Thursday, August 25, 2016

Olympic Mist Farm

I was a bit undone when I discovered that everybody was actually sketching INSIDE the pen with the male alpacas.   However, we found that they were mostly very shy and placid--except when they saw that the females were being let out from one pen to another.   Then they suddenly became very interested and competitive.   They have sweet faces!

Comfort Winery

So many delicious choices--couldn't decide.   And I just tasted the whites!  We are so fortunate to have many fine wineries on Whidbey Island.   

Coupeville Wharf

Couldn't see much of the sailboat race, but it was so fine just sittin' on the dock of the bay!

Whidbey Island Winery

Sketching location and Happy Hour combo!   A fabulous, vintage Whidbey Island summer day!

Wednesday, August 24, 2016

Sky Root Farm

Lots of cute pigs and goats!

Meerkerk Gardens

The Meerkerk Gardens provide not only a marvelous variety of rhododendrons to sketch, but also plants you can purchase.

Saturday, August 20, 2016


Invited to the incredibly beautiful home of Whidbey Island fiber artist Lynn Sheffield to sketch her herd of Alpacas. Despite the HEAT of the afternoon, the furry beasts were sweet and cooperative models. 


I took an afternoon with Pat Brookes to return to the serenity of One Spirit Garden for some free time sketching. I love this little potting shed that sits at the back of the property. Charming. 


Sue and Farmer Bob Frause have a vegetable and flower garden in Langley that is neater and tidier than my house! Not a stone or twig out of place! So peaceful and idyllic sitting in the shade of an old apple tree sketching a garden bench with its own birdhouses! Amid the brilliantly colored flowers and vegetables. 


Spent the afternoon sitting out behind the Winery building sketching some well aged barrels, oh, and sampling some very nice rose. Not Merlot. That stuff is totally not to my taste. It just has a nice, sketchable label. 


Yep, I do. Because I went away on vacay and let other sketches (of Beaver Island and Grand Rapids) slide in instead. So I have some posting to do. But I see there haven't been many posts from others in my absence, so I guess I am not alone. So I am going to catch up. Here is one from the lovely, formal Tuscan
Rose Garden.

Wednesday, July 20, 2016

Prehistoric Pterodactyl in Sequim!?

I was in Sequim during Lavender festival this weekend and attempted sketching this metal pterodactyl sculpture at Lost Mountain Lavender farm.  Proportions were challenging!  Felt like drawing some sort of alien anatomy. The sculptor is Ray Hammar, Blue Collar Artwork, who welds recycled materials into art.  Also onsite was Ray's apocalyptic 'steampunk zombie killer tank' but I could not attempt to sketch it.

Saturday, July 16, 2016

Race Week and Captain Whidbey

Sittin' on the Dock of the Bay.......It couldn't have been more pleasant. I arrived a little late so did these sketches very fast. Also I'm learning new tools.....the water pen and the brush pen. New to me anyway. I  can see it will take some practice to use the brush pen with any finesse. Coupeville dock and then Cap'n Whidbey Inn on a sunny afternoon in the summer. A combo that can't be beat. 

Race Week and Capn Whidbey

The deck of the Captain Whidbey Inn in high summer is perhaps our very favorite place to have happy hour and sketch. When the sun is out, there's no place better. There was a surprising amount of orange in my view yesterday afternoon.

 I liked this very quick sketch of a man leaning over the railing at the end of the Coupeville pier better than my overworked and belabored boat sketch.

A brush pen can be a dangerous tool in the wrong hands. It's destroyed many a sketch. After all these years, values are still kicking my butt, so I try to "punch it up" with the brush pen.

Friday, July 15, 2016

Open Mike at Bloom's Winery

Once again that perfect pairing of Sketchers and wine. This time add music and it was a Wow of an evening! To put the cherry on top....our own Codie Pitcher was one of the stars.