Tuesday, December 31, 2013

Greaves Rd House 2


I painted the Greaves Rd house again, adding a couple of trucks and trying to make a better composition. Unfortunately, the center of interest is smack-dab in the center of the painting. Did a sloppy job of the foreground.

I used my new aluminum paintbox. I really like it, but it makes the paint mixing much different than I'm used to. I'll have to use it some more to get accustomed to it.

Mountain View Rd



On Tuesday mornings, I have breakfast at 7am with our men's group, and then I have a little bit of time before I have to be in the office. So it's a good time to do a quick watercolor. Often I drive around our area looking for an interesting subject, and today I found one.

It was an overcast day, quite heavy with clouds. I drove up Mountain View Road and discovered a delightful little valley with a barn. I'm sure in the old days this house and barn were the only buildings in this vsalley, but now most of the open area has been subdivided and houses built. But the old barn remains, so I sat in my car and made this watercolor.

Here's a photo for comparison:

Tuesday, December 17, 2013

House off Greaves Road


On a gray, foggy morning I stopped off to make this sketch on the way to work.

Sunday, December 08, 2013

Drawing Jam 3


I attended the Drawing Jam at Gage Institute in Seattle yesterday, with two friends from my Friday drawing group. There were dozens of models posing in various rooms, hundreds of people sketching and drawing , with lots of open studios to browse through. Truly an eye-opening event, and lots of fun.

This is probably my best drawing of the day. We stayed until about 3 pm and I was exhausted when we left.

Drawing Jam 2


I attended the Drawing Jam at Gage Institute in Seattle yesterday, with two friends from my Friday drawing group. There were dozens of models posing in various rooms, hundreds of people sketching and drawing , with lots of open studios to browse through. Truly an eye-opening event, and lots of fun.

Drawing Jam 1


I attended the Drawing Jam at Gage Institute in Seattle yesterday, with two friends from my Friday drawing group. There were dozens of models posing in various rooms, hundreds of people sketching and drawing , with lots of open studios to browse through. Truly an eye-opening event, and lots of fun.

One of the models was a large African-American woman in a bikini. She was a great model and delight to draw.

Monday, December 02, 2013

Along the road at Stevenson, Washington


I made this painting while we were in Stevenson, Washington, for Thanksgiving at my sister-in-law's house. I'm quite happy with this painting -- I like the general composition, with the sight lines from the road, the fence, and the trees all leading the eye into the distance; I like the lost edges of the barns; the color harmony is good because I used mostly three colors (Winsor blue, permanent rose, and Winsor yellow); I like the shadows across the road; I like the foreground, midground and background; and I like the contrast between light and dark. Unfortunately the photograph of the painting doesn't capture the colors very well. But you get the idea.

JKPP Javier Munoz


I made this portrait of Javier Munoz from this photo.

Sven for JKPP



I made this portrait of Sven from this photo.

Friday, November 22, 2013

Lessa lying down


This was my best drawing at life drawing class today. We had four men and four women in addition to our model. Just about right for everyone to get a good view.

Lessa


It's very challenging to draw the human figure when reclining. The foreshortening is difficult to capture.

Monday, November 18, 2013

JKPP Dario Garces


I sat down tonight and drew this portrait from this photo. Took me probably 45 minutes. I think I'm getting more comfortable with these portraits, at least it seems like I can get the basic features more quickly and I have a little more confidence.

Saturday, November 16, 2013

Brownsville Marina


I late afternoon, I went down to Brownsville Marina. There's a lot of activity there, people coming and going to the docks, hanging out in the store. I made this watercolor, sitting on a bench by the store,

Barn on Paulson Road


Today I drove to Paulson Road and made this watercolor of an old barn. The property is pretty rundown and almost deserted so it is a great place to paint. Kind of chilly.

Friday, November 15, 2013

JKPP Frinklan


I made this portrait of Frinklan from this photo.

Life drawing November 15 again


This drawing turned out pretty well. One of the other artists suggested that I smudge the graphite to make it softer. I like the way that turned out.

Life drawing session November 15


I made this drawing in life drawing today. I was happy with the proportions.

JKPP Tobias Zipperle again


I made another portrait of Tobias, from this photo.

JKPP Tobias Zipperle


I made this portrait of Tobias from this photo.

Friday, November 08, 2013

Portrait of Isaac


I made this portrait of Isaac in our life drawing session today. 

Isaac at life drawing


This is the best of the drawings I made today at life drawing.

Monday, November 04, 2013

Friends


I enjoyed watching these two friends across from each other at a table at Starbucks.

Big hair in Starbucks


This woman has a very interesting face so I tried to capture it in a sketch.

