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Washington Park , Albany NY

This week I went to an urban sketching event to Washington Park in Albany NY. This park is located right in the heart of Albany. During the course of year there are many events in this park   like Tulip Festival , Christmas lights and other cultural events.

This week there was a latin american cultural festival . I took the opportunity to paint vendors selling fair food and serving huge crowd accompanied with cultural events at the stage. Park was very lively with all the people celebrating latin american culture.

Here is spot where I set up my easel.

Washington park

As this was late in the afternoon , Vendors have started to pack up by the time I was almost done (Well an artist is never done with a painting lol).

Washington Park

There were few more details added after this.

Here is the final Plein air product

Washington Park

Washington Park



Urban Sketching

I have been doing some sketches locally . Recently I have ventured out to few cafes here in Albany . I wanted to do a post as I am excited to do more of such sketches. I have not been interested in doing pen and watercolor. Well that was until I actually did it. It turned out to be lot of fun.

First Sketch below is done at Short and Stout tea at western ave . It is locally run business and friendly owners.


This is how finished sketch looked like.

And below is the picture after the sketch was complete.



Just in case you are wondering …I has basil sweet tea . It was good. !

Next sketch was done at Starbucks at Stuyvesant Plaza in Albany. It was a relaxing Sunday morning and I had hot caramel Macchiato . It was lot of fun watching people come and go for morning coffee.


This sketch has quite a few white areas. In reality that is not the case. When you start sketching you realize that most of walls are black and dark grey. With watercolors it is so hard to paint against black backdrop .

Picture below shows really how black and grey the walls are .


I am excited to see how these sketches would change as I keep sketching.

If you have any questions do leave a comment !

Thanks for reading !