Beaulah's House. Otherwise known as Sue's Office.
Yet again another blissful afternoon sitting in a magnificent garden setting with sun and birds and bees and flowers and breezes and sketchers scattered about. Somehow the afternoon whizzed by. I was completely entranced by these charming buildings nestled in the garden. You could see the whole world from the porch of Betty and Larry's lovely home. I thoroughly enjoyed my afternoon of sketching. Thanks to Betty and Larry for inviting us into their space. I'm loving these gardens we get to visit and sketch.
Friday, May 24, 2013
I've been trying to think of a word to describe how it felt to be sketching at Froggwell Gardens last week. It was quite indescribable. The air was fresh and fragrant, the gardens wild and well kept at the same time, a phenomenal collection of texture and color, a feeling of peace, a fairy tale cottage, and classical music wafting through it all. And then came wine and pate. I found a tucked away place behind the house looking into a bedroom wing. I loved sitting there in the peace and sketching.
Monday, May 20, 2013
Sunday, May 19, 2013
It's been a great year in my garden so far. I get so excited about wisteria and lilacs I can hardly stand it. So voluptuous and purple and fragrant. They make me swoon. I did this sketch of our wisteria arbor with a pink rhody in the background between 6 and 7pm tonight.
Saturday, May 18, 2013
Wisteria in cool light over a garden shed
Soon the sun was shining on this trio of trees.
Two views of a Texas warthog!
Just a few characters from my grandchildren's playroom in Houston, Texas
And a bronze fountain in Rice Village, also Houston
I walked just a few blocks to the canal in Braeswood and did this little evening sketch. That night
we had a crazy thunderstorm, blue black skys and torrents of rain, the next morning this was a full sized river!
Monday, May 13, 2013
My available sketching times/dates have recently synced more with the Anacortes Sketchers than the Whidbey Island Sketchers. While I miss my Whidbey sketching pals, here are a couple of sketches with the sketchers to the North.
|A couple at Trumpeter Pub & Restaurant's bar in Mt. Vernon. Sketched during the Line to Color Workshop in Mt. V.|
|Blown glass fish and sea plants. At The Glass Aquarium outside Mt. Vernon.|
Longtime Whidbey residents Miriam and Phil extended the us a kind invitation to visit their charming Victorian Painted Lady-style home outside town for an afternoon of sketching, lemonade, garden touring and conversation. What an astonishing place and a great afternoon! For photos of all the fun visit
Sunday, May 12, 2013
Whidbey Island Sketchers has a playful tradition we call Buddy Art. Someone (usually Sherryl) throws some color onto a piece of paper and passes it around the group. Everyone adds something to the picture and passes it on until someone decides it's done. (One of the many ways we amuse ourselves.) Most of the time our buddy art becomes very abstract, but Friday, the colorful floral vignettes in Marian and Phil's garden were clearly a powerful influence on the work of the buddy artists.
|What's that 3-eyed red mustache doing in my garden?|
|My Vase Overfloweth|
Saturday, May 11, 2013
The sun was shining, the birds were chirping, the bees were buzzing, the breeze was blowing, and the Sketchers were scattered around in the fabulous garden of Marian and Phillip. This garden evokes the spirits of my parents and of my grandparents. It brought back the feeling of a different era. It was like being in a movie. I loved sitting in that garden and sketching. I first sketched the potting shed tucked away at the back of the house. Later I sat with my back to Saratoga Passage, Hat Island, and the Cascade Mountains to sketch the back entrance to this enchanting house and garden. Thank you Marian and Phillip. It was such a pleasure.
We sketched in a delightful garden yesterday. I tried to capture the voluptuousness of of a lilac in full bloom overhanging an orange rhody next to the porch and garden path. Great garden design. It was a heady experience for the senses with all the colors and the air heavy with lilac perfume. Thank you, Marian and Phil, for a lovely afternoon of art, gardens and your warm hospitality. And the peanut butter cookies!
This is our beautiful Cynthia, hostess extraordinaire, listening with rapt attention to the extraordinary conversation around her dining table. With her
great hair, scarves and hats, I'm always drawn to her as a subject.