Friday, January 25, 2013

Linda's Holy Knit N' Stitch

Once a church, always a church. Even though a church is turned into a bistro or a bed and breakfast or a fabric shop, it still looks like a church. This is Linda's Knit N' Stitch in Old Town Silverdale. You can see by the chopped-off steeple that it used to be a church.

I painted this with yellow and purple to try to get the tension of complementary colors. An interesting experiment.

Monday, January 21, 2013

Cambrian Ave. house on MLK Day

Today was Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, and in the morning I volunteered on the Clear Creek Trail, pulling invasive ivy. In the afternoon I trolled around Bremerton and found this lovely old house on Cambrian Ave. Tried to stay nice and loose with the watercolors and used a big brush.

Saturday, January 19, 2013

Old Town Pub in Silverdale

Old Town Pub is an anomaly in Silverdale. Most of Silverdale is squeaky clean franchise stores or gentrified establishments. But right in the heart of Old Town is this genuinely shabby old wreck of a building with Old Town Pub. There's a chain-link fence in front with those white plastic lawn chairs and greasy looking guys hanging out smoking cigarettes. Perfect! So I made this watercolor today trying to capture some of its ambience.

Friday, January 18, 2013

Gray Day

Lately the weather has been cold and foggy, and everything seems brown and gray. So I painted this watercolor, modeled after this painting by Daniel Novotny. I like the looseness of the painting and the soupy colors.

Tuesday, January 01, 2013

First sketch of the New Year

The first day of 2013 in the Kitsap peninsula was sunny, even though the sun slanted thinly through the winter sky. There were a lot of people walking the Clear Creek trail, and I made the first sketch of the year at the entrance to the upper trail system.

On 2012 I posted 119 posts of my sketches, the most I've ever done. And in 2013 I hope to do more and better sketches. I especially hope to do more watercolor paintings. In the five years I've had this blog, I've had 15,000 pageviews. To all who've stopped by to look at my sketches, thank you, and Happy New Year!