Sunday, December 30, 2012

Sorrento Hotel Lounge and Bar

Last week I went to the Sorrento Hotel with a friend for a drink and time to sketch.  I was told it was a great place to sketch.  What a wonderful cozy room with a fireplace and decked out in holiday greenery.  Here is the first sketch I did.

Tuesday, December 25, 2012

Christmas Eve Service at UPC

Our traditional Christmas Eve.  We get our cooking and wrapping done for Christmas day and then attend 11 p.m. Evening Service at University Presbyterian Church, Seattle, WA.  Great music and service. Merry Christmas!

Thursday, December 20, 2012

Sketchouting at EMP

Sunday a large group of us met at the EMP for our monthly Sketch Outing.  It was a challenge to sketch a space with very view orthogonal walls.  Here is what I was able to do.
EMP Lobby from 5th Ave South entrance.

Wednesday, December 19, 2012

City Cantabile Choir Celtic Christmas Concert

Saturday night we went to a concert put on by director Fred West and the City Cantabile Choir.  It was a Celtic Christmas Concert with a choir singing medieval and Irish songs, a pageantry of hand made lanterns,  Uillean pipes, fiddle and Celtic harp instrumentals and step dancing performed by two 11 year old children who were  Open Champion Level dancers.  What a wonderful and different Christmas Concert.  I was intrigued by the lighting and the lantern processional.  This is a sketch from it.

Tuesday, December 11, 2012

Monday, December 10, 2012

First Sketch from the Soulumination Sale

Waiting in Line for Soulumination Sale to open.
This was the scene at the Soulumination Sale.  Waiting for the doors to open.  They had plenty of stuff to sell, but people got there early to be able to get their first choice in wreaths and other items.
It was a cozy site inside compared to the rain outside.  I sketched on location but had to add color later because of the rain.

Friday, November 30, 2012

Setting Up

I spent the morning setting up my table at the Soulumination Artist's Sale.  We look forward to having a lot of people show up.  Any one in Seattle is invited to come.  Here is a photo of my table set up. 

Final Touches

Soulumination volunteer putting the final touches to her wreath. 

Thursday, November 29, 2012


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The heart and soul of is founder Lynette Johnson seen in the middle of this sketch in the dotted jacket.  This was the scene of Volunteers making handmade wreaths for the upcoming event.  100 percent of the wreath sales goes to supporting Soulumination.

Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Getting ready for Soulumination Artist's Sale

Greens in the Courtyard ready to be made into wreaths
I love showing process.  The week before the Soulumination Sale, volunteers gather greens and have four days dedicated to making wreaths to sell at the Artist sale.  100 percent of the wreath profits goes to supporting the work of Soulumination.  These wreaths are not just typical Costco Wreaths but have a look a feel of being artistically crafted. Come on Saturday early to get a wreath.... they go quickly.
I will be posting different sketches of this event in the next few days.

Monday, November 26, 2012

Souluminations Artists Sale this Saturday and Sunday

I will have several series of notecards for sale and my 2013 calendar for sale here.  Look forward to seeing you there.

Monday, November 19, 2012

Seattle Art Museum South Lobby

A sketch from the mid landing at the Seattle Art Museum originally designed by Robert Venturi and Denise Scott Brown.

Sunday, November 18, 2012

Seattle Art Museum

Today was Seattle sketchers sketch outing.  We met at the Seattle Art Museum and sketch the lobbies which were open to using media other than pencil.  Here is my first sketch done at the north lobby.
Inopportune: Stage One, 2004
Cars and sequenced multi-channel light tubes
Cai Guo-Qiang

Thursday, November 15, 2012

Rainier Ave South in Columbia City

Looking south down Rainier Ave. South in Columbia City, Seattle.  This was sketched in ink on watercolor paper on location and painted from a photo at home.  9x12 format.

Monday, November 12, 2012

Souluminations Artist Sale

Soulumination is a non-profit organization founded by Lynette Johnson a Seattle photographer. The work of Soulumination is to celebrate the lives of children and parents facing life threatening conditions by providing professional photographs  of these children and their families free of charge.

This year Soulumination will have their 7th Annual Artist sales Saturday- Sunday December 1 and 2nd.  A portion of the artist sales goes to supporting Soulumination's work.  I will have my notecards and my yearly calendar for sale.  Hope you can come! Soulumination had asked me to do a sketch of their artist sale.  This sketch was done on location, the people and decorations were from imagination to depict the sale. Click on the image to see the full version of the sketch.

Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Historic Carriage House in Montlake

Montlake has some beautiful historic houses.  Here is a sketch of a carriage house that is across the street from where we live .  It was originally the carriage house for the adjacent house to the right but was subdivided with the property it is on.  I have always loved the character and quality of this building.  People walking through the neighborhood always pause to look at it.  I am glad our neighbor chose to renovate it rather than tear it down.

