Thursday, April 23, 2015

Red Mountain Appalachian, Hedges Vineyard

Red Mountain Appalachian, Benton City is where Hedges Vineyard and Winery is located.  The vines are just sprouting and the wispy crisp spring morning kept me sketching from my open passenger window.  Urban Sketchers Tri Cities is a wonderful group to sketch with.
patti kirch

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

"Hedges Family Estate Winery" Red Mountain, WA



On a rather cold and blustery spring morning, a small group of dedicated sketchers drove out to Red Mountain to the Hedges Family Estate Winery.  As usual, there were as many interpretations as there were sketchers and even though it was cold for those of us in the shade, we prevailed.

6x9 Super Aquabee Sketchbook, Lamy Safari pen with Noodler's Lexington Gray ink, and watercolors. 


Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Goose Ridge Winery

It was a beautiful morning at Goose Ridge Winery in Richland,WA.  I love that everyone went out in all different directions and really capture the essences of this gorgeous winery and their grounds.  Some of us stayed for lunch and some delicious wine as we continued to sketch.  I was the last one to leave (imagine that) and had the privilege of meeting one of the family members that owns the winery. She was very interested in seeing what we all came up with.  So post your sketches peeps!



I was on the back side of the winery


"Goose Ridge Winery"


The USkTC (Urban Sketchers: Tri-Cities) drove to Goose Ridge Winery this morning on Dallas Road out of Richland for our Wednesday morning sketch.  It turned out to be another beautiful morning for sketching and we had 19 members there.  

I did this one standing in the bed of my truck.

6x9 Super Aquabee Sketchbook, Lamy Safari pen with Noodler's Lexington Gray ink, and watercolors 


Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Sons of the American Revolution in full battle uniforms

 Special guest historians, Sons of the American Revolution visited our Citizenship class at West Side Church in Richland, Washington this evening, they drove in from Spokane and headed back right after class. West Side Church hosts a pretty special program for potential citizens especially our teacher, Irene!!!   I sketched and wrote notes at the same time, sadly, on the back of my class notes, not sketchbook. The above sketch, features the hunting frock, tricorn hat of a private.
 The officer's uniform sketched above features a gold trimmed black tricorn hat.  The round hats were pinned up with a cockade, to keep it from interfering with their single shot weapons.
These historians also singled out special women in time, Helen Trotter the Scout, was one.
I wasn't anticipating sketching, I had a writing pen, class ended at 8:30 this evening.  I finished with water color, then a 1 micron as soon as I got home.
patti kirch

The Seattle Baroque Orchestra



My son and I went to this concert last Sunday at the Battelle Auditorium.  He tends a bit toward being a classical music savant: since he was very young.

The featured playlist was Vivaldi's "Four Seasons," which they played beautifully.

I am always amazed at how musicians, ten in this case, become so intricately in tune with one another in terms of timing, spacing, rhythm, and intonations. And they were!!

I took my sketchbook, just in case, and once they started I felt the strong urge to try to capture them.

The top image is what I sketched during the event, trying to capture the energy of the music they were playing as well as the energy they were releasing while they played.

Later, I decided to put some color to it to push the background back and bring the audience forward some.

It's not a great sketch/drawing, but it does capture the mood of the moment: for me.


Monday, April 13, 2015

"3 Rivers Convention Center and new Marriott Hotel"



Been wanting to sketch the "3 Rivers Convention Center" and the new hotel since they began construction on the hotel, from this location. Today I drove through to check it out and figured it is done "enough."

I kinda like this one.


"The Carnival's in Town"



After leaving our sketchcrawl at Clover Island, I found this carnival in the Hobby Lobby parking lot. I pulled in and began sketching when Patty G found me. Later it was she that convinced me to post this one. I wasn't too pleased with it, but now that I look again, it'll do...

Here's an earlier I did of the same carnival, three years ago.




Saturday, April 4, 2015

Day Trippers Visit LaGrande, Oregon


My wife, son and I drove down to LaGrande, Oregon, today so my son could visit a friend.  While he did that we drove around town to find a few sketching opportunities. There were far more than I could get down before it was time to grab a burrito at "Raul's Taqueria" downtown, and head back to the Tri-Cities.

I spotted this little church online the night before we drove down (google maps and my buddy, Pegman).  Very quaint and somewhat secluded on the corner of "O" street and 4th.  I kept waiting the the father to walk out the front door, but he didn't.

