Saturday, January 30, 2016


 There is nothing like yupo for letting you see the vibrant color.  This first piece on the left was 180# watercolor paper in my sketchbook.  I made a first pass, painting directly on the paper drawing with my brush.  Then when it was dry went back to add more color and shadow.
The piece below is on Yupo,  the painting technique was the same, with my brush, then removing some paint for highlights.  The paint really glows on the Yupo!  Be sure to try it on Feb 14th at Kims.
By the way, the studio was wonderful with so much glass to paint I could have spent all day.

@Michaelides Glass Studio

A stunning display of color and sparkling shine, in the windows of the glass blowing studio of Dimitri and Elaine Michaelides.

Thursday, January 28, 2016

Poe and her Mama Bailey, #2

A "sketch" from a photo. It got away from me. Veered right off from "sketch" into full blown watercolor mini-painting. That's what happens when you work from a photo and not from the subject at the moment. 

Wednesday, January 27, 2016

Happy Hour at the GREENBANK GRILL

After the trauma of leaving behind two Snowshoe Siamese cats and a little Chihuahua mix doggie at WAIF last Friday, it was good for my soul to sit upstairs at the Greenbank Grille, in the company of friends, and sketch and eat warm Whidbey Pies Triple Berry Pie. Oh, and drink wine. Took some liberties with my colors when I got home, but I needed to flang some paint around.

Monday, January 25, 2016

Dog at WAIF - "Please take me home!" by Susan Jensen

Cats at WAiF - "Please Adopt Us" by Susan Jensen

Poe and her mama Bailey, at WAIF

Waif was not a good place for me to go on Friday. Especially in my current frame of mind. I am still bleeding internally for the separation of these two.

Sunday, January 24, 2016

WAIF  Animal Shelter, great people too!

Wednesday, January 20, 2016

Five Bees

This is for you Natalie:

Monday, January 18, 2016

Rein Shadow Arena

Cold day, beautiful friendly horses!Thank you Rein Shadow Arena!

Taking a costume trip thru time.

WISK, thanks to Judith, had the fun of sketching in the costume loft once again.  This year we planned it differently and lined up sketchers to model, rotating throughout the afternoon.
I had fun to creating stories around their characters.

Sherryl was a drinker, smoker, who spent her day in a dressing gown talking on the phone.
Bess, was from the forties, waiting at a station somewhere, clutching her purse fearfully, with her bag by her feet.  Running away from home?  Meeting her military boyfriend....?
Judith, took on the glamour role also, with her take on Mardi Gras, glitzy mask, and glittering jacket.
While I waited, I did a quick sketch of the coat rack with a couple of dresses slung over waiting for their role in the drama.
Coats and dresses

Sherryl Darling!

Bess and Judith

Saturday, January 16, 2016

Rein Shadow Arena

Great day and great hosts, Jerry and Connie Lloyd!

Saturday, January 9, 2016

Rein Shadow Arena

Drawing horses from life is just hard. The best I could do was a couple of heads on horses that were restrained on a lead or confined to a stall. But it sure was exhilarating watching them run free, playing and frolicking together and performing tricks in the arena. And I loved learning about their stories and individual personality quirks. The loving and trusting relationship the Lloyds share with all their animals is inspiring.
Nica, the Canadian horse.

Kola, the Paint

Saturday, January 2, 2016

New Year's Day Sketching at Saratoga View Home

I had a sweet, low key New Year's Day afternoon sketching with Paula, Cynthia and the gnat at Saratoga View Adult Family Home. The Christmas tree was bare, save for one single ornament hanging underneath from the bottom branch.  Not ready to go back in the box, I guess.

We all adore Paula's mom Evie, who lives at Saratoga View now.  She is the sweetest, cutest and happiest 98-year-old. She seemed to enjoy our company even though she kept nodding 
off while watching the Rose Bowl. 


When my Lamy pen went dry, I picked up my Pental brush pen and drew Cynthia in profile, wearing one of her signature Hermes scarves. Love that hair!