Monday, February 25, 2013

Thursday, February 21, 2013

Wednesday, February 20, 2013

Line to Color Workshop April 27th, 2013
Note Date Change for this workshop: 
Saturday April 27th 2013,  Frank Ching and I will be giving a one day workshop in Mount Vernon, WA. We will also be giving a more developed workshop in Seattle over a 3 day period in May (TBA).
These workshops will focus on the process of building up a sketch from the line to final color.
We will  introduce  the concepts of perspective, composition and approaches to watercolor values to bring out a sketch.  All levels are welcome.  See link above for more information.

Tuesday, February 19, 2013

Historic Ballard Alley

Last Friday we had a small group of urban sketchers get together to sketch in Old Historic Ballard.  We had a visitor from Vermont join us who is new to Urban Sketchers.  She had heard of us and was interested in joining us to for a sketch outing.

I found this old alley between two historic buildings and started by doing some quick value studies then a watercolor value study before starting the sketch.  It helped me visualize values and simplify colors.
See studies below.

Saturday, February 16, 2013

Garfield High School Orchestra Winter Waltz 2013

I have sketched at the Garfield  High School Winter Waltz for the past 3 years, ever since my son started playing with the Orchestra.  This year he didn't, but I love to hear the music so we went again.  I have never sketched the orchestra itself.  They are in a corner of the hall and because of the dance floor it is difficult to get in a good position to sketch them.  This year I went on the second floor balcony and found a spot that look directly down on them.  This is Marcus Tsutakawa, Orchestra teacher leading his orchestra.   What a wonderful event!

Wednesday, February 13, 2013

Final Touches

So this is not considered a "true urban sketch"  because it was not fully done on site.  Sometimes we just don't have time to finish a sketch.  Do you rush to finish it... just to call it an urban sketch?  Or do you take a picture and finish it later.  I opted to finish it later.  Winter Waltz final touches.

Tuesday, February 12, 2013

Value and Color study

Here are some quick sketches I did of value and color for the winter waltz final touches.  They are about 2x3 and done in 5 minutes.  They are just to help me visualize where the values are and how the colors will work. 

Monday, February 11, 2013

Winter Waltz 2013

A couple of weeks ago we attended the Garfield High School Orchestra's Winter Waltz at Benaroya Hall.  This is the third year I have gone.  It is always such a wonderful time, an opportunity to listen to great waltz music in an amazing venue and  have a glass of wine, dessert, dance and sketch.  This year we did not dance but I sketched.  I was able to do two sketches. This is the last sketch I did with the first pass of light washes.  I wasn't able to complete it on site but will show the final version tomorrow.