Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Line to Color Workshop Weekend in Pullman

WSU Bryan Clock Tower
I am recuperating from the long weekend giving the Line to Color Workshop in Pullman Washington on the WSU Campus.  Frank Ching and Gabi Campanario were the other workshop leaders.  Frank's session took place in downtown Pullman and focused on the basics of perspective and composition in setting up a sketch.  Gabi's focused on drawing people in the urban environment capturing individuals and groupings of people and the activities people are engaged in.  Mine dealt with approaches in applying color to a sketch starting from how to work with watercolor, mixing colors, finding values.  The participants range from college students in the Design and Construction department to local residents and professionals.  We also had people who came from Spokane,
Tri-Cities as well as Seattle.  We couldn't have asked for better weather.  Crisp and cold in the mornings but it warmed up in the afternoons.  It gave us great sun for observation of shade and shadow.   We had 43 participants not including the student and faculty staff helping organize the overseeing this event.  We started the planning in the fall and have been working on it since then.  It is nice to see this come to fruition.  It was the result of a lot of team effort.  We thank all the students who helped and Associate  Professor Bob Krikac and Carrie Vielle for their leadership in this event.
Also a big thanks to our sponsors Stillman and Birn, Canson and Royal Talens for sketchbooks and watercolor palettes.  This was so well received by the students and help make this workshop for them possible.
Gallery display of Gabi and Frank's work.

Gallery Display of Frank's and Gail's work.
Sign in on Saturday morning
Sign in on Saturday morning.
Saturday Morning group's work.
Saturday morning's watercolor session group
Saturday Afternoon group.

Before Sunday sketchcrawl

Sunday Sketch Crawl

Thursday, April 17, 2014

Tulip Study

Getting ready for WSU Line to color workshop, I am making some demo samples.
This is again of the tulips in a vase but trying to reveal the stages of the watercolor.  From the first light wash, to areas where the midtone second layer is applied and then the final dark layers of value put in on the last stage.
Tulip study

Monday, April 14, 2014

Tulips with a Brush Pen

Just sketched these this morning using a micron brush pen.  I am testing out the microns because they are waterproof.  You can sketch with them and immediately add watercolor over the line drawing with out any bleeding.  The brush pen gives you a calligraphic line. as you can see below.

Sunday, April 13, 2014

Signs of Spring

This week we have had signs of Spring.  The sun is shining and the skies are blue.  Flowers are blooming.  Here is a sketch I just finished of daffodils in a vase.  Just another sign of Spring.

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Egg Cups

Finding something to sketch and paint. I discovered in the back of our cabinets these ceramic egg cups which I sometime use as votives.

Monday, April 7, 2014


Getting ready for the WSU Line to Color workshop, I took the opportunity to document my process of adding color to a line drawing. This was a line drawing done of my nephew's climbing gear. I sketched it while in California and then took a picture of it so I could add color later.

First stage line drawing

Second stage the lights, and colors you want as pure hue.

Third stage, overlay mid values and some darks.

4th stage add darks, shade and tied together with background color and suggestion of shadows

Tuesday, April 1, 2014

Seatac Airport Sketch

The Seatac airport is an interesting place to sketch if you have time.  The open structure has a grand light airy feeling and the wall of glass visually opens the space to the out doors.  I have sketched this area of the food court a couple of times this is from the last time I traveled to California.

Food Court by Hudson News stand.

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Travel Sketches from California

Last week I went to California to visit family and friends.  What is nice about the Urban Sketchers group is that you make friends with people from other places.  And this is so with the correspondent Shuhita from San Jose California.  Suhita had come up to Seattle a couple of years ago and she contacted me to see if we could get together to sketch.  The next time I saw her was at the Symposium in Barcelona and we had opportunity to sketch together at Casa Mila.  Before I left for California I contacted her to see if she had time to sketch since San Jose is near Fremont where I was staying.  Luckily timing worked out and we set up a sketchouting at the Niles Historic Train Depot in Niles, California.  I have sketched Nilesniles-historic-train-depot-niles-ca.  htmlniles-historic-train-depot.html before but one never tires of it. You can see Suhita's post from that day "a-mini-sketchcrawl".
Our Sketches

