Saturday, August 22, 2015


Chivo captured our hearts when we sketched at Kim's place a couple of weeks ago. Believe it or not this big (110 lb.) sweet, gentle, golden boy is half wolf - on his mother's side. His daddy hasn't come forward to claim paternity. This is the only dog I've ever sketched that did not get up and leave upon discovering I was staring at him. He is a much loved member of the family, protector of the flock and a very special canine.
Chivo is too big for one page or even one sketchbook.

Tuesday, August 11, 2015

Aboard the Sophia

We had a fantastic trip sailing to LaConner on the Sophia. Thank you so very much to Paula and Jim for a perfect day. Scenery from the boat was so AWEsome that we could't settle down and sketch! Once we docked, we visited the quilting museum, ate lunch on the patio at The Pub, then sketched the quaint little town. Beautiful weather, warm people....what more could you ask for?

Monday, July 13, 2015

At the CAPTAIN WHIDBEY, after our Day at the Regency

OOOOoooooo, so glad to have my scanning and uploading capabilities back!!!
Here is a sketch of two Madrona trees begun while we were sitting having a glass of wine on the deck of the Captain Whidbey Inn in Coupeville, after our day at Regency. So this is a lesson in "when do you stop". The Sketchers said I should stop at step One (that is where I got to at the end of the wine). I kept going at home to step Two, where I should have stopped. Then tonight I couldn't leave it alone and got to step Three. I know, I know. I should have stopped. One never DOES know where to stop, does one????
"Stop here!" the Sketchers said. But I didn't.
"Stop here", I said. But I didn't.
"Stop Here", I finally said. I here was the place to stop, because the birds are here.

Oh YAY my computer is working again, and I can scan in my DAY at REGENCY

Saturday, July 11, 2015

An afternoon at The Regency

Such lovely and warm people at The Regency in Oak Harbor. We hung out in the library and were treated to a watercolor demo by one of the residents...she was absolutely inspired her new watercolor crayons, and we were equally inspired by her.

Wow - a huge plate of cookies and birthday cake all in one afternoon!

Friday, July 10, 2015

Bingo and Birthdays: Regency of Whidbey

We attended all the scheduled afternoon events at Regency of Whidbey today.

1:00 pm: Whidbey Island Sketchers
1:30 pm Bingo
3:00 pm Celebrate July Birthdays

The Bingo Crowd
Ada, just one of the July birthday girls!

Christiine, staff member

Ruth and her portrait.

Thursday, July 9, 2015

Fascinating Fridays

Awestruck silence seemed to overtake our group when we visited Jerry Wennstrom's studio. Larger than life sculptures surrounded us and created a mystical presence. The pieces are made of carved wood, found metal and all kinds of repurposed moving parts. What shows on the outside is often in contrast to that which is inside. 

June in the Stansberry Gardens

A magical place full of wonder and discoveries....

Monday, July 6, 2015

A.L. Anderson

Was A.L. Anderson a philanthropist?  It seems so.  He donated land for the Langley Woodsman Cemetery, allows the Highlands to use his property for a pea patch.  What more can we learn about this person.  Check out my blog for details.

Sunday, July 5, 2015

Langley Woodman Cemetery

A peaceful cooling breeze swept through the cemetery on this very hot day. What a wonderful place to sketch. Next time I think I'll take some paper so I can do some headstone rubbings. 

This image started with the dappled shadow shapes falling on my paper. Just a playful experiment.

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Bentwood and Lavender

Visiting the Kang Lavender farm last week was reminiscent of the kind of summer I had as a youngster.  Sitting, enjoying beautiful weather with friends and letting the talk flow around you.  The fields of Lavender are so colorful, it was warm and quiet and a light breeze kept us cool.

My friend Sooja arranged this sketching location and acted as hostess, making a Lavender drink and cookies to keep us happy.  We were entranced with this beautiful setting, the barn, and the garden.  I fell in love with, as usual the most complicated thing in sight, which was the Bentwood Rocker.  All because it was painted RED.  Don't you think all bentwood rockers should be painted?
A gift from our host MC.

The rocker, floated in and out of the sun.

Monday, June 29, 2015

Kang's Lavender Farm

There was a slight breeze and dappled light under a tree at the pristine lavender and grape farm. That was enough to put me in a playful mood on that hot afternoon. I started playing with the fun shapes of shadow falling on my paper. The dog, Aggie, was also in a playful mood as she ran off with Mary's painting towel.

Kang's Lavender Farm

So it seems I repeat myself when I post after sketching. It was, yet again, another absolutely amazing and perfect afternoon. Who knew there was such a beautiful lavender farm just a short distance from Millman Rd? We were hosted with ice water, cookies, cold watermelon, and bundles of lavender. It brought back strong memories of my mother's last days. She loved lavender and there is a lavender farm near their home. I bought armloads of lavender and spread it all over the floor in her room. When we walked we released lavender fragrance. Thank you to the Kang's for a peaceful, sweet afternoon.

Saturday, June 27, 2015


One of my favorite colors!  Fuschia, Rose Red, but definitely in the Pink family.  Judith had a bouquet of beautiful pale pink peonies on her table.  Barb had a new Orchid that spoke Fuschia to me; unfortunately, I had permanent rose in my palette when Opera would have been perfect.  Oh well, close enough!
Barb's orchid

Judith's peony

Tuesday, June 23, 2015

Mindblowing Art

Whidbey Island constantly amazes me.  We have so much natural beauty all around us and artists galore.  Then, one day you go to a Gallery hidden in the woods, with a Tower and magical, spiritual beings, carved from cedar, cut from metal, with parts that show the outer and then the inner face of life and death.  These life size beings surprised and awed our group so much so that we couldn't talk normally.  It was if we were in a church.  We were welcomed with cookies and coffee and told to enjoy and explore, but we were afraid to touch so many of the pieces.  I just finally explored the blog of Jerry Wennstrom, In the hands of Alchemy.  Check it out and be prepared to meet a genius, the next time I go and I hope it is soon, I will be more adventurous.  Pat
I loved the shape of this woman balancing on the back of a turtle.  I didn't have enough space to protray the turtle!

I learned on the web that this face opens to another and another face underneath!