Thursday, August 28, 2014

"USkTC'ers in Walla Walla"

L to R:  Jim Bumgarner, Nancy Thurston, Cindy Rutherford, Patty Gardner, 
Dave Poynter, Jim McNamara, Nancy Parks.

We have had some really great outings this summer with the USkTC group.  The first was at the IHOP when we ordered breakfast and before eating, drew our plates and each other. The second was at Bookwalter Winery on Tulip Lane.  Then today, we met at the Starbucks in downtown Walla Walla and just had one really super fun time socializing, drawing and having lunch together.

See the rest of the pictures taken today by the Walla Walla Tourist Bureau when they discovered Patty Gardner sketching a bicycle near their office by clicking the picture.

Thursday, August 21, 2014

"WSU: Tri-Cities"

Out behind the main administration building with the USkTC group yesterday, 8.20.2014.  This very lame attempt to capture the perspective in these four buildings will be posted against my better judgement.  Doesn't matter much few will see it here, hidden on the blog. :-)

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

"Sketching the Ice Harbor Dam"

The Ice Harbor Dam sits on the Snake river just a few miles upriver from where the Snake dumps into the Columbia river meandering its way westward toward the Pacific Ocean. Ice Harbor was dedicated in 1963 by then, VP Lyndon Johnson. I remember yelling, "Hi ya, Lyndon," when he passed me by in his motorcade that day. All I got was a stern frown.

5x16 Moleskine Watercolor sketchbook, Noodler's ink, watercolors.

Sunday, August 10, 2014

Calm cool current at 6:30am sketch

 Testing 140 weight, watercolor paper for a journal that I recently completed,  early this morning at Howard Amon Park, Richland WA. I took advantage of the calm cool current.
Coptic bound, 140 watercolor paper, my bicycle touring sketching journal.  If you look closely, the ribbon closures are of bicycles and chocolates!  patti kirch

Thursday, August 7, 2014

To Paint or Not to Paint

Fun morning at  Bookwalter with a great group of local art buddies!  Not sure if I have finished this.  To paint the birch tree or not?  I kind of like some of the painting pure white.  Some lavender or blue shadows might be nice.  I really liked the sketch and could have left it just in pen.

Wednesday, August 6, 2014

Tulip Lane Wineries

I nearly melted out in the sun sketching this scene. Left to right is Bookwalters, Barnard Griffin, and Tagaris on the far right.

5x16 Moleskine Watercolor sketchbook, Noodler's ink, watercolors

Sketching the Wineries on Tulip Lane

L to R:  Patti, Patty, Debbie, Jim B, Cindy, nancy, Jan, Katherine, Gail and Jim M
What a great morning sketching the wineries on Tulip Lane in Richland this morning.  Most of us stuck around and had lunch together afterwards.  We gotta go back to this place, soon!!  Too much fun.

Saturday, August 2, 2014

Sketching Coffee Klatch

This was one tough assignment, sketching sketching friends.  At this moment, (l to r) Patty, Nancy and Cindy were toned into brilliant color palate conversation, while Harry sketched Patty G in pastels and Jim, in-between, busy imagining his food.  IHop will never be the same!
patti kirch

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

"IHOP Sketching"

L to R:  Patti, Patty, Jim, Nancy, Katherine, Cindy, Gail and Harry.

With local temperatures hovering around the century mark this week, we decided we needed to go inside for today's sketch crawl.  Where better than the local IHOP (International House of Pancakes). Most of the members had never sketched their food before, so this was a really fun experience.  We started with portrait and table items sketching, ordered our food, then drew it.  What a great fun, outing.

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

"Texas Road House"

A popular eating establishment, the Texas Road House, Kennewick.  Not much reminds me of my years in Texas here, with the exception of the nearest flag; but the food is pretty good. The beer is really cold and those buns they serve with the honey butter are worth waiting for a booth during the long lines at dinner time. 

6x9 Super Aquabee Sketchbook, ink, watercolor

Thursday, July 24, 2014

Portland Sketch: St James Lutheran Church

St. James Lutheran Church on the South Park Blocks in Portland, Oregon.  Sketched during the
2nd Annual West Coast Urban Sketchers Sketch Crawl" on July 12th, 2014.  

Methodist Church: Kennewick

The Kennewick First United Methodist Church on the corner of Dayton and Kennewick Avenue.  

Wednesday, July 9, 2014

Initially Green, Hwy 395's Pioneer Memorial Bridge

My thanks to this shady tree at the Lampson Pit, beside Columbia Park Trail's bicycle path in Kennewick, Washington.  Comfortably cool, I sketched the Pioneer Memorial Bridge, dedicated July 30, 1954.  There are three bridges in our area that cross the Columbia River;  The Blue Bridge, Hwy 395 and The Cable Bridge connect Kennewick to Pasco and The Topless Bridge, Hwy I 82 connect Richland to Pasco.
Patti Kirch

7/9/14 - Lampson Pits and the Blue Bridge


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
Patty Gardner

"The Blue Bridge"

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.