Thursday, April 16, 2015

"One of the Many Local Wineries: Goose Ridge"

I stood in the bed of my truck and used the roof top as a work surface to capture this winery from a slightly elevated perspective.  It would have worked out better to be a row or two to the right because the winery is too close to center.  Another sketch from ground level would have been interesting as you would not have been able to see the grape rows from the top making them a smaller portion of the overall sketch.  This perspective is probably a better one. Perhaps a lighter line bordering the winery would have enhanced this sketch some; and always, always insert people. I often get to tangled up in the sketch and forget to do that....I would have had to make them up anyway, as from the particular point of view, no people were to be seen.  



6x9 Super Aquabee Sketchbook, Lamy Safari pen with Noodler's Lexington Gray in, and watercolors.

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

"The Seattle Baroque Orchestra"

My son is a sort of savant with classical music.  It started when he first discovered how to slide a CD into a player, about age 4 or 5, I think. You can play just about any piece of classical music for him and he can tell you who the composer is and, more than likely, the name of the piece. He's 33 now, and still appreciates classical notes. This past Sunday the Seattle Baroque Orchestra was in town at the Battelle Auditorium:  Vivaldi's "Four Seasons."  So he and I went.  

Fully aware of the challenge of sketching people and musical instruments, while they are playing, I took my sketchbook to see about recording the event. 

Capturing the energy of the music they played is another challenge, so I decided, what the heck, go for it.




A few days later, I applied watercolor to see if I could somehow enhance the sketch to push the background back and bring the players and audience members forward.  So many times I have ruined pretty good drawings (which I don't think this is....) with color, so it is always a step into darkness to add color to them.  




6x9 Super Aquabee Sketchbook, watercolors, Lamy Safari pen with Lexington Gray ink. 

Monday, April 13, 2015

"Carnival's in Town"



Each year there is a carnival that come to town, and usually it sets itself up in the Hobby Lobby parking lot on Canal Drive here in Kennewick, WA.  Carnivals were always great fun when I was a boy, but the place I didn't like much was the Haunted House.  One of the last carnivals I went to as a kid-at-a-carnival, a girl I knew was tossed out of one of the rides. Thankfully she wasn't hurt other than being a little bruised up. So, here it is, the Carnival.


Thursday, April 09, 2015

"3 Rivers Convention Center and new Hotel"


The "3 Rivers Convention Center," on the left was built some years ago; the structure on the right is the "Springhill Suites: Marriott," which is bran-new.  I've been waiting for the construction to be completed because I wanted to draw the two buildings from this particular spot for a long time.  Today was the day, and I like how it turned out.

The sketch against the buildings.

5x8 Moleskine watercolor sketchbook folded out to 10 x 5, Lamy Safari pen with Lexington Gray ink, and watercolors.


"Clover Island with Pioneer Woman and Lighthouse"



The USkTC group went down to Clover Island, again, this last Wednesday morning to sketch what they could find.  I've long been interested in the juxtaposition of this sculpture of Pioneer Woman to the faux lighthouse in the distance, so today, I sketched it out.

The lighthouse is for decoration and is not functional, as a lighthouse.  Still, it's an interesting feature on the island, one that will maybe someday draw more tourists here.

Super Deluxe Aquabee sketchbook, 6x9. Lamy Safari pen using Lexington Gray ink.  Watercolors. 


Saturday, April 04, 2015

"East Oregon University - LaGrande, Oregon"





We traveled a couple of hours to LaGrande, OR, today and found some interesting sketch opportunities including the wide view of East Oregon University.  This one is a panorama was fun to do as I was seated on the curb's edge of a rather busy street with plenty of rapidly moving vehicles just behind me.  It was also a fun sketch to do...note the extension of a small section of the Blue Mountain range in the left-side background.


Friday, January 09, 2015

"Architectural Study"





While running a few errands this morning, I drove by this church for the 865th time and decided to find a spot in the parking lot across the street.  Hunkered down in my warm vehicle with a clear windshield and a favorite online radio station and my sketchbook.  What could be better?

6x8 Stillman & Birn (Beta Series), Pigma Micron pen, watercolors


Sunday, December 07, 2014

"New Orleans to Savannah"





After a long year of planning a 50th class reunion, Lois and I decided after it was over we would get out'a town for a while.

We discussed a number of options, but it came down to a ten day trip to either Paris, France, or somewhere we had never been:  New Orleans.

Then, because one place I have always wanted to see is the Gulf Coast between New Orleans and Florida, we decided to take a two-day road trip along the coast to Savannah, Georgia where we would spend the last few days of our trip before coming home.

This is the city courthouse in Savannah, Georgia.  It is my favorite sketch from that trip and you can see the others by simply clicking on this link.

6x9 Super Aquabee Sketchbook
001 Pigma Micron
Faber Castelle pens
watercolor

Thursday, October 02, 2014

"Sternwheeler on the Columbia"


This sternwheeling cruise ship comes into the dock at Howard Amon park in Richland, WA., frequently. I happened to be driving to Richland today and noticed it on the river, so I hot-wheeled it down to the benches just off the dock and sketched it coming in.  The park was quiet today, hardly anyone there, but fortunately this lady jumped in the frame to get a few pics, so now she's in my sketch.

Thursday, August 28, 2014

USkTC in Walla Walla

The USkTC group drove to Walla Walla today and met up with Walla Walla sketcher, Jim McNamara, at Starbucks downtown.  

