Friday, May 31, 2013

Bayview Farm & Garden

I was delighted to find that the Golden Chain Arbor was still in bloom at Bayview Farm and Garden today. I found a seat under the shade of the arbor and just sketched the view from where I sat.

And, of course, my usual happy hour drawing of that sketchable girl with the black hair.

bayview corner

Basil Cafe


We'd just planned to sketch at Bayview Corner, but the weather was so gorgeous, and the flowers and plants out back were so inviting, that we spent the day in the sunshine among the bumble bees.
I'd love this shed for no other reason than the sign hanging on it that says "Bloom Where You Are Planted", one of my all time favorite sayings!
I met this old gentleman waiting on the porch outside for his person to come to take him home. He was a very accommodating model, and very sweet! 
See photos of the day at

Wednesday, May 29, 2013

Road Trip to Northern California

Just back from a 10 day road trip to the Bay Area. Soaked up sun, beautiful scenery and a big dose of urban San Francisco.  Like visiting an old friend.  Managed to get some sketching in on the road and on the sidewalk.  Some highlights:

The Driver - in Northern California

Giant redwood, Big Sur, CA

View from top of the hill at Hearst Castle, San Simeon, CA
Mission Dolores, San Francisco.  Built 1776.

Bayview corner

Monday, May 27, 2013

sketching in beautiful Coupeville

A Dog Named Pak

Went to a neighborhood potluck yesterday and couldn't resist a quick sketch of Pak relaxing next to the sofa. He's a pretty good model. I've always been curious about his name, but he was a rescue and came with the name. Every dog has his secrets.

Saturday, May 25, 2013

Village Pizzeria People

As usual, I did not care for the overworked sketch I spent over an hour on at our regular afternoon sketching session.  But I did like these 2 very quick sketches of some colorful characters I did later in the evening at Village Pizzeria. Maybe I do better when subjects move. Or I just need a lot of warm-up time.

Village Pizzeria Patron

Village Pizzeria Server

I Love Whidbey!

Another view of Betty and Larry's beautiful garden!  Playing with tools. 
   I have a new brush pen...a Kuretake sable brush pen, and my challenge is to make it combine smoothly with a regular Lamy. The ink color is a mixture of 
J Herbin  Lie De The  and Noodler's black. So much to much to explore!

A Sunday afternoon sketch in our neighbor's ever inviting yard!

                                  View of Double Bluff from across Deer Lagoon, early evening.

                                Emily came to sketch at Studio 106 and caught one of us in action!
                                                                        Yea Emily!

Friday, May 24, 2013

Betty and Larry's Gorgeous Garden

 Beaulah's House. Otherwise known as Sue's Office.
Yet again another blissful afternoon sitting in a magnificent garden setting with sun and birds and bees and flowers and breezes and sketchers scattered about. Somehow the afternoon whizzed by. I was completely entranced by these charming buildings nestled in the garden. You could see the whole world from the porch of Betty and Larry's lovely home. I thoroughly enjoyed my afternoon of sketching. Thanks to Betty and Larry for inviting us into their space. I'm loving these gardens we get to visit and sketch.

Fantastic Froggwell

I've been trying to think of a word to describe how it felt to be sketching at Froggwell Gardens last week. It was quite indescribable. The air was fresh and fragrant, the gardens wild and well kept at the same time, a phenomenal collection of texture and color, a feeling of peace, a fairy tale cottage, and classical music wafting through it all. And then came wine and pate. I found a tucked away place behind the house looking into a bedroom wing. I loved sitting there in the peace and sketching.

sunny afternoon

Lovely Friday Afternoon

Lovely Friday afternoon sketching with friends.  Thank you Sue for arranging this venue, and thank you to Betty too for sharing her fabulous views and hospitality.

Monday, May 20, 2013

Tree Peonies at Frogwell

Sunday, May 19, 2013

Wisteria in Evening Light

It's been a great year in my garden so far. I get so excited about wisteria and lilacs I can hardly stand it. So voluptuous and purple and fragrant. They make me swoon. I did this sketch of our wisteria arbor with a pink rhody in the background between 6 and 7pm tonight.

