Wednesday, June 22, 2016

Guns & Roses

Well, not really - roses first then guns. Nicely differing landscape over the past 2 weeks with Sandri's classic gardens (complete with warm white sand between my toes) then Fort Casey (foreboding on a good day, but dark clouds and a brisk wind made it chilly and intimidating).

Fun Happy Hour included Anacortes Sketchers Missy & Kalena, and Gnat's friend Mary from Nebraska-who-used-to-live-on-Whidbey-and-just-moved-back.

Tuesday, June 14, 2016

Tuscan Rose Garden ... eh I should say, "The Dog at the Tuscan Rose Garden"?

This is Mikey, the sweet and gorgeous yellow lab at the Sandri's Tuscan Rose Garden.  It was a very fun day. The Sandri's garden will be on the Whidbey Island Garden Tour this Saturday, and I hope to go and capture the roses and other plantings in their beautiful ornamental garden. But ... being the animal nut that I am, I just couldn't see past Mikey on Sketching Friday!  He was awfully sweet! That scrunched face drove me crazy. But ... the plants and the metal works make it a very artful and well choreographed garden! Totally worth visiting.  AND the Sandri's were uber sweet themselves.   Many thanks to them for opening their gardens to us! (Metal works  by Todd Eugene, Whidbey+Works ... and he'll have pieces for sale at the Tour!).  

Wednesday, June 8, 2016

Sky Root Farm

The weather was beautiful at Sky Root Farm last Friday.  We learned about Nervous Nellie, the goat who has triplets and didn't want more than two!  The pigs who really are piggy and mess everything up! And the meat goats who get five stars.  Nervous Nellie will find a new home, the babies, well, use your imagination.  The pigs will not have their rent renewed either.  Everything has to work in a sustainable manner.  The goats clear the fields of unwanted blackberries & fertilize, the ducks eat the slugs and fertilize.
We are establishing a new tradition of showing our sketches before we leave or at Happy Hour.  A glass of wine under the trees at Sky Root on a warm summery day was wonderful.
Elle, a garden intern from Illinois washing radishes

Kohlrabi with tub, washing station and barn in background

This was done from a photo.  Nervous Mom and three babies.  She only wanted two! OR ONE!

Saturday, June 4, 2016


It will be hard to ever beat the time I had yesterday, sitting in the shade of an ancient apple tree, inside an old chicken pen, with ducks and ducklings muttering about in the grass behind me, a group of chatty hens scratching around next to me, a robust rooster serenading his biddies across the drive, a flittering flock of swallows swooping and swirling overhead and through an open window, and mama goat mewling to her trio of four day old babies in the pen behind the barn. Down the yard apiece - meat goats (unaware of their fate) and pigs (also unaware).  And at the farmhouse, on the porch, a comfy old hound snoring in his bed, and, inside, an escape cat, plotting. 
The peacefulness, the bright blue sky, the soft breeze rustling the leaves and grasses around me - all of it influenced my palette, I am sure. But I am reminded, once again (as I have been hundreds of times in my 70 years), that I could never be a farmer. I could never work that hard to achieve all that peaceful harmony. And, I could never, as Annie the Farm Kid does, name my food.

Sky Root Farm in Clinton on Whidbey Island

Friday, June 3, 2016

Sky Root Farms

What a lovely day at Sky Root Farms, so much to sketch!  I kept thinking how I wished I could capture the sounds of the happy pigs and goats  (who knew there were so many different goat noises?), the taste of the Kohlrabi (a turnip looking thing fresh picked and sliced up) and the smells (some not so good, but so wonderfully farmy). A delicious day with fun people and great stories of their livelihood .... and they genuinely appreciated our sketches.

Monday, May 30, 2016

Bob Bowling Rustics

Tidy and elegant old things neatly categorized, lined up and ready to be repurposed
Creativity all around, the kind of place that makes you smile

Mukilteo Lighthouse  great day!

Bobs Rustics!

Friday, May 27, 2016

Sketching at Bob Bowling Rustics in Bayview

I was outside for the afternoon today in the bright (but very shy sunshine, with only a tiny spit or two of raindrops), beneath a circling pair of skree-skreeing bald eagles, at Bob Bowling Rustics in Bayview with the Whidbey Island Sketchers. There was literally something to sketch everywhere you looked. And, in the very center of the "front yard", one of Bob's Rustic Garden Sheds, surrounded on all sides by raised beds bursting with colorful vegetables and flowers. Here are lettuces and herbs and red stemmed Swiss Chard.

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?