Our sketch tools

What we saw:  Niles Train Depot

Niles Boulevard
Suhita and her niece Mohini sketching

Wednesday, March 19, 2014

Sketch from the "Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet"

If you have read the book "Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet", the story described life in the ID district during WWII with the Panama Hotel as a significant player in the book. This last Sunday the Seattle Urban sketchers sketched the ID district. I sketched in the Tea and Coffee House at the Panama Hotel with a few other sketchers. This sketch has been posted on Flickr as well as Facebook and has gotten a lot of interest. It may be that the warm cozy feeling of this historic building touches people in many ways.

Monday, March 3, 2014

Line to Color Workshop at WSU in Pullman Washington

Frank Ching and I will be doing our Line to Color Workshop at Washington State University in Pullman Washington  April 18-20th.  We have also pulled in Gabi Campanario to give a workshop on capturing the event and people in the sketch.  Gabi will be giving a talk the first evening on the Urban Sketching movement.  There will be three workshops happening during the weekend,  evening talk, panel discussion and a final sketchcrawl.  Looking forward to encouraging the next generation of sketchers.  This workshop is also open to the public to register.

If you are interested in signing up for this workshop email Bob Krikac:  rkrikac@wsu.edu 
for more information.

We want to thank Stillman and Birn,  Royal Talens and Canson for their generous sponsorship of this workshop.

Sunday, February 16, 2014

Sketching at Seattle Bouldering Project

Our February sketch outing this morning was at the Seattle Bouldering Project. It was a good thing we were indoors!  Though the morning started sunny and dry, it quickly turned to rain. Seattle Bouldering was the perfect spot. There were bouldering rooms on two floors and a mezzanine over look to one of the rooms with great options for views. The sketches generated from this outing were quite varied in content.  And what an opportunity for figure drawing.  Movements were slow and most people held poses long enough that you could quickly get the gesture down.   A great success!

Saturday, February 1, 2014

Sketcher in Residence

Today I was sketcher in residence for Gabi Campanario's exhibit at the Mohai.  It was a fun afternoon I got to talk to a few people about Urban Sketchers and encouraged them to join us at a future sketch outing.  Between sketching and talking I was able to complete the following sketch of the Space Needle with the 12th man Flag a top of it.  Go Hawks! This was using Stillman and Birns Beta 9x12 sketchbook.  I am getting use to the paper and liking it more and more.

A young boy Tommy came by and was able to finish a sketch of a house from his memory.  Let's hope he continues his enthusiasm for sketching!
12th Man flag atop the Space needle.
Tommy a next generation sketcher.

Friday, January 31, 2014

Waiting for a tire repair

I went to Sears today to get a leaky tire repaired and the wait was going to be an hour or so.  To kill time I walked across the street to Rejuvenation Lighting, which is an old warehouse that has been converted to a lighting store.  It really is a great place to sketch...  I didn't have time to sketch the whole space which would be fun to do.  They did a good job in keeping the historic quality of the interiors.  I did capture a corner of the store.  There was an eye catching sign (the arrow) that drew me to the spot.  It reminded me of an old hardware  or antique store with all the items scattered around.

Friday, January 24, 2014

Friday Sketchers group

This morning I decided I would join the Friday Sketchers for an Adhoc sketchouting at St. Mark's Cathedral.  One of my favorite venues for sketching.  It had great light streaming in through the south windows which drew me to the light and shadow on the column and urn on the left side of the altar.  However by the time I finished by sketch the light had moved or a cloud diffused the strong light and shadows.  Take a picture first when you see something that draws you to a view or space.  That way if things change you can refer back to it.
Here is the sketch.
St. Mark's Cathedral Altar

Thursday, January 16, 2014

Bottles and Jars

Did another sketch on my Stillman and Birns Alpha sketchbook.  Stillman and Birns sketchbooks have a very bright white page and I love how the color comes out in these.  If you do a lot of ink line sketches the Alpha series is just fine.  I like the Beta Series for watercolor,  it has the same great white page but is heavier than the Alpha series.  The "Hazelnut Bowl" sketch was done on the BETA and the sketch of "Bottles and Jars"  was done on the ALPHA.

