Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Drawing what draws me near

Yes, I usually seek a quiet location to sketch. Listening to the buzz of the bees and the whisper of the wind is part of the plein air process.

But looking through my sketchbook today makes me realize that sometimes my subject matter is dictated by a lively conversation that I am "drawn" to. I'm likely to sit near a fun person or an interesting conversation, then find that there's always something lovely to sketch. But the other sketchers - oh, they are the loveliest of all.

Out laundry sketches become a marker in time and place in our little world - kind of like Van Gogh and Gauguin at the yellow house in Arles.

Sunday, May 17, 2015

Sketching at Meerkerk Gardens

Our afternoon at Meerkerk Gardens was blissfully peaceful. The air was the perfect temperature, a whisper of a tiny breeze, bees buzzing, birds chirping, and beauty in every direction. My first sketch was a communion with Mavis Davis, an outrageous salmon/orange rhodie. It felt like we were having an intimate conversation as my eyes followed her contours and my hand attempted to follow. My second sketch was a broader scene, in which not only was I lost in the landscape, but I was also trying to practice not drawing every little leaf. These sketches help me recall the peaceful bliss of the day.

Sketching at Pat's: I Love Fridays

It probably gets tiresome hearing us say "another great day of sketching and partying with great friends" week after week after week, but it's the truth. That's what Fridays have become. Whidbey Island Sketchers has become a family - the kind of family that nourishes your spirit and that you're always glad to see. This Friday we gathered at Pat's place. There is beauty and whimsy everywhere,  thanks to Pat's vision, creativity and years of hard work.  But many of us drew her laundry on the line. How othen do you get to draw clotheslines? I think she hung it especially for our drawing pleasure. Cause that's what family does, eh? Thanks, Pat, for creating such a beautiful space. We will miss it when you move, but I'm confident the next place will be even better.

Linens on the Line
Barb was dressed for a fancy garden party that she was going to later in the afternoon. She was looking rather regal as she listened to Kim's coaching on matters of the heart. Barb's long neck and fun head gear always makes her an attractive sketching subject to me.

Barb: Woman in Gold
I pulled out the sketchbook again at dinner at Portico, our new Latin bistro.

Handsome Chef/Owner at Portico
The  Lovely and Charming Katie Lawson

Saturday, May 16, 2015

Pat's House, Judi's House, and Tweets

Okay!  It's time for me to catch up on posting images.  I'm working in a small sketchbook these days, so the images are both small and span over two pages.  It's fun to do small tho this paper is thin and wrinkly.  The best part about these sketches, I must say, was the experience of being with such a fabulous friendly group of talented women.  I painted Pat's Clothesline because other sketchers did and I thought it would be fun to see how each of us do it differently.

Pat's Old House's Blue Iris

Pat's Old House's Clematis

Pat's Laundry

Judi's kitty "May"

Judi's kitty "You Little Beezums"

Mandy at "Tweets" in Edison, WA

Friday, May 15, 2015

An afternoon in Pat's backyard

Spent the day with the Sketchers in Pat Brookes lovely back yard. Last time (?) before they turn it over to the new owners. Very pleasant, and groomed so beautifully. I came home and looked at my yard with a highly critical eye, and the sinking feeling that I am losing the battle rapidly. I MUST GET GARDENING HELP!!!!!!!

Overdue sharing

Finally figured out how to sign-in and post so here is a way overdue set of paintings from my last 3 excursions with the sketchers.  I love sketching with all of you!  What a wonderful way to spend a Friday afternoon.
 Lots of laughter at the alpaca farm with these huge animals almost sitting in our laps.

 Never knew a hair salon could be so much fun.

Meerkerk Gardens is gorgeous. So wonderful to sit in the sun and paint with all the sketchers. 

Friday, May 8, 2015

Sketching at Meerkerk Gardens

Fifteen Whidbey Island Sketchers enjoying the day in the brilliant sunshine, birds singing, a warm breeze, high on the bluff overlooking Saratoga Passage, Baby Island, the Cascade Mountains, and acres of rhododendrons in bloom. All colors, from dark purple through gold, white pink, red and coral. Heavenly!!

Monday, May 4, 2015

May Day at Judi's New Home

Even though Judi had sustained major injuries through no fault of her own, she still hosted us all beautifully in her spacious, delightful, warm and welcoming new home. The interior of her home is a sketcher's paradise with fabulous antiques and collections everywhere. Also it was a glorious, sunny day so I was torn between being indoors or out. Obviously I split my afternoon to enjoy both. The day was a threefer......a housewarming for Judi, a birthday party for Faye, and delicious sketching for every inclination. Thank you Judi.

Sunday, May 3, 2015

Victoria Buddy Art

A Buddy Art memento of our 2-day visit to Victoria.
Buddy art by Sherryl, Sue, Cathy, Missy

Saturday, April 25, 2015


This was totally one of the more fun days we have had sketching! We all gathered at Bristol's 2nd Street Hair Boutique for an afternoon of haircuts 'n' stuff, and sketched while we did it! 
 Got a little hair dye here -- love it love it love it!!!!!!

And, of course, there was wine . . . . .!

Doing a WHOLE LOT of catching up on posting . . . . .

Here are two of the herd at Paradise Found. I think they are both Alpacas, but I really don't know. They are just both sweet and have big eyes with 
LONG lashes . . . 

. . . and here are two of the kitties from the WAIF Cat Adoption Center in Oak Harbor. 

Friday, April 24, 2015

Second Street Salon Soiree

What do you get when you put a bunch of WISkers into Second Street Salon with a bunch of hairdressers? A ton of fun, that's what. Hair was flying, driers were drying, color was applying, and everyone was beautified. We sketched while we waited our turn. We sketched while we were being coifed. I didn't see anyone sketch while they were being shampooed, but it could have happened. The wine was opened, the pizza was ordered, and the beat went on. Thanks to Bristol and her great crew for letting us invade her shop. It felt like we were in a movie or a novel. 

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Hiatus over?

Donatell & Misty Mae
 It was nice to be back sketching with my friends and the alpacas and sunshine to boot.  Welcome Spring Break!  Anyone giving anatomy lessons for alpacas and llamas?

A day in Paradise

A beautiful sunny day for sketching at Paradise Found Fiber Farm, lots of giggles as the animals got close and cozy.  Such cute faces and funny teeth!

Next it was play time. Clearly the animals knew who grew up on a farm as Kim and Pat ventured out to play soccer (and the rest of us stayed lined up near the fence).  Hey, what are the rules? Isn't somebody supposed to do something? Let's gather around and look at the ball until those humans figure out the game.

Saturday, April 18, 2015

Sketching with the Girls at Paradise Found Fiber Farm

Yesterday we were at Mary Donaty's pastoral Paradise Found Fiber Farm in Clinton. Sharing the sunny pasture with the girls (alpacas and llamas) as we sketch them is a special experience. Grazers seem to move every few seconds, so I didn't get much in the way of completed sketches done. This girl was, blessedly, the exception, sunbathing and staying put for a sketch.
Otherwise, I'm just posting all my bits and pieces of alpacas and llamas on the move.
Alpaca parts and pieces
Eyes on the ball