Friday, November 28, 2014

Sketching @ WiFire Coffee

It was leaden, grey and sleeting outside, but inside Whidbey Telecom's WiFire Cafe it was warm and cozy, and the company was, too. Schmeinke watercolors, brown Tombo pen, Prismacolors

Sunday, November 23, 2014

People at the Flower House Cafe

Our first time sketching at the cozy Flower House Cafe at Bayview Farm & Garden was excellent. Some of my favorite activities  -- drinking good coffee, eating delicious food, sketching people, shopping and hanging with fun friends -- were all rolled up into one congenial afternoon. Thanks to the friendly staff for making us feel welcome. We'll be back!

Gillian enjoying her coffee
Jean painting

Customer at the counter
Barista Mary
Barista Mary

Saturday, November 22, 2014

bird aviary

Such an amazing time to be with Susan's birds, but rather a challenge to sketch. With birds on our shoulders whispering in our ears, tugging at our earrings, landing on our heads, putting their beaks into our paints, trying to take the brushes out of our hands and moving around constantly it took some perseverance to get any sketching done.

Thursday, November 13, 2014

Paint fast, roll with the challenges!

Another lovely day sketching, this time with new bird friend AnnaBelle. She seemed to say "Paint me, I'm equally beautiful."

Sunday, November 2, 2014

Halloween Dress-up at Studio 106

Halloween was really an excuse to play dress-up, strike a pose and have a party. Eat your heart out, Dr. Sketchy.

Miss Piggy
Too sexy for her hair
Too sexy for her slip

Too sexy for her ears

Halloween at Studio 106!

Thanks dear WISkers for making Halloween so dang much fun this year! The costumes were magnificent, the food fabulous, the sketching endless, and Studio 106 was pulsing with laughter and creative energy. Paula was magnificent as Queen of the Night just stopping by for awhile on her way to the opera. Nothing could make Judith look spooky, not even her cracked china doll face. Her inside out jacket was a stroke of genius. Of course Mary, with her new hair do, nearly stole the show. But wait! Miss Piggy posed provocatively for us, moving only to sip her wine. Kathy the skeleton, took a yoga break. Sherryl looked rakish in her top hat fascinator, and Sue's spider head dress scared us all. Faye underwhelmed us a bit as a purple crayola but she got points for creative thinking. Ann may have been a ninja warrior dressed in all black. Tricks and treats all around!

Saturday, November 1, 2014

Halloween at 106!

Food, fun and sketching other sketchers at 106

Italy with a Sketchbook

This is the Whidbey Sketchers site, but the sketching addiction extends far and wide!

But, I couldn't resist trying to put it all in....including the pomegranite tree. Much time spent
gazing out on this over dinners and wine!

Color and boats, how could I resist? 

Italy is simply filled with light and color, windows, doorways,!

This is a small fragment from  the Abbey of Sant Antimo, near Montalcino, that dates back to the year  814. It is near the Via Francigenia, the old pilgrim route from Cantebury to Rome.
Thrilling to hear  Gregorian Chant from the interior.

An icon of Tuscany between Montalcino and Montepulciano.
Its a traffic stopper, we stopped, sat on the hillside, sipped wine and sketched.

Pitigliano,  I could not do it stepping back into the middle ages.

One more icon, the Roman Colosseum

 And the blue blue Mediterranean, this is the Bay of Naples from a rooftop on our last night in
Sorrento, the cloud is hanging over Mt Vesuvius.