Saturday, May 29, 2010

Bishop Cochrane's funeral

Today I attended the funeral of Bishop Robert Cochrane at St. Mark's Cathedral in Seattle. He was bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of Olympia from 1976 to 1990. While I was listening to the sermon and eulogy I made this sketch of the bishops and deacons in the liturgy. The cathedral is a vast cavern of a place, with four huge columns soaring upward.

It was wonderful to experience good cathedral liturgy, to hear about Bishop Cochrane's life, to see my clergy friends, and to take Holy Communion in the cathedral. I thought the postlude was quite lovely -- Purcell's Trumpet Voluntary. You often hear this stirring music as the bride walks down the aisle for her wedding, but here it was used as the end of the funeral...and the beginning of eternal life.

Friday, May 28, 2010

Imitation is flattery

Another watercolorist I admire is Anne Watkins. She's an amazing watercolorist who knows how to pare the painting down to the essentials. I made a copy of this painting of hers to learn from her. 

learn by copying

In an attempt to broaden my style, I copied this painting by Taswiir, an artist I admire.

Monday, May 24, 2010

Bainbridge Bakers patio

Today I stopped in for coffee at Bainbridge Bakers after a session with my spiritual director. I made this sketch of a couple enjoying the sunny morning on the patio in front of the bakery.

Saturday, May 22, 2010

Starbucks boy

As I often do on Saturday afternoon, I went into Starbucks to work on my sermon. This beautiful little boy sat down with his grandma and mother, so I sketched him in the margins of my sermon notes.

Monday, May 17, 2010

Recent sketches

The Sketchcrawl took place near a Vespa store, so I sketched one of the scooters outside the shop. They look very perky.
I drew this sketch of All City Coffee in Georgetown while I was waiting for the sketchcrawl to begin.
One of the other sketchers on the Sketchcrawl.
This guy was drumming away on the sidewalk next to the Seattle ferry terminal, using old plastic buckets and metal cans for his drums. He was pretty good, and the tourists passing by kept his jar full of money.
Some of the scenery in Starbucks today.
I'm trying to learn how to get the proportions of the whole figure correct, so I drew a general outline first and then filled in the details.
I made this sketch of the grain elevator in La Junta, Colorado, when I visited my mother recently.

Saturday, May 15, 2010

Sketchcrawl 27

Today I took the ferry to Seattle and the bus to Georgetown for the 27th International Sketchcrawl. About 14 of us showed up and sketched in Georgetown, a funky old industrial area that's been revitalized. I made this sketch of an old building on Airport Way. Afterwards we gathered at Jules Mae's Saloon and passed our sketchbooks around. It was so much fun to be with other sketchers. Some of them are amazingly talented and a great inspiration. What fun!!

Monday, May 10, 2010

Graduation at Western State College

I attended the graduation of my niece, Elena Lopez, at Western State College in Gunnison Colorado, on May 8, and made this sketch.

Monday, May 03, 2010

St. Paul's Episcopal Church, Port Townsend

I made this watercolor of St. Paul's because I arrived in Port Townsend early for a birthday party for the Rev. Bob Bethea. We celebrated Bob's seventieth at Lanza's restaurant around the corner on Lawrence St.

Bob is beloved among the clergy of our diocese for his amiable drawl and his big-hearted way of taking everything in. He'll tell you what he thinks and then he'll let out a big belly laugh. There were about 30 people there of all walks of life and it was fun to be with them. Two poems were read and we sang Happy Birthday to the birthday boy. A great evening.

Saturday, May 01, 2010

Old Town building

After the Arthritis Walk today I made this sketch of a building in Old Town.