Saturday, April 28, 2012

WISk at Windjammer Park

Whidbey Island Sketchers had a windy sketch meet at Windjammer Park in Oak Harbor yesterday. Regardless, a fun time was had by all. The Windmill there is a great subject, but very difficult to draw. After one attempt we opted for more comfortable sketching conditions at Flyers, an Oak Harbor sports bar. More fun of course!
If you're in the neighborhood and looking for something to do this weekend, Oak Harbor's Holland Happening festival is in full swing. And check out the sketchers delightful versions of the windmill at our WISk blog. Here are mine...

At Flyers...


Thursday, April 19, 2012

Artichoke Dinner

I split this artichoke for steaming and was struck by it's beauty in the kettle. I cannot do it justice! It's colors and intricate patterns fascinate me.

Tuesday, April 17, 2012

Meerkerk Garden Gumdrops

Whidbey Island Sketchers met at Meerkerk Rhododendron Gardens last Friday. Here's a couple of my sketches:

The grouping of gumdrop shaped trees in the rock garden at Meerkerk are an interesting arrangement to paint at any angle. This garden is all about round vertical and horizontal forms. Fun to watch the light define it over the hours. This sketch isn't complete, but that may be a good thing!

The Entrance building to the gardens seems to be made of slate. It has a church-like look to it. 

Sunday, April 1, 2012

Scatchet Totem

A quick sketch done on another blustery day. My water brushes, water bottle, palette and sponge all took flight. At least there was some sun to light my subject, the totem at Scatchet Beach. Having direct light was an opportunity to play with more color and contrast. Lately I've been more cognizant of how I apply color in layers on my sketches because of a discussion with my friend, Sue. She recently took a class focusing on glazing with Jan Hart down in Costa Rica. Jan's work is beautiful. It's very apparent she has a great understanding of color and pigment characteristics. The knowledge it takes to avoid mud. So I'm inspired to expand my understanding of color and pigments. I've always layered washes and never really considered it "glazing." I like a direct approach to applying watercolor, so tend to use minimal layers. Generally I've found highly pigmented colors such as cobalt blue, cerulean, manganese blue, yellow ochre etc. work best on top of transparents such as gamboge and alizarin crimson. And I like the effect of cool colors on warm. Dry time is a big issue when glazing outdoors, but today the wind took care of that!