Painting can be a lonely pursuit with only a brush and canvas for company.
That's why Bay Shore artist Edward Cascone, 63, is looking forward to getting out of his studio and spending Sunday in the park.
At the Heckscher Museum of Art's annual Draw Out, he'll be out and about once again with his portable easel, canvas and acrylic paints, mingling with fellow artists, jazz musicians and spectators.
"I will more than likely paint in an Impressionist palette," says Cascone, a former graphic artist who now teaches figure drawing at Gather Studio in Patchogue.
In good company
Cascone is among about 30 Long Island visual artists expected to set up their easels for an afternoon of "speed painting" on the museum terrace and in adjacent Heckscher Park.
While no art-world superstars are expected to participate, Draw Out attracts a variety of artists with a variety of skills. Participants generally include students as well as artists with decades of experience, who paint for the love of their art.
"Some of them paint realistically, some abstractly," says Joy Weiner, the museum's director of education and public programs. With a scenic pond in the background and two professional artist's models also on hand, "the park is an inspiring place to paint," Weiner says.
Inspiration also will be provided by Live Art Fusion, a concept by Greenlawn resident and event producer Rich Rivkin, which combines live painting with jazz fusion bands from the metro area. While the artists do their thing, the bands will play "high-energy, electric jazz funk fusion," Rivkin says. "This sound makes you move."
Join the art-making
But you don't need to be one of the Live Art Fusion folks to unleash your inner artist. Anyone can grab a brush and start a painting or contribute to a group project.
Inside the museum, make colors with a virtual paintbrush, or your hand, on a 50-inch touch computer screen. Or add colored paper to a 6-foot-diameter color wheel.
Outside the museum, make your artistic mark by adding a piece of "pool noodle" to a huge, colorful tower. On decks in the park, you'll find tables, chairs and materials such as paper, charcoal, pastels and watercolors.
"You can look at the view and paint," Weiner says. An art teacher will give pointers. Or you could get ideas by strolling through the exhibition "Absorbed by Color: Art in the 20th Century." Admission to the museum is free.
WHEN | WHERE Noon-4 p.m. Sunday, Heckscher Museum of Art, Huntington; rain date: Sept. 30
INFO 631-351-3250, heckscher.org
WHEN | WHERE 9:30 a.m.- 3:30 p.m. Oct. 10 along Port Jefferson Harbor. Preregistration required.
INFO 631-369-2171, eastendarts.org
Harboring artistic ambitions? The East End Arts Council in Riverhead is offering "A Day of Painting by the Harbor," a one-day plein-air painting workshop taught by Elizabeth Greaf of Stony Brook. Students, beginner to advanced, will set up their easels on boat-dotted Port Jefferson Harbor. Greaf will offer guidance on artistic concerns such as drawing, color and composition.