Friday, February 27, 2015

Sketching at the Freeland Library

It certainly felt good to sit and sketch again after such a long hiatus. I have missed it! And I have missed seeing all my dear Whidbey Island Sketcher friends!

Monday, February 23, 2015

Bayview Farm and Garden

l admit St. Francis looks a little goofy here. Maybe it was just because I was sitting outside in the sunshine with my coffee smelling the floral fragrances that were wafting all about while the birds were tweeting and diving in for suet from the feeder. Maybe it was me who felt a little goofy and projected it onto my sketch. It was a gorgeous day at Bayview Farm and Garden. Of course the usual WISkers were scattered about both inside and out making an already lovely day even better. 

Thursday, February 12, 2015

Gloria wears Lovie

Gloria Ferry-Brennan in concert at the UUCWI last Friday evening wearing a Brenda Lovie gown. When Natalie found out I had tickets, she asked me to try to get a sketch of the dress that she might be able to use in her article about Brenda in Whidbey Life Magazine. As if I needed a reason to sketch Gloria or Brenda Lovie's breathtaking creations. Gloria will be wearing Brenda's latest creation when she performs with the Seattle Symphony on Valentine's day. Wouldn't it be wonderful to have Gloria model these dresses for a sketching or figure drawing session?

Monday, February 9, 2015

More cheer from Good Cheer, some odd and quirky antiques. We even had a great selection of chairs to sit in while we painted.  Some of us spent more time buying than sketching. A great place to hang out!

Sunday, February 8, 2015

Live & Learn at Good Cheer 2

It's always fun sketching at Good Cheer. In looking about for a subject I thought, oh what fun it'd be to sketch some shoes. The boots were colorful and looked simple enough. Well, rain boots are not so easy. They're clunky but subtle in shape. I messed it up big time, brought it home and tried fixing the sketch with some gouache. It's okay. I learned to let well enough alone. So keep at it!

Saturday, February 7, 2015

Thrift Shop Girls

Sketched at Good Cheer Two Thrift Store yesterday. Tons of fun things to sketch and staff was very welcoming. I drew a couple of the girls from very sweet Native American doll collection. I cracked myself up with this one. I call it: "Pocohantas and Bride of Chuckie". Bride of Chuckie was really not that cranky looking in reality, only in my sketch.  The corners of the mouth make all the difference, eh?
Scarves on a manikin head
Awesome hat for sale

Saturday, January 31, 2015

Bottoms Up

You take your shoes off at Enso House and choose a pair of slippers from the dozens available at the door. This sketch was all about the fluffy warm booties. After one false start, I started from the bottom and sketched up so I wouldn't cut the slippers out of the sketch.

Happy hour was at China City where water and wine were hurled about at the sketchers' table and hilarity ensued. Got one quick sketch of a Big Guy from behind.
I would love to post my Enso House sketch, but my other sketchbook (and Lamy pen) has gone missing. Last seen on a chair by the entry door. Enso House staff didn't find it, China City doesn't have it. Not in my bag. Not in my car. Crossing my fingers it will show up somewhere . . .

Friday, January 30, 2015

WICA costumes & UUWC

Day late and a dollar short!  That's me these days.  Here are three sketches that I haven't posted yet.
Thank you to WICA and the costume loft for lots of inspiration and Unitarian Universalist Church for hosting us and providing a show for our sketches.  I love the huge wall hangings at UUCWI and you can see I added a couple of the real windows of the view.  The hangings win!
Model with Chic Hat

Suitcases from WICA

Beautiful Hanging UUCWI

Thursday, January 29, 2015

Watercolor Classes

Kris Wiltse's classes are beginning in mid February. Watercolor Basics is ongoing for as long as students sign up. Classes will be held at my studio in Clinton. We're going to have fun splashing about! Join us! For more info click here. Or email:

Beginning Watercolor

Have you long admired watercolor paintings and wanted to learn how to paint with this beautiful medium? Nothing compares to it's luminous, gem-like qualities, and it's spontaneous and interactive nature. Come learn all the basics to get you started. You'll learn about the different brushes and their uses, papers, paper surfaces, pigments, color, mixing and laying washes. This class is for the absolute beginner and those that want to dust off their old equipment and refresh their knowledge.

