Monday, March 29, 2010

Nectar Online Magazine

Nectar is a magazine for women featuring articles about all kinds of outdoor sports such as kayaking and backpacking. Besides sports, they also feature interviews with writers and visual artists. I was honored to have been interviewed by them late last year and it was just published in their Issue #03. It's a great magazine full of inspiration. Thank you Nectar!

Check it out...

Thursday, March 25, 2010

Sirens Play

Messing with a photo of Sirens interior. I love red line. This is Cayenne, a Noodlers Ink color. Bleeds, and I like that unruly aspect of it. Not sure I like this image much, but it was fun playing around. I think my favorite part is the hairy lamp on the left.
The paper is very old Arches hot press. I think the sizing is gone, it's like working on blotter. It also stinks bad.

Wednesday, March 24, 2010

Half Link

Whidbey Island Sketchers met up at the Greenbank store today. Meanwhile, I ended up having to work prior to going, then headed out late. I gave up getting there and decided to spent my sketch time in the sun at Bayview Corner instead. Got in a couple sketches of Half Link Bike Shop.

The Bat House on the roof.

Tuesday, March 23, 2010

Double Bluff from Sunlight Shores

An early evening low tide at Sunlight Shores on Whidbey Island. The large land mass on the right is Double Bluff, where dogs run leash-free. I'm so looking forward to the low spring tides, when one can walk way out for hours and hours.
I've been experimenting with some new colors from M. Graham, wanting to find more transparent replacements for earth colors such as burnt sienna. I've found many that mix nicely with my standard blues; cobalt and ultramarine. Here I've incorporated Transparent Red Iron Oxide, a little Azo Orange with Cobalt Blue, Ultramarine and Dioxazine Purple. Greens are Sap and Hookers yellowed up with Gamboge.

Saturday, March 20, 2010

Scatchet Head Totem

This totem sits overlooking the water at Scatchet Head, just down the road 1/4 mile from my house. Each time I pass, I think of sketching it.

Friday, March 19, 2010

Thursday, March 18, 2010

Tripping to Port Townsend

Our sketch group took a trip to Port Townsend and we had a blast. They're a fun group. I had intended to get in some of the great architecture there, but ended up at Sirens, a local bar and eatery with great food. The place has a wonderfully rich interior of antiques and retro furniture. We'll have to do a trip very soon on a warm day to sketch some exteriors. By the way, Sirens fried oysters were the best I've ever had in a restaurant. As good as I do at home.

Used a Gel Pen for these line sketches. Slippery. They're nice to use. I wonder about their permanence, though.

People on the ferry. This woman was being interviewed for a job.

The wind was blowing so hard, the ferry was seriously rolling. It made us late getting to the dock. I tried to capture the effect. My lines rolled, that's for sure.

The rolling hills from the rolling ship as we approached Port Townsend.

It'd be nice to do some people frontal. This gal sat down in the middle of my sketch.

It was a lovely day, though a bit chilly and windy on the deck. A quick sketch of Sherryl and Lisbeth... sketching.

Sirens bordello-like interior.

A lovely lady in heavenly light. We had a ferry to catch and got in this quickie. Wish I had more time.

Tuesday, March 16, 2010

Heavy Chop

Did a quick painting from Ebey's Bluff looking towards the Olympics around sunset. The lighting and clouds were so dramatic and the colors of the water so varied. The wind beat against the car. I love extreme weather.
Painted on Arches 300lb cp. It's quite rough.

Sunday, March 14, 2010

Wine and Drawing at the Edgecliff

Some days it's more difficult to paint and sketch than others.

Noticed the neon cross at the church on Maxwelton Rd. and stopped for a quick sketch.

Wednesday, March 10, 2010

Mukiteo Coffee and Beachscapes

Parked my car on the Maxwelton Beach boat ramp and did a couple sketches in watercolors. Rain over the Olympic Mountains on the peninsula. The light was incredible. Couldn't do it justice.

To my right was a view of the beach at low tide...

Went to Mukilteo Coffee and did a couple sketches.

Monday, March 8, 2010

Reese and a Sunset

It's been cold and clear, for the most part, the last couple days. Beautiful. Dark clouds have been looming, but the sun has managed to shine. Took the dogs for a walk late today and arrived at our destination, the bluff in the Headlands, after the sun had set. The sky was still lit blue and orange, and the tide was out revealing interesting sand bar patterns below. It was all so lovely, I tried to capture some part of it in the dark, quickly.

Last night I played with toning my moley and painting in gouache and watercolors. A couple sketches of Reese, my usual subject.

Wednesday, March 3, 2010

One Lone Sketch

Today our group met at the Freeland library for sketching again. Didn't get many sketches done worth showing. This one is overworked, but that's okay. I've been thinking about pushing the envelope on watercolors and piling up the pigment. There comes a point when it becomes mud. I think it's there. But I like some things about it. The color mostly. A bit of opacity in contrast to the transparency. Another aspect of the medium I've been considering and hope to harness..

Tuesday, March 2, 2010

Langley in Spring

Spent a little time this afternoon getting in a sketch of the flowering plums at the entrance to Langley before the rain moved in. I love passing through the canopy of fluffy limbs, floating petals and swirls of pink on the ground as I drive. The sky was darkening as I painted, so I quickly wrapped it up and headed down the road to the cemetery.

Here's the sketch from the Langley cemetery. A beautiful, peaceful place. It was an opportunity to work wet in wet. Also use some deep values.

Monday, March 1, 2010

Langley Mystery Weekend

This time, each year, Langley holds a weekend long "who done it" challenge. People from far and wide descend upon this seaside village to solve the mystery and observe the antics and fun. Actors dressed in costume roam the streets answering questions and are in character at all times. Goofy ones I might add. Tanya and Howie were the first we encountered. Being off the boat from Plotsylvania, they spoke to us in broken English as best they could. Sue and I planted ourselves in front of Mike's Place, a local diner with a porch and chairs. There was a constant flux of people sitting and resting so we were fixed there. The whole day was very fun. Later we headed to Prima Bistro a few doors down for a glass of wine and a little more sketching.

Tanya and Howie, a couple of teens. She was lamenting her future arranged marriage.

Monty Green (Mac) was a 49er. I don't think he did it. Just too nice of a guy.

James the Paramedic. A real life character there for the fun. He was dressed in full biker leathers so when we saw him coming down the street we jumped on the chance and asked him to sit.

Doug Kirk sat down at his own peril. He became the next victim. Another real life character, Doug is proprietor of Kirk's Nursery here on the south end of the island. A great nursery.

Michael Sheehan. He was singing great tunes from Pink Floyd and Al Stewart for us at Prima Bistro.

The Prima Bartender.

Customers checking the menu and talking.

A waitress who went non-stop.