Tuesday, May 23, 2017





Two sketches from last weekend's Seattle Urban Sketchers Gathering at the Seattle Chinese Gardens located on the South Seattle Community College campus. Warm beautiful day!
Pen, ink and watercolor in a Moleskine watercolor book.


Friday, May 19, 2017

In transit


Took Light Rail into Seattle to attend a Photoshop lecture at the Adobe campus. These sketches were done on the commute.

Pen, ink and watercolor in a Moleskine watercolor book.

Sunday, May 7, 2017

Tacoma Urban Sketchers Gathering - May 2017

Going loose at the monthly Tacoma Urban Sketchers Gathering. Construction site at Freighthouse Square, man did it feel good to sketch outside in the sunshine.


Wednesday, May 11, 2016

Tumwater Falls Park


This place is a sketcher's dream with its old buildings (remnants of the Olympia Brewery), bridges, falls, fish ladders and trails. Worth the trip. I did the original sketch on a wet cloudy February day when there were no leaves on the trees. The color added on a second trip in April during unusually warm weather.

With the sale of the duplex I'm hoping to get sketching back into the routine.

Pen and ink with watercolor in a Stillman & Birn Zeta series Sketchbook.

Monday, August 10, 2015

Sketches from the West Coast Urban Sketchers Gathering - San Diego






I flew down to San Diego last weekend to participate in the 3rd annual West Coast Urban Sketcher's Gathering. Great weather, outstanding scenery to sketch, met a bunch of fellow sketchers from other cities and learned some dos and don'ts as Tacoma puts on this event next year.

The Bell Tower sketch was done on a Strathmore 6x12" watercolor sketch pad. The other sketches were created in a Moleskine watercolor sketch book.

The Old Town sketch was done under comfortable grey cloudy skies. The rest of the weekend was spent in the Southern California sun working on my farmer's tan. Many thanks to Jim Bumgarner and the San Diego Urban Sketch Group for putting on a great and enjoyable event.

Monday, July 20, 2015

Regional Urban Sketchers Outing - Tacoma



These are two sketches from the July 11th Sketch Gathering in and around Union Station. We were given a reprieve from the hot weather and actually found myself scrambling to cover a sketch from the rain. Almost forgot what that was like.

The second sketch was an attempt to paint the reflection off glass on the Tacoma Art Museum.

Pen, ink and watercolor in a Moleskine watercolor sketchbook.

Sunday, May 24, 2015

Friday, May 8, 2015

Tacoma Urban Sketchers Gathering - May at Freighthouse Square



Freighthouse Square is experiencing a healthy rejuvenation which is nice to see and fun to experience. The dental office located across the street north of the square, is a most unique entrance to a dental office as it leads you into the back corner of a warehouse building. The skeleton of an old dental chair wrapped in Christmas lights, resides on top of the office entrance.

Pen and ink with watercolor in a watercolor Moleskine.

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

American Lake - Tacoma, Washington


Had the good fortune to spend the morning with Dad on a trip to the VA hospital at American Lake. I sketched this while he was getting his checkup and painted it later.

Watercolor in a Moleskine watercolor sketchbook.

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