For the third year running, there will be a SamSketches calendar.
It is my hope for this third year that it will be gracing even more homes than its predecessors. The pieces selected, for the most part (not going to lie and say every single one), were done so with a special meaning behind each month assignment.
- July includes an illustration of Gader because it his birth month — his birthday will also be noted on each calendar as well, you’re welcome.
- August’s image and words refer to music, a reference selected for the birth month of the man responsible for my eclectic taste in and knowledge of music.
- October’s words come from the artist I share a birthday with in that month — Picasso.
And the rest — have fun trying to figure out and guess … or don’t and just enjoy the imagery. :)
I am currently awaiting my draft copy of the calendar to make sure it all comes out exactly as I would like it to. After I have held it and am okay with it, it will formally go on sale — $15 (w/ free shipping to your home).
For now, I am keeping a list of those interested in securing a copy from my first shipment of calendars, which has been impressively growing each day. (thanks!)
If you have not yet contacted me about making a calendar yours please do so to be part of the first shipment to go out! — simply email, text, FB comment/message, tweet, stop me in person
Amidst the several other projects/goals I have set for myself this month and going forward into fall, I signed up to participate in an event taking place this week that will be a new experience for me.
I am half excited, half nervous to be one of a number of artists painting the Great South Bay “en plein air“** for an event led by the South Bay Art Association aptly named, “Paint the Great South Bay.” Myself, along with other artists from around Long Island, will be setting up our easels to capture and create views of our island’s beautiful Great South Bay.
Rain or shine (I hope to get out early to avoid the rain) we will be creating artwork on location this week from Thursday, the 20th, thru Saturday, the 22nd. I will use all the assorted social media outlets to post where I am, as well as document my progress. I plan to be setting myself up in Gardiners Park, right at the edge where I can grab both a view of the Fire Island lighthouse, the Robert Moses bridge, the *raincloud-less* sky, and of course the bay.
On Sunday, August 23rd, from 1 pm to 4 pm, there will be an opening reception at the Paper Cup Studio art gallery (139 South Country Road in Bellport), displaying all of our work from the week. The pieces will be available for viewing and for sale from then until September 20th, with gallery hours being Thursdays to Saturdays from 11 am to 5 pm, and Sundays from 12 pm to 4 pm.
There has been a Facebook group created for any one interested to check in and see where other artists will be located: Paint the Great South Bay FB Group.
**en plein air: a French expression which means “in the open air” and is particularly used to describe the act of painting outdoors, which is also called peinture sur le motif (“painting of the object(s) or what the eye actually sees”) in French.
On the off chance you don’t already have plans for the weekend, more specifically on Sunday anywhere from 11 am – 6 pm; you should most certainly without a doubt come by and visit your favorite sketching, blogging, paint throwing, illustration making, Bay Shore resident artist. <– And you should also try to say that whole sentence out loud too in one breath :) I will be set up somewhere along Main Street in Bay Shore among other artists, vendors, musicians, and possibly even live stock, the whole entire day. The weather is supposed to be beautiful. Which reminds me I should really invest in some sunscreen within the next couple of days. Oh and there will be food! Not sold on showing up, yet? Did I mention I’ll be there? Because really that should do it for ya.
In case it doesn’t here is what will be there with me:
- Paintings — a couple of new ones I just finished this past month
- Postcard prints (w. quotes by amazing people who are not me on the back, my illustrations on the front)
- Bookmarks — free while supplies last!
- eBook info cards
- Calendars (June 2014 – May 2015)
- Coloring books (70+ illustrations inside)
- Fresh copies of my newest title — Illustrated & Alliterated: An Alphabet Book
- My favorite bearded guy in Ray Bans
- Annnnnd some granola bars (but those are mainly for me, not you)
Arts Festival by the Bay exploreLI Info