While driving through the residentials, this one grabbed my eye.  I drew it from my car while parked on the other side of the street with my back bumper almost in the way of traffic.

LaGrande residential.



A Vancouver Gift, Urban Sketcher's Eyes

Touch Wood Sculpture Exhibition,         #4 CONFIDENCE,     Michael Dennis, Red Cedar
Eco - Friendly, found driftwood
Cherry blossoms were the most brilliant three weeks ago, what I had found was an urban sketchers paradise in Van Dusan Gardens in Vancouver, British Columbia.  Cast shadows as upon a sundial, moved around these stationary figures.  Mid morning while I sketched the couple, they were individuals, as the day warmed up so their intimacy .......

 Same red cedar couple from a different view.  This art piece was purchased and then donated to the Van Dusan Gardens.  Oh how fortunate, what a treasure Vancouver!
Now, I am from arid shrub stepp, Eastern Washington, visiting home and taking my Mom on a Cherry Blossom field trip.  Lo and behold, a most brilliant blossoming tree was right in front of her place in Burnaby.  Patti Kirch

Saturday, March 28, 2015

falling snow and crackling fire

Silver Star Ski Resort in Vernon, British Columbia is where one can find authentically wonderful Swiss/Austrian fine cuisine.  Even Isidores' desserts were made fresh, Creme bruele/afters and their chocolate mousse extraordinaire!!!   While the snow was falling, I sketched this mountain village scene, it was fun getting my water colour paper snowed upon!
Urban Sketcher's, Tri-Cities met up on Wednesday at Bookwalter Winery, Richland Wa.
I was appreciative of our hosts to open their doors to just under 20 of us a bit earlier than their regular hours.  It was a chilly and rainy morning,  I snagged a seat around the fire pit, obviously so did some of the others!  Guess which feet are Jim's our proud leader?  I loved the glass that my coffee was served in and I really enjoyed the avocado poppers for lunch.   patti kirch

Sunday, March 22, 2015

USkTC Show: Richland Library, March 22-31, 2015

click the pic to see the show

We hung some of our sketches at the Richland Public Library today, thanks to Yichien Cooper who offered us the last week of her month long show of her students' work. We had to work through the "how-to" to hang on these accordioned panels and enjoyed each others' company in doing so.  All it all - They Look Good!

LtoR:  Patty Gardner, Katherine Rice, Cassandra Wald, Felicia Follum, Jim Bumgarner, Gail Roadhouse and Yichien Cooper.

Not pictured:  Denis Bowles, Cindy Rutherford, Nancy Parks, Sophie Calvey, Jean Fu and Dave Poynter.

Catch our next show at Cheese Louise in May.


Tennis Huddle, Snow Geese Gaggle and Apres Ski

The epitome of USTA Tennis at 7:30am in Richland,WA..  The Columbia Basin Racquet Club's 3.0 Women's Team was warming up to new age music before their very first competition.  So wonderfully exciting!  I was setting up the hospitality before the long weekend of match play and snuck in this huddle sketch.
 Not only was it Snow Geese Migration time at McNary Wildlife Refuge, but symbolic of friendships moving apart and just flights across the country away from each other.  Actually, I sketched this right after I finished with my tennis pro duties up above.  I just noticed that I marked the date down wrong.    Too much time and distance between friends.  While my friend, Jeannine was moving clear across to melting Buffalow, I was heading up north.....
Sneaking in a ski week and visit with my sister at Big White Ski Resort in British Columbia, Canada.  We were welcomed with 4" of fresh snow and blue skies for the first three days of skiing.  Up on the mountain, their ski village is so friendly and filled with fun sketching options.
Patti Kirch

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

Practicing perspectives at Beaver Bark

It was so much fun and challenging at Beaver Bark sketching. I could've been there forever, if my energy level allowed me.

I stayed outside of its building to practice sketching perspectives.

Monday, March 16, 2015

"Food Trucks in John Dam Plaza, Richland, WA"

We met this morning in John Dam Plaza in Richland, WA., to sketch the food trucks there.  Food trucks are just beginning to catch on here in the Tri-Cities (Kennewick, Pasco, Richland) and we wanted to get our sketching in near the ground floor of all the planning and excitement.  Though there are only 16 sketchers in the pic, we had 18 this morning: a new record.  

Check out our outing, and who we are, in an article published in the TriCityHerald this morning.