Thursday, October 28, 2010

Drawing and Watercolor Classes

My art classes start November 6th. The learning never stops!

Fundamentals of Drawing  
10am – 1pm, Saturdays
Nov. 6 – Dec 11
Come learn the basics of drawing! Knowing the fundamentals gives artists a greater command of advanced painting media such as watercolors, oils and pastels, thus their own self expression. Through lectures, demonstrations, handouts, and in and out of class drawing studies, you'll learn the essentials such as sighting, values, composition, light and shadow, perspective, contour line, and dry media such as pencil and charcoal. We'll also study the masters of drawing such as Rembrandt, Delacroix and Leonardo. Your natural abilities and individual voice will be recognized, nurtured and encouraged to further you down the road of artistic development. 
 $190, $175 for returning students

Register at: 
Go to the 'Tools' page on my blog for the supply list.

Painting with Watercolor
2pm – 5pm, Saturdays
Nov. 6 – Dec 11
No other medium compares to the jewel-like qualities of watercolor and all it's variations in color and granulation characteristics, not to mention the absolute thrill of watching colors disperse, bloom and explode on paper! All levels are welcome in this workshop, as your natural abilities and individual artistic voice will be recognized, nurtured and encouraged. We'll study color, composition, wash techniques 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! 
 $190, $175 for returning students

Register at:
Go to the 'Tools' page on my blog for the supply list.

Sunday, October 17, 2010

A walk on the Beach

Took the dogs for a late afternoon walk down to Scatchet Beach. Got in a couple quick sketches. The totem, turns out, had more figures on top but was trimmed down due to rot and mounted on a concrete base. I also found out after I drew it that it's sacrilegious to make an image of a totem. Oh well. I needed a scary image for the Whidbey Island Sketchers October Sketch Challenge so I'm not going to burn it. The other 4 panel sketch is of the Headlands looking up from the beach. It's full of Maples so fairly colorful.

Langley Sketching

Spent yesterday afternoon and evening sketching in Langley. First, the puppets at Nymbol's, then Prima Bistro. Met a lot nice people as we usually do when we're out sketching. People notice us looking or the palettes in front of us. Kids really hone in. They're artists wanting to know what other artists are up to. Here's my sketches...

Nymbol's Puppets

Family Celebration

A not so good likeness of Sue.

An animated Gentleman

Monday, October 4, 2010


Six of us sketchers ventured to downtown Seattle early in the a.m. last Saturday for a class called 'Analytique.' It was canceled at the last minute so we made lemonade with our lemons. Breakfast and sketching at Pike's Place, then headed up to Capital Hill to Dick Blick for some supply shopping. Our group is a bit like herding cats! Too many distractions in busy downtown. All in all, it was a fun day and the sketchers are great to adventure with.

an·a·ly·tique–noun Architecture.

an elevation drawing of a façade, surrounded by a decorative arrangement composed of drawings of the important details and sometimes a plan or section of the façade.

Wendy at Breakfast. She got to work immediately drawing the pillars on the lower level of the market.

As we were leaving the market I spotted a guy entirely covered with silver. He was a funky robot. I call him SilverMan.