Tuesday, August 31, 2010
Friday, August 27, 2010
The sketchers had a big day of sketching and touring around Guemes Island on Wednesday. We spent most of the day sketching at Anderson's General Store. But then we piled into Tom's truck and headed for the top of Guemes Mountain to see the spectacular 300+ degree view, stopped to see our tour guide's beautiful hand-crafted home at the base of the mountain and took a peek at the all-volunteer Guemes lending library. There wasn't room for all 6 of us in the truck, so a couple of us rode in the truck bed. Great fun.
Thanks for a great day, Tom!
|Good friend, master story teller and local character, Tom Andrak showed us around the island.|
|Mary Jo (aka, MJ), long suffering wife of you-know-who joined us for happy hour at Anderson General Store when she got finished with her volunteer work at the library.|
|Hey, it's Tom. Again! Now, officially the most sketched person on Guemes.|
|Oh, look who it is! Our lovely and talented tour guide, Tom. Again! I'm starting to get tired of looking at this guy!|
|Sunflowers at Anderson's General Store. Not my best work, but at least it's not Tom!|
|John, the guy sitting at the next table at the Rockfish Grill in Anacortes. His wife's comment when I showed them the sketch: "Well, this is a first. "|
|Susan drives us home after a long day of fun, but hasn't a clue I'm sketching her as we chat.|
Thanks for a great day, Tom!
To quote our new member, Susan, "This sketching thing is contagious! How great that this guy, waiting for the ferry, just jumped in, asked if he could borrow my sketchbook, and put me to shame? He captured everything with just a few lines. Who was that guy?" Turns out he is Dan Olsen, owner of Olsen Tree Service - on the island for a job.
To capture a scene and gestures with a minimum of line and detail is what we all strive for. Another thing I love about this sketch is that it depicts Tom (again!) and another couple of locals conversing over the fence. Tom is on the outside side of the fence keeping his dog company because the dogs aren't allowed in the food service area. Guemes is a dog paradise and a dog lover's paradise.
Susan added a little color to the sketch after the mystery sketcher and his friend dashed off to catch the ferry.
Brand new Whidbey Island Sketcher, Susan Jensen, joined us for the first time for the Guemes Island field trip. She seems to be hooked already! She did this great sketch of Tom using hard pastels. Terrific capture!
Thursday, August 26, 2010
We started at Anderson's General Store where we all were enthralled by the giant sunflowers.
Then hopped in Tom's truck for his impromptu tour of the island, including Mt. Guemes he and many others helped save from development.
Wednesday, August 25, 2010
Sue's friend Tom took us to the very top to a nearly 360 degree view, breathtaking!
We started at Anderson's General Store near the ferry landing
with color and sunshine and great food! But the sunflowers eluded me
in my sketchbook......
So I sketched Anacortes from the courtyard.
Thank you !
Tuesday, August 24, 2010
Sunday, August 22, 2010
Sue and I sat in the bleachers overlooking the fair activities. It was visual overload for me and took some time to sift through it all. A fun time all in all at the fair, especially looking at the critters.
Saturday, August 21, 2010
Kris and I set up to sketch at a table in the sheep barn at the fair Friday afternoon. We apparently looked like official 4Hers because we were asked many questions - like, "Do sheep bite?" We were also repeatedly asked to stamp some card that kids were getting stamped at each animal exhibit. It was tempting . . .we had paintbrushes in hand. The sheep barn at dinner time is hysterical. We were squealing with laughter at the all the riotous "Baa!"-ing from every kind of sheep voice. Some of them sounded exactly like people imitating sheep.
|Gotland X Sheep at the Island County Fair|
|Gotland X Ram|
|Gotland X Sheep at the Fair|
|Kiddie Rides at the Island County Fair|
|Sunflowers - Good Cheer Food Bank Garden|
|Swiss Chard - Good Cheer Food Bank Garden|
Thursday, August 19, 2010
Wednesday, August 18, 2010
The hoop house at the G.C. Harvest Garden was full of lush green veggies and tomatoes getting ripe as the warm sun was filtering through the plastic covering. The covering was reflecting the colors of the sun, trees and sky with shades of purple possibly from the chemicals in the plastic. Also inside the hoop house were orange and yellow marigolds to keep away the slugs? Must be working for them.
Thursday, August 12, 2010
Awesome sketchbooks and a broad range of presenters and styles.
One of the things I always face in sketching is the dominance of line or color.
It can easily become a disturbing competition between the two.
One of the things I want to play more with is this balance. I love drawing, and I am usually initially attracted to color. It's a matter of more experimenting, and choosing.
More play, again looking out the window at summer dahlias.
And Truman's scarlet runner beans in our back yard garden.
Wednesday, August 11, 2010
Painted this old, massive tree at the Whidbey Institute. So many colors bouncing around on it's trunk. Blues, violets, greens, and rusts reflected from the dead needles on the ground. It's a magnificent tree. I was riveted.