Monday, September 17, 2012
I think this is my favorite new place to sketch in Seattle. It has the obvious beautiful skyline view but also many opportunities to sketch industrial and decaying marine subjects that always interest me. Jack Block Park (run by the Port of Seattle) isn't easy to find but worth the effort.
Jack Block was a former Port Commissioner and the site was a wood treatment plant and shipbuilding site that was so contaminated that it became a Superfund site cleaned up by the E.P.A. in 1994.
This sketch was pen and ink with a watercolor wash in a Moleskine sketchbook.
Tuesday, September 4, 2012
Thursday, August 30, 2012
A really soft spot.....
We hired Dale Cosand to remodel the decks (on which he did an awesome job!). Here he took time to correct all the roof problems in a little over one day......takes me that long to create a to do list.
I'm in awe of someone with those kind of skills, he was the real artist on the roof today.
Wednesday, August 22, 2012
Very grateful to Tim for giving me the opportunity to get this book back, there are a number of sketches done recently I was very fond of.
This sketch is of the Ro Ro Tavern somewhere near Albro and 13th Ave. Right at the north end of Boeing Field.
Tuesday, August 14, 2012
This sketch was started while participating in the Regional Urban Sketch Gathering in Tacoma. I chose to sit next to the Pantages Theater looking north across 9th Ave. to the triangle building that houses Tully's and other retail shops. This two page sketch took more than one trip to finish. Pen and ink with a watercolor wash in a Moleskine.
Sunday, August 5, 2012
A couple of years ago during a family reunion I did a sketch called 'Nature reclaiming Grandpa's car' and this sketch is a follow up done during this year's reunion at the Stolsig Ranch in Eugene, OR. Back then there was just one car being engulfed in blackberry bushes, two more have been added since and nature is taking no prisoners.....
Pen and ink with a watercolor wash in a Moleskine sketchbook.
Thursday, July 19, 2012
Saturday, July 14, 2012
Pen and ink with watercolor in a watercolor Moleskine.
Friday, July 13, 2012
The last huge project? I gotta paint it..........Then I'm ready for some serious sketching and painting.
Thursday, July 5, 2012
Wednesday, July 4, 2012
Tuesday, June 26, 2012
Sunday, June 10, 2012
This was done at lake side with pen and ink and a watercolor wash.
Thursday, June 7, 2012
Sketched in a large Strathmore recycled paper sketchbook in ink with a watercolor wash.
Saturday, June 2, 2012
Now in this day of cellular communication you would think that a two flat problem could easily be resolved with a phone call, that is unless you have T-Mobile and are stranded east of Maple Valley, and area that gets as much cell service as the dark side of the moon......Time for a walk.
Tuesday, May 22, 2012
Monday, May 21, 2012
I came across this art installation at the eastern tip of Magnuson Park. Made from de-commissioned nuclear submarines these stabilizers are supposed to represent a pod of orca whales. This was also an Urban Sketchers gathering and despite the rainy grey day we had a great turnout.
Tuesday, May 15, 2012
Pen and ink with a watercolor wash in the Molskine.
Sunday, May 6, 2012
Tuesday, May 1, 2012
Thursday, April 5, 2012
This sketch is from the February Seattle Sketcher's Gathering at the Stimson-Green mansion. The building is beautiful inside and out and yet I chose to sketch the pathway between the mansion and staff quarters. Sometimes I look back at creative decisions and scratch my head....
A touch of watercolor, pen and ink in a watercolor moleskine.
I've started to mix sketch scenes together, mostly out of frugality - watercolor moleskines are kinda pricy. An interesting musician that plays in my daughter's jazz group with a background consisting of a window display in downtown Seattle. Not comfortable with the fact that I placed a homeless guy selling newspaper so close to a young girl playing the flute. The last scene is on the #150 going to Seattle from Kent. Though I didn't represent it well, the big guy in the middle had this wild flowing hair topped with a fur hunters cap.....drawing on a moving vehicle is tough for me - I turn a little green.
Pen and ink with a watercolor wash in a watercolor Moleskine .
Thursday, March 29, 2012
Tuesday, February 28, 2012
Kiersten had a rare weeknight rehearsal in prep for last Saturday's Tacoma Young Artists Orchestra concert. It gave me the opportunity to settle in at a Tully's across the street and sketch.
These two quick sketches were done in fountain pen with sepia tone ink and shaded with a water wash.
Tuesday, February 21, 2012
I was amazed at how nervous I got when an assistant producer announced to the audience that they would be filming what ever we had sketched during the show (as an ending to Gabi's interview about his new book). How funny that the normal activity of sketching became almost impossible because my hand was shaking so much. I literally could not even write words....What a mental midget.....
Friday, February 10, 2012
Tamra followed me around the art store to see what I was interested in, then told me to stay in the car while she went back in to buy my Christmas present.
Pen and ink with a watercolor wash in the watercolor Moleskine.
Thursday, February 9, 2012
Years ago we bought a duplex that overlooks Kent, a blue collar town located some eight or ten miles south of Seattle. One of the units recently went empty after five years and our former tenants left us a considerable mess so much of my creative time now is spent getting it back into renting condition.
Took a break from painting and sketched this view from the living room deck looking out over downtown Kent and Kent Station.
Pen and ink with a watercolor wash in a watercolor Moleskine.
Sunday, February 5, 2012
Our power had been out for four days and the temperature in the house was a cozy 46 degrees, so we found refuge at the Kent Regional Library along with hundreds of others with the same idea. It made for good people watching and sketching. As always people aren't that active at the library.
Getting the dates of the sketch gathering mixed up, I did this sketch of the reservoir a week before the actual sketchers gathering and big snow. It is one of my favorite views of the Needle.
Pen and ink with a watercolor wash
Tuesday, January 17, 2012
Monday, January 16, 2012
The graphite sketch is a sculpture of a monk at the moment of enlightenment, to be honest he looks like me trying to read a menu with out his glasses.
Took Metro into Seattle to meet up with fellow Seattle Urban Sketchers and spend time sketching exhibits at the Seattle Asian Art Museum (Capital Hill) out of the weather. Though there was a just a trace of snow when I walked in, a couple of hours later there was four inches of snow on the ground and not letting up. Capitol Hill is beautiful covered in snow and I enjoyed the walk to the Metro tunnel (downtown). It was much less stressful being a pedestrian in a snow storm……..Catching a bus home was a different story.