Saturday, December 29, 2012

Prologue to John

Today I'm working on my sermon on John 1, a very abstract text, hard to put into ordinary language. While I was thinking about it, I made this sketch of the guy across from me in Starbucks.

Friday, December 28, 2012

Starbucks beauty

It's been a busy week, with Christmas Eve services to plan and lead, and I haven't had time for sketching. Finally got a breather today and had a cup of coffee at Starbucks. Made this sketch of the young woman sitting across from me.

Wednesday, December 19, 2012

La Junta United Methodist Church

On Sunday we attended La Junta United Methodist Church where my mother has been a member for over forty years. The sanctuary has a beautiful old-fashioned feel to it -- a broad chancel underneath a big arch, traditional carved oak woodwork, and two paintings of biblical scenes of Jesus. I made this sketch of Pastor Terilynn as she preached the sermon.

Pastor Terrilynn Russ

While visiting my mother, we attended La Junta United Methodist Church. My mother has attended this church for over forty years, and it's full of memories. The pastor is Rev. Terrilynn Russ; I made this sketch of her as she sat in her chair near the pulpit.

Belleview Ave, La Junta, CO

Last weekend I flew to Colorado to visit my family. My son, Chad, and his girlfriend, Brittany, came with me and we visited my brother and his family and my two sisters and their families, then we drove to La Junta to spend a couple of days with my mother. I love the quiet simplicity of this little town in the Arkansas River valley. I made this sketch of Belleview Avenue, my mother's street.

Tuesday, December 11, 2012

Starbucks and Kindles

This guy was intently reading his Kindle in Starbucks yesterday. It was a very busy day and I only had a few minutes to get a cup of coffee and a roll. I did this sketch in ink, without a pencil sketch first.

Friday, December 07, 2012

Orchestra sketch

Tomorrow night I'll be singing with the Bremerton Symphony Chorale as we perform The Messiah by Handel. Tonight we had our dress rehearsal, and while we listened to the orchestra play their pieces, I made a sketch of three of our tenors.

Three tenors with watercolor added

Tracyton Library Book Sale

Our last water bill at the church was a whopping $1,500. How am I going to explain that to my parishioners, I wonder? The plumber came to the church today, scratching his head about the leak. He fixed a small leak which just happened to be at the same place where the electric contractor dug under our water line a few weeks ago. So I called the contractor, the county, the water district, and we're trying to resolve this. Ouch. What a headache, and on my day off.

So after dealing with that, I drove home and made this sketch of the Tracyton Community Library Book Sale. It was gray and drizzling, but they had lots of books under the canopy and various plastic sheets. People came by and bought books and I sat in the car across the street and made this sketch. Very soothing after such a morning.

Friday, November 30, 2012

Bainbridge estuary again

I'm fascinated by my Bainbridge estuary subject. I keep trying to paint it with loose, flowing colors. This is my sixth attempt, but watercolors are elusive. Previous attempts are here.

Olympic Eagle 3

This is my third attempt at painting the tug Olympic Eagle and its barge. Previous attempts are here and here.

Thursday, November 29, 2012

Student at Starbucks

It seems like it's been extra-busy lately. I've had three parishioners in the hospital, a flood in the sanctuary, a registration form to make for the clergy association, the usual bulletin and Sunday planning things, plus we're negotiating to buy new property. Today I finally got a break to get a cup of coffee at Starbucks, and I sketched this lanky student across from me.

Friday, November 23, 2012

Estuary yet again

I would really to paint a decent painting of the Bainbridge estuary I've been trying to paint. This is my fifth try.

Truck repairs

On Thanksgiving morning, I drove into Stevenson to find a scene to paint. I came upon a subject I could hardly resist: a guy leaning into the engine compartment of his truck, right next to a deliciously dingy old trailer.

Columbia River Gorge sunset

For Thanksgiving we drove to Stevenson, Washington (in the Columbia River Gorge) where Katy's sister Margo lives. Her house is up the hill from Stevenson, with a partial view to the cliffs of the Columbia Gorge. At sunset, I tried to capture the dark clouds streaming off the mountains above her house. I like the clouds, but the house kind of got lost at the bottom. But maybe that's okay.

Saturday, November 17, 2012

Bus rider 2

Made this sketch of a bus rider today on my way to the funeral.

Bob Espeseth funeral

Today I attended the funeral of Bob Espeseth at St. Mark's Episcopal Cathedral in Seattle. Bob is the husband of my colleague, Cynthia Espeseth, and died tragically a few weeks ago. The cathedral was full, and the liturgy was magnificent. Transcendent organ preludes by Bach, heartfelt tributes by two friends, a warm and personal sermon by Bishop Rickel, the consolation of the resurrection punctuated by holy communion, ending with Fanfare for the Common Man by Aaron Copeland that grabbed us and shook us to our roots as we stood there unable to leave. Most poignant: his daughter carrying the box with his ashes, with his distinctive hat sitting on top. Made this sketch of the cathedral before the service and colored it later.

The ink sketch:

Friday, November 16, 2012

Bainbridge Estuary

A few weeks ago I was poking around Bainbridge Island and explored a small estuary near Lynnwood Center. It's a small inlet from the ocean, surrounded by reeds, grasses, and trees, a serene little place. I took a photo (below) and tried to capture the misty colors and shapes in several renditions.
 My first attempt. 

  Second try.

 Third attempt.

 Fourth attempt.

