My sketchbooks are a place of pure play for me. Sketching is a way to experience where I am, a way of relating to where I live, what I’m doing, and where I’m going. With a sketchbook available, I always have entertainment – sketching people while waiting in line at Costco or the back of a pickup truck when stuck in traffic.

My sketchbox has traveled to Japan, Central America and Europe, and I can look at these and I’m immediately drawn back to what it was like to be there. I can remember exactly what was going on around me, even though it was years ago.

Thursday, March 29, 2012

Signs of Spring...

The rhododendrons will be showing color .....soon. I am so ready! They transform our landscape.

And other greens are popping out. This little historic building is at the Whidbey Institute.

And always, Bayview Nursery is an oasis. Nice new spacious greenhouse invites in any kind of weather.

Tuesday, March 20, 2012

A Little Bit of Wales on Whidbey

The Pettis Farm extended an invitation to their annual sheep shearing day with Welsh shearer
Eifion Morgan. It was amazing to watch this man so efficiently and smoothly shear the wooly black sheep. He made it look quick and easy to handle the large and constantly moving animals.
Other sheep farmers, as well as spinners and knitters were invited.

Spectators included classes from local schools.

One very wooly white sheep was no issue for Eifion's skill with the electric shearer.       

Monday, March 5, 2012

Sketching Whidbey in June!

Whidbey Sketching Weekend with Faye Castle

June 1-3, 2012

Pack up your pencils and pens and spend a weekend sketching and exploring some of Whidbey Island's special places. From picturesque Langley to historic Coupeville, join other sketchers in a visual treasure hunt.

Offered through the renowned and fabulously organized
Whidbey Island Fine Art Studio We will have three days to travel Whidbey in a van to explore and sketch the Island's historical and scenic landmarks, along with some possible pub sketching in the evening. Open to all levels, anyone wanting to get away for a weekend, play and learn in your sketchbook while enjoying a beautiful and friendly environment.

Check it out at the WIFAS website

Deer Lagoon at high tide, Cascades in the background

Mutiny Bay barn, just down the road from our house