Wednesday, July 31, 2013


Fun morning sketching with Jim & Jean today!  Great opportunity to talk about perspective!

"Wednesday Sketchcrawling"

Jean, nancy and I went sketchcrawling this morning in The Parkway in Richland.  The weather was very cooperative.  The sun wasn't though and we saw few, if any, shadows or nice lighting.  Maybe next time.  Today we worked on perspectives and just fun drawings.
These two images are 180 degrees apart.  The top is a sidewalk scene along The Parkway, the other is the old, old, theatre, built in the last forties for the many construction workers here then working for the war effort. 
Today it is the Richland Players' Theatre and has been for many years.  I remember back in the old days, '60's, it was a movie theatre.  I saw "In Cold Blood," "West Side Story," "2001, A Space Odyssey," and maybe, "Bonnie and Clyde," here.
6x9 Super Aquabee Sketchbook, Noodler's Lexington Gray ink, and watercolors.

Tuesday, July 30, 2013

Art in the park

I tried to sketch the big event, and it was such a challenge. I knew I needed to simplify the scene to make the sketch work, but little by little I filled up the page and forgot about doing a good composition. I used a non-waterproof ink pen, and intended to make a black & white sketch with some light shading. It did not work as planned, so I added some color, and the whole thing turned gray. I had to touch it up a bit more to bring out some detail. Well, at least I was able to put in a few more figures this time.

Saturday, July 27, 2013


Sitting under a tree in the shade...

Everyone moved so quickly, all I could capture were their faces.  I really enjoy doing this - it's quite amazing how many variations there are!

Wednesday, July 24, 2013

"Art-in-the-Park at Howard Amon"

We met this morning at 10 am for the Art-in-the-Park sketchcrawl.  Four locals, Jean Fu, Yichien Cooper, Nancy Thurston, and Jim Bumgarner, attended.  Also welcomed were visitors, Robert Dodd, and his wife, Susan Chase-Foster, from Bellingham, WA.

It is always such an enjoyable event getting together to sketch and socialize with others who enjoy the same.   

At the Noon Share, our sketchbooks lying on the ground for viewing.

Our feet prove we were there with our drawings.

L to R:  Susan Dodd, Rober Dodd, Jean Fu, Emily Cooper,
Jim Bumgarner, Yichien Cooper, Nancy Thurston.

Monday, July 22, 2013

Sketching the Columbia River in the heat!

A few Hanford buildings and White Bluffs behind.

Red Mountain and PNNL across the Columbia River.

A crazy sunset over Red Mountain and the Columbia River.

Saturday, July 20, 2013

"Golden Gate"

click the sketch to see my other sketches from the event in the Bay Area. 
It seems impossible for me to drive into San Francisco without stopping here and catching my breath after hours and hours on the road.  Who doesn't love the Golden Gate with its massive spires and miles and miles of cable holding it all together? 

The first sketch I did here was just the bridge, then I noticed the people taking pictures and gazing at the bridge.  I also remembered from my workshop in Seattle a couple of months ago how Frank Ching told us that to turn an "object" into a "story," one must have something in the foreground.  So here you have the second sketch with the man in it, and hopefully more of a "story" than just the bridge all by itself. 

15 minutes: 6x9 Super Aquabee: Noodler's Lexington Gray ink: watercolors.

Monday, July 1, 2013

"Waiting in Line for a Polish: Costco"

One of the great things about sitting in the "picnic" area of Costco is you can sketch people, galore.  I discovered the ones in line don't move as fast as those walking toward the check out line, but you'll see one of those here too (bald-headed guy going the other way). 

Another great thing about having a sketchbook while my significant other shops her way through the aisles for stuff she likes best.  Later she came and got me and we checked out the meats, the cheeses, the wines and liquors, and the books. 

The polish is always good here too.  I soak it in mustard and chopped onions: that's all.  Tasty. 

6x9 Super Aquabee Sketchbook, Noodler's Lexington Gray ink, watercolors.