Sunday, April 29, 2012

Windjammer Park

It was great fun to join the Whidbey Island Sketchers on Friday in Oak Harbor! Sat by a hedge that blocked the wind and tried to sketch the windmill. Here it is!

Saturday, April 28, 2012

oak harbor windmill

An Oak Harbor Afternoon

In honor of Oak Harbor's Holland Happening this weekend, we gathered at Windjammer Park to sketch the ochre windmill and tulips.  I loved seeing the windmill sketched in so many different styles by all the sketchers.

But Windjammer Park got windy so we reconvened at Flyers for great gab and sketching.  One of Whidbey Island Sketchers' best days.
Beautiful Faye

Marathon Sketch Meet

It was one for the record books, I think. Great turnout of fun sketchers yesterday. Driven indoors by the cold and wind, we each managed one sketch of the windmill at Windjammer Park before repairing to Flyers Restaurant, where the real sketching began. So much fun!

Windjammer Park

Mike, Kris, Lisbeth
Beautiful young boy sitting at the next table.

I am a sucker for curly red hair.

It doesn't get much looser than this!

Couple at Flyers

Our apple tree...and a very fun sketch session

                                                Our backyard apple tree is in full bloom!

And it's spring at Windjammer Park in Oak Harbor. The wind was a little cold so we moved on indoors to Flyers.  Much fun sketching and catching up over food and wine.  So much to draw there....

Big Bite!

Fellow Sketcher

And more of us......!

Windjammer Park

Tried to add shadows that weren't there (a la Mike). Not sure it worked.

Friday, April 27, 2012

Windjammer Park and Flyers

Oak Harbor's Windjammer Park delivered on it's name today. Yep, it was windy. Regardless, a fun time was had by the sketchers. After one attempt drawing the windmill we opted for more comfortable conditions at Flyers, an Oak Harbor sports bar. More fun of course! Here's my sketches...


Elmer the Wooden Shoe Carver

Kinda fun.  The Whidbey News-Times used my sketch of Elmer, the wooden shoe carver, on their Holland Happening wrap on this week's paper.  Elmer Veldheer in 82 years old and he has been coming from his home in Holland, Michigan to carve wooden shoes during Oak Harbor's Holland Happening for 20 years!  This is his last year because his arthritis is making it harder and harder to handle his carving tools.  He's been a beloved fixture of Holland Happening and is being honored as the grand marshall of this year's parade. 

Tulip Festival

RoozenGaarde tulips were amazing even on a rainy day.

Thursday, April 26, 2012

St. Augustine's in the woods

Tuesday, April 24, 2012

St. Augustine's-in-the-Woods

A corner display of sporting gear ready for sale at St. Augustine's Trash to Treasures sale last weekend.

Harvest Moon

I spent a few days with Fallbrook friends earlier this month. Jim is a dentist and also a metal sculptor. He was working on a very cool new piece----Harvest Moon----which he had fashioned from an auger.

Monday, April 23, 2012

Sketching in the Tulip Fields

It was glorious afternoon to sketch with the Anacortes Sketchers in the middle of stunning tulip fields in full bloom in the Skagit Valley next door.  So much color; so little time!  Boy do we live in paradise!!

Thursday, April 19, 2012


How does a 20 minute medical test eat up an entire 8 hour day? Lots of waiting.
Waiting in the ferry line.
The Nurse
The Patient (Watching CNN while he waits)

The Artist's Foot.
Nothing more to sketch in Rm. 312 except medical equipment. I decided my own foot was the most interesting subject left.

The Redheads (in the Waiting Room)

Springtime on Rivendell Road

I've been meaning to sketch the billowy Flowering Cherry tree in my yard before it's too late. I barely made it.  Half the blossoms are already on the ground.

Tuesday, April 17, 2012

Belle France

Just back from a wonderful trip to the Beaujolais Region, Southern Burgundy and Provençe, France.  Lots of sketching.  These are a few of my favorites, starting with hubby's luggage packed 5 days early!  Then to the long flight on Icelandair with a quick plane change in Reykjavik before heading to Paris. 

Loved sketching the vintage Citroen and several French delights such as white asparugus!  Then on to our gite in St. Saturnin-lès-Apt from which we spent 6 glorious sunny days travelling to nearby villages, taking in an antique fair and pottery market, and just loving life in the French countryside!

The Long Flight


 So Delightfully French

Our Gite in Provençe

Saturday, April 14, 2012

Meerkerk Garden Gumdrops

The gumdrop shaped trees in the rock garden at Meerkerk are an interesting arrangement to paint at any angle. This garden is all about round vertical and horizontal forms. Fun to watch the light define it over the hours. This sketch isn't complete, but that may be a good thing!

Meerkerk Rhododendron Garden Path

It was a glorious, sunny day for sketching at Meerkerk Gardens. As Mike said, there is so much to sketch here, we could come back every week for the next 3 months and still not capture it all.

With this image upload I reached my 1GB limit for free storage with Google. So, now I'm paying $5/year for Google storage.

Friday, April 13, 2012

Good Hair at the Greenbank Grille

I can't resist drawing a great head of hair. I hear she's a fixture at the Greenbank Grille.

Greenbank Grille

Wednesday, April 11, 2012

Rexville Grocery, Mount Vernon