Not only did we get to sketch inside the newly revamped and remodeled Pickle's Deli in Clinton, but we got to have a terrific lunch, at the same time. My favorite - The Reuben. And a HUGE cup of cream of broccoli soup. All while enjoying the company of the Flying Pickle Girl!
We sketched at one of my favorite venues this Friday, the Friday Fun Band at South Whidbey Senior Services. I was pleased to capture the entire band in one double-page sketch. One gal even appears twice in my sketch - once when she was standing up singing a solo ("I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus" - she was awesome!) and again when she was back in her seat playing a horn with the rest of the band.
And THEN, a member of the audience entertained us sketchers with a couple of his seasonal snowman jokes. He assured us he was well known for his jokes.
Q: Do you know where snowmen keep their money?
A: In a snow bank!
Q: What happens when a snowman meets Dracula?
A: Frost bite!
And then I got a couple of sketches of the Time Together crowd dancing with volunteers to Christmas tunes. Loved it! Added a little stardust splatter for a festive touch.
Island Herb was such a welcoming environment - a cozy seating area filled with artwork, plus friendly and helpful staff. They filled us in on all of the gadgets and forms of cannabis. Lots of products to help you sleep, take away the aches and pains of life or just feel mellow. A fun way to spend a cold December day!
In a break from our usual sketching style, we created wreaths at Paula's again this year. She ordered supplies, pulled out her magic wreath clamping device and set it all up in in a covered garage space (where we can be messy but sort of warm). Everybody gathered odds and ends of greenery - such an nice variety and the smell was amazing. Mary C. even brought sticks, shells and copper wire. Somebody brought Rosemary this year, thank you.....my whole house smells great. It's become one of my favorite traditions. Thank you Paula!
She's wild and green and larger than life. With a skirt of of greens and a crown of ferns, she is bedecked in garlands of vines, succulents, berries and a bird's nest. Utterly regal and magnificent. Come see her in all her glory in the greenhouse at Bayview Farm and Garden. Our Lady of the Cascadian Woods was created by Maureen Murphy, the talented proprietress of our local nursery.
On a chilly fall day I set up to sketch at Treasure Island...but there were eyes on me already. From the rooftop, Henry the guard cat was watching. I didn't see him at first - who looks for a cat on a hot tin roof? But then movement from above and here he comes - DOWN the ladder to check me out.
Inside, another great curiosity....who was this ancient tribe from long ago? Or, possibly, are they still here deep in the forest or under the sea?
After what seems like a months and months, instead of just weeks, I joined a very small, but dedicated, group of Whidbey Island Sketchers yesterday to visit Treasure Island Antiques and Collectibles in Greenbank. Many delightful "treasures" to see and sketch - furniture, china, dolls, lamps, etc. I was (of course) immediately drawn to this reproduction sabre tooth tiger skull (which was right next to the reproduction "Predator" skull. Ew). I was also drawn immediately to Henry the Wonder Cat, a very sleek and handsome striped fellow, who gave us all a head-bump "hello" greetings, jumped right into my car to explore it, and happily did his "trick" for us - climbing up an 8 foot ladder to the roof of the building so he could survey everyone down in his domain. Treasure Island has many lovely things for sale, but I think I want Henry.