Saturday, November 19, 2016

A Couple Sketches from Great Basin National Park

2016_09_16 Great Basin morning

2016_09_16 Bristlecone Great Basin

There are lots of cool things at Great Basin National Park, but the trees are amazing. Twisted by the wind and stunted by altitude, they are like living sculptures.

Thursday, September 8, 2016

August - Gray Sketchbook Finished

2016_08_05 Alaska Junction

August was a good month for sketching. I made it to several Urban Sketcher outings, including the 4th Annual West Coast Urban Sketchers Sketchcrawl in Tacoma, Washington. About 150 sketchers from the US and Canada attended the three day event!
I also finished the Strathmore gray toned book I have been using, which is my 3rd sketchbook this year. That is a record pace for me, and I am hoping to complete 4 by the end of the year. Clearly, I do more sketching than blogging...
I finished this book with a variety of techniques from quick ink sketches, compositional value studies and more finished drawings with colored pencil and collage on the gray paper. As usual, more at my Flickr site.

2016_08_05 Sign of the Times2016_08_15 Intersection2016_08_11 Cosmos
2016_08_20 USk Tacoma Tullys

Sunday, August 21, 2016

July Sketchbook Pages

2016_07_10 USk Georgetown Hat and Boots

July was the month that I finally settled in with this Strathmore gray toned sketchbook. I still wish the paper was a touch darker or lighter. It is such a perfect middle gray that neither black nor white really seems to pop on it. It is a terrific paper, however. Ink, graphite, color pencil and collaged materials all go down nicely. I think I will do another post with the collage drawings. So here are a few more pages of studies from July - just quick practice drawings.

2016_07 small car 2016_07_22 USk Ann 2016_07_16 Drummer Hands 2016_07_30 Cars

Saturday, July 30, 2016

Where Did June Go?

2016_06_07 Fort Ebey

Well, I went camping - and the van did not break down.

2016_06_17 Figure Sketch 2016_06 Coffee Shop Characters 2016_06_13 Top Pot Couple

I drank coffee, and I sketched my fellow caffeine addicts. And I went sketching with Seattle Urban Sketchers at Fisherman's Terminal. I have been dabbling with collage in this gray Strathmore sketchbook, and I used that in the sketch I did there.

2016_06_26 USk Fenders

Thursday, June 9, 2016

May Sketches

2016_05_15 King Street Station USk

King Street Station with Urban Sketchers.

2016_05_19 NYC Statue of Liberty

Went to New York City. Ate at the Pastrami Queen TWICE.

2016_05_20 NYC McSorleys

Hello, contour line drawing.

Tuesday, May 17, 2016

Sketches from April

2016_05_07 Fort Flagler State Park

Went camping.

2016_05 Coffee Shop

Drank coffee.

2016_04 Florida Sketches

Oh, yeah. Florida.

2016_04_08 White Elm Capitol Hill

Drew trees.

For anyone in the area who may be interested, I will be teaching 2 drawing classes at the Daniel Smith store on June 11 and June 18. The classes are part of a series offered by Daniel Smith this summer. For information on the classes visit the Daniel Smith Events page and click the "June" tab.

Thursday, March 31, 2016

Marker Sketches from Costa Rica

2016_01_22 Bar Montezumz

2016_01_28 Tortuguero Garden

Aagh! When I checked my poor, neglected blog, I realized how far behind I was in posting sketches. I never even finished up the ones from Costa Rica that I did in January!! So this is IT for Costa Rica. Moving on. If you want to see the rest of them, you will need to get yourself over to Flickr where I have every last little scribble that I did there. Hint: there is a handy button on the sidebar that will take you right to my photostream.

Sunday, March 13, 2016

Learning about Notan with Mitch Albala

2016_02_13 Notan Study 3

Well, I have been a blogging slacker! But, in my defense, I have been pretty busy since getting back from Costa Rica. I have been taking classes and teaching classes, and trying to keep caught up with everything in between.
In February, I took a two day workshop with landscape painter Mitch Albala. The focus was on exploring composition through the Japanese principles of notan. We did lots and lots of composition studies in simple black marker, worked up to gray scale marker sketches and finally did a small value study in acrylic. I noticed that my best sketches looked very abstract - I had to stop thinking about the "what" that I was drawing.

2016_02_13 Notan Study 4

Drawing notans is somewhat addictive, but MUCH harder when you don't have a master peering over your shoulder and suggesting you crop that shape a little more, or make this one a little bigger. I will be posting more of them soon, but anyone who finds this intriguing should get their hands on a copy of Mitch's book, Landcape Painting. The section on notan is short, but once you get it, you can clearly see how it works in all his paintings.

Wednesday, February 24, 2016

Tropical Ferries

2016_01_18 Costa Rica Ferry 2

Taking a ferry trip in a tropical climate is not the same experience as getting on a ferry in the chilly Pacific Northwest. It's hot! Everyone is crowding into the shade! Except the tourists from the chilly Pacific Northwest.

2016_01_22 Costa Rica Ferry 3

Monday, February 8, 2016

Getting Around in Costa Rica

2016_01_15 Costa Rica

I know it has been more than a month since my last post and my only excuse is I have been too busy sketching to blog. Three weeks in Costa Rica, sketching every day. So now I am playing catch-up. I will start with a few of the many modes of transportation we used while traveling around this beautiful country.

2016_01_15 Scooter

2016_01_20 Costa Rica Boat

All sketches done with my new TWSBI Eco Fountain Pen and Faber Castell Pitt Artist Markers. In an effort to keep my supplies light, I only brought 5 colors on this trip. They served me pretty well, although I was getting a little tired of them by the last sketch.

Friday, January 8, 2016

Grayscale Marker Sketch

2015_12 Nevada Holiday Sketch 1

Starting a new sketchbook often prompts me to switch out my drawing tools. In this case, I am using broad brush tip markers in a Moleskine Sketch. The water based markers like Tombow and Faber Castell Pitt work well on this paper and do not bleed through. In fact, the surface coating of the Moleskine Sketch paper keeps these markers from absorbing instantly and gives you some time to blend, blot or smudge the color. I think I have a little preference for the pigment based ink in the Pitt Big Brush markers.