Long Island, New York [Results]
Posted: Sun Jan 11, 2009 7:02 pm
Usually I sketchcrawl with my sister, Michelle, in New Jersey, but due to the weather forecast for snow/ice and the cold I have, I decided to stay closer to home. I got up and had a nice cup of hot coffee to get me ready to head on out.
I headed to Sayville, Long Isand which is the next town over from me. It has lots of interesting houses, stores, a quaint downtown area and many marinas. My first sketch is of a store called "Past & Present" which is right in the center of the downtown area. It was too cold to sit outside and sketch, but I was able to get a parking spot right near this shop and sat in the front seat of my car to sketch and paint. The next sketch was done from the exact same parking place (a two-for-one special). I think there is a Starbucks in just about any town now. Even though it was cold these people were content to sit outside and sip and talk even with a few snow flurries falling.
I wanted to sketch some of the sailboats down by the water, but most of them have been stored for the winter, or are covered up. Nothing looked too promising until I found this old boat shack. The weathered look to it is what attracted me. So I found a spot to park the car, adjusted the front seat to give me a little more room, and sketched this next one.
By now I was feeling hungry and needed to warm up a bit. With the price of gas still rather high, I didn't want to keep turning on the engine to get heat. I drove to Sal's Pizzeria wich is in Sayville. I picked a table with a view of the counter and sketched while I ate. There is a lot going on inside a pizza place. I probably could have done more than one sketch there, but didn't want to hog a table for too long.
Before I left Sayville, I parked so that I had a view of the main street of the downtown area. You can see quite a ways down the street. A pharmacy is on the corner, and then I think the building with the blue canopy out front is a chocolate store.
My final sketches were done at the library in my home town of Holbrook. There are usually a lot of people sitting around reading. I picked a few to sketch, but none of them stayed very long.
I think it was a rather successful day, but I much prefer doing the Sketchcrawl with my sister. I hope the weather will be better for the next one and that we can find someplace to sketch together.