Sunday, September 21, 2014

Djangofest Joy!

How could I leave my sketch kit at home on Djangofest? Well, I did. And didn't want to leave the festivities to go home and get it. So I grabbed a sketchbook from Studio 106 and a regular writing pen (very water soluble), and hit the streets. I can't remember enjoying Djangofest quite so much! The bass player was at the Commons when I sketched him (he was all over the place!), and was standing relatively still. The beautiful young man wearing "mostly just his skin and a feather" (quote Judi Nyerges) was standing very still. Who could resist him? The other two I caught very on the fly and were in two different locations. The guy standing was in front of Callahans and the seated guy was at OM. I thought the music was spectacular, the people watching fabulous, and the sketching fast and furious. What an amazing event!!

Saturday, September 20, 2014

Django Fest sketching

Jam session at the Commons

This colorful character walked by Firehouse Glass.  I asked him to pose for us & he kindly agreed, standing patiently for several songs.  He's not a musician, but a "musician of life"?

Djammin' at Useless Bay Wines

It's Django Fest again! For 5 special days every September our little village of Langley comes alive  with the sound of gypsy jazz and is overrun with talented musicians from around the world, jamming wherever they can find a venue. I found these 4 guys at Useless Bay Wines last night, playing for tips and wine, but mostly just for the love of it. They came from Los Angeles, San Francisco and Kentucky. In case you aren't familiar with Django Fest, here's what Whidbey Island Center for the Arts has to say about it:
DjangoFest Northwest is the premier showcase of Gypsy Jazz in North America, having presented some of the biggest names in the genre to thousands of enthusiastic participants. Whidbey Island Center for the Arts is proud to host this fabulous festival, bringing local and international musicians to our rural island community.
Just one more reason to love living here.

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Arts Alive

"Sittin' on the corner, sketchin' all the folks goin' by. 
Sittin' on the corner, underneath a clear blue sky.
Brother you don't know a nicer occupation,
Matter of fact, neither do I.
Than sittin' on the corner, sketchin' all the folks, 
sketchin' all the folks,
sketchin' all the folks,
goin' by."

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Belated post : Claudia Pettis' Farm

Cynthia Winzenried, Claudia Pettis' Farm, heaven on earth. Amazing place!

Julia George-Jones, guest sketcher from Texas
Caroline Winzenried, guest sketcher from Texas/Washington

One Spirit Garden

A fine place for deep breathing as the season changes. 
Thank you Glo for another afternoon of nourishment.

Monday, September 8, 2014

Tea and Sketches at One Spirit Garden

It was the perfect late summer day, between 11am and 1:30pm at One Spirit Garden on Whidbey Island. I am grateful to Whidbey Island sketchers for including me at their weekly meet up for sketching, chatting, laughing and tea. There were 19 of us. Some found a spot in the garden or at a table on the covered deck, while Glo, the owner and her assistant treated us to a fabulous afternoon of pampering. You two outdid yourselves! Thank you!
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I kept adding sketches as the dishes kept coming.
Sketching during a tea party is an artist's version of time lapse, uh, sketching!
Then, before catching the ferry home, I dashed over to see the new exhibit at the Bayview Cash Store's farm show, "When Your Plow is a Paintbrush II" opening that evening, Friday, Sept. 5.
How great! A farm themed show mounted on chicken wire!
One more detour to The Goose to pick up the last issue of Whidbey Life Magazine in which there's a wonderful article about the Whidbey Island Sketchers and the current show. (Are you women going to tell your mothers that you made it to the centerfold at last?)

Incidentally, I made some origami business card holders to give to fellow sketchers that day, but I ran out! For those who wanted instructions on how to make them,  please follow this link.

Happy Pig

The Pigs and other animals in this Sanctuary do not need to perform for their food but I was lucky to draw this guy while he was scooping up fresh carrots.

