Saturday, December 27, 2008

Starbucks coffee group

It's funny watching guys get together for their morning coffee. These guys were joking around with each other, obviously enjoying a little time together before they went to work.

Friday, December 26, 2008

Slush and snowmelt with color

This is a view of our house from the intersection of Bucklin Hill Road and Mickelberry Road on a gray and slushy day.

Slush and snowmelt

It's a bleak day after Christmas, with gray skies and snow melting everywhere. I made this sketch with sleet coming down. This is a view of our house from the corner nearby.

Friday, December 19, 2008

My prayer table

Every morning I spent 45 minutes to an hour in prayer. First I light a candle and do 20 minutes of centering prayer, using a rosary for prayer beads. Then I use my Prayer Book and Bible to go through Morning Prayer.

This sketch shows the stool I use as a table for the candle, and you can see my Psalter, Bible, and Prayer Book along with my rosary and my prayer bowl. The bowl was made for me by a friend, and I have small pieces of paper with prayers on them. At the end of Morning Prayer, I take the pieces of paper out and I pray for each concern as I put them back in the bowl.

Friday, December 05, 2008

Hospital waiting room

Today I spent several hours in the waiting room of the hospital while a parishioner was in surgery for knee replacement. I made a sketch while I waited.

Tuesday, December 02, 2008

Silverdale Lutheran Church

Every Tuesday I go to a text study group at Silverdale Lutheran Church. Between four and eight local pastors meet to discuss the Bible lessons for the upcoming Sunday. Since we're usually using the same lessons, we all have a common goal of preparation for our Sunday sermon. Most of the pastors are Lutherans, but they allow the stray Episcopal and Methodist pastors to join, too.

I really enjoy this group. These are smart people with rich backgrounds in ministry. They're compassionate, warm, self-effacing, and creative people, and I feel fortunate to join the group. Bill Crabtree, the pastor at Silverdale Lutheran is the organizer of this group and a wonderful man.

After today's meeting, I had some time to stand outside and sketch the church. I think I got the basic outline of the church with the proper perspective, the values are more or less right, but I'd like to have a better color choice for under the porch. Anyway, a fun, quick sketch.

Friday, November 21, 2008

COTA Eucharist

At convention, we were treated to a Eucharist with the Church of the Apostles. Here's my sketch of the artists as they celebrated the Eucharist.

SeaTac Hilton Convention Hotel

Last week I was at the Diocesan Convention. During one of the breaks I slipped outside and made a quick sketch of the hotel.

Thursday, November 13, 2008

My image of Antony

I've been doodling on a sketch of Saint Antony for some time. This is one of my latest sketches of what he might look like.

Antony lived in Egypt around the year 300 AD, when the Christian community was strong in Alexandria. Antony lived during the time that Constantine adopted Christianity as the official religion of the Roman Empire, and for Antony that was a tragedy. He believed that martyrdom and sacrifice were part of the essence of the faith, and without them, the faith would become soft and meaningless.

So he sold everything he had and went into the desert to live the life of a monk. He fasted and prayed and struggled with the temptations of the flesh.

Antony is our patron saint, and I keep trying to come up with ways in which we as a parish are like Antony. I'd like for us to have a visual image to represent our parish, and this sketch is part of my imaginative work with Antony.

Sunday, November 09, 2008

Chief Niwot

This is a sketch of the Chief Niwot statue in the Boulder Canyon park. Chief Niwot was a the chief of the tribe that lived in the Boulder creek area when the first white man arrived. He worked for peace, but he was killed in the Sand Creek Massacre.


These are the doodles I drew during the flight to Colorado.

Sea-Tac Airport

While I was waiting for my flight, I sketched the waiting area at Sea-Tac airport with the Starbucks kiosk.

Tuesday, November 04, 2008

Second time for elevators

I re-painted my previous watercolor because I wanted to improve my grays. This one is done with only three colors - windsor yellow, permanent rose, and windsor blue. I mixed the grays with all three colors, trying to get a range of grays. I used only my #12 flat brush for this.

Grain elevator

This is the grain elevator in this small southeastern Colorado town. I experimented with different shades of gray.

Railroad car

Today I'm visiting my mother in southeastern Colorado. I went to the rail yards and made this watercolor of a railroad car.

