Saturday, December 31, 2011

Last watercolor of the year

It's New Year's Eve, and I want to get one more post in this blog so I can equal last year's total posts of 109. This portrait is of Zaid, an Iraqi, from this photo. Looking back, I have to say I've improved quite a bit from last year. Participating in the Julia Kay Portrait Party has helped me step up a notch. Happy New Year, everyone!

Tracyton community building

This building sits at the center of Tracyton, right across from the Tracyton Public House and the Texaco station. It's sadly dilapidated and needs to be torn down, but it was once a community building and the heart of Tracyton community life.

My favorite Starbucks

This is the view of my favorite Starbucks from the parking lot.

Starbucks gal

Sketched this girl at Starbucks recently, then added watercolor later.

Friday, December 30, 2011

Arjen Stilklik for JKPP

I like this face a lot. He looks intelligent, with a sense of humor, and yet plain and honest. From this photo.

Eagle Harbor Congregational Church, Bainbridge Island

Eagle Harbor Congregational Church sits at one end of downtown Winslow, and it is a charming 19th century building. I made this sketch after my appointment a couple of weeks ago.

Thursday, December 29, 2011

Patricio Villarreol for JKPP

I made this portrait of Patricio Villarreol for Julia Kay's Portrait Party from this photo.

La Push Boats 3

In the afternoon, Guy and I hiked to Second Beach and experienced the surf right up next to the driftwood logs. The tide was high and we couldn't hike along the beach, so I went back to the harbor and made another watercolor. Found a little more color this time.

La Push Boats 2

The first morning in La Push, I drove to the harbor parking lot and spent several hours working on this watercolor. It was a lot of fun...the rain beating down on the car, wind blowing across the harbor, classical music on the radio. I had a lot of trouble finding color because the day was so gray, and I had difficulty deciding what should be dark and what should be light. Also I had trouble filling so much paper with watercolor washes.  Despite my best efforts, the boat is way too long in proportion to its height.  Let's call it a learning experience.

La Push Boats 1

Two days after Christmas, Katy, Guy and I went to La Push, a small Indian village on the Olympic coast. Guy and I visited this place when we finished our hike on the Olympic coast two years ago, and we found it utterly charming. The natural setting is awe-inspiring, with huge breakers crashing up against big rock formations, the Quillayute River mouth rushing past the docks, ramshackle houses and boats, and a cozy harbor just inside the breakers.

The first evening we were there, I painted these boats form a photo hanging in the motel room as the rain and wind beat on the motel windows.

Monday, December 26, 2011

Frederic Glorieux for JKPP

From this photo of Frederic Glorieux. He has a wonderful face for painting. I painted this without any pencil lines for reference and I'm happy that I got the basic shape of his face.

Sunday, December 25, 2011

Sketchmanni for JKPP

I made this portrait of Sketchmanni for JKPP. Got a little carried away with the darks at the back of the head.

Thursday, December 22, 2011

Tim Schorre 2

After I made a pencil sketch, I made this watercolor of Tim Schorre. I'm getting used to using three colors: cadmium yellow for the undercoat, winsor red for the next layer, and cobalt blue for the shadows. The three colors seem to give a lifelike glow to the skin.

Tim Schorre 1

I've been busy lately getting ready for Christmas Eve, but tonight I had some time to make a couple of portraits. Here's a pencil sketch of Tim Schorre for the Julia Kay Portrait party.

Saturday, December 17, 2011


I made this watercolor to use as a Christmas card for my parishioners. I copied it on white paper and sent it to about 75 people with a personalized message on each one. It took a lot of time but it's worth it.

Thursday, December 15, 2011

Man on the bus

I sketched this man on the bus on my way to a meeting at DHouse in Seattle.

Doing the crossword puzzle

This woman was an excellent model for me today as I was riding the ferry to Seattle.

Wednesday, December 14, 2011

Ramon Carlos Valor portrait

A portrait of Ramon Carlos Valor for Julia Kay's Portrait Party. From this photo. I'm having a lot of fun making portraits of other artists in JKPP.

Claire Billinger portrait

A portrait of Claire Billlinger for Julia Kay's Portrait party. From this photo.

Friday, December 09, 2011

Portrait of Magi

I just joined Julia Kay's Portrait Party, an online group of artists who draw each other's portraits and post them online. This is Magi Patet,a member of the group.

Alan Futterman, conductor

Last night while I was waiting to sing with the chorale, I made this sketch of Alan Futterman, the conductor of the Bremerton Symphony.


During rehearsals for our last concert, I sat behind the tympani and made this sketch while we were listening to the orchestra.

