Friday, December 31, 2010
Wednesday, December 29, 2010
I've been mostly puttering around this week, slowing myself down and trying to think about what changes I want to make in the coming year. My goal is to simplify my life and do more of the things I enjoy and I'm good at.
Monday, December 13, 2010
After my appointment this morning, I drove around beautiful Bainbridge Island until I found this estuary near Lynwood Center. It's a lovely peaceful place, and I spent a happy hour there making this watercolor.
Yesterday I attended the funeral of the Rev. Webster Barnett at St. Barnabas Episcopal Church in Bainbridge Island. As a member of the clergy, I entered with the procession and sat up in the chancel. From my seat in a nook beside the altar, I was able to sketch the Rector, Dennis Tierney, as he gave the sermon. I added watercolor later.
In the sermon, Dennis spoke eloquently about Webster's life, including his service with the Tenth Mountain Division in WWII. Long after his retirement as a priest, Webster continued to provide pastoral care to parishioners, visiting the sick, bringing communion, faithful to the end.
Friday, December 10, 2010
Friday, November 26, 2010
We spent Thanksgiving with Katy's sister, Margo, who lives in the mountains above the Columbia River Gorge. Chad and Brittany joined us, as well as Guy and his friend, Cori. Here's a watercolor of Margo's house in the snow.
Friday, November 05, 2010
From the ferry terminal, I walked through downtown Seattle on a beautiful clear autumn day. I felt so good being in the pulse of the city. I grabbed bus #49 just as it was leaving Third and Pike, which got me to the Diocesan House about 15 minutes early (gasp). So I stood outside and made a pencil sketch of the lovely old building. After the meeting I stayed to add watercolor.
To get to Convention, I took the ferry and the light rail. While I was waiting for the ferry to arrive in Bremerton, I made this quick sketch of the steel yard for Puget Sound Naval Shipyard next to the ferry terminal.
Friday, October 22, 2010
Today was a lovely autumn day, with cool breezy weather and bright fall colors. I explored the side roads off Tracyton Boulevard and found this old building on Darling Rd. While I was painting, I saw the neighbors eying me, so I cheerfully introduced myself and asked if it was OK to paint. Naturally they said yes, and the lady even brought me a bottle of water after I'd been painting a while.
It turns out that the man grew up in this house when it was located nearby on the beach, and he'd lived on the property most of his seventy years. His father (the original Mr. Darling) bought the property ages ago and operated a sawmill in the forties and fifties. The sawmill, in very dilapidated condition, is still there - the subject of another watercolor!
Tuesday, October 19, 2010
Last night the Bremerton Chorale rehearsed with the Bremerton Symphony in preparation for our concert this Saturday evening. While we were listening to the symphony, I made this sketch of a 'cello player and the assistant director, Gary Dahl, as he conducted the Beethoven piece.
Monday, October 11, 2010
Today I flew into Seattle from Denver and took the light rail to the ferry terminal. While I was waiting for the ferry, I met Mike under the Alaska Way viaduct. His face was dark, intense, moody. I put a few dollars in his cup and asked if I could sketch him. I sat on the ground on the other side of the tunnel and sketched as people walked between us. I hope he's OK tonight.
Friday, October 08, 2010
I'm visiting my mother in La Junta, Colorado, in Southeastern Colorado. This morning was warm and clear, and I drove out south of town and painted this sketch of a field in front of some rocky hills. A very peaceful place.
Wednesday, October 06, 2010
On the way to see my sister in Boulder, I pulled over to a viewpoint on Highway 36 and made this sketch of the Front Range of Colorado. I used both pages of the Moleskine notebook to get the panorama. What a beautiful and dramatic place.
I'm on vacation this week, which hopefully means more time for watercolors. I flew to Denver on Monday and made this sketch of my fellow passenger. He slept soundly for a good protion of the flight which gave me plenty of time to sketch him and then add watercolors. The young Asian woman on my right was too polite to watch me watercolor, but she was delighted when I showed her the finished sketch.
Thursday, September 30, 2010
Today I took the ferry to Seattle for a meeting of the clergy association board. On the way over, the ferry wasn't very crowded so I got a cup of coffee and made a sketch of this guy. He was reading a book and stayed very still the whole time.
Monday, September 27, 2010
Saturday, September 18, 2010
This morning I went to Starbucks to work on my sermon for tomorrow. It's a nice sunny day, and a group of motorcycle guys were outside at the table drinking coffee. So I looked through the window and made a watercolor of this guy. I love the street theater of Harley Davidson guys -- all that black leather and metal. I'm happy that I made this with the watercolor brush and no pen and ink.
