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

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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.