are always moving and have to stay with the group.:( I'd rather be on my own. Then we went to the Mosque of Hagia Sophia which is now a museum. We had about a half hour on our own there so I sat outside and sketched the building directly with watercolor pencils so I could do it quickly.

Then it was off to see a rug making demo and hear a sales pitch for Persian rugs. But then we went to the Grand Bazaar where the tour guide told us we had about 30 minutes to wander around. I told him I was leaving the group at that point and was planning to sketch and return to the ship on my own. He was surprised that I was so adventurous and made me sign a release that I was leaving. I headed inside the Grand Mosque but it was so crowded (it was Saturday) that I knew it would be impossible to sketch inside. So I went outside, sat on a ledge, and sketched one of the entrances. I left out a lot of the people (maybe 75%) from the view I had, but tried to put in a few tourists. While I was sitting there all these people came over to try to sell me perfume, watches, etc. I ignored most of them but some young boys, maybe about 14 years old came over with something they were selling and saw what I was doing. They started asking me questions and ended up sitting on the ledge with me until I finished. I also had a cat sitting on my left snuggled up next to me. lol

Joan T
10-22-2014, 11:14 AM
I did some shopping in the Grand Bazaar and got quite good at bargaining with the vendors. Then I headed toward the Spice Market which was the direction I needed to go to get back to the ship. It was really crowded there too, so I sat nearby and sketched a view of another mosque before I took the long walk back to the cruise ship.

The following morning I went out early by myself to sketch. I had seen this crazy looking dragon boat which sold fish sandwiches. I knew I had to sketch it! Of course everyone kept coming over to look at what I was doing and when I finished it, a man who spoke no English pantomimed that he was going to take it over to the men working on the boat to show it to them. It's times like that when I wish you could make copies of something right on the spot to give it to people. Needless to say the sketch was a big hit! I had enough time to go and spend the last of my Turkish money in the Spice Market and then walk back to the ship before it left. I think my husband expected me to miss getting back on the ship at some point. lol He never knew when I would be back.

pezk
10-22-2014, 11:46 AM
Your sketchbooks are amazing. Always have been. I enjoy them immensely.

DrDebby
10-22-2014, 03:52 PM
Awesome trip and the sketches are so fantastic.

zebby
10-22-2014, 07:16 PM
really enjoyed seeing your sketches! My son and his wife went to Istanbul and Vietnam this last summer.

Joan T
10-23-2014, 06:11 PM
Thanks Pat, Debby, and Zebby. I really enjoyed Istanbul since it is so different from most places I've been.

The next sketch was done rather quickly because I was on a tour of the meteor which are monasteries build high up on rocky pinnacles. In the olden days the only way to get up to them was to be lifted by ropes. Luckily now they have built bridges and walkways to some of them...but we still had to climb about 200 steps. The tour guide was busy talking inside and I slipped out to sketch using watercolor pencils. Then I added the watercolors as quickly as I could before we had to move on.

I did 3 small sketches at the Acropolis drawing directly with watercolor pencils. I found using them worked well when I was pressed for time. I wanted to sketch a bit of everything before I had to leave and go back to the ship.

Joan T
10-23-2014, 06:22 PM
Our last stop on the cruise was Civitaveccia which is about 1 1/2 hours from Rome. I contacted an internet friend (who I never met before). She lives in Rome and we picked a spot to meet in the center of Rome where the bus was going to drop me off for the day. I know Celia Blanco originally thru the WetCanvas Watercolor Forum, but we have been following each other's blogs for years now.

It was so much fun to meet her in person and we toured a lot of the sites of the city. That was the one day that it rained. We bought umbrellas so the rain didn't stop us from having a great day. When the rain finally stopped for a while we climbed up to the top of the Spanish Steps. She was afraid the view would be too much, so we went partway down and focused on one building. We sat on the steps painting and when it started drizzling again we just put up our umbrellas and continued. Here is my sketch and photos of the two of us. I am in the dark pink shirt and Celia is in the peach shirt. I just love that we make friends all over the world this way.

