Sunday, June 27, 2010

Painting Light

I think in the case of candle light it's easiest to convey light with a warm to hot palette. With flesh don't be fearful of using bright reds. It conveys blood in the skin and a sense of it's translucency. The use of analogous transparent layers (glazing) creates a glow within itself. Also use some hits of blue to make those warm colors glow.
My students wanted to see a demonstration of how to paint light so I did this quick study from a photo.

Friday, June 25, 2010

Painting with Watercolor II

Olympics from Ebey's Bluff

The next class dates are set for Painting with Watercolor II. Here's the class description:

Painting with Watercolor II - Beginning to Intermediate
This class is a continuation of the spring watercolor class. All levels are welcome. We'll be delving into some drawing basics the first two weeks with the study of light and shadow, perspective, contour and gesture drawing. These drawing principles will be geared around and applied to the use of watercolor. We'll continue the study of color, composition, washes and pigment characteristics through exercises, discussions and demonstrations, all of which will help build your confidence with this beautiful medium. Come experience the joy and thrill of painting with watercolor!

Dates: July 2- July 30, Fridays, 10am-12pm
Location: South Whidbey Parks and Rec., 5474 Maxwelton Rd., Langley


Register through South Whidbey Parks and Recreation

Please go to the 'Tools' page for the supply list:

Thursday, June 24, 2010

The Zen of Sketching

Sketching is meditative. It's a pleasure to calmly explore shapes, make marks on paper and see the beauty of a drawn line. The rest of the world falls away. Though this spread is not much of anything, when I look at it I recall the experience of creating it, the effort of trying to understand Zoey's structure and physical characteristics through drawing. I'm also reminded of my deep affection for her. It started as a small drawing of the chopping block and hatchet outside while I sat on the deck, then I was forced to go inside by rain. And there was Zoe.

Wednesday, June 23, 2010

Morning in the Yard

I decided when I started this little sketch I would overwork it by putting layers and layers of paint down to see how much it would tolerate before turning to mud. I'd say it's on a mud puddle side.

Tuesday, June 22, 2010

Solstice at Toby's

A bit of solstice celebration with a number of my sketcher friends at Toby's in Coupeville. A great spot to sketch and have a beer or glass of wine. It's right on Penn Cove, so the view is fabulous. Particularly on the longest day of the year when the sunset extends into the late hours. I tried sketching that loveliness but could not do it justice. The violets and peachy oranges were gorgeous. Quite cliche, but well appreciated none the less.

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Thursday, June 17, 2010

Sketching in Langley

I'm very delighted to say that my 'Drawings from Life' blog is now RSS feeding to our local newspaper, the South Whidbey Record. One can find it in the community section of their website: Thank you, Paul Balcerak and South Whidbey Record!
Our WISk (Whidbey Island Sketchers) group met in Langley for some sketching on Wednesday. A couple of us sat on the porch of Mike's where I tried to capture the storefront of the Chocolate Flower Farm across the street. Langley is truly charming with it's old buildings. Very much a village by the sea.

Thursday, June 10, 2010

Chocolate Flower Farm

Here's a WC sketch from the Chocolate Flower Farm in Langley. A beautiful place to spend the afternoon sketching. I'll be spending a lot of time there this summer. When the weather permits! We were run out by thunder from two directions and sudden rain.

Wednesday, June 9, 2010

Peony Pods and a Boat

Spent a little time in the yard sketching the peony pods that formed after the extravagant blooms. They're interesting. Added in a few Robins hunting worms.


Also did a drawing of the umbrella, chairs and boat one can see from the

Monday, June 7, 2010

The Other Side

With a slight break from rain to mist, took the dogs and my paints down to Scatchet Beach, at least to get some exercise. This sketch is representative of our weather this spring. Gray and soggy. It takes watercolors awhile to dry. Painting outside is wet in wet for the duration of the session. I walked home with my painting sketchbook open. It was still very enjoyable, both the walk and the painting. And the dogs had fun playing in the water.

Sunday, June 6, 2010

Still Life Demo and Captain Whidbey Inn

Here's a small watercolor of a still life I did as a demonstration for my students.



Later in the day went up to Captain Whidbey Inn on Penn Cove. Had wine, mussels, spinach salad and white bean salad. It was excellent food... and company, Sue and Lisbeth. Got in a few sketches inside.

Later I sat outdoors on the deck overlooking Penn Cove and did a little sketch of the Madrona seen through the porch pillars. What a fabulous evening and sunset.