Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Last week I hiked up Mt. Townsend in the Olympic mountains. While recovering at the top, I made this ink sketch of the awesome view.
After I got back home, I added watercolor to the ink drawing.

Saturday, August 20, 2011

Metolius River

We camped at a campsite near the Metolius River, a beautiful spot.
Here's a photo of the same spot.

Chad and Brittany's house in bend

We visited our son, Chad, and his girlfriend, Brittany. This is their house in Bend.

Streamliner Diner

On the first day of my summer vacation, I drove to Bainbridge Island for a treat - breakfast at the Streamliner Diner. While I was sitting at the counter, I made this sketch of the cook.

I also made this sketch of a couple having breakfast.

Tuesday, August 09, 2011

Watercolor workshop

I attended a workshop by Robin Weiss at Knowles Studio in Poulsbo. Robin did a demo for us in which he emphasized finding a light subject and giving it a dark background so the subject "pops" out. I made the background dark, but I overdid it...it needs some variety.

Robin also pointed out that most of us need to use more water and more pigment, to create that juicy watercolor feel. I'm guilty of scrimping on the paint. Gotta loosen up. But overall it was a great day with my painting friends and I learned a lot. Really appreciated Robin's comments and suggestions.

Another painting of the same subject.

Another treatment of the same subject, trying to loosen up.

Still another attempt to loosen up.

Wednesday, August 03, 2011

Tracyton Cemetery

Today I found the Tracyton Cemetery (didn't even know there was one until someone told me). It's a quiet, peaceful place, delightfully neglected, with tall fir trees and old gravestones scattered through the woods.