Volume 14

This year I started a new numbering systems for my sketchbooks.  I am about to start Volume 14. Volume 12 is a sketchbook I have sitting in my studio to play in and Volume 13 is the small sketchbook I have in my bag at all times with a small pencil case.   The third sketchbook I use will be Volume 14. It is the one I take to coffee shops and markets to sketch in. I am in my third year of sketching each day.  The number I do each day varies.  It is not something I have to do, nor it is a big production. Sometimes it is a quick sketch of the car in front when held up in traffic.  It just happens.

Yesterday I visited the Sequim Saturday Market.  It was much smaller than the one in Salem.  However offered lots of sketching opportunities and a nice table in the shade to set up for sketching and painting.  I met lots of people who stood behind me to watch and chat. I was surprised myself being at ease while they watched!


I never did get up to see what they were selling!


Lots of knitted vests!


They were selling slippers and not bags as the sign indicated.

The pen:  Lamy pen with calligraphy nib. The sketchbook:  Stillman & Birn Beta.

Life drawing was cancelled last week much to my disappointment.  It has been scheduled again for this week.   It will depend on how many artist are attending each week for the session to move forward.  Each participant pays $10 for the model.  I hope this week is not cancelled.

Today I am heading out to look at buildings which means some perspective although I am sure I will catch some people!


A fun week!

It has  been a busy and fun week.  I attended my first life drawing session.  Looking forward to next week’s session. I am so lucky to have found this group.

I am also so lucky to have a five minute drive to Starbucks to sketch.  Costco is nearby! It is just a small town with a population of 6,000.  Although much bigger than the town we moved from in Oregon.  Lyons had a population of 1,300.

Here are some sketches from the past week.  Thanks for looking.


Sketch from the Lavender Festival!


I did not want to waste a page. No sooner I put pen to paper one person left. Then this lady came into view.  I played around with tape to jazz up the page!


I have not posted a Self Portrait in a while!

The first two sketches –  Lamy pen with calligraphy nib.
The self portrait – with a Platinum carbon pen with EF nib.
The Washi tape is from Michaels!




My first Lavender festival.  So many people arrived in town to celebrate the 20th Annual Sequim Lavender Festival.  The street fair and food court were perfect for sketching!

I am back to using a Daler Rowney Cachet Studio sketchbook.  A great sketchbook with an extra hard cover to support sketching in the street.  Perfect for the Pentel brush pen but will only take a very light watercolor wash.  Here are some captures. No details just lines!



I filled ten pages of my sketchbook  The last page is my favorite.  I stopped to  captured two musicians as I left the festival.


It is a three day festival so I am hoping to return again tomorrow. To sample some more lavender ice cream and perhaps sketch!

Ice Cream

I have an exciting week ahead.  I am joining a local life drawing group that meets each week!   This is something I have always wanted to do but has not been possible until now!

The first thing I will need to do is slow down.  I am an extremely fast sketcher.


Finding Starbucks!

I thought the time before the move was busy.  Well the time after the move can be even busier especially as you cannot find anything!  Still my studio is  set up and has been rearranged at least five times.  My husband found a fun rug at Ikea with splashes of color.  My floor is wooden and most of the pieces of furniture in my studio have wheels.   Everything moves easily.

I finally took time off from unpacking to find Starbucks.  It is somewhat different.  All the tables and chairs are set close together.  So I struggled to find a good location to sketch people. It took a couple of moves before settling in.


I felt rusty so decided to focus on faces or heads for a while.


I had all the good intention of participating in National Watercolor Month.  I am never good at monthly themes,  monthly challenges or posting homework for online workshops.  I am happy doing my own thing each day and turning the page! In the last week I have been exploring working in layers with Tracey Fletcher, an Australian artist.   This coming week I will be exploring the work of Jean Haines.  Both use extremely opposite techniques to achieve a loose style in watercolor.

Sketchbook:  Stillman & Birn Beta
Paints:  Daniel Smith

Here is that rug!