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.

Wednesday, March 05, 2014

"Coffee, Bagels, a Lobby, and some Window Fasteners"

The Wednesday morning "Urban Sketchers: TriCities" met this morning at "Some Bagels & Gelato" in Uptown Richland, then caravaned out to the Battelle Pacific Northwest National Laboratory lobby.  The bagel and coffee I had was outstanding.  I'll be going back there!!

The lobby was kind of ho-hum (sorry Marianne), but we had a good time anyway.  I think everyone did this view except maybe Patti K and Marianne who went upstairs to the balcony.

The thing that caught my were these cool glass fasteners that held the windows in place.  All geometrical and perspectively challenging in the way they sat attached to these large metal poles, I couldn't resist capturing this one.

Note there are four windows in this sketch, each held in place by this metal suction-cup looking contraption.  Each window had one of these in each corner.  I thought they were cool.

We had a great time, as always and really enjoyed chatting about our art and comparing our sketches.

Next week we will meet at "Three Sisters Patisserie" in West Richland.

Maybe we'll see you there!!


Saturday, March 01, 2014

"5 Guys Burgers"

My old blog, "Sketches & Stuff", just about dies a long slow death every once in a while.

Used to be I posted almost daily here, but that was way back when the yahoo group, Everyday Matters, was a tighter knit group and everyone posted their blog postings there.  When I go there now, I hardly recognize anyone.

Nowadays so many of the old groups that used to hang out in Everyday Matters and the early days of Urban Sketchers Flickr have been absorbed by the exploding population of people who love to sketch.

Not complaining, just commenting on how things never stay the same, whether it's your dog, your car, your favorite online group, or your blog.

"5 Guys Burgers" is a new hamburger joint in our town.  Always a busy place with people lined up to order the specific burger of their choice and the french fries are the best in town, ever.

They are out off Queensgate near Walmart and Starbucks in South Richland, Wa.

Wednesday, October 09, 2013

"Spokane Road Trip"

Renae Williams-Favor and I drove up to Spokane last Saturday to meet up with Don Wall, Spokane Sketcher, and Urban Sketcher, Don Colley.  Colley was presenting a demonstration of his sketchbooks, materials and techniques at the Spokane Art Supply on Monroe.

We had a great time visiting with Colley and afterwards, joined Don Wall for lunch.  Then we went over to Riverfront Park and did  a bit of sketching. 

This is my entry into the collection of three sketches we did.  It is the carousel which sits on the south side of the river which splits the park, as it is nestled against the backdrop of downtown buildings. 

Click the pic to be whisked to the flickr set where all the pics for this trip are lodged.

Thursday, October 03, 2013

"October 2, 2013, cont."

 After drawing with Nancy, I drove over to the Grand Opening of the new Yoke's grocery on Keene Road in Richland to experience some of the excitement and interest.

While there I was able to do a couple of sketches and the one I like best will be offered up first in this post.  I am seated in the new luncheon area where there is a two-way fireplace that opens up both into the area as well as the outside patio on the other side of the wall.

However, my attention was on the people shopping in these bran new store, so from this vantage point I was able to capture these folks shopping for veggies and juices in the Produce Department.

The other sketch, below obviously an outside view where I wanted to capture both the building and the pumpkins which denote the time of year it is today.  Halloween is just a few weeks away. 

"October 2, 2013"

For the past couple of years, or so, Nancy Thurston and I, and sometimes others, have been going out on Wednesday mornings to sketch.  After a busy summer with her in France and me in San Francisco, Seattle, and Spokane, we finally got to go out again yesterday for the first time since last spring.  It was great.  We went over to the airport in Pasco (PSC) and sketched for a couple of hours. These are my contributions: 

Looking north from the road near the golf course, the airport and parking area.

This FedEx plane caught our attention as soon as we arrived. 

Saturday, September 14, 2013

"Perspectives, People, and Pontificating"

The band began to play at the Fiery Foods Festival in Pasco, WA., today, and this is when I noticed they were playing kitty-corner from two portable outhouses on the opposite corner just off the right edge of the sketch.  Who came up with such brilliant placement?  Yuk.

I have been having a lot of fun lately incorporating what I learned from Frank Ching regarding perspectives at  the "Line and Color" workshop I attended in Seattle last May.  I like this one, mostly, from a horizon line, vertical line, perspective point of view. 

Looking at it now, hours later, it could have had a few more people on the street.  There were more than what you see here.  But my purpose in putting them there at all, at the time, had more to do with creating a foreground to push the building back than showing the crowd.  It's hard to keep everything in mind when one is floating inside a sketch. 

9x9 Super Aquabee Sketchbook, Lamy Safari, Noodler's Lexington Gray ink.