Sunday, November 15, 2015

Back to the Birds

Sketching at Hookbill Aviary Friday afternoon was such a joyful experience, as always! We all spend so much time talking to the birds, feeding them, laughing at their antics, running around pretending to be pirates with birds on our shoulders, there's hardly time to sketch. Every time I go, I think, "Why aren't I coming here every week?", if only for the endorphins.

The flamboyantly colorful birds always get all the attention. I decided to focus on Bomber because he was a little drab and maybe a little lonely.  I don't know how he got his name.

The love birds were cuddled up grooming one another. So adorable. The other guy was on my left arm as I tried to sketch him with my right hand.
Tried using colored pencil on the macaw. Not crazy about the results. I've got a lot to learn about working with colored pencils.


Saturday, November 14, 2015

Hookbill Aviary

Sketching at the aviary is always a great experience - the birds make sure we feel welcome with a VERY loud greeting (probably really about Sue's bag of bananas and Claudia's bag of unsalted peanuts). Natalie danced with a beautiful pink bird and Sherryl's green feathered friend sat on her shoulder and watched her paint for a really long time. 

It was balmy and cozy inside while the sky dumped rain outside. Such a fun day with the dancing, chatting and laughing birds. Plus, a terrific opportunity to use some bright colors!

Sunday, November 8, 2015

Sketcher Halloween Night Out

A few of us went to sketch Boo La La Burlesque for Halloween at WICA last Friday night. We met Draculala, Dirty Diana, Fuchsia Fox, Disco Pony and more. So much fun!





Ever notice how much Dracula has in common with old, caped Elvis? This is the sort of insight you gain while sketching.

 At the after party in Zech Hall, we all sketched Phil, the piano player. After the after party was over, we headed to Mo's, and were joined by Colin in pink bunny pajamas (or something).


And I wish I could figure out how to eradicate the blue shadows in my scanned images!

Hat Monster and Happy Hour

The annual Uncommon Threads sale put on by the Whidbey Weavers Guild was a feast of color, textures and pattern. Extraordinarily beautiful and sensual. Everything begged to be touched. We must go back again next year.

I call my sketch "Reflection of a Hat Monster". Enough said.

Happy Hour at the Greenbank Grille was a hit with the sketchers.  $4/glass for 14 Hands wines and beer on tap. Can't beat that. Here's the bartender. Sort of.
I added color to both of these at home. I must say I think they both looked better before color.

Sunday, October 25, 2015

People on the Bus

Sherryl, Claudia and I boarded the number 1 bus at Bayview Park N Ride. And who do we find sitting in the front row grinning at us? Our beloved "you aren't drawing me, are you?" friend Robin Kinney Robbins, that's who! We were just tickled by the surprise. How Robin to just pop up on a bus out of the blue.  And of course I drew her! She's adorable. Then onward to Freeland to pick up Faye and a stop at Greenbank Farm Pie Cafe for coffee and a snack.

She who hates to be sketched.
On the ride back home, there were just tons of interesting characters to sketch.

He seemed to enjoy chatting to anyone who would listen.
He was carrying a pumpkin shaped like a big orange butt.

One of those hats with dangling pom poms. Cute.
Happy young woman with Downs Syndrome



Another great sketching birthday adventure for me. Thanks to everyone who came along for the ride!

A Taste of Coupeville

We had an unexpectedly nice, sunny day for the Island Transit Sketching Adventure to Coupeville. We were a small but mighty group of 5, including a surprise appearance by a mystery sketcher. (Stay tuned to my next post for the bus ride part of the story.) Our first stop in Coupeville was Lavender Wind Farm right across the street from the bus stop. It was actually warm and sunny enough to sit outside on the patio and sketch. I took off on a scouting mission to Front Street with the mystery sketcher, so only had time for one quick sketch of the garden at Lavender Wind Farm.

After a delicious lunch at Front Street Grill (don't miss the apricot cider!) we sat in the sunny courtyard of Vail Wine Shop and Tasting Room. Sherryl and Faye headed across the street to Kaspaw Iskreme for their sugar fixes. I managed a fast capture of Sherryl's cone between licks. When our spot got too chilly outside, we went inside where the non-ice cream eaters had some wine instead. I tasted the 6 tasting wines of the day and sketched a witch. Then it was off to catch the 5:45 bus home! Vail would be a great venue for us this winter - great atmosphere, friendly owners, and enough room for our group! They don't get too busy until about 4:00.

Tuesday, October 20, 2015

Moving Targets

Fairgrounds bunnies know how to live.  They hang out, eat grass and sometimes chunks of apple, then nap, stretching their bodies really long.  They don't like to move too fast and don't seem to worry when the dogs pass by.  My dog put them in the category of cat,  (not worth chasing) because they weren't running like the bunnies in the woods.  I wonder if they have that bunny scent that Laci seems so fond of following?

Saturday, October 17, 2015

Happy in the sunshine

We spent beautiful fall afternoon in the sunshine as the now famous "Langley Bunnies" lounged around and posed. They wouldn't hold still long, but as Phyllis noted "they only have a handful of positions" - so true, so when one moved, just wait and another will come back to that basic pose. Mostly the carmel colored ones hung out with us. We tried herding some of the black and gray bunnies in to our field of vision, but they are apparently shy.

Friday, October 16, 2015

Bunnies Galore

Had a satisfying, heartwarming, fulfilling day of art, sunshine and . . . bunnies. Who could ask for more? Started the day at the fairgrounds under warm, sunny skies in a spot with a perfect view of the gazebo, a peek-a-boo view through to Saratoga Passage and Camano, and herds of munching bunnies.

Sunday, October 11, 2015


Happy hour after sketching at the fourth tee of the golf course today. We tried the NEWLY EXPANDED Taproom Brew Pub at Bayview Corners (where the Star Store annex used to be). The pub has recently expanded into the vacant adjoining restaurant space and offers GREAT food, as well as exciting beer selections (well, exciting for other people. I HATE beer. I tried some hard cider. It was OK). This GIANT fuzzy and leather spider occupied his own table, and (I guess) was waiting to be served a dish of flies and bugs with his brew.

Sketching Golfers Teeing Off

from the deck of the beautiful home of the Trevor Arnolds in Useless Bay Colony. Despite the breeze, it was a lovely day (once we got ourselves sheltered in the lee!). Lots and lots of golfers finishing up at the third hole, and teeing off from the fourth. Made the famous sketcher's mistake of trying to capture too much, but it does convey the flavor of the scene.

Thursday, September 17, 2015

Deno's Playland

The teepee was a quiet healing retreat in the maze of Dean Petrich's Playland home.

Deans Birthday party

Please see my blog for the story.

Tuesday, September 15, 2015

Dean's Birthday Tour

 Beautiful Savanah!  Delightful girl ... we had fun coaxing her to pose for us.  She agreed to sit should we give her a piece of paper and a chance to do her own painting, which she did!  I wish I'd taken a picture, I could post it here.  We delighted in walking your grounds, poking around your house, sketching whatever spoke to us.

Enjoyed myself thoroughly.  Thank you, Dean!

And then, I came across Sunny napping on your picnic table ... I couldn't resist!!!

We felt so welcomed.  Thank you.