Saturday, July 30, 2011

View from My Porch

The hydrangeas are blooming!  And today was a sunny day so I sketched the view of our side garden from my front porch.

Friday, July 29, 2011

Thursday, July 28, 2011

Sunny Day @ Japanese Tea Garden

Two bad days between our great weekend and we have  another great sunny day in Seattle.  This time I went to the Japanese Tea Garden and did a couple of sketches.

Monday, July 25, 2011

Finally a Summer Day in Seattle!

We haven't seen many hot summer days this year yet.  Sunday was incredible!  It was actually hot but not unbearable.  Here is a view from under I-5 looking across the ship canal and at University Bridge.

Sunday, July 24, 2011


Bought a new watercolor sketch pad and wanted to experiment with it.  The paper is different it is a Daler Rowney pad 140 lb but not cold press.  The surface is rougher than I am use to and it takes the water color very differently.  The water color basically sits on the surface and it not absorbed as quickly.  But the effects with the water color is quite interesting.

Tuesday, July 19, 2011

Last Day of Architecture 415 sketching class!

Today was the last day of Architecture 415, a summer sketching class I am teaching through the U.W.
We had a sketching party at the Center for Wooden Boats at South Lake Union.  It was suppose to be a warm summer day,  however the sun never came out.  Cloudy and cool.

Sunday, July 17, 2011

July Sketchcrawl

Today we had a sketch crawl in the South Lake Union Area.  The weather we really bad...rainy and we looked for cover in a coffee shop.  Olivia and I went to Dahlia Workshop on Westlake.It was a great space to sketch very industrial.  Met up with the other urban sketchers and went to Brave Horse Tavern for lunch.  Great food there!

Tuesday, July 12, 2011

Sketching with Gabi Campanario

Today we had Gabi Companario the Seattle Sketcher from the Seattle Times as a guest lecturer for Architecture 415 (a sketching class I am teaching at the UW this summer).  It was great seeing his quick sketching approach and how he captures people in the environment.  We did quick 20 min sketches after he did his demonstrations.
Here are a few of my sketches from today.

Saturday, July 9, 2011

St. James and Madison Park Starbucks

Went to St. James to take a photo so I could watercolor a sketch I did there on Thursday.  Then stopped off at Madison Park Starbucks to have coffee and did a sketch there.  Here are the sketches.
Madison Park Starbucks

St. James Cathedral

Tuesday, July 5, 2011

4th of July Sketch

We went to Bainbridge Island yesterday to celebrate the 4th of July with friends.  Had a wonderful BBQ and saw the fireworks of Bainbridge as we took the ferry home.  Here is a sketch from the BBQ.  Beautiful bouquet of flowers on the table with drinks and plate of hummus and pita chips.

Sunday, July 3, 2011

The Remains of the Morning

I gave my architecture sketching students a daily drawing prompt which was to study light, shade and shadow on convex and concave forms like eggs and eggshells.  So I thought I would try it out myself.
Here is the result of drawing the remains of our breakfast effort.