Wednesday, April 29, 2015

"Along the Riverwalk in Richland, WA"

With some time to kill this morning (an hour) I drove over to Roaster's Coffee in Richland, then parked in the nearest realtor's office parking lot and sketched these two structures.  The sit along the Riverwalk and the one in the foreground houses, among other businesses, Rosy's Diner.  It is situated just inside the two windows on the far left.  This is one of those occasions when the importance of taking your sketchkit with you at all times becames apparent, as it often does with me.

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.