Sunday, November 23, 2014

People at the Flower House Cafe

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!

Gillian enjoying her coffee
Jean painting

Customer at the counter
Barista Mary
Barista Mary

Saturday, November 22, 2014

bird aviary

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.

Thursday, November 13, 2014

Paint fast, roll with the challenges!

Another lovely day sketching, this time with new bird friend AnnaBelle. She seemed to say "Paint me, I'm equally beautiful."

Sunday, November 2, 2014

Halloween Dress-up at Studio 106

Halloween was really an excuse to play dress-up, strike a pose and have a party. Eat your heart out, Dr. Sketchy.

Miss Piggy
Too sexy for her hair
Too sexy for her slip

Too sexy for her ears

Halloween at Studio 106!

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!

Saturday, November 1, 2014

Halloween at 106!

Food, fun and sketching other sketchers at 106

Italy with a Sketchbook

This is the Whidbey Sketchers site, but the sketching addiction extends far and wide!

But, I couldn't resist trying to put it all in....including the pomegranite tree. Much time spent
gazing out on this over dinners and wine!

Color and boats, how could I resist? 

Italy is simply filled with light and color, windows, doorways,!

This is a small fragment from  the Abbey of Sant Antimo, near Montalcino, that dates back to the year  814. It is near the Via Francigenia, the old pilgrim route from Cantebury to Rome.
Thrilling to hear  Gregorian Chant from the interior.

An icon of Tuscany between Montalcino and Montepulciano.
Its a traffic stopper, we stopped, sat on the hillside, sipped wine and sketched.

Pitigliano,  I could not do it stepping back into the middle ages.

One more icon, the Roman Colosseum

 And the blue blue Mediterranean, this is the Bay of Naples from a rooftop on our last night in
Sorrento, the cloud is hanging over Mt Vesuvius.

Friday, October 31, 2014

Whidbey Art Gallery

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.

Monday, October 27, 2014

Whidbey Art Gallery

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. 

Long Beach Fun

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. 

Saturday, October 25, 2014

Halloween is coming. Cozy fall drinks and treats!

Spider and Gumballs a kids dream (or nightmare)

The reflection was a bit of a problem.
Sweet Monas Chocolates; Tea and candles at the Star Store basics.

Friday, October 24, 2014

@ the Whidbey Art Gallery

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

...ahhh, the colors of fall...

Monday, October 20, 2014

Sweet Mona's

Having the last wee bites of my Sweet Mona's Penuche, Pumpkin and Chocolate Walnut fudge even as we speak. Yum!

Sunday, October 19, 2014

Sweet Mona's

Sweet Mona's : - Brittle & Seafoam Bits & Bars Drinking Chocolate Creamy Fudge Nuts & Fruits Truffles of Distinction Buttery Caramel Truffles of Origin Seasonal ...

Adults and children continually streamed through Mona's colorful candy shop choosing their sweet treat for the afternoon. 

The sketchers did their part to keep the line full of shoppers.

Thank you Mona for the cheery afternoon.