Saturday, November 11, 2017

Sketching a Library Book at the Freeland Library

We met today in the meeting room of the Freeland Library - a very comfortable way to sketch and socialize. Just inside are the stacks, and all the reference information we could want to paint a "forgery", find a gorgeous photo, or, in my case, happen on the terrific book by John M. Marzluff, illustrated by Tony Angell, from the University of Washington, which has everything you've ever wanted to know about Crows and Ravens. A definitive work about a definitive study of the cultural of these amazing birds. Fascinating!
I cribbed some of the foliage outside for a colorful still life, just because I could. 

My hat choice at HATS at PAT'S

The days we dress up to sketch each other are just the BEST. We gathered at Sketcher Pat's house, and brought with us many and varied hats, which we sketched and wore. This is a vintage Coal Miner's hat with a brass, coal oil lamp, with its own flint and steel striker. FANTASTIC!!!

Friday, November 10, 2017

Freeland Library

We met at the Freeland Library today ... they graciously gave us a wonderful conference room with lots of tables, a sink, and natural light.  Works for us!  I chose a book from the library ... animal lover that I am ... by Traer Scott, Finding Home - Shelter Dogs & Their Stories.  The book was a series of photos of shelter dogs, all shot with black backgrounds.  ALL of the animals had soulful eyes.  So, I took on the challenge of doing a water color sketch with a black background.  Fell in love with Gabriel.

Hats! Hats! Hats!

What fun it was to gather at Pat's with all sort of hats, and to sketch each other in our outfits.  There was a bit of Halloween in the air, as well as residual energy from Phyllis' 80th birthday.  Looking at my sketch of Phyllis as a witch, it kinda looks like she grew a beard!  I guess witches will do that.  And Judi ... her flowery hat and flowery outfit looked like Monet to me... and Marilyn .. I love her Annie Hall glasses and her cool vest.  What artist does that remind me of?  Hmmmm....

Walnut Ink - Hats at Pats

Guess who!
Witch Phyllis
I split the display to keep it all on one page.

Monday, November 6, 2017

Jerry Wennstrom Studio

A Sketch from the Whidbey Island Sketcher's visit to the secluded studio of sculptor and artist Jerry Wennstrom by sketcher Rindy. An exercise in drawing all of the tons of curly red hair. on the life-sized wooden totem/sculpture.

Sketching at Jerry Wennstrom's Studio

A Sketch from the Whidbey Island Sketcher's visit to the secluded studio of sculptor and artist Jerry Wennstrom.