Friday, August 31, 2012

Pickup truck subject


Sometimes I waste a tremendous amount of time searching for a suitable watercolor subject. But a true artist should find subjects everywhere. While I was visiting Chad and Brittany, I stepped out their door and saw this old pickup in the alley and I thought, "I can paint that." It has all the challenges of any painting: composition, shape, color, and value. I spent a pleasant hour working on this watercolor.

Monday, August 27, 2012

Guy on the computer


While Guy was on the computer, I made this sketch of him.

Chad and Brittany's summer rental house


On my vacation, Guy and I drove to Florence, OR, where we visited Chad and Brittany. While we were there, I stepped outside and made this sketch of their little rental house. It's located down a side alley in the landlord's back yard. They're renting it for a month or so just so they can get away from the city. Sure was nice to spend a couple of days with them.

Monday, August 13, 2012

Port Townsend busker


I went to Port Townsend and made this sketch of a young man playing his violin on the sidewalk for donations.
I used to work in a shipyard, so boats are a fascination of mine. I made a watercolor of this rusty fishing boat sitting out of the water in the Port Townsend boatyard. In the upper right you can see my thumbnail sketch.

Friday, August 03, 2012

Chimacum Shed




I made a watercolor of this shed near Chimacum. A photo of the shed is below.


Here's a self-portrait  made on the spot:


Thursday, August 02, 2012

Starbucks again


Yet another Starbucks customer slaving away on his laptop.

Navy whites


On the way back from an ordination in Seattle last night, I made a sketch of this sailor in his Navy whites. Funny how fit and alert those uniforms make them look.