Random Sketches

I find winter is a great time to practice watercolor indoors by painting objects at home. We just replace our dim CFL lights with new LED lights. They work great for light and shadows and provide a bright light similar to halogen lights. Just changing this light source encouraged me to start painting indoors again.
Bowl of hazelnuts
Christmas Nutcracker

Friday, January 10, 2014

Sketches from Souluminations Art Sale

Here are a couple of sketches done of the interior spaces at the Soulumination Sales.  I tried a looser watercolor style in these.

Wednesday, January 1, 2014

Just for practice

This was a quick sketch done this summer during one of our workshops.  I just got a quick line drawing done. The watercolor was done from memory this morning.

Pike Place Market

Monday, December 30, 2013

Sketches from December

Catching up on the watercolor of sketches that were done in December.  The inkline was done on site but the watercolor was added later. 
Soulumination Artist Sale December 7, 2013
Century Link Field sketch done December 15, 2013

Wednesday, December 25, 2013

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year

We attended Christmas Eve Candle Light Service at University Presbyterian Church.  You have to get there at least a half an hour before the service starts to get a seat.  It was packed.  I always bring my sketch book so I can sketch while we wait for the service to start.
Wishing you all a very Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays.
Christmas Eve Candle Light Service, University Presbyterian Church


Monday, December 23, 2013

Coolest Coffee shops In Seattle

There are a lot of Coffee shops in Seattle.  Some are the standard Starbucks or Tullys, but have you ever googled "coolest coffee shops in Seattle?"  There are quite a few that  really have a special ambiance. I consider Zeitgeist one  of them.  I love the art Deco feeling of the space the honey colored maple cabinets, with the deco ironwork, the exposed brick walls and heavy timber structure.  It is a great place to have coffee a pastry and a sketch. 
This last Saturday I met my friend Connie and we did just that.  Here is the sketch from the coffee shop.  I was able to finish the line work during the two hours I was there but had to add the color from a photograph later.

Friday, December 6, 2013

Friday Set up of Soulumination Annual Artist Sale

Gail Wong's Art Cards and Art
 This morning I set up my table at the Soulumination Artist Sale.  The sale starts tomorrow but all the artists came today to set up their tables.  Here are some pictures to give you a preview of the venue.  Come on by if you have time.
Patsy Thola Chamberlain's Ceramic Bird Feeders

Tracy Krauter Setting up her IMPWEAR

Souluminations Wreaths more to come

Wednesday, December 4, 2013

Soulumination Annual Artist Sale this Saturday and Sunday Dec. 7-8

It is that time of year!  Last year was my first time participating in the Soulumination Annual Artist Sale.  I had a table selling my cards, gift tags and calendars.  This year I will be selling some of my original sketches as well. 

Soulumination is a great non profit organization that connects photographers with families who have children with life threatening or terminal diseases.  The photographers donate their services to take pictures of the children with their families.  Soulumination creates albums of remembrance to give to the families.  Portions of the artist sales at this event goes to supporting the work of Soulumination.
Stop by if you have time, it is a wonderful event with great arts and crafts for sale, hope to see you there!

Sunday, December 1, 2013

Thanksgiving Spread

Our annual thanksgiving feast has come and gone.  One of the decadent things we observe each year at our table is an over abundance of desserts.  For 17 of us, there were a total of 9 pies and cakes of some form,  Pumpkin Cheese Cake, two Pumpkin pies, two Apple Pies, Key Lime pie, Lemon Chiffon Pie, Chocolate peanut butter cheese cake, Chessman Pie.  To tell you the truth I think there was another pie on the counter that was not brought to the table.  While waiting for everyone to share what they were thankful for  I was able to do this sketch to catch all the pies before they were devoured.  I ran out of room and didn't get in the last pie!