Sunday, August 17, 2014

Hong Kong Dragon Boat Festival in Queens

Finally got around to going to this event last weekend, after talking about it for years. Teams of people race one another across the water in massive boats with dragon heads, way out in Flushing Meadows Park.

Participants in the Hong Kong Dragon Boat Festival, Queens, NY

Hong Kong Dragon Boat Festival, Queens, NY

It takes a while to get there by public transportation, and by the time we did it was nearly time to turn back as we had other plans for the afternoon and evening.

Figured I'd take a few minutes and sketch since we'd spent so long trekking out there. So I scribbled a few lines and splashed a few colors around in the blazing sun as I listened to the incredibly peppy emcee exhort everyone to consider Hong Kong! If we ever wanted to open a business! Gotta say, he was pretty convincing.

Saturday, August 9, 2014

The Guest Room

The guest room

I've always liked the way the light comes into the tiny window of the guest room on a weekend morning and slowly spreads across the furniture.

Prismacolor colored pencil on Canson Mi-Teintes Touch paper, sketched as I looked through the doorway into the room.

Sunday, August 3, 2014

On the Eastern Shore for Plein Air Easton's Quick Draw

Oxford Boatyard, Oxford, Maryland

I'm currently reading James Michener's epic, Chesapeake, having been inspired by our recent trip to Maryland for Plein Air Easton's Quick Draw competition.

Yes, I grew up in MD, but had never managed the trip east from Annapolis to meander around this side of the Bay. The Eastern Shore seems a world apart from the just-outside-DC areas of the state - it has a slower-paced, New England-meets-the-South aura, with roadside crab shacks, corn-rich farmstands, and wide open spaces between the fingerlike waterways.

We explored Easton and St. Michael's, biked and bird-watched in Blackwater National Wildlife Refuge and kayaked the calm waters near Oxford.

I chose to work in watercolor for the Quick Draw and happily sold my work to a local collector within ten minutes of the horn signaling "brushes down."

The Red Roof, Easton, Maryland - SOLD

Sunday, July 27, 2014

Weekend with the Family

M.'s annual family gathering in Mystic, CT, always offers opportunities for some sketching in between games of cornhole, kayak runs and shopping excursions.

Buoys on a shed, Mystic, Connecticut

Docks, Stonington, Connecticut

We ended the weekend with a picnic lunch at Misquamicut State Beach, just over the border in Rhode Island.

At Misquamicut Beach, Rhode Island

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Saturday, July 19, 2014

Concord, Fourth of July Weekend

Main Street, Concord, Massachusetts

Main Street in Concord, Massachusetts, as the light faded. What a fun place for a quick visit during a Fourth of July weekend roadtrip. No, the colors weren't supposed to be so chalky. Yes, I should have cleaned the white gouache out of my palette first. :)

Sunday, June 29, 2014

Beyond the Fence

Beyond the fence, Stamford, CT

A quick sketch looking out over the fence from the side of the house.
Watercolor on Arches cold-pressed 140 lb. paper.

Monday, June 23, 2014

Imaginary Landscape

Imaginary landscape - hills and water

Just something I dreamed up while playing with colors on the handmade watercolor paper I bought in Barcelona last year.