Friday, December 30, 2011

Sketching - My Drug of Choice

After a few days of remodel stress, shopping stress and indecision overload, I hit the wall. I needed to go sketching in the worst way. Kris and I made an evening of it at Prima Bistro and Mo's. We were all set to do an outdoor sketch of Christmas lights in downtown Langley after Mo's closed at 11, but it was pouring down rain.

Prima diner

Prima patrons sharing a bottle of red.

Half of the Jurriaans party of 4, dining at Prima.

Mo's crowd

Thursday, December 29, 2011

Snow Berries on Penn Cove

This sketch is a composite of images from my walk along Penn Cove near our house in Coupeville. I've tried to capture the brilliant whites of distant Mt. Baker and the snow berries in the hedgerow.

Nosh and Sketch

nosh |nä sh | informalnounfood filling the freezer with all kinds of nosh we bought at the Star Store.• a small item of food : "We have plenty of noshes and nibbles" said the waiter.• a light meal; a snack in between noshes we sketched people at Prima Bistro and Mo's.verb [ intrans. ]eat food enthusiastically or greedily there are several restaurants in Langley, so you can nosh to your heart's content [ trans. there I sat, noshing my favorite food as I splashed paint on the table cloth.• eat between meals today's grazing is different from what we used to call noshing or snacking. But noshing sounds better.ORIGIN early 20th cent. (denoting a snack bar): Yiddish.

First stop, Prima Bistro.

A local fixture at Prima

Then a portrait of Kelly at Mo's.
A pre-med student also studying spanish.

A profile at Mo's

Wednesday, December 21, 2011

From Whidbey to Fidalgo Holiday Party

What a wonderful afternoon at the Anacortes Sketchers holiday party in Aleli's beautiful home.  We had a ball with our sketcher friends to the north and Ali's home is a treasure-trove of great things to sketch.  Thanks ASK!

Beautiful Thai goddess with a red hat on.

Joining the fun, new friend Robin from Seattle.

Tuesday, December 20, 2011

Merry Belated B-day Christmas!

For Lisbeth and all! 

KW Mug for SG

With love...

Monday, December 19, 2011

Aleli's Library

WISkers were guests of the Anacortes Sketchers and met at Alieli's beautiful and amazing home.  There were so many beautiful things to sketch that it was almost impossible to choose, but my favorite corner was in the library with its lovely stained glass lamp and bowl full of colorful Russian matroyska dolls.

The Beat Lives On

Had a great evening sketching at Ott and Murphy in Langley.  David Ossman performed poetry readings of Ginsburg and Kerouac while David Gregor accompanied on guitar. I was truly inspired and can't wait for another performance!

Mr. Bennett bathed in mood lighting. 

David Gregor playing guitar, though it's hidden.

Sunday, December 18, 2011

Beat Poetry Night at Ott & Murphy's

Sketched some hep cool cats at Ott & Murphy's "Beat & Jive" poetry Saturday night with David Ossman on beat and David Gregor on jive. Wasn't sure if I was in Langley in 2011 or Greenwich Village in 1961. Trippy!
The scene.

David Ossman lays some Ginsburg and Kerouac on the crowd.

Friday, December 16, 2011

Face Time

Whidbey Island Sketchers, could you possibly be any more adorable?

Self portraits by Whidbey Island Sketchers for Sherryl's handmade book:

"Mary" by Mary
"Gnat in a Hat" by The Gnat
"Judi" by Judi

"Lisbeth" by Lisbeth

"Julie" by Julie
"Cathy" by Cathy

"Diana" by Diana

"Faye" by Faye

"Gene" by Gene

"Betty" by Betty

"Phyllis" by Phyllis
"Me with No Wrinkles" by Yours Truly

Thursday, December 15, 2011

Holiday Party

There was a menagerie of people and holiday decorations at Mary's for (what else?) a sketch party!

Beware of fox sitting on couch.

Christmas Party at Mary Lawson's

Sheryl is on the phone listening intently.
Sue is drawing the lovely fireplace.
Great, relaxing day. Thank you, Mary!

