Saturday, May 21, 2016

Sketching at the Lighthouse

A chance for a Three-fer. I need a new wall piece for the Whidbey Art Gallery switchover on Tuesday. Also, yesterday was the Friday Meet-up with the Whidbey Island Sketchers, this time in the glorious (and very temporary) sunshine, at the Lighthouse Park in Mukilteo. Also, #19 for the Every Day in May Challenge is Draw Anything. 
So I parked my folding chair in front and dived in for an extended and larger watercolor sketch of the lighthouse, which I can maybe mat and frame. 
well, meh
maybe not so much

Crossing to Mukilteo

Yesterday we walked on the ferry at Clinton and sketched at Mukilteo landing. It was a beautiful day in the sunshine, though a bit brisk by the water.  We warmed up with happy hour at Ivar's. 

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Thursday, May 19, 2016

Artsy trip to Bothell

These sketches were from our Field Trip to Mcmennimans in Bothell.  I had so much fun sketching the creative eye candy and embellishing it with sparkly and white pens.  It was a fun day!

Ceiling lights at McMenimans Bothell

This was so much fun to sketch.  

Saturday, May 14, 2016

@ Meerkerk Rhododendron Gardens in Greenbank

It was a "Three for One" day for me yesterday at Meerkerk Gardens in Greenbank on Whidbey Island.
#1 - sketching and laughing and enjoying shared company again with my Whidbey Island Sketcher Buddies on our weekly Friday sketch/meet (after two weeks "off" in DC), deep in the woods in spangled sunshine among fragrant rhodies and azaleas in all their blooming glory.
#2 - catching up on Every Day in May with #11, "Bucket" (a bucket of rhodies) and
#3 - EDiM #12, "Leaves"
Voilá!! A Bucket of Rhodies and Leaves, surrounded by Whidbey Island Sketchers!!

Friday, May 13, 2016

Mukilteo Coffee Roasters

Such a charming spot and so much to sketch. The factory setting was fun, it felt so Willy Wonka. At the table outside I was captivated by the light fixtures. It is a quiet and peaceful setting yet full of spice.


Wednesday, May 11, 2016

5th Friday Surprise

Our magical 5th Friday in April was with April Ducharme the tarot card reader. Her positive energy was wonderful.....and geez was she RIGHT ON with me. I shared her insight about me as a youngster to my brothers & sister who laughed so hard  - and now they want to buy plane tickets to come get their readings done by her too.

McMenamin's in Bothell

A small group of sketchers headed over to the Seattle side on April 15 to explore Mcmenamin's - Anderson School in Bothell.

We had a fun lunch at the Tiki bar. The menu recommended pairings with the appropriate alcoholic beverage - so we did - fish tacos and some sort of "vacationy" feeling tropical drink. Then we wandered and sketched by the fire. Warm sunshine sparkled through the trees and through the drink glasses.

A bit of a ferry line gave us time to hang out together....and that wonderful wait at the dock let us top off the day with an ice cream cone. A rather indulgent day, huh?

Thursday, May 5, 2016

Good Fortunes with The Whistling Mystic

The Whidbey Island Sketchers know how to have fun - throw a fortune telling party, dress up in the tribal garb of your choice, get your fortune told by the Whistling Mystic and sketch if you can find the time.

Thanks to Kathy and Team Opera Rose for setting up the event, Barb for hosting and April for being the enchanting Whistling Mystic.   My future is looking grand, but next time, I want some whistling with my fortune.;-)

April Ducharme, the Whistling Mystic
Barb, the Bedouin Gypsy

Paula gets her fortune told by the Whistling Mystic

Tuesday, May 3, 2016

The Whistling Mystic

April Ducharme, aka the Whistling Mysti,c spent the afternoon delving into our pasts, presents and futures with much insight and humor.  Thank you April for a fascinating & fun day!

The Whistling Mystic'

Magical Tarot Sketching

These were done by our fabulous guest sketcher Kay, visiting from Colorado. 

Sunday, April 10, 2016

 What a beautiful day to sketch at Bayview Farm and Garden!  Sun shining, friends dropping by to say hello, chairs to sit in and view the garden.  What more could we ask for.  Hmm, how about a beer & delicious meatballs during Happy Hour at the Bayview Brew Pub!

Bayview Farm and Garden

Had the hardest time finding JUST the right spot to Sketch the newly remodeled and expanded Bayview Farm and Garden. Finally settled into my chair in the shade in front of the Flower House Cafe, with a mug of chai tea, facing the main entrance of the Garden Store. I'll have to come back to sketch flowers - there were so many! After sketching we gathered at the Taproom Brew Pub for refreshments - Ginger Hard Cider and a plate of crab cakes. Yep. A fine day, indeed, in a very fine location. 

Friday, April 8, 2016

Bayview Farm & Garden

Bayview Farm and Garden is doing a beautiful remodel and we got to go explore it today.  Wonderful weather ... lots of folks checking out the Spring plants and the new huge garden shop.  I began sketching and somehow got inspired to paint loose and wet.   This young lady was using her Mac, enjoying a cup of Jo and I captured her essence loosely.  Fun! 

Monday, April 4, 2016

Sketching at Casey's Crafts

April Fool's Day for the Sketchers group, but without any pranks. In fact, just great sketching in Casey's Crafts store at the invitation of owner Laurie Davenport. Easy sketching, as everywhere we looked there were beautiful and clever spring displays from which to choose. Here is mine, and all the rest, crazy Laurie getting the best photo angle, and a shot of all the April Fools!

Wednesday, March 30, 2016

Richard LaLonde's Glass Studio

inspired by Picasso's "The Bathers"      pre-fired

our six slumped bowls, after firing

Richard LaLonde's Studio

Indeed, the places we go!!!!  A whole Tuesday at Richard LaLonde's glass studio with 5 other sketchers.  We were in Heaven!  Poor Richard, tho.  He had no idea how hard it is to herd sketchers! He had a lovely project planned for us, carefully thought to appeal to our inner sketchers.  He'd gotten all the materials ready ... BUT each one of us said, "Nope!"  An excellent teacher, he was on his toes!  He pirouetted and pivoted and changed course and made sure each of us had the experience we wanted.  We all proceeded in our own unique way, first creating a flat piece of glasswork and then creating a second slumped piece.   Above is my flat piece, a riff off Picasso's "The Bathers" ... a painting I've always admired.  Also, the 6 slumped bowls post-firing.... mine is the Frida.  The slumped bowls were quick spontaneous and fun pieces ...  Thank you, Richard!!!