Sunday, February 1, 2015

Sketchcrawl in the tropics, sorta

As Joan said in the previous post, we spent Sketchcrawl at the Planting Fields Arboretum in Oyster Bay , Long Island. The location was a wonderful cure for the 24" of snow we had this week. The only thing missing were the drinks with the little parasols!

Bromiliad and orchid.

This plant is appropriately called Lobster Claws.

I was sitting near this entrance to do my sketch. Valuable lesson learned. Everyone that came in either took my photo, or stopped to talk. I met the plumber that wanted to retire and spend the rest of his life as a photographer. Then Heika, a delightful 6 year old came to talk. She told me how lizards can camouflage with the plants. (I was impressed with that). A French speaking woman complimented my painting and took a photo. The best incident was the two Chinese ladies that came over. They were nodding, smiling, pointing at my painting, and talking to me in Chinese! For all I know, they could have been telling me this looked like s*^#%. They also took photos. There were others as well. I tried to send them over to annoy Joan, but somehow they wanted to bother me. So next time I go sketching I need to sit near the exit!

Joan hiding in the jungle avoiding the humans!


  1. It was a great spot for sketching on Saturday. Thanks for thinking of it! Love your bromeliad and lobster claws. I think you wear the same sign my mom used to wear that says "Willing to Talk to People." I don't make eye contact and it seems to work. lol

  2. What a great story and pictures, Susan. You make it easy to speak to you~

  3. Thanks ladies! Next time it is blinders and duct tape!

  4. very amusing hearing about the passerbys, particularly the chinese entourage. love the colors on your bromeliads. love that i now know what a bromeliad is, too.

    1. Thanks for the visit and comment Shawne! Truth be told, I will remember all of these conversations everytime I look at this sketch. I just found it so amusing that they were talking to me in Chinese like I understood them, then again, art is a universal language.


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