Wednesday, June 30, 2010

The barn at St. Antony's

Probably the most distinctive thing about St. Antony's is our barn. It's a leftover from the time when our property was a residence. Now we use the barn for storage and some activities.

Today I had a little time in the late afternoon so I made this watercolor of the barn and the trees behind it.

Tuesday, June 29, 2010

Sunset across Dye's Inlet

For the entire month of June I've ridden my bicycle nearly every day. One of my favorite rides is to leave our house and ride along the shore of Dye's Inlet. Often I ride near sunset, and as I return I can see the sun setting over Olympic mountains with the sunset reflected on the water. Tonight when I got home I made this watercolor from memory of the sun coming through the clouds over Dye's Inlet.

Friday, June 25, 2010

Some recent sketches

Here are a few sketches I made recently.
I was at a meeting at Diocesan House last week.

This morning I bicycled about 15 miles on Bainbridge Island and rewarded myself with breakfast at the Streamliner Diner. I sketched this guy after I ate.

This guy was concentrating on his yellow legal pad at the Bainbridge library.

Tuesday, June 15, 2010

Hood Canal

Every Tuesday I meet with local Lutheran clergy to study the Bible text for the upcoming Sunday in preparation for our sermons. It's a good group I've come to trust and enjoy a lot. This week we were invited to the home of our mentor and guru, Ed Roe. Ed's a retired Lutheran pastor and he offers us printed resources, including some of his own sermons.
We met at noon today at Ed's house on Hood Canal, and I sat on a chair and made this watercolor before we had lunch and text study. The Olympic Mountains on the other side of Hood Canal loom mysteriously, shrouded in clouds that wrap around the peaks. I tried to capture that look in the watercolor.

Monday, June 14, 2010

CCD people

Every day at the College of Congregational Development we would gather in the main room before starting. I made this quick sketch of our gathering one morning.

Good Shepherd Church

One of the projects for the College of Congregational Development was to visit a nearby parish. My group visited the Episcopal Church of the Good Shepherd in federal Way. One of the parishioners who gave us a tour was Ken, whom I sketched as we talked. He's very devoted to his church and was happy to tell us all about it.

Marina dock and boats

This morning I got up early and drove to the marina again to make this sketch. I used pen and ink to sketch out the scene, then added watercolors, but it made the sketch a little too tight. A wonderful morning at the docks.
I trespassed through a boatyard to get to a good place to sketch, and when the workmen showed up, they asked, "Can I help you?" Sort of a way of saying, "What are you doing here?" I said, "I'm making a sketch." They nodded, "Hmm," and went back to their work.

Boat with reflections

On Sunday morning I went to the marina about 6:00 AM. It was pretty deserted so I sneaked down past a fishing boat on the marine railway and found a place to sit on the dock to make this sketch. As I worked, the sun came out and illuminated the boat, and gave me wonderful reflections to paint. I like the rich colors of the pilings.

This marina is a wonderful place to sketch with all kinds of boats and docks and marine machinery to draw. As I worked, a couple of fisherman showed up and started working on the fishing boat on the railway. I chatted with them briefly as I left the dock. Reminded me of the days when I worked for Petersburg Shipwrights in Alaska.

Carl Knirk Funeral

Last week I was attending the College for Congregational Development in Federal Way. The trainers cancelled the program for part of Saturday so we could attend the funeral of Carl Knirk at the Cathedral in Seattle.

Carl was a big-hearted, warm and generous person, and he knew lots of people throughout the diocese in his role at Canon for Stewardship. He died suddenly a couple of weeks ago, and lots of people are in shock. The cathedral was packed, showing how many people were touched by his life. We got there a little early and I made the sketch of the Cathedral above.
As Bishop Rickel preached his sermon, I made this sketch of him in the pulpit. He said, "I was taught that the sermon at a funeral should be about the Gospel, not about the person who died. But I'm going to talk about Carl because his life was the Gospel to us."
As Bishop Greg sat in his chair, I made this sketch of him with his flowing robes.

Thursday, June 10, 2010

Dumas Bay Centre

This is the front of the Dumas Bay Centre where I've been attending the College for Congregational Development this week. Don't ask me why they spell it "centre" rather than "center".

Dash Point driveway

Early one morning I drove to Dash Point and found this driveway with lovely old firs towering over the drive and house. I'm not happy with the left side of the painting, but I like the right side, especially near the base of the big fir tree.

I painted in my car parked to the side of a small lane. Several people drove past on their way to work, scowling at the narrow opening in the lane beside my car. They looked pretty stressed. Relax and paint a watercolor!

Tyee Marina 2

This morning I drove down to Tyee Marina again and made this sketch of the buildings I painted yesterday. This time I stood on the float next to the gate. It was raining slightly, and the raindrops spattered the watercolor in the background.

A cheerful old gent came by and looked at my sketch. he said he'd been living on his boat for ten years there. "Don't know why I waited so long," he said. "I love it here. Except for bringing supplies down the dock and dealing with the rain and snow."

He told me a story about another man who lives aboard a boat. When he moved from his house to the boat, he brought his lawn mower down to the dock, took it out in the bay and ceremoniously pitched it overboard. "I'll never mow another lawn the rest of my life," he crowed.

Tyee Marina 1

This week I'm attending the College for Congregational Development in Federal Way. It's an intense eight-day program, and I need to get away every so often and clear my head. So each morning I've gotten up early and made a watercolor of something in the area. This is a view of Tyee Marina on Commencement Bay. This area is a funky, broken-down, post-industrial waterfront with sagging docks, crumbling concrete, aging buildings and other visual delights.

As I was working on this painting, a man came up and peered over my shoulder. He was a boat owner arriving early to work on his boat ("a never-ending project", he said). A retired art teacher, he suggested that I try the view from the dock behind me. "I'm glad to see someone still paints outside", he said.

"There's damn few of us left," I said.

Friday, June 04, 2010

Copy of portrait

I was so impressed by Mariah ONeill's portrait of Bill Ayton that I had to try to copy it. Got the proportions a little off and had a hard time with the eyes. But a good learning experience.