Wednesday, January 7, 2015

Cincinnati and The Hall of Justice

Family game marathon over Christmas break in Cincinnati.

Cincinnati was noted for it's street cars

Definitely a must see and experience, not only the model trains and model city.  The Hall of Justice was fashioned after the Cincinnati Museum Center, home to extraordinaire exhibits.  I believe there are seven floors in the natural science and history museum.  I loved the tiled murals in the entry ......

Leaving Cincinnati, we circled the run way by driving to Perfect North, to see what  400 vertical feet looked like.  Over Christmas our niece skied Innsbrook, will she ever be able to ski Perfect North with the same enthusiasm?  Note that the two noodlers on the left must have been the big fish!

Earlier today, in Kennewick at The Local cafe, the two barista dudes were in constant motion creating their drinks.  It was fun to sketch these two at work.
patti kirch

Wednesday, December 24, 2014

"Support of Urban Sketchers the Season"

Our friends on the Urban Sketchers board remind us that our donations can help this non-profit organization keep growing and inspiring people around the world. Why not support the scholarship program as a way to start the new year off on the right foot?  

Here's the link to check it out. 

A very Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to you all, and may 2015 be full of inspiration, adventure, friendships, and joy. 

Sunday, December 14, 2014

"Mercer Estates and Sixth Street Art Gallery's Holiday Festival"

L to R:  Dave Poynter, Patti Kirch, Felicia Follum, Denise Bowles, Gail Roadhouse,
Rachel Lucas Bertsch, Jim Bumgarner, Jan Taylor.

Carol Ashby of the "Sixth Street Art Gallery," in Prosser, invited us to participate in the Festival this year. We had an excellent turn-out with the eight you see in the pic above.  As you can see the location is rather exotic with all the wine barrels lining both sides of the area where the festival was held.  As is always the case, we had a nice time and look forward to doing this again.

Tuesday, December 9, 2014

Kennewick Fire Department

A few weeks back the Tri-Cities Urban Sketchers had the opportunity to visit the Kennewick Fire Department for our weekly draw session.  The row of fire hoses were interestingly rhythmic and perfect for a drawing.

Sketch by Felicia Follum

Saturday, December 6, 2014

"Mercer Estates and Sixth Street Art Gallery Holiday Festival"



Thanks to Carol Ashby of the Sixth Street Art Gallery in Prosser for inviting us to participate in the Annual Mercer Estates & Sixth Street Art Gallery's Holiday Festival held at Mercer Estates each December.


Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Food Court Sketching in the Mall




Urban Sketchers: TriCities ventured into the cold and dark morning hours to meet up in the local mall to sketch whatever they could find to sketch:  mostly people.  I chose to try to capture some of the peeps that ventured through the food caldrons.

Friday, October 3, 2014

"Congo Rhythms at the Farmers' Market"

I love African and Latino rhythms and this guy was doing it up good at the Richland Farmers' Market this morning.  He was with "Tom..?", the same guy Nancy, Dave and I sketched out at Terra Blanca Winery a couple of years ago.

They were a powerful duo.  Great recognizable, and not recognizable songs, all flavored by these congo drums this guy was massaging.

I had to try to capture him, so here are a series of sketches all on the same page with a couple of thumbnails and Tom, in the green shirt.

Great fun.

Thursday, October 2, 2014

"Cruisin' on the Columbia"


This sternwheeling cruise ship comes into the dock at Howard Amon park in Richland, WA., frequently. I happened to be driving to Richland today and noticed it on the river, so I hot-wheeled it down to the benches just off the dock and sketched it coming in.  The park was quiet today, hardly anyone there, but fortunately this lady jumped in the frame to get a few pics, so now she's in my sketch.

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

how to "PICKUP" urban sketchers 101

An assignment, I'm going to sketch…… no wait, "Red Pickup"  Attention getter for sure!
This is Jim Bumgarner's two week old Ford pickup.  Next Wednesday I will be in Moscow, Idaho at Jean Pierre and Yael's Tapestry Book Release presentation!!  On my to do list for today, I was suppose to sketch something that I can use for a small format tapestry study.  Dang,  Jim's truck got me good!! lol
Okay, back to tapestry…….  patti kirch

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