Sunday, August 29, 2010

Camp sketch

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.

Cape Disappointment lighthouse

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.

Oysterville, Washington

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

Playing around with color

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.

Thursday, August 19, 2010

Vintage Apartments in Silverdale

Yesterday I led a Bible study at Vintage Apartments in Silverdale. Five elderly ladies and I explored "blessings" in the Bible. Afterward I made this sketch of the building.

Monday, August 16, 2010

Pickup truck

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

Port Townsend

On Friday I bicycled 18 miles near Port Townsend, then had a big plate of Boatyard Hash at Hudson Point Cafe, then made a watercolor of downtown Port Townsend. What a great day.

Saturday, August 07, 2010

Starbucks laptop user

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

Seabold Farm

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 problem painting." Wonderful!

Bainbridge Bakery patio

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.

Claremont Apartments

Yesterday afternoon after Vacation Bible School I made a visit to a parishioner at Claremont Apartments in Bremerton. Afterward I made a sketch of the sign in front of the apartment building as a way of relaxing.