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.

Saturday, December 27, 2014

Sketcher's Gathering Seattle Center - Winterfest

How nice it was to be able to sketch outside in December and then meet inside when my whimpy self got cold. I saw a post yesterday from a European Urban Sketcher blogging about putting alcohol in their watercolor water so the liquid wouldn't freeze while painting in minus 13 degree weather. Yes, I will shut up now about being cold.

I did this sketch of the dormant popcorn booth called Popcornucopia. It has been part of the International Fountain landscape for as long as I can remember.

Pen and ink with watercolor in a Moleskine watercolor sketchbook.

Monday, December 22, 2014

Windy Ellensburg

Tamra and I went over to Central Washington University to watch Kiersten and the CWU Marching Band perform at halftime of the football game. So windy.

This was the last sketch in the Stillman and Birn Beta series sketchbook. Pen and ink with watercolor.

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.

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