Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Sherryl's Birthday

We sketched at Sherryl's garden in honor of her July 13th birthday. Her true art form was woodworking. Some of her pieces were on the shelf....truly lyrical.

Friday, July 7, 2017

Sketching at the BEALL home

Today we sketched at the lovely home and gardens of the Jan and Dick Beall, with a breathtaking view of the ocean and the Olympic Mountains in the distance. The sun was shining, a lovely breeze was blowing off the water, and, of course, the company was outstanding!
I decided to channel both Mike Burroughs and Tommy Kane, though I have neither Danny's wit, nor Mike's architectural eye. So I deflected with a windsock, some birds and a kitty cat.

Thursday, July 6, 2017

Langley Marina - Friday, June 30

Last Friday was a wonderful day to paint in the sunshine with a terrific group of artists. As an added bonus, the view for happy hour couldn't have been better!
Marg Tollefson

Friday, June 30, 2017

Claudia Fuller - sketching at the Marina

Here is Claudia's sketch of the marina today. 

Sketching at the Langley Marina, in the SUNSHINE!

Today, with Whidbey island Sketchers, just down the hill at the Langley Marina - VERY bright sunshine, warm, breezy, LOTS of Sketchers - it couldn't have been a nicer day. And, best of all, we weren't stuck waiting in a holiday ferry line! 
This is the Langley Dock Company building, and one of the Marina Inns. It sits directly on water of the Marina. Magnificent view!

Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Dancing Fish Farm

Last Friday we spent sketched and drank red wine at Dancing Fish Vineyards.  Dancing Fish is set in amongst beautiful rolling hills with barns, vineyard, firepits.  They have entertainment on Friday nights in one of the smaller barns.  It's the perfect venue for a wedding and one was planned for the next day!
There are cozy places to sit under cover and view the vineyard and barns. The farm has cozy fleece blankets to use for protecting yourself from the wind. Though it was sunny, it was also windy that afternoon, so we put the blankets to good use!  Someone brought the cherries and my other sketch was a small building nestled amongst the grapevines.

Yummy cherries

The vineyard

Friday, June 9, 2017

BLUE HERON RUST SCULPTURE - on the reflection pond at Whidbey Pies, Greenbank Farm

It was another glorious summer day on Whidbey Island, the kind that reinforces the knowledge that we are blessed to live here. Whidbey Island Sketchers met outside Whidbey Pies at Greenbank Farm, in the sunshine, amid the wonders of nature. While I was serenaded by Redwing Blackbirds, Mourning Doves, Robins, Gulls, Crows, Mallard ducks, bullfrogs and peepers, I sat amongst a long ton of Canada goose poop at the edge of the pond, entranced by this view of the restaurant terrace. Finished a whole sketch on site, and came home with slices of fresh Rhubarb/Apple and Marionberry pie for feet-up/chair-time tonight. Any day that ends with pie is a day well spent.

Thursday, June 8, 2017

Bayview Nursery

Friday, June 2, 2017

Tahitian Treasure Grandiflora at Bayview Farm and Garden

Friday, May 19, 2017


A beautiful day for sketching in the gardens and on the decks of sketcher Judith Van Arnam's house. My eye was caught both by the flash of Opera Rose geraniums welcoming us at the front door, and by the heron weathervane soaring high atop the house against the Cobalt Blue sky. 

Tuesday, May 9, 2017

Fire Station

It was beautiful weather that even brought Mike Burroughs out to sketch.  He is in the sketch below.  Then we went to Natalie's home for HH; I couldn't resist the view.

Cameron Rd Fire Station - look for Mike Burroughs.

From Gnats living room!

Monday, May 1, 2017


Back to Sketching after many weeks "off". WI Sketchers met at Freeland Fire Station #31 to sketch the impressive (BIG) fire equipment and the facility. Here is the Island County Pret a Porter (ready to wear) - rubbah boots, helmets and gloves.

Saturday, April 29, 2017

Fire Station #31 in Freeland

While most of the sketchers soaked up sunshine outside the firehouse,  Judith Van Arnam ventured inside. This is Judith's sketch of the rescue mannequins Crash Kelly and Rescue Randy entangled on the floor.

Saturday, April 8, 2017

Venture Out Nursery

Friday sketching at Venture Out Nursery.  A must see nursery located on the corner of Maxwelton and 525 in Clinton.  Here's Paula with her masterpiece of red poppies.  We sketched in the covered area that saved the day from the wind and rain. There were so many places to sketch on the grounds and the staff was so welcoming. As Sherryl would say,...."Great mojo."

Two new sketchers from Coupeville joined us and will be coming back next week.

FYI:  Next week is Maxwelton Beach and HH at my house.  Or my house for sketching if it rains.

I'm back using yupo again and posting after years.  Sue can you believe it?   It's a start.  Mary L.

Sunday, April 2, 2017

Sketching at Maple Ridge


With the Sketchers, Friday afternoon, for a visit to Maple Ridge Retirement Community for their happy hour with saxophone music. I was early so I asked Andrea, the Langley Yoga Instructor who volunteers with the residents, if I could sketcher her amazing hair, with its multicolored dreads. She agreed to sit, which prompted one of the other residents to request her own portrait sketch. I agreed, only because I so badly need the practice of capturing faces. Also, from way across the room (so I don't really know if I "got" her or not) I sketched Kim's mama, who is a resident. 
All in all, a good sketching day - stretching my abilities. 
Kim's Mama

The sax player
Andrea, the Yoga Teacher