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.

Friday, September 21, 2012

Summer 2012

This summer has been busy, a little crazy, the fun of  family and friends to visit and  
not so much painting. Thank you to the Whidbey Island Sketchers for providing
the friendships, continuity and amazing sites offered each week. We sketch at some of
the most beautiful places on Whidbey Island, How great is that?
Definitely.....Sketchbook Play!

The Lavendar Wind Farm is north of Coupeville, on a beautiful bluff overlooking
the water and the Olympic Mountains. Lavendar, and sunflowers, and sun!

Small boats tucked into the beach grass at the Langley Marina

I was totally taken over by this grouping of orange flowers...yes,
it does take over the sketch....front and center.....guess that's what it's about! 
This is the Smith  Garden near Lagoon Point. September layers of color!

Sue showed me some small samples of colored inks she had ordered from the Goulet Pen Company So many colors to choose from and so much fun to experiment......!
The orange on the right is called Apache, and it literally explodes with color when water is added.

A little oil  peony from Sue Scofield's back yard. Sold.

Whidbey folks, in summer

And a local celebrity agreed to sit for a sketch during Choochokum, our summer art fair.
Thank you!

These two little sketches are from a recent camping trip to the Long Beach Penensula,
  near Oysterville, on the Willapa Bay side. Afternoon and evening light on the tide lands.


  1. Lovely fresh and joyful colors used in all your works, beautiful show !