Thursday, January 12, 2017

Yves Saint Laurent at the Seattle Art museum

Yves Saint Laurent  
The Perfection of Style
So much to sketch, so little time!

Friday, December 30, 2016

Sketching at PICKLES DELI in Clinton

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!

Saturday, December 24, 2016

Friday Fun Band - Christmas Edition

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.

Friday, December 23, 2016

The Winter view

Cynthia had the chairs turned around into the room;
the red quilts and pillows added just the right touch for Christmas!

Saturday, December 17, 2016

Holiday Merriment & Fun

What a wonderful time!! Thank you all for making me feel so welcome!

Christmas Still Life with Liesel

First time sketching the newest Whidbey Island Sketcher. Liesel fits right in with our fun loving group and we adore her already!

Thanks a bunch, Cynthia, for sharing your joyous and outrageously bedecked home with us once again. A great time was had by all.

Christmas Sketching at Cynthia's "House of Polkadots and Mushrooms"



Tuesday, December 13, 2016

Sketching at Island Herb

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!

Friday, December 9, 2016

Whidbey Island Winery vines

Here's a reminder of summer... a small oil painting of the Whidbey Island Winery vines. 

Monday, December 5, 2016

Making fresh Christmas wreaths

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 whole house smells great. It's become one of my favorite traditions. Thank you Paula!

Sunday, November 20, 2016

With the Sketchers at Bayview Nursery, Christmas right around the corner!

Saturday, November 19, 2016

Our Lady of the Cascadian Woods

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.

Sunday, November 13, 2016

Treasures on the Island

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? 

Saturday, November 12, 2016


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.

Friday, November 4, 2016

Naval Museum in Oak Harbor

Such a fascinating place -  great docents and such an intriguing collection!