Thursday, February 25, 2010

La Casita Mariacha

Went to La Casita to sketch the Mariachi band. Didn't get many sketches in, but the band was fabulous!

Saturday, February 20, 2010

Crystalline Nights

The evenings here in the Northwest have been cold and clear with a sky of intense blue at dusk. Beautiful and jewel-like. Some new watercolors in the palette of these nights just arrived in the mail so I tried them out on rough paper. Laurelines recommended the colors; Lunar Black and Lunar Blue. I also added a bit of Manganese blue and then drew a sanguine line on top of the wash.

Thursday, February 18, 2010

At the Edge

We had a great time sketching at the Edgecliff late afternoon and evening yesterday. A beautiful, crystalline day made for a spectacular view out the window. Though I have no sketches of it. The views indoors were too good. Here's a mess of my sketches...

Cosmopolitan Girl

Way to tight drink drawing.

People at the bar. Some shirts should not be worn. Virginia on the far right. Sorry Virginia.

Mr. Ron Kasprisin, a local fixture.

Sue drawing people in the bar.

And a quick study.

Tuesday, February 16, 2010

Reese Again

One of these days, soon, I'll sketch Reese and Zoey in action. The animals tend to be sleeping in the evening when I'm in play mode so my drawings are always of sleeping dogs and cats. Today I replaced my WN Cotman Watercolor kit colors with professional grade and wanted to give them a whirl, and Mr. Reese was handy. The replacement watercolors are definitely juicier, more transparent than the Cotman. I was able to add in some of my favorite colors such as Payne's Gray and Gamboge (deep yellow, almost an orange hue.) There's twelve half pans, not quite enough. Of course I thought 20 wasn't enough with my other palette. They grow.

Here's a list of the colors I used:
Burnt Umber
Burnt Sienna
Permanent Red
Monte Amiata
Paynes Gray
Colbalt Blue

I love using Payne's Gray mixed with a warm color such as Alizarin Crimson or Burnt Sienna for my darks. Payne's is very transparent so you don't end up with mud. I also use Ultramarine similarly, but it has more opacity than Payne's. When it precipitates with burnt Sienna it's lovely, but one must leave it alone.

Monday, February 15, 2010

Maxwelton Woolies

These sheep have the most fabulous view overlooking Maxwelton Beach but were more fascinated with the Irish music playing down the road. I pass them daily so stopped by for a quick sketch.

Sunday, February 14, 2010

Broken Hellebore

Guess I should buy some fencing to protect these delicate plants. The dogs were playing and accidentally trampled my pink Hellebore. The Burgundy one is untouched, so at least there's one with blooms this year. Hellebore are wonderful for their winter blooms. They're so natural and earthy looking with subtle coloring of light greens, pinks, mauves, burgundy and browns. I'd love to have a yard of them. They do great under Firs and shady areas.

Saturday, February 13, 2010

Funky Cat Drawings

It's such a pleasure to have a cat around the house again. She's not only a wonderful little girl, so playful and loving, but she's also great to draw. I hope some day to get some decent artwork from her. She has such an exquisite feline form and beautiful velvet coat. I nicknamed her Kitty Monster because she hunts and attacks my foot. Thank goodness she naps now and then.

La Casita for more fun!

Our Sketch group met at La Casita for more sketching this evening. We love the place for it's hospitality, food and decorative setting. A great family run restaurant that is community oriented. We love that! We'll be spending lots of time there drawing the servers, Mariachi Band and patrons. Then we'll put on a gallery show of our sketches in the restaurant.

I used a bamboo pen for the drink and the Family drawing. I really enjoy the unpredictability and line variation of it. An irregular, bold line.

Here are few of my sketches from our evening of fun.

A family enjoying Dinner.

The Bar from my seat.

Wednesday, February 10, 2010

Freeland Library, Cake, then Margaritas

The library is a great place to draw people. Books, computers, people writing and doing stuff. It's also quiet and one can focus on sketching.

Then after an hour we all got hungry and went to the Lighthouse for a sandwich, coffee and Carrot Cake. Here's Sue, one of our members, getting upset and making threatening gestures to make us stop looking at her.

After the Lighthouse we headed over to La Casita, a Mexican restaurant in Clinton, for more drawing and a Margarita in the Bar.

Thursday, February 4, 2010

Waif Kittys from the Cat Cottage

To start, I'm sharing a small gesture drawing of our new addition to the family, Kate. She's from Waif in Oak Harbor, one of a network of animal shelters here on Whidbey Island. She's a lovely solid gray kitty with golden eyes. Someone said she's a Russian Blue. Regardless, she's very regal and charming. Energetic, playful, and loving. She fetches too!

Here are my sketches from Waif's Cat Cottage in Freeland, Wa. Michelle is the first. What a sweetheart and darling. A character! This is not a good sketch of her, but wanted to include her since she's a doll and needs a home.

This is Melissa. She's beautiful! She would do best in a quiet home with a loving person to bring her out.

A watercolor of Coho.

A brush Drawing of Coho. A lovely, sweet quiet kitty.

Two beautiful black cats. Both sweet hearts. Honey pies, all!

Leg Lamp and Laptop Lady

Sketched at Mike's Place in Langley, Wa. It has an interesting decor palette. Dark burnt oranges, purple and brown. I think that's a triad. Anyways, purple and orange make a lovely brown. It was a blast painting with the WISk comedians, Sherryl, Lisbeth and Sue.