Kitchen Still Life
Sunday, March 30, 2014
Thank you, Judyth! You are the hostess with the most and best still lives set up for us Sketchers! Everywhere we turned there was a fabulous still life, and amazing food in your beautiful home. It was so delightful visiting you yesterday. I call this sketch, "Judyth's Basket of Eggs."
Monday, March 24, 2014
Sunday, March 23, 2014
Mexico in March! Two weeks with nothing to do but swim and sketch! Light, color, birds,
bougainvilea and hibiscus and a fresh gentle breeze.
It was a complete step into peace and relaxation.
the multicolored bougainvillea!
I could sketch this view to the south from Casa Amanecer
a hundred times and it would not be the same twice.
If the sketch doesn't work? Play!
Sue and Faye sketching on the beach at El Oasis.
Which dress? Which hat?
While in Mexico this time 4 of us sketched, talked, sketched, swam, sketched, read, sketched, shopped, sketched etc. It was a heavenly sketchathon. I filled a new Stillman and Birn, extra heavy, off white paper sketchbook and loved the paper! I also sketched in a Strathmore watercolor 6"x 12" book and loved the paper and the format. I also took an assortment of pens and my new Schminke paint box enhanced with my favorite Holbein colors. All new, fun supplies to play with and experiment with while sitting on the beach drinking margaritas or on the terrace at Casa Amanecer. Or wherever. The weather was perfect! Never too hot, while just cool enough at night to require a light blanket. Balmy warm evenings. Sea breezes. And never ending shapes and colors to delight the eye and make us run for our sketch books. Okay, so there were a few no-see-ums. But only in the evening.
The sketching location was Whidbey Art Gallery. There was lots of neat stuff to sketch in there, but the sun was out and I found a cozy, warm spot at a table in front of Mona's with a view of one of those really cool machines that are working on 2nd Street. The warmth of the sun, the interesting view, a table to work at and a chair to sit on.....what's a sketcher to do? I seized the moment. This little Kubota reminds me of a tug boat.....small and tough. If it was a person it would be a short tough guy from Chicago named Bill. I find the construction on 2nd to be really interesting and fun. I love watching the process of change and find it interesting to be tip toeing across gravelly streets in the middle of all of it.
Saturday, March 22, 2014
Friday, March 21, 2014
Black Capped Chickadee
I was lucky enough to be invited to join fellow Sketchers Phyllis, Faye, and Sue in the perfect weather & beautiful vistas in Manzanillo, Mexico. We sketched every day, and here's some of my sketches from scenes at the beach.
Thursday, March 20, 2014
Thursday, March 13, 2014
Saturday, March 8, 2014
Sketching from the commons, I caught Judi looking pretty small next to all the machinery on Second St. Beautiful sunshine drew me outside for the next view of the commons Books for Sale sign.
|Judi & The Big Dig|
|Used Books & Alsip sculpture|
Oh, my! 2nd St. is so torn up! I'm so curious to see the end product. Today, Whidbey Telecom's crew was there dancing around in front end loaders, bulldozers, and all sort of heavy equipment. These guys were so industrious and impressively hard at it! It was a kick to sketch them, tho one had to be quick to catch the gestures!
Friday, March 7, 2014
After sketching, I had the pleasure of hanging out with Sue at Mo's for garlic fries and …. more sketching!!!! Here's two of the patrons. So fun …. thought I'd share. By the way, for fellow Sketchers, the black I'm using today is my first use of Holbein's "Peach Black." A beautiful warm black that is deep when pure, but warm gray when diluted! Nice discovery!
Many of the Sketchers braved the chill, at first, to sit outside on the patio in front of the South Whidbey Commons today to sketch the incredible ballet of dozers and graders and backhoes as they were either tearing up or putting back together (I couldn't tell which), the whole street and sidewalks in front of us. This will all be lovely when it is done, but it is a hot mess now. BUT, the sun came out BRILLIANTLY and I have a pink forehead and nose to show for my time!
My third visit to Susan's amazing Aviary. The cacophony of bird screeches, "Hello!"'s, "Whatcha doin'?"'s, the sweet curiosity of the birds as attentive to us as we to them… This is a lesson in quickness, tho. These birds don't know much about sitting still. They follow you around, land on your head, chew on anything interesting including the bag you carry your supplies in to any (you shoulda known better!) jewelry or buttons, take bananas from your hand, bob their heads, sway & dance side to side….
I just loving visiting here! A real treat, once again. Thank you, Susan! and all your aviary friends. Keep up the heart-felt rescue!
In pure appreciation for what you're doing.
Thursday, March 6, 2014
|Bits and Pieces or Hold Still|
The two birds below on the ladder were actually a loving pair. She kept laying her head on his shoulder! Very sweet! There was also a cockatoo threesome that were very happy and didn't like being separated. They would dig under the cage to join each other.
Monday, March 3, 2014
Birds...Noise....Snuggles.....stealing buttons.....color......action.....what a wonderful and amazing place to visit and sketch (although it was kind of hard to properly sketch with the birds trying to help). Thank you to Susan for allowing us to share this hidden treasure of Whidbey.
My first ever posting - kind of exciting for me!
My first ever posting - kind of exciting for me!
Posted by Mark the Moment at 11:10 AM