Friday, November 01, 2013

St. Barnabas Episcopal Church, Bainbridge Island


The fall colors are just a little past their peak right now, and it was a splendid fall day. After life drawing class I made this watercolor of St. Barnabas Episcopal Church on Bainbridge Island. Tomorrow a big storm is moving in and I'm sure all the leaves will be blown off the trees.

Isaac in life drawing class 2


There were six of us at life drawing class today -- three men and three women, from maybe 40 to 70 years old. We set up our easels or drawing stations in a semicircle around the model. Usually we start out with fie one-minute poses for warming up, then we move to three five-minute poses, then longer poses. We take breaks during the session and have tea and snacks and have a chance to relax. it's a lot of fun.

Isaac in life drawing class 1


We had a good life drawing class today. Isaac was our model.

Thursday, October 31, 2013

JKPP Herman Schouwenburg


I made this watercolor of Herman from this photo. My colors are ghastly...kind of appropriate for Halloween, I guess!

Marie again


I wasn't happy with the shape of Marie's head in my last portrait, so I did another portrait with crayon. Much better likeness this time.

Friday, October 25, 2013

Friday, October 18, 2013

Tracyton garage


When I came home the other day, the old Tracyton Hall was gone! There was a big excavator resting after a day of demolition. It seems strange to have an empty space where the old hall stood. It was the town hall of this area for many years, although it had fallen into a decrepit condition.

Life Drawing October 18

Today I attended my fourth session of life drawing class. These are the best of the drawings I made.





Thursday, October 17, 2013

Homework at Starbucks


 I couldn't help but smile at this mother with her two small girls in Starbucks today. The second-grader was diligently doing her homework while her little sister scribbled on paper and scampered around the table. The mom let her daughter do her homework, but she kept a close eye on her and helped when necessary. Sweet.

Saturday, October 12, 2013

Michael King for JKPP



Made this portrait of Michael King for Julia Kay's Portrait Party from this photo.

Friends at Starbucks.


Made this sketch of some friends talking over their coffee in Starbucks.

Busker


While I was having a cup of coffee outside Blackbird Bakery in Bainbridge Island, this busker came up and started singing. He had a nice husky voice and sang some good songs.

Wednesday, October 09, 2013

Bible study in Starbucks


Made this sketch yesterday in Starbucks. They had their heads together reading their Bibles.

Friday, October 04, 2013

Life drawing session October 4


Made these paintings today at life drawing class in Bainbridge Island. Our model gave us some great poses, and I really enjoyed trying to get proportions right and adding watercolor. I think this is my favorite for the day because I got the proportions about right.



Thursday, October 03, 2013

JKPP Tim Flanagan


St. John's Episcopal Church, Gig Harbor


I attended a workshop at St. John's Episcopal Church in Gig Harbor yesterday. Made this sketch during the lunch break.

Starbucks 10-01


Made this sketch at Starbucks. He was intent on his laptop, occasionally laughing at the screen.

Friday, September 27, 2013

Jen on bench


Today I went to my second life drawing class. I used a charcoal stick for the first time, and I worked on proportions. I had a really a great three hours.

This was a twenty minute pose. I like the way the watercolor went on. I started with a wash of transparent yellow, added Winsor red for tone, then finished with cobalt blue to bring in shadow.

Jen seated - watercolor


Today I went to my second life drawing class. I used a charcoal stick for the first time, and I worked on proportions. I had a really a great three hours.

This was a twenty-minute pose, but it took me a long time to get the proportions right, and I had to do most of the watercolor after she'd started the next pose.

Jen seated - charcoal



 Today I went to my second life drawing class. I worked on getting proportions right and trying to show volume. I had a really a great three hours. This was probably my best drawing of the day.

Jen's back


Today I went to my second life drawing class. I used a charcoal stick for the first time, and I worked on proportions. I had a really a great three hours.

Friday, September 20, 2013

My first life drawing class


Today was my first real life drawing session. It was fantastic! We had a great model, and it was a real luxury to have lots of time to draw the figure. I learned a LOT. It was great being with other artists who are serious about figure drawing.

We started off with one-minutes poses and graduated to three-, five-, and twenty-minute poses. I' still learning how to keep the proportions right. Takes a lot of guessing, trying a line, re-establishing the line. Then there's shading, which I was just guessing at. So much fun!




Sunday, September 15, 2013

Starbucks 6


Another sketch at Starbucks.

Saturday, September 14, 2013

Victor Joseph for JKPP


I made this portrait of Victor Joseph for Julia Kay's Portrait Party. The reference photo is here.