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

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.