Thursday, September 30, 2010

Ferry to Seattle

Today I took the ferry to Seattle for a meeting of the clergy association board. On the way over, the ferry wasn't very crowded so I got a cup of coffee and made a sketch of this guy. He was reading a book and stayed very still the whole time.

Monday, September 27, 2010

Coupla guys in Starbucks

I sketched these guys in Starbucks today in pencil and then added an ink wash later.

Saturday, September 18, 2010

Starbucks portraits

This morning I went to Starbucks to work on my sermon for tomorrow. It's a nice sunny day, and a group of motorcycle guys were outside at the table drinking coffee. So I looked through the window and made a watercolor of this guy. I love the street theater of Harley Davidson guys -- all that black leather and metal. I'm happy that I made this with the watercolor brush and no pen and ink.

This guy was across the room, and I sketched him loosely with pen, then added the watercolor wash. And I also got quite a lot done on my sermon.

Monday, September 13, 2010


After my appointment in Bainbridge Island today, I got a cup of coffee and wrote up my notes on our meeting. Then I sketched this guy on the patio outside Bainbridge Bakers.

Friday, September 10, 2010

Shipyard gate

The shipyard in Bremerton is a source of great fascination for me. It's heavily barricaded with a steel fence all around, and the entrances bristle with electronic barriers and imposing bars. But it has 10,000 workers, and you can see them at shift changes lugging their backpacks and briefcases as they come and go. It's a place of amazing energy and industry. Today I sat near an entrance and made this sketch.

Steve's Alley Espresso

I love to poke around in forgotten corners and discover hidden places. One of my favorite places is the alley next to one of the walk-in entrances of the Naval Shipyard in Bremerton. This alley is jammed with cars and little houses. During shift changes, shipyard workers pour in and out of the barricaded entrance. Off to the side of the entrance is a brick building, and in the basement level there's a door with a small sign that says, "espresso".

Today I went there and found a tiny subterranean coffee shop with a petite barista and a hulking customer. I got a cup of coffee and started making a sketch. The barista asked me about my weekend; I said I was a pastor and would be preaching on Sunday. Before I know it we were talking about religion. The customer joined in and I hardly had time to sketch.

Thursday, September 09, 2010

Cavalon building

The Cavlon building is almost brand-new, one of those glass and cantilevered roof buildings they're building these days. It's quite attractive, and it sits part way up Bucklin Hill so that it looks out over the whole Silverdale valley...the silver dale, I guess. A cloudy day in Puget Sound.

Starbucks couple

I saw this couple in Starbucks in deep conversation. Wonder what they were talking about.