2 sessions
Thursdays, Feb. 19 & 26
$100 - 4 seats available

Watercolor Basics

Ahhh watercolor! Nothing matches it's luminous colors, spontaneity and gem-like qualities. If you already know the basics of watercolor and are looking to expand your knowledge, come join my watercolor classes. We'll have fun exploring this beautiful, interactive medium. I'll guide you through the study of it's glorious natures, splashing and playing with washes; flat, graded, variegated, wet on wet, wet on dry, negative and positive painting, and 3 step glazing. We'll also explore texturing such as dry brush, splattering, scraping, salt, sponging and resist. And of course, brushwork. It's an ongoing class, there's so much to learn!

4 sessions
Tuesdays, 10am-12:30pm
Feb. 17, 24, Mar. 3, 10
$120 - full

Saturday, January 24, 2015

Sketching @ UUCWI

So very pleased at the turnout for the reception/sketchout at "my" Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Whidbey Island. Lots of sketchers doing their "thang", and a nice "drop-in" of people from around the community. They all seemed to love the display of our work, our sketchbooks and to see us in action!
"The Lectern and the Chalice"

Whidbey Island Sketchers Show

Judi put together a terrific Whidbey Island Sketchers show at UUCWI In Freeland. And it is wonderful to leisurely thumb through the many sketchbooks on display. They're personal journals that give a glimpse into the artist's life. All are very unique and special.

One of the many pluses of sketching with the sketchers is there's always models to draw. And they sit pretty still. Here's my sketches of the day. The main congregation room with Judi.

 And a sketch of new member, Marissa. Thanks for sitting fairly still, Marissa. Nice to meet you!

Whidbey Whimsy: Judi's Papier-mâché Birds

Judi and the UUCWI art committee did a beautiful job of displaying Whidbey Island Sketchers' work at the Whidbey Whimsy art show at the Unitarian church. But the sketchbooks were my favorite part of the exhibit. You may never again have the opportunity to see all these fabulous sketchbooks in one place and be able to flip through and enjoy them at your leisure. Truly a visual feast. I sketched the fun and fantastical wildlife -- papier-mâché creatures sculpted by Judi Nyerges. 

Monday, January 19, 2015

Maple Ridge

On the far side of the room I met a quiet woman named Shirley.  She exudes inner peace - though I'm sorry to say that it is beyond my skill set to capture it. She has a gentle smile that feels like deep contentment. I offered her paper and asked her if she would like to draw or paint with me. She loved the thickness and the texture of the paper. I loved watching her hands explore the surface. Shirley told me she would like to paint tomorrow.

Saturday, January 17, 2015

Kathy in Costume

My only creditable sketch from the WICA costume loft turned out to be a portrait of Kathy. Unfortunately the sketch did not showcase the entire purple genie costume she was sporting. It was SO Kathy. I'm so sick of making muddy overworked messes that I was determined to use a light touch and leave part of the sketch uncolored. But when Kathy asked to use it for her FB profile pic, I thought maybe I should finish coloring it. Anyway, here are both versions. Take your pick, Kathy.

Thanks once again to Judith Van Arnam and Whidbey Island Center for the Arts for giving us access to the costume loft. It was a wonderland of fun and fancy and fabric.  I hope we can go back again next month.


Friday, January 16, 2015


I had a FABULOUS time with the Sketchers in the costume shop loft of the Whidbey Island Center for the Arts, at the invitation of Costumer Extraordinaire and fellow sketcher, Judith. We decked ourselves out in shawls, hats and ridiculous shoes and sketched great stuff. I found a rack with, among other things, a Beefeater and an Elizabethan Dandy costume. But, GASP, no kilts! No KILTS!!?? WICA, ye'd best get up a new production of "Brigadoon" verra verra soon.