This guy was across the room, and I sketched him loosely with pen, then added the watercolor wash. And I also got quite a lot done on my sermon.
Monday, September 13, 2010
Friday, September 10, 2010
The shipyard in Bremerton is a source of great fascination for me. It's heavily barricaded with a steel fence all around, and the entrances bristle with electronic barriers and imposing bars. But it has 10,000 workers, and you can see them at shift changes lugging their backpacks and briefcases as they come and go. It's a place of amazing energy and industry. Today I sat near an entrance and made this sketch.
I love to poke around in forgotten corners and discover hidden places. One of my favorite places is the alley next to one of the walk-in entrances of the Naval Shipyard in Bremerton. This alley is jammed with cars and little houses. During shift changes, shipyard workers pour in and out of the barricaded entrance. Off to the side of the entrance is a brick building, and in the basement level there's a door with a small sign that says, "espresso".
Today I went there and found a tiny subterranean coffee shop with a petite barista and a hulking customer. I got a cup of coffee and started making a sketch. The barista asked me about my weekend; I said I was a pastor and would be preaching on Sunday. Before I know it we were talking about religion. The customer joined in and I hardly had time to sketch.
Thursday, September 09, 2010
The Cavlon building is almost brand-new, one of those glass and cantilevered roof buildings they're building these days. It's quite attractive, and it sits part way up Bucklin Hill so that it looks out over the whole Silverdale valley...the silver dale, I guess. A cloudy day in Puget Sound.
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Sunday, August 29, 2010
I spent this week car camping with my two sons. For years we've spent summer vacations car camping, and we have a camping kit we throw in the car whenever we go. The kitchen box in the sketch above belonged to my parents when I was a kid. It must go back to the early fifties. The beat-up pots and pans are also old family relics still serving staunchly. I love these old things and they make me feel connected to my family and memories of camping with them when I was a boy.
My son Guy and I camped at Cape Disappointment State Park in southwest Washington. In the evening we drove out the north jetty road and came upon this view of the lighthouse. What a great watercolor subject! I grabbed my brushes and tried to capture the rugged beauty of this spot.
I just got back from a week of vacation on the Oregon and Washington coasts. My two sons and I camped and hiked and saw good friends. While we were in the Willapa Bay area, we stopped by this old oyster shack and made a watercolor. It was a lovely summer afternoon, warm with blue skies and a few clouds over the mainland. I spent a good hour making this watercolor.
Friday, August 20, 2010
I've been playing around with color to see what happens when you saturate the paper with color. I mixed up some rich solutions of prussian blue, cadmium yellow, and burnt sienna and sloshed them onto a piece of paper. Luscious!
I'd like to be able to paint more freely and loosely, laying in the colors without being fussy. This is my way of loosening up.
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Thursday, August 19, 2010
Monday, August 16, 2010
It was a hot day today, and people were doing water sports along the Washington Narrows. After I finished a hospital visit, I stopped by the Lebo Park boat ramp and made this watercolor of a truck and boat trailer parked near the boat ramp.
Sunday, August 15, 2010
Saturday, August 07, 2010
I went to Starbucks today to work on my sermon. A young woman came in and sat down in front of me and worked intently on her computer. How could I resist using her as a model? She hardly moved an eyelash, except to take a drink every so often.
Today is sermon day. I'm so burned out from VBS this week I'm having difficulty focusing on the lessons. Out of gas. But Sunday's a-comin', so I'd better get inspired. And fast.
Friday, August 06, 2010
On the way home I found this lovely pastoral scene on Komedal Road on Bainbridge Island. Sheep were grazing in a meadow in front of an old barn with fir trees behind. I parked in the driveway to paint, and when I was halfway through the owner came up to the car window and apologetically asked if I could move so he could get in his driveway. He said, "Go ahead...no problem painting." Wonderful!
Today was the last day of Vacation Bible School. I'm exhausted. I drove to Bainbridge Island and had a roll and a cup of coffee at Bainbridge Bakery as a way of recovering. I made this sketch to relax.
Friday, July 30, 2010
This morning I bicycled 16 miles on Bainbridge Island, then went to breakfast at the Streamliner Diner. I watched the cook make my "Morning Saute"...tomatoes, mushrooms, green onions and spinach over two poached eggs and toast. Scrumptious. He threw the vegies in a black frying pan and swished and flipped them over a high flame till they were steamy and soft, then he carefully dredged two eggs out of the hot water. Mmmm.
After I ate my breakfast, I sketched the cooks at work.
This morning I took a 16-mile ride around the south end of Bainbridge Island. Afterward I drove back to Point White and made a watercolor of this drift log on the beach. The colors are light, so it didn't scan very well.