Friday, September 5, 2014

Tea and (good!) Company

At "One Spirit Garden" today with the Whidbey Island Sketchers. Glorious weather at Gloria's place! And we were almost ALL there! 19 of us! Wow! Here are two impressions of the day - one is based on the infamous Sketchbook Skool exercise "Paint Your Teacup" (very English, very traditional), and the other, from the opposite end of the spectrum, a lovely toned bell, a string of temple bells and some "Chakra tags" in the gazebo. Very eclectic.

One Spirit Garden

I guess I'm just a sucker for a cute little shed. I painted this same shed the last time we were at One Spirit Garden....but I simply couldn't help myself. I loved peeking through the door to the adorable and inviting scene inside. It seems our sweet morning at this delightful place was over way too soon. I had had my tea and my soup and my cake and was just getting into the groove.......and it was time to go. What a great turn out today! 19 of us gathered to enjoy and sketch these sweet environs. 

Saturday, August 30, 2014

Pig Heaven

Trying to draw pigs at Pigs Peace Sanctuary in Stanwood yesterday was a challenge and a joy. What a wonderful place! The sanctuary is home to 190 rescued pigs, a horse, llama, a couple of goats, lots of barn cats and a very passionate and hardworking lover of pigs named Judy Woods, director and founder of the nonprofit.

The property was a dairy farm in a former life. The setting is amazingly beautiful and pastoral - straight out of a storybook.  It is a happy place for pigs - many of which had some not-so-happy beginnings - coming from laboratories, hoarders, zoos and a myriad of inhumane situations. Many of the pigs had never touched grass before arriving at the sanctuary. Thirty of them are regular farm pigs and the rest are pot-bellied pigs.

Some pigs have a talent for modeling work and some don't. Charlotte is a natural. A real ambassador for Pigs Peace, she obliged us by taking a long contented nap in the wood chips right next to the fence where we could get a good look at her and barely moved. 

Charlotte's Nap
 I thought Charlotte was the only sketch I had to post, but today I decided to see if I could salvage some of my "partial pig" ink drawings that I abandoned when the subject changed positions. I added some color and kind of liked the results. 

Otis eats an apple

I was intrigued by some of the pigs' golden eyelashes.
Pigs have great eyelashes.

I loved this place. I hope we can help Judy and the pigs by allowing them to use images of the sketches we did there for cards or in some way to support marketing and fundraising efforts. You will definitely see some of these sketches at our upcoming exhibit at the Bayview Cash Store's farm show, "When Your Plow is a Paintbrush II" opening Friday, Sept. 5.

Pig Peace Sanctuary

Another successful outing for the WISkers. Who knew a pig sanctuary would be such a....well.....such a sanctuary! Owner and pig whisperer, Judy, gave us an informative tour and introduced us to many of her 150 pigs. We came prepared for mud and stink. Neither was in evidence anywhere. The place was neat, clean, fresh and populated with happy pigs. A high point was when Judy wheeled out a huge container of carrots and instructed us to fling them onto a giant concrete patio below where we were standing. She rang a bell as we flung and pigs of all sizes came running from every direction. Everyone looked so joyful flinging carrots for pigs! Sketching pigs was not so easy. I have many pages of undecipherable lines. There are two sketches of Charlotte because she laid down right next to the fence and didn't move very much. Thank you Charlotte. And thank you Judy for the work you do and for hosting us so wonderfully.

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Jan's Colorful patio table

Sketching at a log home near Whidbey Shores and enjoying the most wonderful company and beautiful day.  My daughter joined us to get a taste of Mom's Friday afternoons with the Sketchers group.  Kathi pointed out the other view of the table reflected in Jan's studio window.  I'm all about seeing with different eyes, so had to try this challenge.

From the Deck (Jon deWit glass piece)

Reflection in the studio window.

Thursday, August 21, 2014

Sherryl's summer table

I just found this while cleaning out my art supplies.  The pretty table cloth and flowers that Sherryl had out for us one day.
Bright sunny day and happy tablecloth at Sherryl's!

Monday, August 18, 2014

Pettis Barnyard Scramble?

What can I say? There's nothing here that looks remotely like a sheep, but I decided to keep drawing as my subjects moved about and see what I could get out of this collection of abstract rumps. I think the chickens saved it.