Thursday, July 24, 2014
Wednesday, July 9, 2014
Another beautiful, hot day in the Tri-Cities! This is the "Blue Bridge" sketched from the Benton County side of the Columbia River. A nickname? For as long as anyone can remember, she has always been this color. Also blue, is the Lampson Pits sign, floating docks and ramps that are used at the hydroplane races, held each year in our community. Blue sky, Blue Bridge, blue water and Lampson blue...this day was full of blue but was anything but. It was pure joy! #usktcbluebridge
Our Wednesday morning sketchabout was down in Columbia park this morning, July 9th, 2014. We were there to sketch the Blue Bridge which spans the Columbia river connecting the cities of Pasco, and Kennewick, Wa. Upstream, to the left, another bridge connects Pasco to Richland: thus the Tri-Cities.
Friday, July 4, 2014
I have long wanted to sketch the Pike Street Market and got the chance last Saturday when attending a sketching workshop in Seattle. Frank Ching said to "sketch something with the big sign in it." I walked to the corner and standing in both a large crowd of people coming and going across the intersection, and a threatening rain, sketched my sketch. I like we didn't have but 15 or 20 minutes to do the sketch as that lends quickness, expressiveness, and energy to the sketch.
Following in the footsteps of hurry-up-and-get-it-done, I found myself at this intersection in Prosser, WA today, the 4th of July, with my family. We were there to celebrate the 4th as we have such warm memories of their celebrations when we lived there in the 60's, 70's and 80's. A real flop today with nothing more than a Car Show in the park. Phil's Corner Drug is long gone now. Phil had a real soda fountain in there, one of the few I ever remember seeing. It's a Mexican restaurant now. No soda fountain.
Wednesday, July 2, 2014
I am here at Cannon Beach OR enjoying every single moment. After an amazing weekend of the Cannon Beach Plein Air Festival I have been been doing a bit of sketching. For some reason I kept fooling around with different approaches. Probably matching my moods at the moment.
Enjoying a leisurely lunch on a rainy day under cover at Sweet Basil's
pencil sketch w/watercolor
Sunny day at the beach looking north =)
Micron pen w/watercolor
Relaxed evening watching the sunset and the shadows creep over the dunes looking south at Hay Stack.
2b pencil sketch
Hot day at the beach looking north
Hope to join you all next week!
Tuesday, July 1, 2014
Monday, June 30, 2014
"Gerry the Giant" samples peaches at the farmer's market...wow, my scale was really out of whack!
It was a really fun day though and it was exciting to see and smell all the fresh fruits and veggies on display. I used my trusty Micron pen on Strathmore 90 lb paper with watercolor.
Sunday, June 22, 2014
Saturday, June 21, 2014
Last Wednesday we decided to head out to the "Cool Desert Nights" car show in Richland this morning, at least I thought we did. Anyway, Yichien met me there at 9:30 and we had a great time sketching "rat rods." I taught her the difference between "rat rods" and "hot rods." She's a quick learner and I'm thinking we may have to do more Saturday outings so she can join us.
|Quck sketch of the "Old Desert Rat."|
|A slowed down version of the "Old Desert Rat." More deliberate and more controlled.|
|Back to quick sketching.|
|Drew this in about 8 minutes while waiting in front of the Spudnut shop.|
|Another muy rapido sketch.|
Thursday, June 19, 2014
I have always wanted to sketch with water color and thought it was a crazy idea. Most water color techniques seems so laborious. As I have watched the quick draw McDraw sketchers around me on our weekly jaunts I have begun to take a new approach with a quickish water color sketch. I can't seem to loosen up and quick draw but if I start splashing color around I feel a bit more freedom...maybe too much ;)
Shoppers were sparse at the Farmers' Market yesterday in Pasco. Maybe because for mid-June we had a few days of cloudy and cooler weather than normal.
They were running only one stall, but on Saturdays they open two because there are more folks coming out. Weather permitting, I suppose.
Thursday, June 12, 2014
The view from my 6th floor hotel window in Vancouver WA earlier this week. It was a great weekend as I met with the Portland team working with me on the "2nd Annual West Coast Urban Sketchers SketchCrawl" coming up in July; I attended the Washington State School Retirees Convention in Vancouver; and met up with a classmate from KHS '64 who is going to provide some music for our 50th reunion coming up in September. A very productive trip, and a bit o' sketching, too.
9x9 Super Aquabee Sketchbook (double page spread); Lamy pen, watercolors.