Friday, October 14, 2016

Shana at life drawing

This is my best effort at life drawing today. Funny how I seem to do better with the initial warmup sketches when I'm loose.  18 x 24 inches.

Wednesday, October 12, 2016

Monday, October 10, 2016

Friday, October 07, 2016

Life drawing Terrance

The best of my work today. I'm trying not to paint everything, but leave some white spaces. I like the proportions here.

Wednesday, October 05, 2016

St. Thomas Episcopal Church, Medina, WA watercolor

I started making this watercolor during lunch break at my meeting on September 24, but I didn't finish it until much later. I erased the trees by painting water over them and picking up the paint with a paper towel, then I painted them in again. Not too satisfied with the overall result. I had hoped it would be better. The problem is I don;t have a clear center of interest, and the values are all similar. Besides that, I painted the islands in the foreground just as they were. I could have altered them to lead the eye into the background.

Monday, October 03, 2016

Sizun for JKPP

Made this watercolor portrait from this photo. I'm becoming more aware of the interplay between warm colors and cool colors, and I'm trying to bring this out in my portraits.

Victor Ploscaru for JKPP

Made this rough sketch with conte crayon from this photo.

Friday, September 30, 2016

Life drawing with Terrance

Best paintings today.

Saturday, September 24, 2016

Waiting for the ferry

On the way back from my meeting, I made this sketch while waiting in line for the ferry. I finished just in time to jump into my car and drive onto the ferry.

Sketch of St. Thomas Episcopal Church, Medina, WA

Before a meeting at St. Thomas, Medina, I made this sketch while sitting on the ground across the street.

Friday, September 23, 2016

Anette Grimmel for JKPP

Made this watercolor of a new member of Julia Kay's Portrait Party. From this photo.

Life drawing starts up for fall

Life drawing has begun again for fall. What a pleasure to see my artist friends again and jump right into drawing and painting. Tami was our model today.

These are one-minutes drawings. I was pleased with the proportions.

My best painting for the day.

Thursday, September 15, 2016

Juan for JKPP

I'm trying to get back into doing portraits after a period away. Here's Juan, from this photo.

Friday, August 26, 2016

El Balcon Restaurant

I spent some time in downtown Bremerton, and made some sketches of people going to the ferry terminal. At lunch I thought I'd try El Balcon, a Guatemalan restaurant on the main drag. It's a tiny little place with barely room for the people making the food and a long line of customers straggling out the door and onto the street. It took a long time to place my order and get my food, but oh my was it good. I went back for a second pupusa and made this sketch while I waited.

Friday, August 12, 2016


Sketched this guy in Starbucks for Uma Kelkar's birthday party on Facebook.

Friday, July 29, 2016

204 Prospect Ave, Hood River, OR

This morning I found this lovely Craftsman home a couple of blocks from our vacation rental. I sat down on my tripod stool and started sketching when a woman in the house across the street came out to see what I was doing. She was very curious about my painting, even took some photos of me at work. Nice to have a support group!

311 Montello Ave, Hood River, OR

We're renting a vacation home in Hood River for a few days. This morning I got up early and went walking around the neighborhood. I chose one of the many lovely homes for a subject. While I painted, walkers and joggers passed by with a wave or hello. When I finished, the owner of the house came out to look at my painting. Very friendly place.  Watercolor, 9 x 12 inches.

Here's the preliminary pencil sketch.

Thursday, July 28, 2016

Wednesday, July 27, 2016

Hood River houses, early morning

We're having a few days of vacation in Hood River, Oregon, at a vacation rental house. Early this morning I got up and made a couple of watercolors of houses in our area.

39 Serpentine Rd., Hood River, OR

210 May St., Hood River, OR

Monday, July 25, 2016

Tuesday, July 19, 2016

Monday, July 18, 2016

Wednesday, July 13, 2016

Monday, July 11, 2016

Post Alley in Pike Street Market

After my meeting today in Seattle, I strolled through Pike Street Market on my way back to the ferry. While I was there, I made a quick ink sketch and colored it on the ferry.

Elizabeth Wilson for JKPP

Lately I've been doing a lot of these portraits for Julia Kay's Portrait Party. I find it relaxing to do one or two before I go to bed. I think this is one of my better ones! From this photo.