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.
Saturday, December 29, 2012
Friday, December 28, 2012
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
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.
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.
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
Friday, December 07, 2012
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.
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
Thursday, November 29, 2012
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
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.
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
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
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.
Here's the photos
Thursday, November 15, 2012
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
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
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
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
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
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
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.
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
Thursday, October 18, 2012
Sunday, October 14, 2012
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
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.
Saturday, October 06, 2012
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.
I also sketched my friend Ken Stephens:
Thursday, October 04, 2012
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.