Here's the photos

Thursday, November 15, 2012

Northwoods construction

I enjoy making pastoral calls because it connects me with wonderful people. But often it's difficult actually getting in to see the person I'm visiting. Yesterday I went to Northwoods Rehab to visit Marge, but she was busy with her physical therapist in the therapy room. While I waited outside, I made this sketch of the construction workers who are building an addition to Northwoods. It was after 4:00, and I could see the fatigue in the workers as they finished up for the day.

Sunday, November 11, 2012

Convention sketches

On Friday and Saturday I attended the annual convention of the Diocese of Olympia. I always have a hard time sitting on a chair for hours and listening to people talk. My butt gets tired and my mind wanders. So I sketch the people around me, and it keeps half my mind occupied so that with the other half I can hear the presentations. Here are the sketches I came up with.

A wise Episcopalian.

 A thoughtful Episcopalian.

A bunch of Episcopalians.

Thursday, November 08, 2012

Ferry cafeteria

Today I went to Seattle to preside and preach at two Eucharists in front of the cameras at KING-TV studios. The Eucharists will be aired November 18 and 25. On the way over, I sketched these two guys in the cafeteria on the ferry.

Monday, November 05, 2012

House on Wood Ave.

It seems to me that Bainbridge Island is full of visual delights. All the houses are surrounded by trees and interesting landscape features. I could paint all day there.

This fall, I'm taking a class on the Enneagram from Bev Gaines and Martha Middleton. I'm finding the content of the class fascinating because I'm learning more about human nature, what makes us tick. The Enneagram descriptions of personality types are so true to life, and I can always come up with lots of examples in people I've encountered. In addition, it helps me understand myself better, and how I can become more fully human, more myself.

Today after my class, I made a watercolor of this house on Wood Ave., not far from downtown Bainbridge.

Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Olympic Eagle tugboat 2

This is my second attempt at making a watercolor of this tugboat photo by Linda Evans. I'm trying to get some contrast between the tugboat hull and the barge, while staying loose with the watercolors. I kind of lost the hull in this one. Maybe I'll try again.

Saturday, October 27, 2012

Settling my nerves

I'm in a state of considerable anxiety because of an important parish meeting tomorrow. Plus, today is sermon-writing day. So when I went to Starbucks for my drill-down session for the sermon, I stopped and made a sketch of this young woman first. Sketching helps calm me down and settle my nerves.

Thursday, October 25, 2012

Bright Water School

Before my meeting, I spent about twenty minutes making an ink sketch of this beautiful old school on Tenth Ave. in Seattle. After the meeting I spent a half hour adding watercolor while waiting for my bus.

CADO Meeting

I attended a CADO meeting today (Clergy Association of the Diocese of Olympia) and made this sketch of the participants while I was listening.

Bus rider

I go to meetings in Seattle once or twice a month, and when I go I prefer to walk onto the ferry and take the bus to Diocesan House up on Capitol Hill. Walking through downtown Seattle and riding the bus provides such delicious visual variety, it's a feast for the eyes. Today I made this sketch of a Asian woman in front of me on the bus.

Friday, October 19, 2012

Port Townsend Hotel

I made this sketch of a hotel in downtown Port Townsend today. Port Townsend has the most wonderful collection of old buildings and Victorian homes. There's always something interesting to sketch.

Thursday, October 18, 2012

Olympic Eagle tugboat

I made this watercolor based on this Flickr photo by Linda Evans. I kept the painting really loose, especially along the hull, and I like the effect. I need to paint more loosely like this.

Sunday, October 14, 2012

Bishop Rickel

Bishop Rickel preached at the Installation of the new Dean, Steve Thomason. In his sermon, he talked about how they've been good friends for many years.

St. Mark's Cathedral

Yesterday I attended the Installation of the new Dean of St. Mark's Cathedral, The Very Rev. Steven Thomason. It was a magnificent liturgy, just what the Episcopal Church does well. before the service, I made this sketch of the interior of the nave as people were gathering.

Friday, October 12, 2012

Fall colors on Sherwood Drive

We've had a lovely dry fall, and the colors of the trees are just coming out now. I pulled off of Tracyton Boulevard and made this sketch of Sherwood Drive.

How do you spell relief?

Today I had an appointment with Dr. Moeller, my urologist. The result? My prostate is a little swollen, not bad, and no signs of cancer. Glad I got that over with! Afterward, out of relief, I made a sketch of the Doctors Clinic.

The Doctor's stool

Today I went to Dr. Moeller, the urologist. While I was waiting for him, I made a sketch of the stool. What else ya gonna do in an exam room?

Saturday, October 06, 2012

Starbucks Sidewalk

It was a balmy autumn afternoon while I worked at Starbucks. Looking out the window, I made this sketch of the scene on the sidewalk.

When I got home, I added some color:

Another church meeting

Today I dutifully attended a church meeting at Christ Church in Tacoma. All was not lost, though -- I made several sketches as I listened to the discussions about diocesan budget and nominations.

Here's another one, in my Moleskine notebook:

I also sketched my friend Ken Stephens:

Thursday, October 04, 2012

With a watercolor brush

This young woman was sitting across from an older man (her father?) at Starbucks. I did this sketch with only a watercolor brush. I'm happy with the way it came out. You can see my initial attempts at her profile that I corrected as I went along.

Starbucks thinker

I sketched this guy in pencil, then added watercolor later.

A sunny day outside Bainbridge Bakers

On a lovely warm fall day, I had my coffee outside Bainbridge Bakers and made this sketch of the courtyard.