I was only in the city for a day and went to see the Grand Central Academy. The place looks great, definitely one of the top places to study traditional painting at the moment. Afterwards, I met up with Jacob Collins and Travis Schlaht to do some plein air sketching in Central Park. We even got a classical piano recital for the last half of the session.
I spent the rest of the trip in Sag Harbor and the Hamptons. Beth Rundquist and I have painted together in the past, this trip she showed me one of the nicer spots to paint at a small commercial fishing dock on Shinnecock bay.
Jim Albinson and I did a plein air painting at a beautiful spot on the Little Peconic Bay, just northwest of Sag Harbor. There are so many great spots in the area for plein air paintings of water, with all the inlets and bays.
I suppose May is beautiful just about anywhere, but I found Long Island to be particularly inspiring this trip.