Christmas Treasures

Wishing all my sketching friends and your families a wonderful Christmas! This is my collection of odd little Christmas trees----the more Charlie-Brownish the better!

Wednesday, December 14, 2011

Holiday Sketch-Together

Wonderful second holiday party for Whidbey Island Sketchers today.  Thanks Mary!  I decided to sketch Faye by the fireplace though she didn't sit still long!  Happy Holidays fellow sketchers!

Tuesday, December 13, 2011


I finally got to draw Grisalba, the beautiful server at La Casita. I've always wanted to sketch her because of her fabulous hair and exotic features, but busy waitresses don't have time to sit still for a sketch. So, I got her a gig as as our first model for the new Monday night figure-drawing group at Studio 106. Since she had never done this before, we couldn't believe how flawlessly and elegantly she sat for 3 hours (with breaks at 20 minute intervals). A natural!

Wednesday, December 7, 2011

Friendship Star Quilt

Winter Dreams

Monday, December 5, 2011

WISk Party at Studio 106

Celebrating our 2nd anniversary with some holiday good cheer at Studio 106 . . .
Holly Centerpiece

Unsuspecting visitors to the studio WILL be sketched! I'm amassing quite a collection of sketcher-husband portraits. Soon I'll be able to do a show!
Gar with holiday splashes

Sunday, December 4, 2011

Studio Sketching

Whidbey Island Sketchers celebrated our 2nd anniversay with a little holiday get together at Studio 106 in Langley.  Great friends, great gab, great sketching.  What it's all about.  Cheers!
Inside the artist's studio

Thursday, December 1, 2011

See Faye Work

After scheduled sketching at Useless Bay Coffee, we repaired to Studio 106 where Faye worked and I sketched all afternoon.
Faye setting up for Saturday's Open Studio

Fay at the easel, working on a still life and not happy with it.

Ms. Belov stopped by the studio for a visit.

Robert is always a pleasure to sketch with his wonderful headgear and beard!

Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Man Eating Crocodile

I created these two images to illustrate a point about punctuation in a future article for, the website I manage at work. I generally don't like to work from photos, but Dan refused both to eat or to be eaten by a crocodile in the interest of creating authentic sketches from life. So I had to resort to photo references for these. 

Man eating crocodile

Man-eating crocodile

Richard Firsten is the author of the article and asked me to do the illustrations. These are his words from the article regarding the importance of the hyphen:
Punctuation marks were created to aid readers, to make phrasing clearer and more easily recognizable for readers. Here’s a case in point. If I write here Man Eating Crocodile, which picture reflects what I’ve written?
In actuality, it’s the picture on top that depicts what I’ve written, but a show entitled Dangerous Encounters on the cable network NatGeoWild (National Geographic Wild) used that title for one of its episodes. Of course they should have written Man-Eating Crocodile. That hyphen shows readers that man and eating are being used together as a single adjective to describe a ferocious crocodile. The hyphen helps readers to understand that and phrase it properly in their minds. In fact, the rules of prosody in English dictate a change in how these words should even be spoken if the hyphen is present or absent. (I’m going to use capital letters and bold face to show which words or parts of words receive more or less equal stress in the flow of speech): 

                                    man eating crocodile = MAN EATing CROCodile
                                    man-eating crocodile = MAN eating CROCodile

Friday, November 25, 2011

Post Turkey

Hubby prepared a fabulous Thanksgiving dinner just for the two of us.  A contented and well-deserved rest for the chef followed. 

Thursday, November 24, 2011

Talking Turkey with Frances

Lingering at the Thanksgiving table talking (and sketching) after the dishes are cleared. By the by, everyone said it was the best turkey they've ever had. White meat was uncharacteristically moist and juicy. America's Test Kitchen recipe: Breast side down at 425 degrees for the first hour. Flip the bird over and reduce temp to 325 until done (when thigh meat reaches 175 degrees). Gobble, gobble.

Wednesday, November 23, 2011


I'm feeling especially thankful for friends this Thanksgiving. Interesting headgear is just a bonus.