Thursday, August 21, 2014

Sherryl's summer table

I just found this while cleaning out my art supplies.  The pretty table cloth and flowers that Sherryl had out for us one day.
Bright sunny day and happy tablecloth at Sherryl's!

Monday, August 18, 2014

Pettis Barnyard Scramble?

What can I say? There's nothing here that looks remotely like a sheep, but I decided to keep drawing as my subjects moved about and see what I could get out of this collection of abstract rumps. I think the chickens saved it.

Sketching at Juniper Beach Cabin

I  did a little sketching at a family feast on a hot Saturday afternoon. There is a serious dearth of shade in this little yard. I sketched what I could from my little slice of shade. There were lots of young people at the party, too, but let's face it, old people don't move as much. So I sketched them.

A nice still life in the corner of the yard with float, birdhouses and stump

Robe hold his empty plate and chats
Lisa and Fred

Saturday, August 16, 2014

Pettis Sheep Farm - shed & peach tree

Tahoma Zen Monastery

The weather was perfect, the woods were quiet and filled with sketchers, the sun was sparkling on the water, the tree limb hanging down created a special shady space. What can I say? I had moments of feeling at peace with everything. 

Claudia Pettis' Farm

I can't add much to what Barb said about this wonderful orchard and animal sanctuary, except to say that animals sure don't make it easy to draw them! They just won't sit still and pose. I finally had to tackle something stationery so went for that sweet little pear tree. Somewhere along the way way I ate a peach and it catapulted me right back to my childhood. Suddenly I was 8 years old standing under the peach tree by our driveway in Portland Oregon taking a bite from a sweet, warm, juicy, dripping peach. My mom is standing at the kitchen window watching me. Time travel by taste buds! Thank you Claudia, for this delightful afternoon. 

A Rainy Day in Langley Town

A couple of friends, from my old watercolor days in Seattle, came over the other day to sketch with me. To get out of the rain we sat under the awning in front of The Commons, drank coffee, got caught up on each other's lives, and sketched what we could see from there. It was a sweet, cozy, comfortable kind of day. 

Friday, August 15, 2014

Claudia Pettis' Welsh Sheep

Were I a sheep, I'd want to be Claudia's.  She provides exquisite forever homes to her ewes ... some had snowy noses and Chuck said they were very old ladies.  Sweet, gentle, friends with beautiful chickens who scratched the dirt amongst the sheep.  (I recently read that chickens scratch the dirt, eat the insects, and lower the fly problems around farm animals.  Well ... I saw beautiful chickens, some bees ... included mason bee homes provided nearby ... and no flies!)  Apples, pears, peaches galore.  What a natural haven.  Thank you Claudia & Chuck!  This sketch was an experiment ... I accidentally grabbed print paper rather than water color.  It both grabbed the paint, changing the texture, and softened the edges.  Oh well!  Trying a new illustration-like style, too, just to change things out.  Looks like these beautiful black sheep are snoozing, and eh ... counting sheep!

Thursday, August 14, 2014

A Peaceful Day at the Monastery

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Tahoma Zen Monastery

Inside the shrine room at Tahoma Zen Monastery - most complicated still-life ever!

Monday, August 11, 2014

 Sketch of pond at Tahoma Zen Monastery.....bird atop Mary's house...............

                             Kathy R.

Sunday, August 10, 2014

The Tahoma Zen Monastery

It was fun to meet up with WISk at the Zen Monastery in Freeland.  Here's my sketch of the pond.  Thanks, WISK, for a very enjoyable summer sketch day!

Saturday, August 9, 2014

Sherman Farm, Coupeville

Beautiful barn at Sherman Farm.

Flowers for Mom

 A couple of sketches from my yard for Mom.

Annabelle Hydrangas
Shasta Daisies and Tall Garden Phlox

The Color Purple

I joined the Anacortes Sketchers for an afternoon of sketching at Lavender Wind Farm last week. I love this color. I even had purple ink in my Lamy.

Lavender wreath making in progress
Quick and dirty effort at the end of the sketching day

Lavender Field