Tuesday, October 21, 2008

St. Andrew's, Aberdeen

Today I went to a "Fresh Start" meeting in Montesano. Fresh Start is a program to help clergy who are newly arrived in the Diocese. It's a support group and a learning experience for those of us who are making transitions in our ministry. As always, it's good to share with other clergy and hear how they're doing. I always get good ideas when I listen to others.

Afterwards I drove a few miles down the road to Aberdeen and made a sketch of St. Andrew's Church, located in the downtown area.

Monday, October 20, 2008

South Puget Sound Community College

On Monday (my day off) I drove with Katy to Olympia where she teaches at South Puget Sound Community College. It's a lovely campus with the buildings carefully integrated into the trees. While Katy was teaching her cultural anthropology class, I made this sketch.

Saturday, October 11, 2008

Silverdale Post Office

I went to the Post Office to mail a letter and buy some stamps, and while I was there I made this sketch.

Thursday, October 09, 2008

St. Margaret's, Bellevue

I attended a training session at St. Margaret's Episcopal Church in Bellevue. During the lunch break, I slipped outside and made a quick sketch of the church. It has a dramatic outline with a soaring peak, and windows that pour down light into the worship space.

Monday, October 06, 2008

Autumn maple tree

Our maple tree has lost some of its leaves but it still is a great subject for a watercolor. This is the back of our house.

Self portrait

Saturday, October 04, 2008

Library girl with book

I went to the library to do some reading and sketched this girl who was reading a book. Her mother was sitting next to her, but they got up and left before I caught her mother. This is in my Moleskine journal (you can see some of my notes on the edges).

The Silverdale Library is very small but very popular. There's no open space at all because it's jammed with bookshelves and computer desks, and there are people everywhere. They could use triple the space.

Mall people

Today I went to Barnes & Noble to find a book on St. Francis. While I was at the mall, I took the opportunity to sketch some mall people.

Tuesday, September 30, 2008

Hood Canal house

Every Tuesday afternoon I meet with a group of lutheran pastors to study the scripture texts for the upcoming Sunday. Today we were invited to the house of a retired Lutheran pastor for lunch and the scripture study.

I came out a little early and made this watercolor of the house and the estuary in front of the house. As always, you can get a larger view by clicking on the image.

Monday, September 29, 2008

Maple tree

This is a watercolor of our backyard. Our maple tree is resplendent in its fall foliage, and I wanted to capture the bright colors.

Sunday, September 28, 2008

The old bell at the church

This bell is in the coutyard of the church. During a break I made this watercolor. I think this is the best watercolor I've done yet!

Sunflowers in the church garden

While on was on a break during Cursillo, I wandered into the community garden on the church property and sketched these sunflowers.

Fall colors

I sketched this tree in the courtyard at the church.

Cursillo talks

I spent the last three days on the spiritual team of a Cursillo event at an Episcopal Church in Mercer Lake. We spent much of the time in a room listening to talks on the Christian faith. While listening to one of the talks, I sketched the room.

Friday, September 19, 2008

Thank you leaf

I made this watercolor as a thank you card for a very kind lady in our parish.

Maple leaf

I made this watercolor of a leaf that fell from our maple tree.

Wednesday, September 10, 2008

Stewardship Meeting

Last night I attended a stewardship meeting. It was excellent; we had good ideas from strong leaders. I sketched a couple of faces on the meeting agenda.

Dr. Jonathan Shay

I attended a lecture at Fort Lewis on "Post Traumatic Stress Disorder" by Dr. Jonathan Shay. About a hundred fifty people attended. I would guess two thirds of them were army chaplains in their fatigues; the rest of us were civilian duffers. I made this sketch while he was talking.

His talk was excellent. The first point he made was that it shouldn't be called PTSD. He says post traumatic stress is an injury, not a disorder. Calling it a disorder is using the language of sickness, malady, and disease. It's not a disease; its an injury. He said that when a soldier has shrapnel in his thigh, it's treated as an honorable war wound. But when a soldier is diagnosed with PTSD, it sounds as if the soldier is weak or unfit. He would like to change our thinking around this injury.

Madigan Hospital at Fort Lewis

(Click to see a larger image)
After I attended a lecture on PTSD at the Fort Lewis army hospital, I made a sketch of the hospital. I was awed by the natural beauty of the army base. There are big open spaces with tall elegant fir trees on the edges, and the hospital was landscaped beautifully. There was a creek running through a courtyard in the hospital, lined with rocks and bushes as if it was in a wilderness.