Tuesday, December 06, 2011

Just a few lines

I made a quick sketch of the guy sitting next to me at Starbucks and was pleased with the likeness I got with just a few lines.

Friday, December 02, 2011

Streamliner Diner

This morning I drove to Bainbridge Island to have breakfast at my favorite restaurant, the Streamliner Diner. made this sketch of the counter patrons. While I was sketching, the waitress looked over my shoulder and said, "There's a guy at the other end of the counter sketching, too." Turns out he's Jim Van Dremmelin, and he creates paintings on ostrich eggs for gifts. He showed me his sketchbook. Wonderful ideas and images.

Later I colored the sketch:

Port of Seattle

When I got on the ferry, I had a few minutes to sketch this view of the Seattle Port before the ferry left the terminal. I love the huge ships and the cranes.

Seattle Ferry Terminal

On the way back from the Quiet Day, I arrived at the ferry terminal early, so I made this sketch of cars lining up to go on the ferry.

Ferry commuter

I went to Seattle yesterday for the Quiet Day for clergy at Emmanuel, Mercer Island. On the 7:20 ferry I made this sketch of a ferry commuter working his smartphone.

Thursday, November 24, 2011

A couple of portraits

On a nice leisurely Thanksgiving evening, I made this sketch from a photo at

I made this portrait from a photo at

Friday, November 18, 2011

Tracyton Boulevard Scene

I ♥ Tracyton. This tree is not too far from us, just off Tracyton Boulevard.

Tracyton trees

It's a beautiful fall day in Tracyton. The fall covers are gorgeous, so I found this spot near Tracyton Boulevard to watercolor.

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

St. Barnabas, Bainbridge Island

On Monday I was in Bainbridge Island and stopped by St. Barnabas to make this sketch. The old church sits among the lovely fall colors.

Monday, November 14, 2011

Symphony rehearsal

Tonight we had a rehearsal of the Bremerton Symphony and I made a few sketches of the musicians.

Friday, November 11, 2011

Tree Layers

In this watercolor, I'm trying to get a feeling of depth.

Mickleberry Barn

Silverdale is a place of contrasts. If you drive a short distance from the Starbucks and the Albertson's grocery store, you go down a country lane with an old barn that is as rural as can be.

Thursday, November 10, 2011

Pheasant hunters waiting for a plane

While waiting for my plane in the Sioux Falls airport, I sketched these pheasant hunters. South Dakota is a destination spot this time of year for pheasant hunters who come from all around the country.

Calvary Cathedral, Sioux Falls, SD

I attended Dakota Experience, a workshop on the history and culture of the Dakota people, at Calvary Episcopal Cathedral in Sioux Falls, SD. During lunch break, I made this sketch.

La Junta Mill

This is the La Junta Mill, a grain elevator and feed store in La Junta, a wonder of old sheetmetal, tubes, elevators and storage silos. As I sketched, a cowboy came up to me and asked what I was doing. Turns out he's the son of the owners. The whole place has been condemned as unsafe and they're trying to figure out how to find a new location.

La Junta Post Office

While I was visiting my mother in La Junta, I made this sketch of the Post Office. It's a wonderfully ornate building, built in 1915, and presides over the entire downtown.

The train to SeaTac

I took the train the train to SeaTac airport on the way to Colorado to visit my family. I sketched this woman dozing on the train to the airport.

While waiting for my flight at the airport, I sketched this Native American mask in a display case.

Sunday, October 30, 2011

Guanyin Boddhisattva

Yesterday I got on the ferry to go to a meeting in Seattle. I sat down and started reading the minutes from the last meeting, which said that the meeting was in tacoma, not Seattle! I couldn't get them to turn the ferry around, so I had to go to Seattle and missed my meeting. I decided that God must have wanted me to visit the Seattle Art Museum rather than go to a meeting. I made this sketch of the Guanyin Boddhisattva and watercolored it at home.

Saturday, October 15, 2011

Starbucks couple

As usual, working on my sermon in Starbucks on Saturday afternoon. Took a short break to make this sketch.

Friday, October 14, 2011

Two boats

Point White Drive is a lovely ambling drive on the outside of Bainbridge Island. I stopped and made this watercolor of the two old boats drawn up on the shore.

Bainbridge alley

Today I had a cup of coffee outside Blackbird Coffee in downtown Bainbridge Island. There are tables and umbrellas in the adjacent alley, and people congregate there naturally. A good public space.

Rooster cafe coffee group

Last Monday I had coffee at Roosters Cafe in Bainbridge Island. There's a group of retired guys that like to have coffee together. They look like they enjoy each other..

Baptismal a meeting

Last Saturday I attended a meeting at St. Paul's Episcopal church. From where I sat, I could see the baptismal font in the middle of the center aisle.