Saturday, May 14, 2016

Gallery Storefront

Finally painted a little larger and on watercolor paper rather than in my sketchbook, which allowed me to work wet on wet. Boy, does that make a difference. This was a lot of fun!

Saturday, May 7, 2016

Spring on Meadow Road

This house reminds me of the one my parents used to point to as we drove along the highway to the coast as being the house where our little family began, way back in the day. It isn't that house, as this one is in Maine, but it evokes the same feeling, set back from the road with a mad jumble of colorful flowers surrounding it. It looks like a happy house to me, one in which a family could put down strong roots.

Thursday, May 5, 2016

Diamond Lake

Dad and I spent several days at Diamond Lake Lodge last week, attending the annual conference of the Northwest Outdoor Writers Association. Dad and three others founded the group 43 years ago, and it has grown its membership to over 200 writers, so of course he was an honored guest. One morning while Dad attended a meeting, I sat at the window in the dining room of the lodge with a small pot of tea, my sketchbook, fountain pen, and a limited palette of watercolors and worked on this little sketch. It had snowed earlier that morning and was still very cloudy. The scene was at such a distance I couldn't see whether the fisherman was standing in a boat or on a dock but I didn't care. I will probably make this into a greeting card for Dad for Fathers Day as a reminder of the special time we shared at the lake.

Wednesday, April 13, 2016

Rag Rug

Hanging in the strong tropical sunlight, this humble rag rug shone like a jewel.

Monday, April 4, 2016

Blue Boat

We are off to Sri Lanka via Virtual Paintout this month. I decided to plunge in and sketch everything that catches my eye, and this was the first. I haven't looked around the island much yet but I have noticed the men tend to wear wrap skirts or very loose pants, while the women tend to wear long, flowing dresses. I'm hoping to find the time to sketch more of these colorful garments.

Thursday, March 31, 2016

Dad Under a Salmon Sculpture

Dad and I spent a wonderful afternoon at the local park recently, people watching and sketching. Afterwards, we went to Jose's Tequila Factory for happy hour and enjoyed some delicious margaritas and super nachos. A perfect day all around.