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

Saturday, March 25, 2017

Off-Island adventure to McMenamin's

A few cars full of Whidbey Island Sketchers started out earlier than usual for our Friday sketching this week. We caught a 10:30 ferry to the other side and headed off to McMenamin's Anderson School. 

We met at the North Shore Lagoon - aka Tiki Bar for a little lunch before sketching. We were so thrilled to find fellow-sketchers-from-afar had joined us: Robin and Kate (Seattle Sketchers), and Roy (Tacoma Sketchers). 

Lunch was a bit wild and crazy; we kept adding to the table and thoroughly confused our patient waiter, Danuel (pronounced and spelled like Manual, he said his parents are hippies). We decided that Happy Hour could actually be before sketching, since we were in a fabulous Polynesian themed location overlooking the pool, so decided to have something with little umbrellas. So we ordered a tray full of MaiTais.  But alas, Danual said they had freshly run out of umbrellas. Oh, no! 

We ordered lunch, shared sketchbooks, materials and stories. And we sketched. It was such great sharing time - LOTS of great ideas and information. We learned that our Island group is pretty kick-back in approach....relaxed in a wonderful island way. Apparently, times and parameters are a little more norm in the other groups. 

After lunch they asked us where & when "Throwdown" would be. Huh? I made a note. We might just have to steal that, because we truly enjoyed this sharing time. Kate also reminded us that the important phrase is "share not compare."


Saturday, March 4, 2017

Historical Society Visit

The South Whidbey Historical Society opened up just for us on a Friday afternoon so we could take over the place. It's amazing how vast the collection is, from an entire kitchen (complete with a hand water pump over the sink) to this incredible vintage tool collection. I enjoyed the gadgets and their descriptions. Some of the things were so far from modern life and a good reminder of how self sufficient the original settlers were; a tool to sharpen your saw teeth, a gadget to make lead balls for your ammunition, shoemaker's tools and so much more. Imagine Island life before Amazon Prime!

A special  thank you to Bruce for setting us up, and to Bill for spending the afternoon with us.

Friday, March 3, 2017

At the South Whidbey Historical Society Museum

Today the Whidbey Island Sketchers met in the Langley Whale Museum, and the South Whidbey Historical Society's Museum, right next door. I didn't finish my sketch from the Whale Museum yet, but here is the one I did get done from the History Museum. Truth to tell, most of the things in the museum are dead ringers for things in my house. Help! I am trapped in a 1980's Country Living Magazine!!!!!

Friday, February 24, 2017


I haven't finished my self portrait from 2/17 yet, but last week the Whidbey Island Sketchers met in the amazing, eclectic swirl of color and texture that is the "Music for the Eyes" shop in Langley. Headwear, rugs, jewelry, scarves, beads, musical instruments - from Russia, Morocco, Nepal, Turkey, Asia and other exotic locales. A true treasure of a shop right in beautiful downtown Langley.

Friday, February 17, 2017

Self Portraits

Today, we gathered at my place to do Selfies ... to honor our beloved late Sherryl.  We raised our glass to her, and engaged in making our own self-portraits, honoring the self portrait she had done and had at her Memorial.  It was the first day of the year warm enough to sit outside (briefly!) ... Liesel and I braved the outdoors while the house was filled with Sketchers.  While we painted our portraits the bird life was amazing!  I felt inspired to include them in my selfie.  I also used Lupo, a sorta plastic paper that Sherryl introduced us to, and used in her own selfie!

We miss you, Sherryl.... gone two months as of tomorrow.  We love you and still feel your presence. A goldfinch isn't a Goldfinger, but its as close as I could get today!!!

with much love,  Barb