I wanted to capture the reflections in the water and I made a fair job of it considering I haven't tried this before.

Monday, September 08, 2008


This afternoon I went to the local art store for a free session on drawing drapery. The art store manager was the teacher, and there were four students: two high school girls, an asian woman about 30 years old, and me.

The teacher talked almost non-stop about how he lost his car keys, had to take a bus to bring a spare set, his divorce and his daughters, and also a little about art. The girls were very creative kids, the kind that don;t always fit in. They talked about their favorite music and movies with the instructor.

While all this went on, I drew the drapery the teacher set up on the table. A good learning session in more ways than one.

Thursday, September 04, 2008

Seabeck scene

Today I took communion to an elderly gentleman who lives with his daughter and son-in-law near Seabeck. On the way back I stopped at Seabeck and made this sketch while perched on a rock beside the beach.

Monday, September 01, 2008

Mickelberry heaven again

I made this as a postcard for a friend, using the watercolor from yesterday as a guide.

Saturday, August 30, 2008

Our Mickelberry heaven

I spent a couple of very happy hours this morning sitting in the sun trying to paint the house and barn from the back of the property. I didn't succeed very well, but as they say, every failure is a chance to learn something new!

Our house is such a pleasant place to live. Katy is out picking more blackberries to make more of her delicious blackberry jelly. Her garden is bursting with tomatoes, zucchini, beans, and peppers. The apples are ripening on the trees and the plums are weighing down the boughs with deep purple fruit. Our Mickelberry heaven.

Thursday, August 28, 2008

Alaska Way

Today I took the ferry to Seattle to see a parishioner in the hospital. While waiting for the return ferry, I made this sketch along Alaska Way, just outside the ferry terminal.

Saturday, August 23, 2008

Workshop notes

My notes from the workshop on youth ministry I attended today. We were supposed to draw the "ideal youth ministry". Click on the image for a larger view.

St. Columba, Kent

Today I went to a workshop called "Youth Ministry 101" at St. Columba Episcopal Church in Kent. At lunch I met a sketch of the church, and after the workshop I added color.

Wednesday, August 13, 2008

Manette street

After a visit to the Bremerton hospital today, I drove into Manette, my favorite part of Bremerton. Manette is an older part of town just across the bridge from downtown. I love the hodgepodge of streets and old buildings that offer prinked perspectives.

I sat in the car and made this watercolor, totally oblivious that I hadn't turned my headlights off after leaving the parking garage at the hospital. Dead battery! I called Katy, and she came to rescue me. Oh, the price of art...!

Thursday, August 07, 2008

St. Antony again

I made this sketch this morning as a thank-you note to some friends. It's St. Antony's Church.

Compare with this earlier sketch.

Wednesday, August 06, 2008

Waterfront Bakery

This is my favorite coffee place so far in Silverdale. It's the Waterfront Bakery and Cafe located in Old Town. I made a sketch while having coffee on Monday, my day off.

Monday, August 04, 2008

Silverdale Library

I like the tall fir trees behind the library, so I used this sketch to learn how to draw trees. I'm trying to find a way to paint fir branches with their shadows and also keep the "sky holes".

Silverdale beach

It's my day off, so I sat at the edge of a parking lot and made this watercolor sketch of the Silverdale beach looking south toward the Yacht Club Broiler. I don't think we have a yacht club in Silverdale, but I guess it's a good name for a beachfront restaurant.

I was trying to paint the beach rocks and the reflections. I got the general idea, but I have a lot to learn abut beaches and rocks!

Sunday, August 03, 2008

The Patio Restaurant in Bremerton

After a visit to the hospital in Bremerton, I stopped at the Patio Restaurant for a cup of coffee and a scone. An elegant little place with a view of the Manette Bridge.

Wednesday, July 30, 2008

Silverdale Medical Center

Today I went to the doctor to get acquainted with my new physician. He's a bright young man, typing busily on his computer while firing questions at me. Afterwards I made a sketch of the clinic.

Monday, July 28, 2008

Summer barn

This is the old barn on our rental property. I did this watercolor in the field above our house, and the sun was shining directly on the paper, making it hard to mix the watercolors.

Hood Canal house

I visited some parishioners whose house is perched just above Hood Canal. It's a charming old place, built in 1908, and I asked them if I could make a sketch before I left. Here it is.