Thursday, February 27, 2014

Sketching at Barracuda's Coffee! So artsy!

I love Barracuda's coffee, their croissant/pastry Copula and their hanging lights.  Of course, their Doma coffee is yummy, but today, their loud cliental was not my cup of tea.  To the left, I had a view of the copula and just up and behind it were their drink menus.  Some of our urban sketchers have fun with black backgrounds, so this was the perfect opportunity to have at it!  Above and to my right were the hanging lights.  My good friend suggested that I add the smaller rope of lights. Thanks Marianne for the great lesson! Look ma, no pencil, just micron fine and brush ink pens and art bars to sketch.Patti Kirch

Wednesday, February 26, 2014


I sat for a long, long time trying to quiet my mind long enough to begin 
but the noise was so loud,
there was so much going on - I was totally overwhelmed!  
(And the noise in this coffee shop was crazy too...)

"Two Ladies in Two Days"

The lady on the left doesn't really have a deformed arm, but I thought it would make her more interesting to have one . . . (ahem).  She was one of the fab four at the table shown in the prior posting where the four of them were there when we arrived and still there when we left.

The lady on the right was in Subway yesterday.  She was with a friend and they were oohing and ogling over a bran-new baby, which didn't make the sketch.  Her friend did, but I decided to crop her out.  I like this one by herself much better.  Maybe some color?  Maybe not.

"Two Groups in Two Days"

This group of people stopped in at the new Subway on Gage yesterday while I was there.

I had a six inch BMT with lettuce, onions, pickles, a few extra green peppers, pepperoncini peppers, and two jalapenos (I would have more but they don't like me as well as I like them), vinegar, regular mustard, and a "ton of pepper," for taste.

"Make it a meal with a senior discount." $6.85

This morning was our weekly Wednesday Morning Sketchabout.  We went to Barracuda Coffee on Van Giesen in Richland.  The place was packed and the noise level (cacophony, if you will) was reminiscent of one of those indoor chicken farms with thousands of chickens all going off at the same time.

These ladies were there when we arrived, about 10am, and they were there when we left, about 11:45ish.

Saturday, February 22, 2014

Another great day of drawing



I was captivated by these "Fairy Gardens".  Adorable miniature landscapes that set the imagination soaring.  So much so, that I'm inspired to make some little fairy gardens for my twin grandaughters!

Thursday, February 20, 2014

More sunshine and potted gems

On February 19th, Tri Cities Urban Sketchers met at Beaver Bark, one of our in town indoor nursery's. From a garden chair, I used ink then coloured pencil to sketch a near (left) and a far (right) picture. 
My photos do not show the colour intensity, but Beaver Bark also had several mini gardens set up and this one was a gem, clever and fun.
Patti K

Wednesday, February 19, 2014

Beaver Bark, Richland WA, lapoynte

The urban Sketchers went to a local nursery, Beaver Bark, to draw. What a great place, with friendly staff, beautiful layout, and just a wonderful place to be on a cool day. It’s a little overwhelming so I drew just one little corner, of one section of this beautiful place.  


I find, when we go to Beaver Bark, I spend the first half hour wandering around shopping!  
I want this big, black, giant pot!

Once I got that out of me, I sat down in front of trays and trays of pink primroses.
They were glorious!!!

"Stuff I Found"

Our Wednesday morning sketch group went to Beaver Bark in Richland this morning. 

There is a ton of stuff to draw there: plastic flowers, wine glasses, real fish (koi), sock monkies, wine bottles, brightly painted cups and saucers, real life manikins, mirrors, fake fruit, real plants (including some really pretty pink primroses), and some herbs.  And a bunch of other stuff, too.   

Feeling a bit overwhelmed with all of it, the sun face things caught my eye, so I decided to draw all of them in the store. 

As it turns out, there is only one of them in my sketch; but there are lots of other things I found along the way while searching for more of the sun face things. 

Once the line work was done, I decided it needed a dark background to bring some of these things forward. But I didn't want black (boring) and I didn't want a solid color; thus, the splotched purples and reds for background.

9x9 Super Aquabee Sketchbook, watercolors and Noodler's Lexington Gray ink.   

Friday, February 14, 2014

3 Rivers Convention Center - 02/12/14

Outside the Convention Center, taking in this beautiful structure.  Lots of construction going on next door on a new Marriott hotel that will adjoin it.  Still struggling with photo quality.  As you can see, the photo of my drawings are a little blurry.  I bought a new SDHD memory card that doesn't appear to be compatible with my camera and iPad.   

Inside the Convention Center.  Again, the photo isn't the best.  I played with exposure compensation but it still looks dark and blurry.  Argh!

Thursday, February 13, 2014

"Line to Color Workshop" WSU Pullman

It doesn't get much better than this.  Gail Wong, and Frank Ching, led the workshop I attended last May in Seattle.  It was fabulous and for those of you who sketch with us, you know how much I reference what I learned from Frank regarding perspectives.  Gabi Campanario, you know his name as well as the founder of the global, Urban Sketcher movement.  If you are interested, email Robert Krikac, WSU, here.

Wednesday, February 12, 2014

Wednesday Sketching

Today we went to the 3 Rivers Convention Center and I chose to sit in the big, 
open lobby and look out the window!

Next week - Beaver Bark in Richland!

Tri-Cities Convention Center

Always fun to go into new and exciting places to sketch.  This is one I would never have thought of without the help of Patty G and Nancy T this morning.  The curved lobby was a real challenge, but I just kept thinking how Gail Wong would do this.  I huff and I puff and someday I'll get this sketching thing.

Monday, February 10, 2014

Roasters Coffee - 02/05/14

I actually sketched this while waiting for other sketchers to arrive at our meeting place along Howard Amon Park near the Allied Arts Gallery.  I didn't get it finished so returned later that day to complete my drawing.  Micron pens and Koi water colors were the tools I used.

My rendition of the "Girl with Mac" at Roasters Coffee.  She was a perfect model!
Thank goodness Roasters opens early because we are having trouble finding interesting places to sketch on our Wednesday mornings.  Ideas anyone?

Thursday, February 6, 2014

looking the other way

I was the sketcher that was looking the other way. Jim and Patti G. viewed an apple in their eye!
Micron pen, art bars, water colors and tri coloured pencils were my choices for the day.  I sketched the other students.
patti k

Wednesday, February 5, 2014

"Lady and her Mac in Local Coffee House"

A few of us met this morning at about 9:30 in the parking lot in front of Allied Arts.  We were expecting to follow one of our members to one of the two places he said he had set-up, but he didn't show up. 

We ended up in Roaster's Coffee, again.  It was nice and warm inside; it's only about 15 degrees outside today.

The three of us there all decided, independently, that this lady working on her Mac at this table was the most interesting subject in the room.  Two of us actually sketched her and isn't it interesting how differently they always come out so diverse in the final product. 

This one is mine.  I put the dark backgrounds in to bring the subject, and her furniture forward while juxtaposed against the odd zebra-like creature on the far wall.

6x9 Super Aquabee Sketchbook, ink, watercolor and just a bit of photoshop.