Joan T
10-23-2014, 06:50 PM
When we got back to Savona we headed up to the train station for our train to Lake Como. I had a bit of time so I found a view out the window of the train station to sketch.

robertsloan2
10-24-2014, 12:41 AM
Wow! Joan, both locations your sketches are amazing! Considerate of you to draw the tourists and not the Islamic locals who might be offended, that's thoughtful and makes perfect sense to me. I love the dragon boat story!

I've never been anywhere on a tour and that's a good deal of why. The "stay with the group" thing was a problem with my mobility limits as a kid on museum trips or any school trip. Even if tours are cheaper than just going somewhere, the only one that'd really be fun would be with other artists. My power scooter solves the "keep up with others" problem but other sketchers would get it about where and why to stop!

You really are adventurous and it's so wonderful you get to go to these places. You especially since you sketch and paint so well! If I've ever got the money to travel like that, I'll be sure to invite you along and maybe some other WC sketchers. Ideal would be with a local artist for tour guide, who knows where the shops are for the fixative can or whatever else couldn't go on a plane, understand the need to stop and paint even if it's a random boat rather than a landmark and enjoy the whole thing like a workshop.

Though of course that'd be a workshop, wouldn't it? Ever thought of hosting one on travel sketching somewhere scenic? I'll bet people would pay you for it and you'd be able to get group rates for everyone same as anyone else organizing a trip.

Edit: I missed your Civitaveccia page! Whoohoo! Spooky! There you were meeting Cella and painting with her, that sounds like so much fun and you two look so happy together! Awesome! Beautiful train station sketch too. BTW I didn't remember to mention it but loved the Acropolis sketches too. You have a good eye with landmarks for choosing exactly what to sketch rather than the post card view.

I wish you'd been there to teach me back in New Orleans, cause I would have wound up selling post card images of the city when I lived there. Working on getting the knack of San Francisco now, by studying your work. If I can do this right, I live in a destination, it's a good one!

Yorky
10-24-2014, 02:00 AM
Wonderful sketches Joan, you are certainly bringing back memories.

It is great to meet other wetcanvas members, we have met upwards of 100 wc'ers over the years at the Toledo and Ontario Meets, Pam in Montana and UK mebers at the Kettlewell Get Togethers.

Doug

DrDebby
10-24-2014, 01:38 PM
Super that you were able to meet an online friend in person and go sketching together. Your sketches/paintings are awesome.

vhere
10-24-2014, 05:42 PM
So much fun and it comes through in those lively sketches. A lovely book of memories.

Glynda B.
10-26-2014, 07:19 AM
Joan, as usual, the sketches of your trip are interesting and fascinating. I'm so glad you take us along by describing what you did at those locations. It is always fun to hear, and I'm so impressed at your adventurous spirit causing you to leave the tour and do your own thing. I love all of the sketches, and I appreciate so much the fact that you shared them with us. Lovely work!

Joan T
10-26-2014, 05:12 PM
Robert - Thanks so much for your kind comments. If I'm ever out in SF I will let you know and we can go sketching together.

Doug - Thanks. It is special to met other WetCanvas members. I've met a few...not quite as many as you have.

Debby - Thanks. Who knows, I may show up in "Nowheresville" some day too.

Vivien - Thanks so much.

Glynda - Thank you.

From the cruise we headed up to Lake Como. I've seen so many photos of that area that I just had to visit. We rented an apartment in Varenna for 11 days and I searched for one that had a balcony view of the lake. We lucked out because many of the apartments had limited views from side balconies. We had a small balcony, just big enough to stand on but we were on the 3rd floor and had an unobstructed view. Here is the view we had which changed every few minutes as the sun moved or the mist lifted.

The second sketch was done at Villa Monastero in Varenna, a short uphill walk from where we were staying. It had great architecture, statues, fountains, flowers and plants.

Joan T
10-26-2014, 05:20 PM
I spent quite a few days traveling to each town and sketching there. Bellagio was a short ride across the lake. It had a lot of narrow alleys with steep stairs surrounded by wonderful shops.

I did some mini sketches from the ferry as it neared Bellagio, Menaggio, and Lenno, and also did a sketch of the ferry itself.

