Our first time sketching at the cozy Flower House Cafe at Bayview Farm & Garden was excellent. Some of my favorite activities -- drinking good coffee, eating delicious food, sketching people, shopping and hanging with fun friends -- were all rolled up into one congenial afternoon. Thanks to the friendly staff for making us feel welcome. We'll be back!
Such an amazing time to be with Susan's birds, but rather a challenge to sketch. With birds on our shoulders whispering in our ears, tugging at our earrings, landing on our heads, putting their beaks into our paints, trying to take the brushes out of our hands and moving around constantly it took some perseverance to get any sketching done.
Thanks dear WISkers for making Halloween so dang much fun this year! The costumes were magnificent, the food fabulous, the sketching endless, and Studio 106 was pulsing with laughter and creative energy. Paula was magnificent as Queen of the Night just stopping by for awhile on her way to the opera. Nothing could make Judith look spooky, not even her cracked china doll face. Her inside out jacket was a stroke of genius. Of course Mary, with her new hair do, nearly stole the show. But wait! Miss Piggy posed provocatively for us, moving only to sip her wine. Kathy the skeleton, took a yoga break. Sherryl looked rakish in her top hat fascinator, and Sue's spider head dress scared us all. Faye underwhelmed us a bit as a purple crayola but she got points for creative thinking. Ann may have been a ninja warrior dressed in all black. Tricks and treats all around!
Sitting outside the Whidbey Art Gallery my attention of course turned toward Sweet Mona's and Candy. I managed not to stuff myself with candy but had no control over my visions of lollipops and chocolate. So it was another sweet day of sketching.
I probably shouldn't post this without citing the artist's name who made these amazing creatures made from found objects and dolls heads.....but I forgot to write it down, and I want to do this posting today. These 5 or 6 inch tall figures are very enchanting and much, much more appealing than they appear in this sketch. I must have been influenced by the approach of Halloween because I made them look a bit spooky. It was very fun to sit in the warmth of Whidbey Art Gallery while the Autumn chill began to overtake Langley, and sketch these whimsical delightful characters. Our apres sketching gathering at the Pizzera had an especially festive feeling.
During a trip to Long Beach WA last week, Sue, Barb and I spent a couple of warm, lively, beautiful food, wine and animal filled evenings with dear friends Brian and Renee O'Connor in their gorgeous, art filled, creative home on Willapa Bay. Renee of Willapa Bay Tile Co, and Brian, amazing musician, entertained us warmly while Barb supplied all of the delicious whole foods plant based meals. Renee had collected the leaves from their pear tree and placed them on the kitchen island. Jaco, the cat (I spelled his name wrong in the sketch) was content on the stool next to me while Brian was playing his heart out. Of course there was a fire in the fireplace. A perfect evening.