Monday, May 19, 2014

Hat 'N Boots and Montlake Music and Arts Festival

Yesterday was a full day of sketch related events.  In the morning I went to Georgetown for the monthly Urban sketchers meet up and sketched the Hat 'N Boots at Oxbow Park.  This was originally built for a Georgetown Gas Station in 1953 making it one of the most successful Gas station in Washington State.  Years later it was abandoned and in need of renovation.  The Georgetown Community saved it and relocated it to the Oxbow Park where is now resides.

In the afternoon I was part of the Montlake Community Music and Arts Festival.  While I had 5 sketches exhibited I watched and listened to some great groups that have some affiliation with Montlake.  Here are a couple of sketches I did over pages I had used for testing watercolor. 
Layered System

Mother Pluckers

Set up At Montlake Music and Arts Festival

Wednesday, May 14, 2014

Carriage House Across the Street

Sketched on Mothers Day in a Stillman & Birn  Epsilon Sketchbook.  Used a twig and Chinese ink then did quick washes with watercolor.

Tuesday, May 13, 2014

Gifs vs Jpgs

I just learned something today.  The .gif format sometimes changes the color of an image.  I just posted a .gif of a sketch I did  this morning and saw that the reds were dulled down.  I looked at the jpg of the same sketch and it retained the reds.  Something to consider when posting sketches.
Here are the two versions.
JPG Colors are more true.
GIF format dulled down the red and yellow colors.

Sunday, May 11, 2014

Mother's Day Sketch

I had a couple of hours to take a walk this morning and find a place to sketch while Mother's day brunch was being made at my house.  I found a spot not too far from my house.  It was in the Holly portion of the arboretum.  The lighting was great and it was an interesting view with the hill sloping to one side.  I sketched and painted but you always need to know when to stop!  I read somewhere that this one painter would stop at 70% complete and wait to do the final if it need it.  That is a great idea because there is a tendancy to over work.
This one was fine at one point and then I thought I needed more darks but you have to be very careful and us  the right brush.  I used a brush which was too large and covered too much area with darks.

Here is the view I sketched. After finishing, I thought the trees were too dark and drew too much attention to the shadowed areas.

This is the sketch having lightened up the shadowed area.  I think it is better.  But still need to simplify!

Saturday, May 3, 2014

Regional Sketch Outing at MOHAI

Today we met with Sketchers from Portland Oregon,  Pullman WA,  Tacoma WA, Vashon WA and Seattle WA.  We met at MOHAI to see the Drawn to Seattle Exhibit one last time before the exhibit closes on May 26th.

Historic Ships at MOHAI


Thursday, May 1, 2014

26th Ave. East Garbage Pickup Day

Again a great morning with great light.  Here is a sketch on 26th Ave. East  on Garbage Pickup day.

Garbage Day on 26th Ave. East