Wednesday, July 1, 2015

6th Street Prosser WA.

The urban sketchers met in Prosser to sketch the buildings this morning before it got too hot.

It was nice in the shade till about 10 am.  I did ask Jim Bumgarner for urban advice. Instead of sketching in pencil he said to just do it in sharpie or pen.  This is 1/2 pencil 1/2 sharpie.  Finished in watercolor.
I was taught some many different rules in high school art classes and college art classes. Composition, values, lines, perspective, space, balance, expressionism, and contrasts.  Today I was trying to be just LOOSE.

Monday, June 29, 2015

"Just Chillin"

When it's 106 degrees there is no better place than HOME.
"I Paint and Rick Puzzles"

Gail Roadhouse
full time artist and 
part time children's instructor.

Thursday, June 25, 2015

Franklin County Court House Pasco WA

We sat in the shade early Wednesday morning to recapture the court house in all its splendor.  It is a beautiful building in side and out.

Thursday, June 18, 2015

Artwalk, Lodgepole and Dan Maher in Moscow, ID.

Moscow, Idaho has an amazing amount of activity during the summer.  On Friday, before a delish dinner at Gnosh, my daughter and I hit the annual Art Walk where most all of the businesses on Main Street hosted one or two artists' works.  On Saturday we began our day at the closed off Main Street Farmer's Market; then cleaned out her apartment before our 7:30pm reservations at Lodgepole, North American Kitchen a new and must experience restaurant.
We continued our evening and headed to Bucer's for a tea.  Dan Maher, NPR's Inland Folk's host, was on stage, at mic belting out entertaining shanty Irish Pub songs and classic folk and of course diddy's about Dillan.
"Whiskey your my darling drunk or sober"
and new lyrics
"Summertime is coming and the trees are sweetly blooming, blooming together"
Sunday morning, we couldn't leave Moscow without a Parisian breakfast at Blooms, which I will have to come back to for another enjoyable sketch and flavors experience.
patti kirch

USPTA Wheel Chair and High Performance Tennis

USPTA (US Tennis Professional Association) Conference
Sorry Dave Eads, yes this is you, I really over emphasized the cantilever 25"- 27"wheels!!!!
Inside turns, Outside turns and Reverse Turns are some of the movements wheelchair tennis athletes must perform throughout a competitive tennis match.  The Hub is an important area of the backcourt that these athletes prepare and hit most balls from during singles and doubles play.
I am a USPTA tennis professional and have worked with wheelchair athletes and high performance tennis juniors.
Michael Calkins, a High Performance Tennis Coach and USPTA professional captivated the pros in his audience, I just sketched a few while note taking.  Continuing education is an important feature of our association, we meet annually and this year Stafford Hills Club, Portland hosted the conference.

Patti Kirch
Columbia Basin Racquet Club
and urban sketcher  : )

Monday, June 15, 2015

Vegas with no sketchbook

Here are a couple sketches that I managed to sneak into our busy few days, One from the couch of our room in the Polo Towers and the other while inching through the mountains of the Arizona strip between Utah and Idaho on the I15. Wish I had thought to bring my sketchbook.

Wednesday, June 10, 2015

"Wednesday Morning at The Blank Canvas"

It was nice to have a morning to sit and sketch today.  Gail shared some of her great idea's for getting our sketches ready for our show at Allied Arts.  We had some new (to me) folks join us.  One of them being my first neighbor Marcia Bates!  After sketching the flowers I brought to The Blank Canvas, Marcia, Patti and I headed over to Little of This and That for some more sketching.

There was some discussion about the use of pencil in Urban Sketching. Here are some 
photo's of my process as I started with a light pencil sketch. Went into more
 detail with the pen, then added color later.  

Urban Sketcher Manifesto                          
#5.We use any kind of media and cherish our individual styles.

 That's all I am saying folks ;)

Wednesday, June 3, 2015

"Drawing Cars"

We met at the local "Toyota of Tri Cities" auto dealer this morning to practice our car sketching. Some of the folks had never drawn cars before. Tell you what . . . wish I could draw them as well as the "first timers" did.  The Wow Starts Now...

Lamy Safari loaded with Noodlers, Super Aquabee Sketchbook, watercolors: 3 x 9

Really quick, fast sketching.  I had 20 minutes before the sharing and a blank page in my sketchbook. Seven cars in 20 minutes, color added later.

Lami Safari loaded with Noodlers Lexington Gray ink, Super Aquabee Sketchbook, watercolors.

"The Toyota Showroom"

(view from across the street)
sharpie on watercolor paper
Gail Roadhouse
full time artist

Wednesday, May 27, 2015

"Chandler Reach Winery, Washington State"

Not far from where we live is this Tuscany styled winery named, Chandler Reach.  Our group went there this morning for our sketch session. Great weather and warm, as it got a bit uncomfortable sitting in the sun to sketch.

Wednesday, May 6, 2015

"Uptown Richland"

Out sketching with the USkTC group this morning.  Great fun, good sun, tasty spudnuts and coffee at the highly popular Spudut Shop around the corner, great sketches and social interactions... (that's important, too).  Some of us stayed until Gail got her keys removed from the trunk of her car (requiring a locksmith), and we left Trish O'Neil sitting in the parking lot by herself.  I wonder if she's left yet...

6x9 Super Aquabee Sketchbook, Noodler's Ink, watercolors

"Uptown Parking Lot"

I had a great morning sketching.
Put my purse in truck and locked
myself out....thank you fellow sketchers
for the nice morning.
Gail Roadhouse full time artist and
part time children's instructor.

Thursday, April 30, 2015

"McNary Sketches"

These two sketches were done at McNary Wildlife Refuge Tuesday April 28.

Sharpie and watercolor washes on arches watercolor paper in a homemade sketchbook.

During this outing I saw Yellow-headed Black birds, Osprey, turtles, Ruddy ducks,
White Cabbage butterflies, and a beautiful yellow wild flower. 

I did not know what it was called.  Cassandra Wald saw my post and  it is a  Balsamroot.

Gail Roadhouse full time artist and urban sketcher: find me here - 

Wednesday, April 29, 2015

Chinese Garden Portland

For my birthday my husband surprised me with a trip to Portland. While there I took some time at the Chinese Garden sketching.

"Cheese Louise"

Tomorrow we will hang our second show at Cheese Louise at 2pm.  We will be there to collect them, then Gail and Jim will hang the show.

Come check it out!