Monday, June 29, 2015

"Just Chillin"

When it's 106 degrees there is no better place than HOME.
"I Paint and Rick Puzzles"

Gail Roadhouse
full time artist and 
part time children's instructor.

Thursday, June 25, 2015

Franklin County Court House Pasco WA

We sat in the shade early Wednesday morning to recapture the court house in all its splendor.  It is a beautiful building in side and out.

Thursday, June 18, 2015

Artwalk, Lodgepole and Dan Maher in Moscow, ID.

Moscow, Idaho has an amazing amount of activity during the summer.  On Friday, before a delish dinner at Gnosh, my daughter and I hit the annual Art Walk where most all of the businesses on Main Street hosted one or two artists' works.  On Saturday we began our day at the closed off Main Street Farmer's Market; then cleaned out her apartment before our 7:30pm reservations at Lodgepole, North American Kitchen a new and must experience restaurant.
We continued our evening and headed to Bucer's for a tea.  Dan Maher, NPR's Inland Folk's host, was on stage, at mic belting out entertaining shanty Irish Pub songs and classic folk and of course diddy's about Dillan.
"Whiskey your my darling drunk or sober"
and new lyrics
"Summertime is coming and the trees are sweetly blooming, blooming together"
Sunday morning, we couldn't leave Moscow without a Parisian breakfast at Blooms, which I will have to come back to for another enjoyable sketch and flavors experience.
patti kirch

USPTA Wheel Chair and High Performance Tennis

USPTA (US Tennis Professional Association) Conference
Sorry Dave Eads, yes this is you, I really over emphasized the cantilever 25"- 27"wheels!!!!
Inside turns, Outside turns and Reverse Turns are some of the movements wheelchair tennis athletes must perform throughout a competitive tennis match.  The Hub is an important area of the backcourt that these athletes prepare and hit most balls from during singles and doubles play.
I am a USPTA tennis professional and have worked with wheelchair athletes and high performance tennis juniors.
Michael Calkins, a High Performance Tennis Coach and USPTA professional captivated the pros in his audience, I just sketched a few while note taking.  Continuing education is an important feature of our association, we meet annually and this year Stafford Hills Club, Portland hosted the conference.

Patti Kirch
Columbia Basin Racquet Club
and urban sketcher  : )

Monday, June 15, 2015

Vegas with no sketchbook

Here are a couple sketches that I managed to sneak into our busy few days, One from the couch of our room in the Polo Towers and the other while inching through the mountains of the Arizona strip between Utah and Idaho on the I15. Wish I had thought to bring my sketchbook.

Wednesday, June 10, 2015

"Wednesday Morning at The Blank Canvas"

It was nice to have a morning to sit and sketch today.  Gail shared some of her great idea's for getting our sketches ready for our show at Allied Arts.  We had some new (to me) folks join us.  One of them being my first neighbor Marcia Bates!  After sketching the flowers I brought to The Blank Canvas, Marcia, Patti and I headed over to Little of This and That for some more sketching.

There was some discussion about the use of pencil in Urban Sketching. Here are some 
photo's of my process as I started with a light pencil sketch. Went into more
 detail with the pen, then added color later.  

Urban Sketcher Manifesto                          
#5.We use any kind of media and cherish our individual styles.

 That's all I am saying folks ;)

Wednesday, June 3, 2015

"Drawing Cars"

We met at the local "Toyota of Tri Cities" auto dealer this morning to practice our car sketching. Some of the folks had never drawn cars before. Tell you what . . . wish I could draw them as well as the "first timers" did.  The Wow Starts Now...

Lamy Safari loaded with Noodlers, Super Aquabee Sketchbook, watercolors: 3 x 9

Really quick, fast sketching.  I had 20 minutes before the sharing and a blank page in my sketchbook. Seven cars in 20 minutes, color added later.

Lami Safari loaded with Noodlers Lexington Gray ink, Super Aquabee Sketchbook, watercolors.

"The Toyota Showroom"

(view from across the street)
sharpie on watercolor paper
Gail Roadhouse
full time artist