Saturday, May 18, 2013

Frogwell Gardens

 The Whidbey Sketchers spent a magical afternoon yesterday sketching at Frogwell Gardens a SouthWhidbey oasis of color and greenery! Wisteria, rhododendrons, peonies, roses, iris....trees of every, wine and cheeses.
Wisteria in cool light over a garden shed

Soon the sun was shining on this trio of trees.


Two views of a Texas warthog!

Just  a few characters from my grandchildren's playroom in Houston, Texas

And a bronze fountain in Rice Village, also Houston

I walked just a few blocks to the canal in Braeswood and did this little evening sketch. That night
we had a crazy thunderstorm, blue black skys  and torrents of rain, the next morning this was a full sized river!

Sherryl's Color Spot

Looking through the glass door onto Sherryl's deck. Purple pansies with Creeping Jenny in an artful pot against the colors of springtime in the Northwest. Oh yeah.

Monday, May 13, 2013

North off Island

My available sketching times/dates have recently synced more with the Anacortes Sketchers than the Whidbey Island Sketchers.  While I miss my Whidbey sketching pals, here are a couple of sketches with the sketchers to the North.

A couple at Trumpeter Pub & Restaurant's bar in Mt. Vernon.  Sketched during the Line to Color Workshop in Mt. V.

Blown glass fish and sea plants.  At The Glass Aquarium outside Mt. Vernon.


Longtime Whidbey residents Miriam and Phil extended the us a kind invitation to visit their charming Victorian Painted Lady-style home outside town for an afternoon of sketching, lemonade, garden touring and conversation. What an astonishing place and a great afternoon! For photos of all the fun visit

Sunday, May 12, 2013

Buddy Art in the Garden

Whidbey Island Sketchers has a playful tradition we call Buddy Art. Someone (usually Sherryl) throws some color onto a piece of paper and passes it around the group. Everyone adds something to the picture and passes it on until someone decides it's done. (One of the many ways we amuse ourselves.) Most of the time our buddy art becomes very abstract, but Friday, the colorful floral vignettes in Marian and Phil's garden were clearly a powerful influence on the work of the buddy artists.

What's that 3-eyed red mustache doing in my garden?
My Vase Overfloweth

Saturday, May 11, 2013

Sweet, Sweet Afternoon!

The sun was shining, the birds were chirping, the bees were buzzing, the breeze was blowing, and the Sketchers were scattered around in the fabulous garden of Marian and Phillip. This garden evokes the spirits of my parents and of my grandparents. It brought back the feeling of a different era. It was like being in a movie. I loved sitting in that garden and sketching. I first sketched the potting shed tucked away at the back of the house. Later I sat with my back to  Saratoga Passage, Hat Island, and the Cascade Mountains to sketch the back entrance to this enchanting house and garden. Thank you Marian and Phillip. It was such a pleasure.

Marian & Phil's Garden

We sketched in a delightful garden yesterday. I tried to capture the voluptuousness of of a lilac in full bloom overhanging an orange rhody next to the porch and garden path. Great garden design. It was a heady experience for the senses with all the colors and the air heavy with lilac perfume. Thank you, Marian and Phil, for a lovely afternoon of art, gardens and your warm hospitality. And the peanut butter cookies!

After the garden, we reconvened next door at Cynthia's for happy hour and happy talk. What a wonderful, nurturing group we have. Quoting Sherryl, earlier in the day, "Don't you love our tribe? Sketchers is something special."

Cynthia listens
This is our beautiful Cynthia, hostess extraordinaire, listening with rapt attention to the extraordinary conversation around her dining table. With her great hair, scarves and hats, I'm always drawn to her as a subject.

Saturday, May 4, 2013


Sitting in the evening sun outside the Whidbey Art Gallery in Langley, chatting with guests and sketching. A very nice way to spend an evening!


What an amazing day! Sketcher's Friday! We met down at Clinton Beach Park, at the Ferry dock. The sun was shining brilliantly (my arms, face and lips are burnt.) There was a breeze off the water, the sky was brilliant blue (cobalt, I'd say) and Mt. Baker was gleaming off in the distance over Camano Island.  All my photos of the fun are at

Friday, May 3, 2013

sketching at the ferry terminal on a sunny afternoon