Saturday, October 7, 2017

Wooden Boat - "Dorium"

I'm really into painting boats again. I was especially inspired during our visit to the Port Townsend Wooden Boat Festival in September. I took lots of photos there and drew a few sketches. I worked on the painting at my fall painting camp on Samish Island. It seemed daunting when I first began and most of the way through. I almost gave up several times. I powered through and when it was finished, I was satisfied and anxious to start another one.

Friday, October 6, 2017

Sketching with Urban Sketchers

The barn at Hovander Homestead Park is so big and impressive! The house, the barn, the animals and the grounds have held many memories for me and my family over the years. This was the first time that I challenged myself to sketch the entire barn, managing to get it all on a double page spread in my sketchbook. My sketch makes it look like it's on a big hill, when actually the grounds are quite flat. I was with our Bellingham Urban Sketching group that Saturday morning. We enjoyed fleeting moments of sunshine and an occasional raindrop, which created interesting and unexpected ink lines on our sketches. This park is such fun and one of my favorite Whatcom County parks!

Tuesday, July 11, 2017

Camping at Lake Pend O'reille, Idaho

I sketched the big rigs pulling in and setting up while we sat relaxed with our cups of coffee. We camped at Lake Pend O'reille in northern Idaho with Dana and Adam and their two dogs, Bentley and Bueller. I love trying to sketch these scenes from real life, even though each time I start out, I'm quite overwhelmed. To me, this is more special than taking a photograph, although I take many of those too. Lake Pend O'reille is absolutely beautiful. I sketched that scene on a different day. The trees and mountains around the whole area are amazing! We hiked, played games, went on walks, ate good food, built a camp fire, and spent most of five days outdoors in the beautiful sunny weather. Can't wait to go back someday soon!

Monday, January 30, 2017

Colophon Café

This is the view of the Colophon Café from the Village Green in Fairhaven. This painting was done as a pen and ink sketch and painted with watercolor on watercolor paper. I especially enjoyed trying to achieve the textures of the old stone and the reflections in the windows. This watercolor painting 
is 8" x 10".