Thursday, September 30, 2010

Island Recycle and the Book Bus

I joined the Whidbey Island Sketchers at Island Recycle in Freeland Wednesday. So much great junk to draw there, but this dilapidated bus called my name. It's now full of books. It made me think of hippies, Timothy Leary, Ken Kesey and who in the past owned this gem. Was it a mobile library at one time? What's it's history? Island Recycle begs a return.

Saturday, September 25, 2010

Django at UBC

A splendid afternoon sitting on the UBC patio listening to great music, sketching with the sketchers and drinking delicious coffee. I call it Heaven.

Friday, September 17, 2010

Line by Line

Getting Back to the Phantom Skill by James McMullan is the first of a 12 part series on drawing by this renown illustrator and teacher. My hero when I was a student and my reason for picking up watercolors way back in the 80s. I'm looking forward to reading and applying his teachings. Hope you find some nuggets of inspiration!

Sunday, September 12, 2010


Just playing around with this spread. There's a couple cats in the background. 3 total. It was done in my A4 Moleskine WC sketchbook. The paper takes watercolor strangely, forming bloppy shapes with no waterflow. The paper doesn't hold up well to paint removal either. Adds interesting marks with a certain messiness. Those peculiar characteristics I've come to both love and hate.

Wednesday, September 8, 2010

Beach Sketches

Here's a few odds and ends. The first image is a sketch of a lean-to structure I found down at the beach. There was another, more elaborate and impressive one behind me, that appears to be a bar with seats and everything. Even equipped with a bottle of Vodka.
In the second image I tried to capture an amazing sunset at Maxwelton Beach. Those vertical shapes are people, by the way. The third image is out of my new pocket, Japanese accordion style Moleskine, which I love. It opens up into a longer format which is less restricting, so the pocket version, approximately 3x5, is very convenient to carry.

Lean-to Bar Seats

Maxwelton Beach Sunset

Scatchet Head Beach

Saturday, September 4, 2010

Magnolia at Greenbank

Got in this sketch of a magnolia tree while waiting for dinner reservations at Whidbey Pies Cafe.

Thursday, September 2, 2010

Angel at Langley Cemetery

Nice to see all my sketcher friends at the Langley Cemetery for our weekly. They all produced outstanding work. And the weather was good.
I have been obsessed with this angel for a month or so. I've done numerous false starts in addition to three sketches. There's just something about her. She has a wistful expression and a longing in her attitude as she looks towards the sky. It's like she's in constant motion. Balanced by open wings, leaning forward to some future. Without a doubt, I'll be painting her again.

Wednesday, September 1, 2010

Whidbey Pies Cafe Show

I'm delighted to announce that many of my watercolors and sketches are presently on display at Whidbey Pies Cafe, Greenbank, through the month of September.  The variety of images I selected; flowers, animals, landscapes and people, were done on location here on Whidbey Island. Though I had to include one of my favorites of the Methow Valley. It's a thrill to see them framed and hanging on their walls. Stop on in for pie and a look see!

Pie Crumbs

Sketching at Toby's

Guy with Dreads

Sue V. and I stopped in at Christopher's in Coupeville then headed to Toby's down the street for Mussels. We sketched of course.

Our booth was huge.

People at the wine bar in Christopher's.