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.   

Wednesday, March 11, 2015

A nice day at John Dam Plaza

I am afraid of sketching cars/trucks and people, so I wasn't planning on going to the event. I am glad that I changed my mind and went, because I had a really good time there sketching.

I have not posted here for a very long time, so I guess I have to show my feeble attempt here, before I get kicked out.

I took these pictures under a lamp, so they looked yellowish.

This Feels Urban :)

Sketching in John Dam Plaza this morning with the Tri City Urban Sketchers felt like we have a little bit of urban life going on here in the T.C.  Now to go back and taste the food!

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Outside at Columbia Park & Inside at ShareHouse Cafe

                  Outside, learning about light source, line and how warm and cool colors work.
Jan and Felicia are scheming/waiting for my empty cup to sketch on.  My extra hot latte cooled a little while I sketched my airline zipper pouched art supplies atop the table.

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

Columbia Park's Playground of Dreams - 02/18/15


A very crisp, sunny day in February in Kennewick's Playground of Dreams.  This is a haven for anyone under the age of 10 and a Godsend for moms, dads and grandparents with little ones going crazy with cabin fever!  I saw/heard several small kids with their adults obviously having a ball inside.  I chose a prime vantage point right in front of the entrance for my sketch.  Unfortunately, my "prime" spot was in the shade and it got really cold.  Trying to sketch with gloves on wasn't working very well so I would sketch with one glove on my left hand and take sips of hot coffee with my right!  

Red Balloon

One red balloon found in a tree at the park...

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Columbia Park: The Old Lagoon

Every time I go here, I have to sit and let the nostalgia blanket over me. As a teenager in the mid-sixties, this was the "go-to" place in the summer, filled with teens from Pasco, Kennewick and Richland, Washington, swimming, sun-bathing, eating hot-dogs and ice cream, and drinking pop from the concession stand (which is still there, but boarded up). We called it the "Lagoon" - today it is the Fish Pond - so much for romanticism and excitement...

The road leading into the lagoon was a dirt-road filled with deep potholes. You had to be careful driving in, especially if you drove an old car like most of us did in those days. As the years rolled by the water was found to be polluted from the septic tanks up on the hill in the distance where I left out all the homes that line the ridge. And it was closed to us human forms for anything other than the relaxation one gets from the peacefulness (minus the road noise from the freeway).

So when I sit here, I see all the girls in their bikinis, the guys out on the floating dock in the middle jumping off the edges, the yelling, and the laughter, and all the old cars and hot rods that used to line the edges. Makes me wonder where they all went.

Gone are the Days.

Columbia Park Playground of Dreams

Since we were there on a school day at 10am, there wasn't a kid anywhere in sight at the Playground of Dreams down in Columbia Park this morning.  This fort looking play area was built about 8 or 9 years ago with community donated funds.  Almost as soon as it was finished, it burned to the ground, then rebuilt.  On a warm, sunny day, when school is out, the place crawls with kids. It is a great place for them to play.

Great morning with the sun shining on my face.  Great peeps.  Trying to do a little water color sketching...what ever that is ;)

Saturday, February 14, 2015

Active Lifestyles in the Tri Cities

 USTA Men's Tennis Competition this weekend, so I snuck a moment of the action at Columbia Basin Racquet Club, Richland Washington.  Fierce tennis is being played on all 6 indoor courts this weekend.   By day, I am a tennis professional, movement is an emphasis on court.  I need so much practice in sketching movement.
 At our latest outing, we were at the Hanford Reach Interpretive Center.  I opted to sketch Leslie, one of our Tri City US!
 This afternoon I took the opportunity to enjoy nature at the McNary Wildlife Refuge, Burbank, Washington.  There were plenty of high powered scopes on tripods promoting the beautiful birds of the Columbia Basin.
The snow geese are in abundance and restless resting before their continued northern migratory flight. I caught the snow geese in action, like swarming bees!

Tuesday, February 10, 2015

Buttons and old socks

Today, at my friend, Jan's house, from across the table, I sketched her sorting her treasure of buttons.
I hadn't a clue she collected buttons, or old socks to be made into wonderfully thick pot holders.  Last week, I sketched with my local urban sketcher group at a coffee shop.  I also focused on sketching people, coffee cups and instead of buttons, sketching supplies.