Thursday, November 28, 2013

Thanksgiving Day 2013 - my attempts at the Turkey Day Sketch. So far togo!

A long day of food and football.

It was just me, my husband and brother-in-law so we opted for a turkey breast instead of a full bird. We did have all the trimmings though!  If you can't tell, part of the trimmings were roasted butternut squash and carrots in a brown sugar glaze and rolls.

"Bird, Bird, Bird ... B-Bird, Bird, B-Bird ..."

My offering for today's USkTC challenge to do something having to do with the Thanksgiving day feast.  It's similar to the one I did last year, but not exactly the same.  Rav reviews about how juicy and tender the breast meat turned out.  A good overnight brining and master chef work at the smoker...yeah, right...  Oh, it was onion, apple slices, peeled oranges and orange peels stuffed inside for aromatics and then tossed afterwards. 

Thanksgiving 2013

I don't care what day it is, I have to have my coffee first!

Wednesday, November 20, 2013


Most of the time I don't post the bad drawings but I thought I'd show this one because I don't always get them right and some of them are downright awful.  This guy was eating lunch with friends but I struggle with people moving!  The background was okay but his chin really bugs me...

It is so fun drawing on Wednesdays and hanging out and chatting with other artists.  It's encouraging and calming and really, really good practice!  


Got to Yokes, met up with Jim, Laura and Patty, pulled out my materials, 
looked around at all the groceries and drew what was in front of me...  
This is my pencil case (open), my paints, my cool antique double barrel water holder (and lid) 
and a pencil all laying in front of me in the bright, bright sun.

Yokes on Keene - 11/20/13

Surprised myself today by choosing parsnips and turnips as the subject of my sketch.  I could have chosen any number of brightly colored fruits or veggies from Yokes vast produce department but instead I picked some basic roots!

Thanks to Jim and Laura for helping me figure out how to post on the blog.

"Another Wednesday at Yokes"

"A Pear of Threesomes"
Wednesday morning sketching with Nancy, Laura, and Patty.  Lucky me, eh?  I grabbed this threesome of pears and found a table with some sunlight coming through.  Just think, someone will purchase these pears never knowing they went worldwide today. 
9x12 cropped, Strathmore Toned Tan Sketchbook, ink, Tombow pens, and watercolor.

He was checking his phone to learn what the Urban Sketchers: Tri-Cities have been up to lately.

Moore Mansion

Met up with Jim Bumgarner to sketch this beautiful old Pasco, WA classic.

Saturday, November 16, 2013

"The Moore Mansion" - 3rd Sat Sketchabout

Patty Gardner and I met at the Moore Mansion in Pasco this morning for our 3rd Sat. Sketchabout. Too cold to sit outside, we hunkered down in my pick-up truck and had a great time getting to know one another better and sketch the mansion at the same time. 
9x9 Super Aquabee Sketchbook, pen, ink, watercolors

Thursday, November 14, 2013

"Wednesday Morning Sketch"

Out with the Urban Sketchers today at the Columbia Center Mall and I sketch Gayle at the See's Candy stand.  Gayle moved around a lot so I pencil sketched in a front and side view and thought I would pick one at the end but I put them both in.Gayle hands out free chocolate samples to people in the mall! Gayle is a very popular and important person.

Wednesday, November 13, 2013

"The Food Court at the Local Mall"

L to R:  Patty, Cindy, Dave, Jim at the Food Court in the local mall.

Two new members joined us this morning, Patty and Cindy.  We met at the Food Court because it is much warmer there than sitting outside somewhere this morning.  We had a great time doing art, and talking about art, and the Kennedy assassination. 

My addition to the collection of sketches this morning.
For some reason this old ledger book I bought at eBay for 8 bucks seems to tell me, "go ahead, let'er rip, Son."  I wish all my sketchbooks talked so clearly to me.  The rest of them seem to be a bit more uptight than this one.  I'm starting to prefer it to the others, but don't tell them I said that.

7x11.5 Ledger (1902-1905), Faber-Castell Pens, Tombo Pens, Lamy
Safari with Noodler's Lexington Gray ink.

Saturday, November 9, 2013

"Urban Sketching and Photoshopping"

Having some fun this afternoon with a couple sketches from earlier in the week and photoshop.  The image on top is actually a group of people standing on the sidelines at a youth football game; the bottom is a couple enjoying a fast food meal at a local Jack-in-the-Box. 

"Mall Perspectives"

Stopped in at the mall today and using one of my old ledger books as a sketchbook, worked on some "mall perspectives."  I forgot to put the Jimbirds in.

7x12 Ledger (first entry 1939), Noodler's black ink, pens, watercolors

"Mezzo Thai From the Backside"

Mezzo Thai restaurant from the backside this morning while waiting for the art gallery to open. 
6x9 Super Aquabee Sketchbook, Noodler's Lexington Gray ink, pens, watercolor

Wednesday, November 6, 2013


So if I make this GIGANTIC, will it show up?  

I found Dave seated at a table looking at this extremely difficult perspective study in the Kennewick Library and sat down to talk to him about it.  After a lot of discussion as to where to begin, I just borrowed his mechanical pencil (he IS an engineer) and drew this on a very rough piece of watercolor paper.  Not only do you have bookcases, you've got this pyramidal fireplace, chairs scatterer all over and dang if they didn't curve the couch on the left.  Whoa.  Mine is boring compared to their's but I kept it in the pencil.

Library Fireplace Featured in Sketch

The Wednesday Morning Sketchers went to the library on Union in Kennewick this morning to do some sketching.  I was with them and this is what I came away with. 

6x9 SuperAquabee Sketchbook, ink

Library Sketching

Went out today with other Urban sketchers to the Kennewick Library and I sketched the lounge area. I was trying a new way of starting a drawing and I was having difficulty with perspective. Anyway, this is what came out on the other side.