Saturday, February 27, 2010

Eagle Harbor Dock 2

After I came home I painted the watercolor again using different colors for the sky.

Eagle Harbor Dock

On my day off I went to Bainbridge Island and made this watercolor of boats at a dock in Eagle Harbor.

Tuesday, February 23, 2010

Green Lake house

Today I went to Seattle for a Fresh Start meeting. The bus dropped me off early near St. Andrew's Episcopal Church where the meeting was, so I made a sketch of this beautiful old house near Green Lake. It's made of dark reddish brown brick, on a landscaped hillside above the street. As I was sketching, a young Asian woman came out. "Is this your house?" I asked. "Yes. That's my mother and my baby waving goodbye." I looked up and saw them in the window. She zoomed off in her Prius to some office.

Monday, February 22, 2010

Pegasus Coffee House, Bainbridge Island

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After my appointment in Bainbridge Island this morning, I went to Pegasus Coffee House for coffee and a roll, and made this sketch.

The schooner Dolores M. Jackson

The Dolores M Jackson

Today after an appointment in Bainbridge Island I went to the harbor where I saw the Dolores M Jackson, a gorgeous wooden schooner, tied to the dock. I started to sketch her and an elderly man came by and asked about my sketch. Turns out he was Roy Jackson, the owner of the boat. He told me he built the boat with his wife, Dolores, over 32 years. He gave me the address of a website that tells about the boat.

I proceeded to sketch the boat but boats are extraordinarily hard to draw especially from a three-quarters perspective. I did lots of erasing until I got it pretty close. Then I started painting but I don't care for my choice of colors. Well, anyway, I learned a lot!

Wednesday, February 10, 2010

Herbert O'Driscoll workshop

Last week I attended a preaching workshop by Herbert O'Driscoll. He's the former dean of the College of preachers in Washington, D.C., and has a wealth of knowledge about preaching. He started his talk by reflecting on the life of the preacher. He acknowledged that preaching can be a a lonely endeavor, and he encouraged us to enter into the scripture stories. He urged us to be ourselves and tell our stories and stories of the world around us that intersect with the life of scripture. And he reminded us that most people are unfamiliar with the Bible and need to hear the scripture story fresh every time.

Monday, February 08, 2010

My friend Kathleen

When I lived in Florence, I was a member of the FloTones, a vocal jazz ensemble. We practiced every week for several hours at a time and over the years we got to know each other very well. I was asked to help make a goodbye card for Kathleen, a member of the FloTones, so I made this sketch of her from a photo I took.

Wednesday, February 03, 2010

Capitol building

While I was in Olympia for Clergy Day, I made this watercolor of the Washington State Capitol across the lake.

St. John's Episcopal Church, Olympia

Today I attended Clergy Day at St. Johns, Olympia. During lunch break I went outside and made this watercolor.