Saturday, July 19, 2014

Bruce and Buffy's Garden




I'm not sure what it was yesterday, but the Sketcher's were definitely in high spirits as we gathered in groups and singly around the wondrous environs of artists Buffy Cribbs and Bruce Morrow. There was giggling and laughing by the vegetable garden, quiet contemplation under the large shade tree, hushed conversations around the back door of the artist's home. I was drawn, as usual, to old, well used, rusting things. This car grille and bumper fit perfectly into the garden and looked for all the world like a well placed sculpture. This shed, obviously a staging place for maintenance and yard work, couldn't pass my notice. My favorite comment of the day came from Bruce Morrow when he arrived home to find his property filled with Sketchers: "Oh my gosh! I didn't expect so many! I thought there would be 3 or 4 of you." I hope it was a happy surprise. Some of us continued for Happy Hour at Bailey's Corner....all I can say is that the hilarity escalated. What a great Summer day with The Sketchers!

Greenbank Farm

There's something for everybody at Greenbank Farm. Being lazy and comfort seeking, I just drew what I could see from the picnic table out front where I was enjoying an al fresco lunch from the Whidbey Pies Cafe. We got in trouble for feeding the ducks, but it served the purpose of keeping them hanging about posing for sketches. This colorful mallard had a white ring around his neck, but I lost it in the frenzy of trying to capture a duck in motion. The flower bed next to the restaurant is called "Margaret's Garden".  I  don't know who Margaret is, but apparently she has taken on the job of maintaining this cutting garden for use in weddings at the farm. I think the purple flowers I drew were Campanulas, aka bellflowers.



Chilling at Bailey's Corner Store

Bailey's Corner Store is quintessential Whidbey Island. Quirky, earthy, a little rough around the edges, festooned with voluptuous hanging begonias everywhere and serving up some of the island's best burgers. But mostly it's just an old country store with a gas station, a machine repair shop, the oddest, tiniest bar you've ever seen, and a covered front porch and patio where everyone hangs out, including the begonias.  Last night we needed a cork screw to open our bottle of wine and their only cork screw was broken. So the friendly young proprietress sent one of her kids over to Grandma's to borrow one. Only on Whidbey. As one loyal patron who came to celebrate her twenty-first birthday told us, it's the best place to chill on Whidbey Island.

Regulars

Ukelele Player and Singer


Tim

Sketcher Barb capturing the action

Hanging Begonia

Opening Night at the Taproom at Bayview Corner

We just happened to stumble on the Taproom at Bayview Corner for post sketching happy hour on their opening night a few weeks ago. The place was hopping and overflowing with great sketchable characters and I got a few. If opening night was any indication, it looks like it will be a great success!


Fran's Garden

It was a hot, sunny day in Fran's garden, so my sketches were determined by what I could see from a my comfy spots in the shade. I found a nice shady spot overlooking the pond but very little of the pond made it into the sketch. I was also attracted to the architectural structure and anticipation of the lily about to open just outside the vegetable garden.

Orange Lily in Bud
The Edge of the Pond

Thursday, July 17, 2014

Fredley Home



On a hot, virtually windless, sultry sunny Summer sketching date, what's a sketcher to do? Find the shadiest, coolest spot possible, with a chance of a little breeze. That's what. Kathy Lull and I found such a spot on a covered upper deck looking down into the garden and garden shed of this wonderfully creative home on Grace Lane known as The Fredley Home. It was fun and interesting sitting next to Kathy and watching her process. While mine is fast and loose, hers is planned, well thought out and beautifully layered. We both had a great time getting lost in our sketching, and thoroughly enjoyed the cooling breezes. Looking down into the garden afforded an opportunity for a different perspective. Thanks to our hosts for letting us have our way with their awesome home and environs. 

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Nearby - La Conner & Anacortes

Summer is a terrific time to take a watercolor sketching on location workshop - fabulous warm weather, great water views and sunny skies.  Three of us from the Whidbey Island Sketchers joined a few from the Anacortes Sketchers and a few sketchers from Samish Island for a 4 day workshop taught by Montreal sketcher/painter Shari Blaukopf
 
Below = my workshop work on (top to bottom):  1) simplifying, 2) boats, and 3) foliage.  Still MUCH to learn and practice but it was a glorious 4 days!
 