Sunday, October 21, 2012

Sketch Outing in Columbia City

Seattle sketchers met for a sketch outing in Columbia City.  Though it was cold and damp we still had around 19 people show up. Some were new to the group.  I was looking for a place that captured the light and shadows typical of this time of year.  I found it along a side street off of Rainier Ave.

Saturday, October 20, 2012


Joe's Gardens from photo
Just practicing on the new Arches watercolor block.

Tuesday, October 16, 2012

The Pumpkin House

Have you ever seen a house made of pumpkins?  One of the features at Fall City Farms was a little shed with a roof and siding that was comprised of pumpkins. 
Pumpkin House at Fall City Farms

Monday, October 15, 2012

Fall City Farms

Fall City Farms,  a great place to take the kids before Halloween.  They have a wonderful set up... selling produce, u-pick pumpkins, homemade donuts, apple cider, music.

Sunday, October 14, 2012

Fall City Farms for the 37th WW Sketchcrawl

About 15 Seattle Urban sketchers made it to Fall City Farms to sketch the 37th WW Sketchcrawl.  This was a great spot for sketching as well as picking up fall pumpkins and fresh produce.  I used Arches watercolor paper for the first time.  It took the color and watercolor  differently.  My colors came out more subdued and the watercolor tended to sit on the top of the paper and took a long time to dry.

Tuesday, October 9, 2012

JM Cellars Study

I am also reading "The Artist's Guide to Composition" by Frank Webb.  This book was recommended by Urban Sketcher Don Low.  This was a painting done using layers of flat washes and simplifying forms and areas. 

Monday, October 8, 2012

In the Manner of John Blockley

Going back to basics.  I have only taken a handful of watercolor classes. So I am now looking at the basics again and have started reading "Getting Started with Watercolor" by John Blockley who is a watercolorist from England.  This is a book that Frank Bettandorf gave me.  Anyway this is a painting I did of JM Cellars from a photograph but really working on values limiting the use of color and following the process that John Blockley uses.    What I like about this is that it gets me beyond sketching exactly what I see.  But works on observation of light, value and simplifies information.  It is not so literal.  Restricted use of color also pulls the painting together.  It looks great behind glass by the way.

Saturday, October 6, 2012

Joe's Gardens in Bellingham, WA

I drove up to Bellingham today to drop off a some things to my son  who is studying at Western Washington University.  He lives right next to Joe's Gardens, a local farm and produce stand that has been around since 1933 (at least according to their grocery bags). 

I walked around a bit first before finding this great view that included these old farm buildings, the produce and the fields beyond.   I loved the long shadows  and the bright colors of the pumpkins against the stone wall of the building...and the contrast between the shaded areas and the areas in direct sunlight.  It captured the whole essence of the place.

The drawing and the first washes of light colors  and midtones were done on site.  I took and photo of the view before leaving and reinforced my dark tones from photos.  

 Here is the sketch looking towards the fields and the produce stand with piles upon piles of pumpkins.

Thursday, October 4, 2012

Capitol Hill Library

Capitol Hill Library located behind the QFC on Capitol Hill Seattle, WA.  This view if from the second floor looking toward the entry. 

Wednesday, October 3, 2012

Second sketch at Olympic Sculpture Park

Here is the second sketch I did at Olympic Sculpture Park. It was a quick gestural sketch of the park before meeting up with the group.  Took me between 5-10 minutes to finish the ink lines and another 20 minutes at home doing the watercolor and pastel.  I was caught by the dynamic angles of the Park.

Tuesday, October 2, 2012

Sketching At Olympic Sculpture Park with WSU students

Saturday we had an adhoc sketch outing with WSU Interior design students and Faculty Bob Krikac, Kathleen Ryan, and Linda Johnson. About 40+ students, their instructors  and a handful of Seattle Urban Sketchers dotted the Park.  I walked around for about a half an hour trying to find a place I haven't sketched.  I found this spot near the Claes Oldenburg Typewriter Eraser.  A view through the trees.  I was intrigued by the peek-a-boo view of the sculpture and the trail beyond.

It is interesting to see how technology has changed what we understand and know.  When bringing my sketching class here this summer, one student said they didn't want to sketch the weird wheel.  I was wondering what they meant.  I realized later that they  didn't know that this object was a typewriter eraser.  Of course!  These students have never used a typewriter, they grew up using a computer!  Well I remember using this type of eraser....shows my age.   

Tuesday, September 25, 2012

La Fiamma Wood Fire Pizza

Tonight we dropped off our son at Western Washington University in Bellingham for his second year in college. We had dinner at La Fiamma Wood Fire Pizza.  Great place and atmosphere and tasty wood fired pizza.

