Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Spring Day at the Commons

What a gorgeous day to be outdoors. WISk and ASk (Anacortes Sketchers) spent the afternoon sketching in the sun at the South Whidbey Commons. It felt great and, as always, we had fun!

Sketchers across the courtyard.

The visiting sketchers at work.

Monday, March 21, 2011

Super Moon Saturday

The Super Moon made for a bright and beautiful Saturday night. My impression of seeing it through an Alder.

Sunday, March 20, 2011

Art Blog Feature

 I'm honored to be one of many featured artists from around the world at CÓMO CANTABA MAYO EN LA NOCHE DE ENERO. The blog features illustrators, painters, musicians, poets, film and film makers. Thank you, Pedro!

Thursday, March 17, 2011

Olde World Ales

WISk met at Olde World Ales and Lagers in Langley on Wednesday. Unlike my usual "take time to decide" self, as soon as I sat down to work I made immediate decisions about my subject and how I wanted to handle the application of paint. "Just do it" was the operative phrase. With this first image, I toned the paper with a warm wash and splatters using a tooth brush. It was a dark wet day and I think the wash helps to convey that. 

In the second image, Phyllis, a WISk member, was sunk into a big white chair that had some interesting shape and fold characteristics. I enjoy how line can move from light areas into dark and get lost, with hints and suggestions of objects. A fun sketch to make.

Wednesday, March 9, 2011

The Coupeville MusselFest

I did a few sketches of Coupeville's Musselfest last weekend for one of our local papers, The Whidbey Examiner. It's an award winning publication focused on the Whidbey Island community, and local news and government. It's also the only locally owned, independent newspaper on Whidbey Island. Kasia Pierzga heads the paper. Thanks Kasia!

Mussel Men

Mussel Eating Contest

David Day cooks mussels in his paella pan

The layout in The Whidbey Examiner

Tuesday, March 8, 2011

What's a Hula Fish?

An oddity. A little statue that has the body of a hula girl, like the ones you see on dash boards, and a fish head. Has very big lips and sparkly eye shadow and lipstick. Quite goofy but fun to sketch. Sat at a friends house sketching while the snow accumulated outside a couple weeks ago. Quite beautiful to behold.

Hula Fish with snacks.

A sketch of my friend, Sue, sketching Hula Fish.

Monday, March 7, 2011

Belly Dancers!

WISk had a sketch party last weekend during the Langley Art Walk and it was a blast! Celina and Twyla Dill belly danced and posed for us during the event. They were quite an attraction and quite a challenge to sketch. Sure was fun trying!

Celina and Twyla Dill

Marcia posed for us too.

Tuesday, March 1, 2011

The Saratoga Sound

I attended a rehearsal of The Saratoga Sound, a Whidbey Island string quintet, a few weeks ago. It was quite the treat sketching in close proximity to them while they played. The members are Salvatore Morisco, violin and arranger, Gloria Ferry-Brennan, violin, Louise Fiori, viola, James Hinkley, cello and Kim Tinuviel, double bass. They're amazing!