Naaaa. I think he's really a cream puff. Here are my sketches of J. Dogg and Jason at China City. Jason is an artist and a sketcher, and I sure hope to see him in my class starting November 6th at South Whidbey Parks and Recreation.
Thursday, September 30, 2010
A few of us stopped by China City for a drink and a sketch after a grueling afternoon of drawing chickens and junk at Island Recycling. We found some interesting local characters out on the patio. They caught us sketching them and next thing you know, they're lining up to have their portraits sketched.
|China City Patio Patrons|
|China City Patio|
|Jason at China City|
|J. Dogg at China City|
I never found out why there is a flock of chickens residing at Island Recycling. But there they are, living the good life, by chicken standards. They're fat, so must be getting plenty to eat. They get to run free and have plenty of good hiding places from predators among all the recycling stuff lying about. I wonder if they lay eggs. Here are three of them relaxing under the shelter of a folding table.
|Resident Chickens at Island Recycling|
So much great junk to draw at Island Recycle, but this dilapidated bus called my name. It's full of books. Was it a mobile library at one time? I wonder where and what this bus has seen. What's it's history? It made me think of Timothy Leary, Ken Kesey and the kinds of folks that may have owned this gem. Island Recycle begs a return.
Oh! And thanks to Patricia Duff of the South Whidbey Record for stopping by to talk with us. Great to meet you!
Wednesday, September 29, 2010
One of the things I love about Whidbey Island Sketchers is that I end up in places I've never gone before on this giant island in the middle of Puget Sound. Today was certainly no exception as we sketched at Island Recycling. What a crazy place filled with too many treasures to sketch in just 3 hours. For instance:
Monday, September 27, 2010
|Three musicians play while seven sketchers sketch them from every possible angle.|
|Someone blocked my view of the musicians at SW Commons, so I sketched the spectators.|
|Musicians gather after hours in front of a closed UBCC. And by "after hours," I mean 6pm.|
Langley's wonderful and wacky annual Soup Box Derby took place on Saturday, September 18. I turned out to sketch, but, as always, sketching the spectators turns out to be much more doable than sketching the race.
|Entrants wait their turn at the starting "gate" up the hill on First Street.|
|Spectators get comfortable to watch the race.|
|A well-mannered dog named Grace watches the race with interest.|
|Our driveway hostess, Woodsie, watches the race, too!|
|Woodsie poses for the sketchers.|
Saturday, September 25, 2010
Friday, September 24, 2010
Django is in the air this afternoon as these three jazz musicians sit at the table next to us. A perfect sunny, warm afternoon to kick off the first day of fall. It is said that musicians are a perfect sketching subject: they sit fairly still while making wonderful sounds. To quote a professional photographer: "Working with passionate folks acting naturally can be a creative hootennanny. Respect is everything."
Thursday, September 23, 2010
Wednesday, September 22, 2010
|Second half - there is no controlling the order of these pics!|
|One half of Good Cheer Garden Pat Brookes|
This is catch up time: I have been sketching and not posting. Lets see if anyone remembers me being around for these sketches.
|Brads Boat at the Raven & the Spade|
|Two value pencil sketches with wash - Miriams|
Posted by Pat Brookes at 11:19 AM
Friday, September 17, 2010
Finally sketched this lantern stall I
photographed in Vietnam. Its tricky to get
the feeling of the darkness that surrounds
the brilliance of the silk lamps.
Something very magical about "the first dance" at a wedding. I tried to sketch in the romantic feeling. This is my nephew and his beautiful bride enjoying their moment with Lake Tahoe and the setting sun behind.
Getting Back to the Phantom Skill by James McMullan is the first of a 12 part series on drawing by this renown illustrator and teacher. My hero when I was a student and my reason for picking up watercolors way back in the 80s. I'm looking forward to reading and applying his teachings. Hope you find some nuggets of inspiration!
Thursday, September 16, 2010
Sitting on the rocks with our feet in the water at Lake Tahoe, I sketched and my sister read aloud from CS Lewis' first book of Narnia. A really nice afternoon with Sally.
"Ours, My Boy, is a high and lonely destiny."
"Stop that yawing," said Digory.
Even though these chickens are free to run around, eat organic, and do whatever, they suffer itchy bugs in their feathers. And so these hens spent the afternoon rolling in, and burying under, and flapping over them dry dirt. They were busy. So was I, trying to sketch them!
These chickens would not stand still. Spent the afternoon at The Soul Food Farm in Vacaville, California and was able to sketch the free range chickens! These are the famous hens that Alice Waters from the Slow Foods Movement says lay the best eggs in the world!
They were all shapes, colors, sizes, and temperaments too!
I decided to sketch the espresso bar while sitting in Miriam's. Really fun just mindlessly drawing what was in front of me as I chatted with Sue and Lisbeth as they sketched me, Kris as she sketched Pat, and Cheryl as she showed us slides of Peru. Great way to spend the first rainy day of the season!
|Maddison on her laptop at Miriam's Espresso|
|The lovely Sherryl holds forth at Toby's|
|Wendy & a laptop guy at Miriam's - both looking a little off-color|
|Pretty girl with a sketchy character at the next booth at Toby's|
Sunday, September 12, 2010
|Steve and Joanne at Hedgebrook|
|Under the tent at Hedgebrook Open House|
A few of us did some sketching at Hedgebrook's annual Open House on Saturday.These are Susan Jensen's sketches from the event.
|Birdhouse and crow skull|
|Reading in the barn - Susan Rice|
|Musicians- Steve & JoAnn Rouse|
|Wasp nest in the barn|
Here are Susan Jensen's pastel and watercolor sketches from our Wednesday visit to The Raven and the Spade.
|The Raven and Spade Barn - My first watercolor!|
|Raven and Spade Tractor|
Friday, September 10, 2010
Thursday, September 9, 2010
The Raven and the Spade is possibly the only place on Whidbey Island where you can go 7 days a week for fresh farm produce and have it harvested directly out of the garden specifically for you. You can't get any fresher than that. And it's certified 100% organic. And it's beautiful. And the sun was shining. And Camille gave the sketchers delicious cookies. And they have two adorable dogs who roamed among the sketchers. It was an altogether happy experience.
I couldn't resist drawing this intriguing sculpture shot through with rusty holes against the beautiful view in the background. Incongruous might be the right word to describe it. The title was "Bared Flaws." I guess those holes are his flaws -- which he is baring to the world, as indicated by his open arm gesture. But he reminded me of Mr. Clean with some troubling skin problems.
The weather gods were kind yesterday, giving us a warm sunny afternoon to sketch outdoors at the Raven and Spade. Beautiful setting and gardens. So much to draw, I had a hard time settling on a subject. Sue was drawing a statue with bullet holes so I sketched Sue drawing it. Do not talk to approaching statues. Freaky.