Saturday, September 22, 2012


Last night we went to dinner at a Thai restaurant on 45th Ave. in Wallingford and then walked down the street for coffee and truffles at  Chocolati.  Here is the sketch I did while sitting in the mezzanine looking across the room.  Pretty neat space.  Has a feeling of an old coffee shop hang out. Great atmosphere.

Friday, September 21, 2012

Thursday, September 20, 2012

Jack Block Park in West Seattle

Sunday was our monthly sketch outing.  We met at Jack Block Park in West Seattle.  The park is located on a site that was previous used as a wood treatment plant.  The site was contaminated with creosote and designated as a  superfund site by the US EPA.   It was reopened in 1998 after environmental clean up and its development as a park.  This park has wonderful view of the Port of Seattle and sweeping views of the Sound and Seattle.  The following sketch was a view of the Port of Seattle looking through the Tower Lookout.

Sunday, September 16, 2012

University of Washington Sundodger Invitational

Saturday we attended University of Washington's Annual Sundodger Invitational Cross Country meet at Lincoln Park in West Seattle.  We were there because our son Matthew was competing in the Highschool JV 5K race.  He completed the race with a new PR of 18 min 35 seconds.  It was a great day for a sketch too. 

Friday, September 14, 2012

The Wine Barrel at JM Cellars Reservoir

There is a  pond at JM  Cellars which irrigates the grounds.  A barrel sits at the end of a retaining wall.  Giving this area a point of focus.  I was naturally drawn to the location because of the reflections and view and shade. 

Sunday, September 9, 2012

JM Cellars Gardens

Saturday a friend Cindy Esselman and I sketched at JM Cellars as featured artists.  It was a great opportunity to sketch and paint the grounds at a wonderful winery in Woodinville, WA.  We hope to get out there soon again to paint more. 

Sunday, September 2, 2012

Moon Viewing At Japanese Tea Garden

Last night my husband and I attending a Moon Viewing event at the Japanese Tea Garden.  Lanterns,  lit sail boats in the pond, musical and dancing performances, and a Haiku competition.  Here is a sketch I did.  The drawing started while it was still light and as I got into the became harder and harder to see what I was doing.  It  became pretty dark and I finished the details at home.

Friday, August 31, 2012

Waiting for Matthew

While waiting for my son Matthew to get out of his Driver's Ed Class at Swerve I parked adjacent to a neighborhood park.  There was a beautiful shade tree framing this view so I thought it was a good opportunity to practice trees and creating spatial depth in the picture with values.

Wednesday, August 29, 2012

Summer Fun At South Lake Union Park

While waiting for my Architecture students to arrive for a sketch outing,  I started this ink sketch of the kids playing in the water fountain on the plaza.  It was on one of our hottest days in the summer.  The kids were running back and forth so it was a hard thing to capture.  The painting was done a couple of days ago.  I kept meaning to get back to paint on site but have not had the chance.

Monday, August 27, 2012

The Great Wheel from Bainbridge Island Ferry

We went to a friends house for an end of summer bbq.  Saturday was a great day to go on the top deck of the ferry and sketch!  Here is a sketch of the Great wheel.  Had just enough time to try to capture everything in ink as the moving Ferry  changed view points.

Thursday, August 23, 2012

Riding the Sound Transit Light Rail

On our way back from California we decided to take the Sound Transit Light Rail to International District where my husband picked us up at the station... instead of driving through rush hour traffic.  I highly recommend taking the Sound Transit.  It was so easy..just the cost of the bus fare.  And a pleasant ride home.  I was even able to do a sketch.  The painting was done recently from memory.

Wednesday, August 22, 2012

Car Wash 2

The second car wash sketch from the Garfield XCountry Carwash.  That's my son cleaning the top of our van at our request.  Used regular Daniel Smith watercolors on this. 

Tuesday, August 21, 2012

Workin' at the Car Wash

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Garfield High School  XCOUNTRY TEAM had a car wash to raise funds for this year's team.  My son was doing his volunteer time in the afternoon.  I brought in two cars and each time was able to get a sketch in.  This is the first sketch using neocolor watercolor sticks.  Tomorrow I will post the second sketch.

Monday, August 20, 2012

Back Streets of Georgetown

Yesterday we had our monthly sketchcrawl in Georgetown south of the SODO.  It is an historic neighborhood with a saloon from 1888, great vintage shops...where you can buy vinyl records and comic books.  Where the Old Rainier Brewery still stands and parts of the bottling factory are now converted in to artist lofts.    ( I think I got this right?)  Anyway here is my homage to Georgetown.
We had 32 sketchers show up.  Check out Seattle Urban Sketchers blog for additional sketches.