Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Post Alley Busker


Though there was an Urban Sketcher event going on in the Bus Tunnel, my girls were going to a concert at Benaroya Hall a bit later so we decided to commute in together. A brisk beautiful fall day in Seattle made for a busy Post Alley and often making the subject matter dissapear. The young entertainer was quite good and his dog would sing on command.

I had tested a new ink pen (disposable) on paper before I did this sketch - no bleeding. What I didn't do was test in on the watercolor paper of my sketchbook. With the exception of the door, I was going to have to be satisfied with shading using water and a brush pen.

Pen, ink, watercolor pencil in a Stillman and Birn sketchbook.

Sunday, October 26, 2014

Leavenworth Sketch


Looking west from the gazebo on Front Street. This sketch didn't do the beauty right, it was more gorgeous than that. In a Stillman and Birn sketchbook.

Friday, October 24, 2014

Leavenworth Golf Course


Blessed with good weather for most of the week this was looking south over the golf course. Done in a Stillman and Birn Beta sketchbook with a watercolor wash or two......

Leavenworth, WA.

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Watson Summer Cabin - Lake Twelve


I was invited out to experience the annual picnic of the Watson family who have a summer cabin on Lake Twelve just east of Black Diamond, Washington. Great food, great people and entertainment by Happy Hans and Band made for a relaxing afternoon. I picked this spot (a bit away from the crowd listening to the band) for it's view of the lake, the only down side was being down wind of the bon fire. Stopped at the store on the way home and the cashier asked if "something was on fire?" My art bag still smells like smoked salmon.

Pen and ink in a Stillman and Birn Beta Watercolor sketchbook.

Saturday, July 19, 2014

Collection of People Sketches from the 'Tiny Book'


Though I don't use it very much, I very much like this tiny sketchbook (3"x4") made by Pentalic. It's small enough not to be noticed by passers by or your sketch subject if it is someone you don't know. Not sure about the format - putting a bunch of sketches on one page, we see how it goes.

Pen and ink in a Pentalic mini.

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

The Old Church - West Coast Urban Sketchers Gathering - Portland


This was the morning sketch done for the Noon sharing. It's embarrassing the amount of sketches I don't get done in a day. This is 'The Old Church' located at SW 11th and Clay St. was built in the 1880's.

Pen and ink in a Stillman & Birn Beta watercolor sketchbook.

Monday, July 14, 2014

2nd Annual West Coast Urban Sketchers Gathering - Portland, Oregon


With Seattle sketcher Gail Wong, I rode a Bolt Bus down to Portland for the day to participate in this annual event. It was my first real trip to spend any time in downtown Portland and was impressed with the architecture and culture of the city. I definitely will be back to do more sketching.

This building caught my eye because of the color around the windows of what seemed like a warehouse, only to be told by a passing mail courier that in 2012 it was the site of MTV's 28th season of 'The Real World', probably one of the original reality shows.



There were over a hundred sketchers attending the event and I met many great sketchers whose work I've enjoyed online and can now put a face to. I went back to Seattle that night on the bus, a bit much for one hot day (90+). Next time I'll stay for the weekend and why not, Portland has a lot to offer a sketcher.

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