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.