After a short meet up in the coffee shop, everyone spilled into the downtown area to sketch, then we met back at Starbucks at noon. Normally when we meet up later we have a sharing, but didn't really do that today.  I guess sometimes we get too excited about other things going on and today it was when Patty told us she had come across a lady from the Walla Walla Tourist Bureau who wanted to take a few pictures for their webpage.  

We had the pics taken, then we went to Olives, just across the street (picture below), and had lunch.  Afterward we drove over to Jim's house where he and his wife, Diane, showed us their lovely home and Jim's studio. 

We had a great time.  I think this was the most fun we have had on an outing and we have had some really good ones this summer! 


We are definitely interested in going back to Walla Walla for a longer session next time.  


WSU Campus: Richland, WA.


We went sketching at the WSU Richland campus a week ago.  This is the back side of the administration building and not one of my favorite sketches.  Still, we were there, so I'll post this to my blog, for posterity's sake . . . whoever posterity is.

Sunday, August 17, 2014

"Sketching in Tacoma, WA."


While in Tacoma, WA., this past week to attend a wedding, I found time to capture this scene of the Tacoma Court House and Museum of History and Industry.  We were just leaving the pub where we had lunch and when I stepped out onto the sidewalk and looked left, this is what I saw.  I grabbed the basic lines and perspectives in maybe 10 minutes, added a few details and colored it later.

5x16 Watercolor Moleskine sketchbook, Noodler's Lexington Gray ink, watercolors

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

"Ice Harbor Dam on the Snake River"



The Ice Harbor Dam sits on the Snake river just a few miles upriver from where the Snake dumps into the Columbia river meandering its way westward toward the Pacific Ocean. Ice Harbor was dedicated in 1963 by then, VP Lyndon Johnson. I remember yelling, "Hi ya, Lyndon," when he passed me by in his motorcade that day. All I got was a stern frown; and probably a wish to know my name so he could change my draft status.

Wednesday, August 06, 2014

Sketching on Tulip Lane


The USkTC (Urban Sketchers: Tri-Cities) group met this morning at Bookwalter Winery on Tulip Lane in Richland.  We had a wonderful time, the weather was good, there was lots to sketch, and those who could stuck around and had lunch there.  The ambience out on the veranda, beneath the shade of that big birch tree was lovely, and the music was cool, too.

L to R:  Patti, Patty, Debbie, Jim B, Cindy, Nancy, Jan, Katherine, Gail, and Jim Mc.

Tuesday, August 05, 2014

"Bateman Grain Elevators"


These grain elevators have been pulling on my eye for years, so today I drove by them again and decided to record them in my sketchbook.  They belong to the Bateman family who has been growing wheat in the hills just south of town for well over 60 years.  No longer in use, they sit here like sentries, making sure everyone who drives by on the adjacent hiway, can see their majesty and know of their past.
Lookin south with the wheat fields and Johnson Butte in the background. 

Bateman elevators from the north side. 





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.  

Monday, June 02, 2014

"Burbank Grain Elevator and Pond"


On the other side of the grain elevator is the Snake river.  Less than a mile downstream, it dumps into the Columbia river.  This is wheat country and over the years many of ton of the life-giving foodstuff has been shipped down river to be loaded on huge ships that transport it all over the world.

Wednesday, April 02, 2014

"Causeway Along the Marina"


We live on the banks of the Columbia river.  In that river there is a man-made island called Clover Island.  I think it was created here in the early 50's.  When I was a kid there wasn't much on it to look at except the newly formed Coast Guard station which pretty much looked like some kind one story, boring, office building.  Things have changed though in the last half-century: hotels, eateries, a marina, even a sort of "boutique" light-house which is landmark only with no functional use regarding river traffic.  That's ok, it's a pretty cool looking structure.

The Tri City Urban Sketchers met on the island this morning and wanting to capture something a little different than what the ordinary view might be, the perspective in this scene grabbed me. So here you go...a walkway with one of our "mountains" in the distance.  Badger mountain.

6x9 Super Aquabee Sketchbook, watercolor, ink.  

"Cedars Restaurant on Clover Island"


The Tri Cities Urban Skether group met this morning on Clover Island in Kennewick, WA., on the Columbia River.

We met across the street from Cedars Restaurant.  We used to go here to have dinner occasionally but it has been a long time since we were there last.  The place is dark inside and it looks a bit overgrown on the outside now.

6x9 Super Aquabee Sketchbook, ink, watercolors

Monday, March 31, 2014

"Table Arrangement with Coffee"

Table Arrangement on Kitchen Table with Coffee
I have been working out of a new sketchbook for the past few days and want to return with this one back to using a journalistic style with the sketches in it.  I like the affect and I like how this one turned out even though it is far from any subject matter I usually choose.  Got all ready to go treadmilling, for the first time in months, and months, this morning and as I am about ready to walk out the door, I find my cell phone is just about dead.  Plug it and wait with a cup of coffee, and what do I see?  My sketchbook and this flower arrangement that is mostly in the way of things most of the time.  I decided to start a sketch while my phone was charging and this is the end product.  It's ok.  I like it. 

6x9 Super Aquabee Sketchbook, ink, watercolors. 
  

Wednesday, March 12, 2014

"The Sisters Patisserie"


Sketched in the old accounting book I purchased at eBay just for this purpose, The Sisters Patisserie, off Bombing Range Road in West Richland, WA.,  proved to be an interesting place to spend a couple of hours.

Handy Account Book # 2093, 6.5x11, inks, watercolor.