Saturday, March 25, 2017

Off-Island adventure to McMenamin's

A few cars full of Whidbey Island Sketchers started out earlier than usual for our Friday sketching this week. We caught a 10:30 ferry to the other side and headed off to McMenamin's Anderson School. 

We met at the North Shore Lagoon - aka Tiki Bar for a little lunch before sketching. We were so thrilled to find fellow-sketchers-from-afar had joined us: Robin and Kate (Seattle Sketchers), and Roy (Tacoma Sketchers). 

Lunch was a bit wild and crazy; we kept adding to the table and thoroughly confused our patient waiter, Danuel (pronounced and spelled like Manual, he said his parents are hippies). We decided that Happy Hour could actually be before sketching, since we were in a fabulous Polynesian themed location overlooking the pool, so decided to have something with little umbrellas. So we ordered a tray full of MaiTais.  But alas, Danual said they had freshly run out of umbrellas. Oh, no! 

We ordered lunch, shared sketchbooks, materials and stories. And we sketched. It was such great sharing time - LOTS of great ideas and information. We learned that our Island group is pretty kick-back in approach....relaxed in a wonderful island way. Apparently, times and parameters are a little more norm in the other groups. 

After lunch they asked us where & when "Throwdown" would be. Huh? I made a note. We might just have to steal that, because we truly enjoyed this sharing time. Kate also reminded us that the important phrase is "share not compare."


Saturday, March 4, 2017

Historical Society Visit

The South Whidbey Historical Society opened up just for us on a Friday afternoon so we could take over the place. It's amazing how vast the collection is, from an entire kitchen (complete with a hand water pump over the sink) to this incredible vintage tool collection. I enjoyed the gadgets and their descriptions. Some of the things were so far from modern life and a good reminder of how self sufficient the original settlers were; a tool to sharpen your saw teeth, a gadget to make lead balls for your ammunition, shoemaker's tools and so much more. Imagine Island life before Amazon Prime!

A special  thank you to Bruce for setting us up, and to Bill for spending the afternoon with us.

Friday, March 3, 2017

At the South Whidbey Historical Society Museum

Today the Whidbey Island Sketchers met in the Langley Whale Museum, and the South Whidbey Historical Society's Museum, right next door. I didn't finish my sketch from the Whale Museum yet, but here is the one I did get done from the History Museum. Truth to tell, most of the things in the museum are dead ringers for things in my house. Help! I am trapped in a 1980's Country Living Magazine!!!!!

Friday, February 24, 2017


I haven't finished my self portrait from 2/17 yet, but last week the Whidbey Island Sketchers met in the amazing, eclectic swirl of color and texture that is the "Music for the Eyes" shop in Langley. Headwear, rugs, jewelry, scarves, beads, musical instruments - from Russia, Morocco, Nepal, Turkey, Asia and other exotic locales. A true treasure of a shop right in beautiful downtown Langley.

Friday, February 17, 2017

Self Portraits

Today, we gathered at my place to do Selfies ... to honor our beloved late Sherryl.  We raised our glass to her, and engaged in making our own self-portraits, honoring the self portrait she had done and had at her Memorial.  It was the first day of the year warm enough to sit outside (briefly!) ... Liesel and I braved the outdoors while the house was filled with Sketchers.  While we painted our portraits the bird life was amazing!  I felt inspired to include them in my selfie.  I also used Lupo, a sorta plastic paper that Sherryl introduced us to, and used in her own selfie!

We miss you, Sherryl.... gone two months as of tomorrow.  We love you and still feel your presence. A goldfinch isn't a Goldfinger, but its as close as I could get today!!!

with much love,  Barb

Saturday, February 11, 2017

Saturday, February 4, 2017

Chinese Gods at China City

In honor of Chinese New Year, we headed to China City to have lunch, sketch and have happy hour at the bar. All in a day's work for a Whidbey Island Sketcher. Here are two of the three Chinese gods lined up in the dining room.


Saturday, January 28, 2017

Playing Dress Up in WICA Costume Loft

It's always fun to dress up in theater costumes at Whidbey Island Center for the Arts and draw one another. This was our third time. We got to draw one sweet-faced floozy and two total bad asses. Thanks very much, Judith, for making the arrangements and dressing our sketcher models. And thanks to our awesome models, Bess Granby, Phyllis Ray and Judith Van Arnam.

Quotable quote of the day, from Phyllis: "I feel like my mask is slipping".

Bess the saloon girl

Judith looking fierce in cat suit

Phyllis in pink curlers, kimono and Mardi Gras mask

Tuesday, January 24, 2017

Treasures from around the World

We visited a private residence in Langley with amazing collections from a life well travelled. Thank you Grethe & Diane for allowing us to come sketch at your home.

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.