Sunday, April 10, 2016

 What a beautiful day to sketch at Bayview Farm and Garden!  Sun shining, friends dropping by to say hello, chairs to sit in and view the garden.  What more could we ask for.  Hmm, how about a beer & delicious meatballs during Happy Hour at the Bayview Brew Pub!

Bayview Farm and Garden

Had the hardest time finding JUST the right spot to Sketch the newly remodeled and expanded Bayview Farm and Garden. Finally settled into my chair in the shade in front of the Flower House Cafe, with a mug of chai tea, facing the main entrance of the Garden Store. I'll have to come back to sketch flowers - there were so many! After sketching we gathered at the Taproom Brew Pub for refreshments - Ginger Hard Cider and a plate of crab cakes. Yep. A fine day, indeed, in a very fine location. 

Friday, April 8, 2016

Bayview Farm & Garden


Bayview Farm and Garden is doing a beautiful remodel and we got to go explore it today.  Wonderful weather ... lots of folks checking out the Spring plants and the new huge garden shop.  I began sketching and somehow got inspired to paint loose and wet.   This young lady was using her Mac, enjoying a cup of Jo and I captured her essence loosely.  Fun! 

Monday, April 4, 2016

Sketching at Casey's Crafts

April Fool's Day for the Sketchers group, but without any pranks. In fact, just great sketching in Casey's Crafts store at the invitation of owner Laurie Davenport. Easy sketching, as everywhere we looked there were beautiful and clever spring displays from which to choose. Here is mine, and all the rest, crazy Laurie getting the best photo angle, and a shot of all the April Fools!





Wednesday, March 30, 2016

Richard LaLonde's Glass Studio



inspired by Picasso's "The Bathers"      pre-fired


our six slumped bowls, after firing



Richard LaLonde's Studio

Indeed, the places we go!!!!  A whole Tuesday at Richard LaLonde's glass studio with 5 other sketchers.  We were in Heaven!  Poor Richard, tho.  He had no idea how hard it is to herd sketchers! He had a lovely project planned for us, carefully thought to appeal to our inner sketchers.  He'd gotten all the materials ready ... BUT each one of us said, "Nope!"  An excellent teacher, he was on his toes!  He pirouetted and pivoted and changed course and made sure each of us had the experience we wanted.  We all proceeded in our own unique way, first creating a flat piece of glasswork and then creating a second slumped piece.   Above is my flat piece, a riff off Picasso's "The Bathers" ... a painting I've always admired.  Also, the 6 slumped bowls post-firing.... mine is the Frida.  The slumped bowls were quick spontaneous and fun pieces ...  Thank you, Richard!!!  



Monday, March 28, 2016

Oh, the places we go

Recently, we created small planning groups to help schedule the sketching venues. The nice thing about this (besides that we care about Sue and how hard she was working) is that everybody knows of a unique place, person or event. We have had wonderful demos/workshops.....origami cranes, Yupo and Zen-tangle. We've been invited to artists' studios, private homes and other places you just wouldn't get to see otherwise. It's fun to spread out the workload - but even more fun to see what each group comes up with for their planning month!


a few sketches from Janet King's felting studio


a few sketches from Paula's string quartet

Sunday, March 27, 2016

Musical sketching!!!

Aaaarrrrrgggghhh!!!! I have a pen in my kit with a great nib, but crappy ink that NEVER dries and ALWAYS smudges. But do I remember that? no And do I use it anyway? yes And does it smudge? Why, yes, yes it does. poop
But, had just a stellar day Friday sketching at Paula Pugh's fabulous Whidbey Island home above Saratoga Straits. She invited us to enjoy the weekly gathering of her "Stilton Quartet" - two violins (including hers), one viola, and one cello. 15 of us Sketchers were more than eager to accept!! Music, sketching and happy hour afterwards; in the woods overlooking the water and mountains - Pacific Northwest life at its most sublime!!

Stilton Quartet


John Berg

Another privileged day with the Sketchers!  Paula Pugh and the Stilton Quartet changed their usual practice venue to play for us this Friday.  I LOVE sketching musicians ... a simple tip I've discovered and will share with you is that tho they move constantly, musicians repeatedly return to the same movement yielding many opportunities to "get" that arm, hand, bow, or whatever.  I plopped on the floor behind John and loved this perspective of his concentration.  Fun painting his shirt ... I learned a ton from this sketch ... capturing patterns, shadows, folds quickly.  

Zen Doodles



Thank you, Claudia!  I've never Zen Doodled before ... it's such an experimental noodling process ... fun to think about patterns, shapes, rhythm, filled in vs blank spaces.  One could get lost.

Friday, March 25, 2016

Zendoodles at Claudia's

Amazingly lovely day in the rare sunshine on the deck!

Sunday, March 20, 2016

Sketching Outside the Box at Claudia's

I got there late and never did get started on a Zendoodle. So, once Happy Hour got going, I poured myself a nice glass of Siegrebbe and sketched Jean who was sitting opposite me at the other end of the table against the backdrop of the gorgeous view.

Jean sketches outside the box
I like the way her sketching hand was ended up outside my frame, ergo the title. Color added at home.

A Dress of Many Colors

I was completely seduced by the luscious colors and textures at Janet King's felting studio. If only we lived in a world where one could wear a dress like this. Maybe Whidbey needs an annual costume ball.


This is Janet demonstrating her process for us. She's also wearing one of her felted creations.
Janet King Felting Demo



Saturday, March 19, 2016

Doodling at Claudia's House

After missing 4 (or maybe 5) Sketcher Fridays, yesterday I joined the gang at the lovely island home of Claudia Fuller, our dedicated Zentangling teacher, on the channel side in Clinton for a Tangling/Sketching day. All the travelers were home from Mexico, Costa Rica and Hong Kong, and I felt relatively healthy, so it was a good day in a Full House! I haven't Doodled in a while, but I had my "dedicated Doodles" book with me so I eased back into it. This is Catsy Cline on her soft chair in the big window's sun.

Richard La Londe's Fused Glass Studio


Recent Sketches

 This is from the WICA Costume Loft.


Janet King's Felting Studio :



This is the landscape from Claudia Fuller's home.