Tuesday, July 29, 2014

"The Cabin and the Fir Tree"

If you measure the width of the cabin with your pencil, then use that measure to measure the heighth of the tree, the tree is just over 3 cabin widths high.  It's a big tree, and it worries me some.

This cabin, along with approximatly 100 others, were constructed in the 1920's to house the dam builders who built the Rimrock Dam on Rimrock Lake in Washington state. They were built to last about 5 years.  Today there are 27 still standing and inhabited either year-round, or as vacation getaways for their owners.

Once the cabins were constructed, along with a hospital, tennis courts, a grocery store, etc., the little town became incorporated.  It no longer is. Today it is simply a cluster of cabins.  

The cabin in this sketch was purchased by my wife's parents in 1989. It now belongs to her and her sister as both her parents have passed on.

We were there this last weekend with our family: our son, daughter and son-in-law, three grandkids and two of their cousins. The cabin was full of people and there is only one shower; but it all worked out. We had good food and good fun together. The kids were so well behaved even the neighbors next door commented.

There is a man who lives here year round that paints them, levels them, fixes and improves plumbing and roofing issues. He even traps and kills pack rats.  He is scheduled to do the major repairs needed on this one beginning in September.

We look forward to many more family outings nestled here in the Cascade mountains.  


Thursday, July 24, 2014

"Methodist Church: Kennewick, WA"

This felt good.  It was as though suddenly the lessons I have learned from Frank Ching, Prof Emeritus, School of Architecture, University of Washington, started gelling in my head and hand.  This sketch brought over 116 likes from the Urban Sketchers (Global) FB group, and was invited to join the "Explore" group at Flickr.com where, as of today, it has been "favorited" twelve times.  It felt good. 

6x9 Super Aquabee Sketch Book, ink.  

"2nd Annual West Coast Urban Sketchers SketchCrawl"

Last November I contacted Urban Sketcher, Katura Reynolds, admin for the Urban Sketchers: Portland group, to see if she/they would be interested in organizing the "2nd Annual West Coast Urban Sketchers SketchCrawl - Portland."

They agreed that it sounded like fun and was something they wanted to take on as a summer project. We held it earlier this month on the 11th and 12th in Portland with just over one hundred sketchers from as far away as Montreal, Quebec, and Burma.

Click on these images to see more pictures from the event.:

The Portland Art Museum hosted our noon sharing when this group photo was taken by the Oregonian.  

My rendition of the St. James Lutheran Church which sits along the South Park Blocks in Portland.

Thursday, July 10, 2014

"Another Blue Bridge Sketch"

The Blue Bridge crosses the Columbia river between Pasco and Kennewick, WA.  My USkTC group was there last Wednesday morning for our weekly sketchabout.  It was hot.

Sunday, July 06, 2014

"Sketching like James Bond"

My son, Derik, and I went to Hastings in Richland today. They sell books, old and new; CD's, DVD's, posters, magazines, and coffee. 

While he perused the books and vids, I purchased an iced latte, checked out a couple of art mags, and sketched this guy sitting at the next table. 

One sometimes feels abit like, maybe, James Bond sketching people this closely and not getting caught.

Friday, July 04, 2014

"Phil's Corner Drug"

What I remember most about this intersection in front of Phil's Corner Drug is way back when the local highs chool would roll in a flat bed truck, park it smack dab in the middle of the street, and crown the Homecoming Queen there.  The band played the fight song, the cheerleader cheered the crowd on, and the coach gave an inspirational speech:  small town America - Prosser High School. 

6x9 Super Aquabee Sketchbook, watercolor, ink

Thursday, July 03, 2014

Seattle Art Museum/Urban Sketchers Seattle: Workshop

 I drove over to Seattle June 28th to attend this workshop sponsored by SAM and put together by Jane Wingfield, Gabi Campanario, Gail Wong and Frank Ching.  The one-day event began in SAM with a viewing and presentation of the Seattle Mystics, a group of Seattle artists in the first half of the last century led primarily by Mark Tobey.

Frank, top pic: "Draw something with the big sign in it.'

Gail concentrated our attention to blind contour drawings to emulate some of Mark Tobey's images.  We did one of each other, then went into the market to find something that spoke "Pike Street Market" with directions to use blind contouring, charcoal, and red and white chalk in Tobey's spirit.

My two "Mark Tobey" renditions are the "Fruits and Veggies" above, and the "Salmon in Ice" here.

Once I got into the moment of sketching the fish (after weaseling my way in front of the large crowd standing there to watch the fishmongers toss the fish about) I forgot about the blind contouring.  Sorry, Gail.

Gabi Campanario demonstrated how he "thumbnails" to help find that point of interest/composition for his sketching.

He had us do a series of thumbnails, "a couple in five mintues."

The task after the thumbnailing was to choose one and expand on it with a 20 - 30 minute sketch.  I found my patience was far too short for a long one, so I kept thumbnailing.  In fact there are about 4 or 5 others that aren't posted here.

It was a great day, I think I came away with some new "perspectives" about how I do my art and can't wait to get started up again, now that I am home.

6x9 Super Aquabee Sktchbook, 4x5.5 brown paper, Lamy pen, Noodler's Gray, watercolor, charcoal, chalk

Friday, June 20, 2014

"Pole Bean Container: summer, 2014"

Pole beans (Phaseolus coccineus) climb the trellis I made for them in my container garden.

They are lovely to the eye and filled with mysteries to contemplate as they curl and climb continually upward.

I wonder how high they could actually go, and is there really a giant up there somewhere?

Friday, June 13, 2014

"The I-5 Bridge at Vancouver/Portland, OR"

Sketched from the 6th floor window of my hotel room in Vancouver, WA., on my son's birthday, June 9th.  The bridge spans the Columbia river as it connects Washington state to Oregon state.

While here this past week, I was able to attend to three different things going on in my life right now:  I met with my "2nd Annual West Coast Urban Sketchers SketchCrawl" planners in Portland who are working with me to put this event on next month (July 11/12); I attended the Washington State School Retirees Association's state convention in Vancouver (thus the hotel); and Don Guntly and I sat down at Joe's Crab Shack to discuss musical arrangements for our upcoming 50th KHS Reunion coming up in September.

Sorry for missing your birthday, Derik.  It was good talking to you on the phone!

Thursday, June 05, 2014

"Sketching in Big Pasco"

Our Urban Sketchers: Tri-Cities group met up at Big Pasco this week to see what we might capture.  My two entries are from the Lampson Crane yard:  this old Mack truck and this composite of pieces of equipment I found there. The large brown hook thing, and the yellow, two-wheeled thing are both close to six feet tall.