Tremezzo was another lovely town...not as difficult to walk around in because most of the town was along the promenade by the lake. I liked this salumeria which just happened to be across from the ferry stop where I was waiting.

Joan T
10-26-2014, 05:28 PM
A lot of the paintings I did at Lake Como were loose pieces. I'm just showing the ones that were actually in my hand-made concertina sketchbook. The book had 32 pages...16 in front and 16 on the back side.

I took a fast ferry to Como which was down at the southern end of the lake. I took the funicular up to the top of the hillside to the town of Brunate. It had some nice views down to the lake.

One of the double page spreads was a series of small ink wash sketches of some of the places along the lake. I'll show it to you so you can see each side and then the pages together.

Yorky
10-26-2014, 05:36 PM
Wonderful! The mini sketches are particularly nice. What is the page siz of your sketchbook?

Doug

Joan T
10-26-2014, 09:21 PM
Doug, thanks. Then pages are 5 1/2 x 7 1/2. I cut a full sheet of Arches into 4 strips the long way, folded each strip in 4 pieces, and attached them to each other by glueing a small piece of watercolor across the ends of each section. I like the size a lot.

Yorky
10-27-2014, 02:34 AM
Thanks for the tip Joan, I'll give it a try.

Doug

DrDebby
10-27-2014, 01:57 PM
Gorgeous sketches. Love the travel information as well.

Joan T
11-01-2014, 08:58 AM
Thanks, Debby!

Here are a few more from the trip. All of these were done in Varenna.

The first one of the fountain was at Villa Monastero.

The second one is of an albergo a hotel up the hill from where we stayed.

Our last full day in Varenna was a bit showery, so I found a sheltered place to sketch the people and town.

Joan T
11-01-2014, 09:02 AM
We got to the train station thinking there was an earlier train, but there wasn't. I made use of the time and did a small sketch across the fold of the sketchbook.

I would have done a sketch from the airport itself, but the security line was too long and the plane was already boarding when we got to the gate. I settled for a final sketch of the flight attendants serving drinks.

DrDebby
11-01-2014, 02:12 PM
Sounds like a wonderful trip. Your sketches are amazing.

tangerine
11-02-2014, 11:49 PM
Thanks, Debby!

Here are a few more from the trip. All of these were done in Varenna.

The first one of the fountain was at Villa Monastero.

The second one is of an albergo a hotel up the hill from where we stayed.

Our last full day in Varenna was a bit showery, so I found a sheltered place to sketch the people and town.

Beautiful sketches Joan! Your portraits and self-portrait are also very well done.

Joan T
11-03-2014, 04:23 PM
Thanks Debby and Tangerine!

Now that I finished the trip sketches I can catch up on other sketches I've done.

The farm stand was done locally and the train sketches were innocent victims I sketched on the subway going into Manhattan.

Joan T
11-03-2014, 04:28 PM
This group was done on a sketch outing with the NYC Urban Sketchers during the World Wide Sketchcrawl. We met at the High Line in NYC which is an elevated park built on a former raised rail line. It has great views of the local area. The trains are in the yard and go from there into Penn Station or Grand Central Terminal. While we were sketching a helicopter came to land at the helipad, so it made it into one of the sketches too.

DrDebby
11-04-2014, 01:46 PM
Great sketches.

Scattykat
11-09-2014, 03:27 PM
...your sketches are gorgeous, love the watercolours, my you get about, and meeting similar minded cyber buds is such fun, love the little ink sketches from along Lake Como, always a joy catching up :D

Joan T
11-10-2014, 09:35 PM
Thanks Debby and Kat!

Halloween brings out the scarecrows...even in the garden.

We had a rainy day and I headed over to Barnes & Noble to so a sketch before shopping.

Joan T
11-10-2014, 09:38 PM
A friend and I went to Wave Hill which is a public garden in the Bronx. It had an interesting pergola and some nice buildings.

Joan T
11-10-2014, 09:41 PM
These were done during an art/music/dance/theatre festival in Patchogue. Our sketch group was invited to sketch some of the events going on and the different installations. I sketched through a performance by the Tri Valley Brass and then found a few sculptures that were created for the festival.