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.

Saturday, August 31, 2013

Farm and Garden Sketching

One of my favorite places here is the Cultus Bay Nursery, tucked back into the
trees on South Whidbey. Described as "A Whiff of England"
in a NYT article a few years ago. 
It is charming and beautiful and so inviting!
 This is one of our planned stops on the Whidbey Sketching Weekend.

Tree frogs were chirping and hummingbirds flew about
even in late August.

More Whidbey on September 21 and 22 at Quail Run Farm on the
annual farm tour.

A grand old red rooster!

This is a little oil sketch of our kyaks that sold
this last weekend on our Studio Tour!

Wednesday, August 14, 2013

Whidbey Farms

                     I love sketching the late summer reds and golds of the Greenbank Farm hills.
                              There are acres of winding trails through grasslands and woods.

Just a little farther on Northbluff Road is Pronkin Pastures Alpaca Farm.
Curious, friendly, gentle, we sketched for several hours while they grazed and 
napped all around us. 

                                One rescued llama resident  acts as a watchdog and protector.
                                She reminded me of a dignified Daumier caricature!
We will be sketching some of these  and other great places during The WIFAS September 
13-15 Sketching Whidbey Workshop!
               The following weekend is the Whidbey Farm Tour

Quick afternoon and evening color notes from our Mutiny Bay Beach.
                                      No where else I would rather be right now.

Thursday, August 1, 2013

Plein Air

 Studio 106 says "Out Painting!"  We have had an amazing summer here so inviting to be outside!   
                                        Beautiful afternoon near Coupeville Ferry with my
                                         new Coulter paint box. Love it!

Low tide on Mutiny Bay point.

From a June trip with friends to Glacier Park. Painted Tepee Mountain.
                          It is a challenge to select a subject in the midst of the majesty everywhere,
                          as well as  staying anchored in the wind, and not be distracted by the big horn
                          sheep passing behind us.