Tuesday, December 29, 2009

St. Paul's, Port Townsend

Today I went to Port Townsend for some time off and made this watercolor of St. Paul's Episcopal Church.

Monday, December 28, 2009

Eagle Harbor, Bainbridge Island

Took today off to recuperate from Christmas burnout. Spent a lovely hour making this watercolor of the inner harbor of Eagle Harbor, Bainbridge Island.

Tuesday, December 15, 2009

Our conductor

I sketched Alan Futterman, the conductor of the Bremerton Symphony Orchestra, at one of our rehearsals in preparation for the Christmas concert. 

Saturday, December 05, 2009

Charles Reid study

I copied this from a watercolor in an art book by watercolorist Charles Reid. I like the way I started to get the shadows in the face and the lips.

Winter woods again

Playing with watercolors trying to depict the colors of winter

Winter woods

An attempt to catch some of the lovely winter colors in the trees and sky.

Monday, November 30, 2009

Learning to draw faces with a few strokes

These sketches were made in Starbucks.

Saturday, November 21, 2009

Bremerton Symphony Chorale sketches

This week we've been rehearsing nearly every night for our concert tomorrow night, "A Night at the Opera". We'll sing some of the classic opera choruses: Verdi's Aida, Wagner's Lohengrin, Mussorgsky's Boris Godunov. The sketch on the left is our conductor, Alan Futterman, who has a marvelous nose; and two of the musicians.

Saturday, November 14, 2009

Hillary Clinton

I have a guest preacher tomorrow, so I'm not preparing a sermon tonight. Feels kind of strange. I had time to sketch Hillary Clinton from the cover of Time magazine.


I met Nathan when he and my son were friends in high school. Nathan is now a college student at the University of Oregon and a gifted photographer. I made this sketch from of of his photos on Facebook.

A gray day

It's cold and gray today....what's there to sketch? Maybe I'll find something inside.

I don't have to preach tomorrow because two folks from Hospice will talk, so I have some extra time today. I'll use it to get ready for our mission statement meeting tomorrow after church.

Friday, November 13, 2009

Our house again

I painted our house again using the first sketch as a guide.

Our house on Tracy Avenue

Today I sat across the street and made this watercolor of our house.

Saturday, November 07, 2009

Lovely autumn colors along the side of Clare St.

Friday, November 06, 2009

Self portrait

My first attempt at a self portrait, working from a photo. I tend to be a little tentative and hesitant to use darks for fear of overworking the portrait. I like the colors I used - starting with Windsor yellow, building with permanent rose, and darkening with cobalt blue. I see that the initial outline is critical to getting the right proportions.

Poulsbo Art League artists

At our weekly gathering of Poulsbo Art league, I sketched these artist friends at work.

Tuesday, November 03, 2009

Monday, November 02, 2009

Newspaper guy

Saturday morning at Starbucks reading the newspaper.

Bible scholar at Starbucks

More people do Bible study at Starbucks than anywhere else. This guy was reading his Bible intensely, talking on his cell phone, checking his laptop, and jumping up to talk to people at other tables.

Monday, October 26, 2009

Commuters on the ferry

This morning I went to Seattle on the ferry and sketched this commuter couple. Lots of people commute daily on the ferry and have their own seats and their daily routines, like this couple.

John de Beer and the Klesis Project

Today I attended a workshop on the Klesis curriculum presented by John de Beer. This guy is brilliant...he developed the EFM program and somehow comes up with the best ways of framing questions to help people learn. He's a gangly chap with a charming South African accent and a disarmingly humble manner. Here's my sketch.

Friday, October 23, 2009

Breakfast at Hi-Lo's Fifteenth Street Cafe

Day off (mostly)! Guy and I went to breakfast this morning at Hi-Lo's Fifteenth Street Cafe, my favorite local cafe. I recommend the breakfast burrito with sausage.

Tuesday, October 20, 2009

Trinity Episcopal Church, Seattle

Today I visited a parishioner at Swedish Hospital in Seattle. I got there early, and while I waited for her to come out of surgery, I walked down to Trinity Church and made this sketch. The solid old stone building is quite a contrast to the soaring towers that loom above it.

The Canadian Tenors

Last night Guy and I attended a performance of the Canadian Tenors. We were given free tickets by a parishioner. Lovely voices and they put on a good show. I especially liked "O sole mio".

The Rev. Norman Stockwell

Today I visited St. Mary's, Lakewood, where there was a photo of The Rev. Norman Stockwell. I made a sketch of the photo.

Monday, October 19, 2009

Bainbridge Bakery

I went to Bainbridge Island today and had coffee at the Bainbridge Bakery after my appointment. Heavenly aromas of coffee and baked goods.

Diocesan Convention 2009

Last Friday and Saturday I attended Diocesan Convention in Vancouver. Three other delegates from our parish also attended and we found it a stimulating and faith-filled event. I made these sketches while we were there.
While the bishop gave his annual address, I made a sketch of the convention hall. Click on the image to see a larger version.

During the Eucharist I sang in the choir and surrepetitiously made this sketch of the clergy at the altar.

This is the Vancouver Hilton where the convention was held. I have to admit the Hilton did a great job of hosting the convention.

During the closing Eucharist, five people were ordained deacons. I made this sketch as one of them was being presented to the bishop for ordination.

Friday, October 09, 2009

Thursday afternoon

I took Holy Communion to Charles who rambled along a few words behind me in the Lord's prayer and made a face when I gave him a sip of the wine.

I finished the day with a visit to the Starbucks near the Bremerton ferry terminal and made this sketch. Click on the image to see a larger version.

Wednesday, October 07, 2009

St. Francis

I copied this image from our bulletin cover for last Sunday.

Wednesday, September 30, 2009

Sheriff's Deputies at Starbucks

Today I was working on class preparation at Starbucks when two sheriff's deputies came in. I always feel like a kid when I see law enforcement people. The gun, the badge, the starchy uniforms - I'm in awe of their authority. These two were big strapping young guys, and they carried themselves with confidence but not cockiness. They sat down at a table for coffee. I guess even sheriff's deputies need coffee.

I was impressed by how many people came up to talk with them. They're obviously very much a part of their community. I made a sketch of them and afterward one of them came up to me and asked about the sketch. I showed it to him and said I'd send him a copy. I hope it's not illegal to sketch a deputy!

Saturday, September 26, 2009

St. Paul's, Bellingham

Today I co-officiated and preached at a wedding at St. Paul's Episcopal Church in Bellingham. Before the wedding I made this ten-minute sketch of the church interior.

Monday, September 21, 2009

Katy in her chair

Katy came home from her first day of teaching at community college and collapsed into her chair.The first day of teaching is exhausting. I made a watercolor sketch while she dozed.

Saturday, September 19, 2009

Couple guys at the airport

Last Sunday I went on a very quick trip to Colorado for the burial of my Uncle Charley. On the way back, I made this sketch in the Denver airport.

Saturday, September 12, 2009

The College for Congregational Development

This Friday and Saturday I attended the College for Congregational Development in Federal Way, Washington, and made these sketches. This is Dumas Centre, the retreat center where we stayed during the conference.
The first page of the sketchbook
Second page

Monday, September 07, 2009

Ted Kennedy

Tonight as a way of remembering Ted Kennedy, I made this portrait. He lived a life of many ups and downs but he really found his place when he decided to become the best senator he could be.

Sunday, August 30, 2009

Honeyman Campground

Stayed in Honeyman Campground on the Oregon Coast last week. I made this watercolor as the sun was setting through the tall firs of the campground.