Friday, July 25, 2014

Lake Union Houseboat Sketchcrawl

It was a fun challenge drawing this scene (I added the color at home) on a rocking and rolling dock. Each time a yacht or tour boat went buy we wobbled, and I didn't realize until too late that my satchel and its contents were soaking in seawater. As we drew, the owner, Rick Miner, came out and used the megaphone (seen on the table in the picture) to yell at some party boaters to slow down because the wake was slopping all over. He came out and introduced himself and we exchanged cards. Nice guy! Check him out at

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Last Night's Class Demo

Speed sketch, done while students watched and worked on their own drawings, with an emphasis on capturing detail, rather than accuracy and proportion.

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

In-class Drawing Demo

In-class demo from my Illustrative Drawing class at Gage Academy. 8.5" x 12", India ink and watercolor.

Monday, July 21, 2014

Mass and Space on Vashon Island

Sketching with another artist who has different preferences for subject is a challenge. I like to draw dense clusters of objects, while Donna focuses on the play of light in the spaces between objects. Urban Sketchers Seattle met on Vashon Island Friday. Having never been there before, Donna and I spent way too much time wandering around, comparing locations. We finally settled where she had a view of the Sound, while I drew the nearby clump of mailboxes.

House on Queen Anne, Seattle

Strange coincidence: When the owners of this house put it up for sale, their daughter commissioned me to draw it as a gift to her parents. Months later, I hung a print of it in another Seattle neighborhood and got a call from a man who said his parents were visiting from out of town and saw the drawing. His mother looked closely and said, "Isn't that your house?" This was the new owner of the same house! He hired me to redraw a new original for him. The new version is on the top.

Monday, July 14, 2014

The Mission

Drawn with the Urban Sketchers in Pioneer Square, Seattle.

Thursday, July 3, 2014

Sunday, June 22, 2014

Pepperdock Burgers, Alki Beach, West Seattle

A beautiful morning on Alki Beach, with a good turn-out of Seattle Urban Sketchers with several new faces. I wasted about 40 minutes of drawing time waiting in line at Tully's, and the scene I wanted to draw was unappealingly backlit, but I still managed to get something down on paper. The owner of Pepperdock sent an underling out to ask if they could have the sketch, but I told him I only sell prints and gave him my card. After the sharing session and a chicken lettuce wrap at Fat Burgers, I went back and finished up the drawing (even though the shadows had all changed from my initial ink washes), only getting a little sunburnt on the back of my neck.

Thursday, June 12, 2014

Monday, June 9, 2014

Cabin Stove

We rode our bikes from North Seattle to the Howard Hanson Dam on Green River, near Enumclaw. I intentionally left my sketchbook and pens at home, thinking I'd take a break from my compulsive sketching, but this morning I found some scratch paper and a ballpoint pen on the old cabin shelves.

Saturday, May 24, 2014

Donna's Stuff.

I asked Donna to choose some personal belongings for a, sort of, "portrait" of her.

Wednesday, May 21, 2014

Georgetown Trailer Park Mall with the Urban Sketchers.

Fremont, again.

I tried to draw this scene several years ago but was overwhelmed by the detail and didn't like the finished drawing. Since then, I've learned how to reduce a scene in my minds eye into simple geometric shapes. The bigger obstacle was the constant traffic- frequent buses stopping right in front of me- and the noise, not just the traffic but the crashing from inside the Tawon Thai restaurant as they demolished its interior. But I stuck with it, partly inspired by the successful outing with the USk on Sunday, and partly determined to not let the scene defeat me and redraw the picture I failed at before.

Wednesday, May 14, 2014

Sketching in the Fremont neighborhood of Seattle.

Wednesday, May 7, 2014

Commission Drawing

House on Queen Anne Hill, Seattle. Watercolor, UniBall and Gel Pen on Canson 90# All-Purpose 9x12" spiral sketchbook. This drawing is a gift from the home-owners' daughter.