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.