Mt. Baker and La Conner across the channel from the Swinomish shores.

Learning basic boat shapes at Cap Sante, Anacortes, WA

Focusing on foliage at Causland Park, Anacortes, WA

Sunday, July 13, 2014

Grace Lane


Phyllis and I painted on the breezy, cool upstairs patio at a unique & beautiful Langley home. Here's a birds-eye view of the garden and greenhouse. On the right is the initial value study in brown watercolor pencil.  On the left is watercolor over the value study, and finally ink on top.

Saturday, July 5, 2014

Cultus Bay Nursery



Another beautiful afternoon at Cultus Bay Nursery, Cynthia Winzenried

Sunday, June 29, 2014

Secret Cultus Bay Nursery Garden

The sunshine on Friday surprised us. But we reveled in it! We were headed outdoors to the Cultus Bay nursery, and the sunshine and clear sky was very welcome. Going into the nursery is like a trip into a Secret Garden of your fantasy. Tucked into every corner is something wonderful. My favorite view is the old farmhouse just outside, glimped through an arbor covered with flowering vines. Got there early, staked out my spot, no chit-chat, focused effort. Finished a Tommy Kane-style "Long Drawing" in 2 1/2 hours! Whew!
This journal page is a little after the fact. I try to post these together (since my journal page is usually on on the back of my sketch page), but, since I was down in Tacoma attending the fond farewell party for a beautiful, truly crow-spirited Warrior Woman (who left us all WAY too soon), I am late getting the two together. So anyway, here are the two pages for my day in the Secret Garden.


Monday, June 23, 2014

Greenbank Farm


This is my first Sketcher's post!  I found a sunny bench in the Master Gardener's area at the Greenbank Farm with a view of a lush rose arbor.  At home I finished with white acrylic to add some highlights, as the Titanium white watercolor wasn't enough.  

Sunday, June 22, 2014

Happy Solstice One and All!


Okay, so I'm on a postathon today. This is the last for today. Emily Feffer and I decided we needed to celebrate the Solstice in a beautiful place. On Whidbey there are so many....but we chose Ebey's Bluff. Oh my! The day was indescribably perfect. We walked 4 miles (I know because my fitbit told me so), lounged around in the weeds and sketched, talked to happy hikers, visited Ebey's home, and felt like exceptionally lucky people. If there really is reincarnation I seriously want to be reincarnated to Whidbey Island. What a Paradise!!! Here's to a Summer of walking and sketching.

Trip to Willapa Bay on Long Beach Peninsula




While spending a particularly soulful and nostalgic few days in my old stomping grounds, Long Beach WA, I managed to get in a few sketches. One from the deck of our hosts and good friends Renee and Brian O'Connor (check out www.willapabaytile.com for a visual feast of Renee's phenomenal tiles), one at the port in Ilwaco (where we bought crab for a fabulous crab feed), and one from Oysterville (where we added oysters to the feast). Faye and Truman Castle joined us and our time there was filled with art, music, poetry, food, wine, beach walks, and sunshine. A perfect getaway. 

Greenbank Farms

Another beautiful sunny day. This time at Greenbank Farms. Somehow I missed out on the eating part of this sketching day! That's not like me. I was eager to try out my new sketching chair which I bought on the way to Greenbank. And the sun was shining. And I was a little late and eager to sketch. For some reason I didn't get them in, but under that green umbrella there are a whole bunch of sketchers sketching, eating, and drinking wine. Use your imagination. 

Saturday, June 21, 2014

Sketching at Greenbank Farm

When we first got there I thought it was a bit chilly to sketch outside, so I chose to sit inside the Whidbey Pies Cafe. Beside it was lunch time, and, well, you know. So, because I felt guilty for taking up a table during their rush hour, I ordered a fabulous lunch and enjoyed every bite. Oh, and got this sketch inked. The color came at home. I loved the outfit my waitress was wearing. She looked like a gypsy.