Tuesday, January 20, 2009

St. Barnabas, Bainbridge Island

Today I attended a meeting of the Fresh Start program at St. Barnabas, Bainbridge Island. The church building is a lovely brick edifice in the style of an English country church. I made this sketch during our lunch break.

Monday, January 19, 2009

Manette shops

After a hospital visit, I drove into Manette and made this sketch of the shops on 11th St.

Saturday, January 10, 2009

Sketchcrawl #21 in Seattle

Today Guy and I took the ferry to Seattle where we joined about twenty other sketchers at a coffee house near the University of Washington. We fanned out to make our sketches, then we gathered back at a cafe for food and to share our sketchbooks. It was so much fun to sketch with these talented and creative people! And I met my hero, Gabi Campanario, who blogs his sketches at Seattle Sketcher.

I made this watercolor of the Art Building at UW:
On the ferry ride home, a girl was playing her guitar and singing her own compositions, so I made a sketch of her:

Monday, January 05, 2009

Monica's Waterfront Bakery

On my day off I had a cup of coffee at the coffee shop in Silverdale's Old Town and sketched the counter.

Progress on woodcarving

Today I spent a couple of hours and carved six more of the arches on this carving. You can see the start of the carving here.

Saturday, January 03, 2009

The sun breaks through - 2

This is another attempt at yesterday's watercolor of Old Town, in my daily sketchbook.

Friday, January 02, 2009

The sun breaks through

This afternoon the winter sun broke through and lit up the clouds and made all the colors come alive. After many days of dull gray, a sunny day is a big relief. This is Old Town in Silverdale.

Thursday, January 01, 2009

Wood carving to start the new year

Today I went out to my wood shop and started carving the top of a frame for some shelves I'm making. It's fun to get out the wood chisels again and feel them bite into the wood. I'm just using pine for this frame, so the cutting is easy. I'd forgotten how important it is to keep stropping the chisel edge to keep it razor sharp.

I use an incised carving technique I found in a book by Charles Marshall Sayers, a Scottish immigrant to the U.S. in the early 1900's. Sayers recommends you use a v-tool to cut all the outlines of the design, then use gouges to cut down to the bottom of the v-tool cuts.