I went to Starbucks!!

This time with my Ipad and Pencil.

There is a learning curve with Procreate.  Unfortunately I use it, forget about it and then return to find there have been so many updates everything has changed. I  have found the ideal pen in the ink section. It is called the Studio Pen. I just need to look at the brushes so I can paint!

Enough said here are my sketches from this morning.





Saturday’s Sketches

A return visit to the Saturday Market in  Sequim.    A very familiar scene.  Just different people! Yes I need to change my location however it is the only table in the shade!


Lately I have been  doing some warm up sketches in colored pencil before my ink sketches.  I leave some sketches as is and wonder why that doesn’t happen in ink! Others I will ink over.

Tonight I played with a green ballpoint pen and followed up with green watercolor and   neon highlighters.  I soon got tired of doing the lettering.     Last  week I played with a purple ballpoint pen and purple watercolor. Not sure what color I will do next week.   Not all the pages in my sketchbooks are of people in coffee shops and markets.  I do a lot of testing of media and techniques.  I also practice, play and practice!

I hope you have a good week!



Something new!

No sketches of people at the market or  Starbucks. Although I visited both locations. This week something new!  I will have to admit some weeks I start to question what I am sketching.  It just happens for a moment and is usually when I introduce a new concept into my work.  While I enjoy my loose style of sketching people.  I am still searching for my style in watercolor painting. It makes sense it should also be somewhat loose.

I  like the work of Tracey Fletcher and her workshop Delicious Paint.  Layering my colors works sometimes for me. I also like  the painting style of various urban sketchers Liz Steel, Marc Taro Holmes, Shari Blaukopf, Suhita Shirodkar and lately  Anne-Laure Jacquart. The last artist introduced me to the work of Jean Haines.

I have struggled with watercolor blooms!  Trying not get to them.  This week I have been practicing to create them. Finally a loose form of  watercolor painting can be found in Jean Haines’ Atmospheric Watercolors.  My goal now is to introduce some components of this loose style of painting into my sketches.  I know it can be done!  (I am sorry the scan of her book is not straight!!)


Here are some of my watercolor washes.  Jean Haines recommends doing three each morning.  I manage 1 or 2 a day every other day.  I still go the the market,  Starbucks and Life Drawing each week. Plus add sailing to the mix! It is somewhat of a juggling act.


I study these washes.  Some I see things and I will eventually go back to them to paint a loose form of what I am seeing.  I sure wish I had noted what colors were used!  It is a different way of painting.  I am not working with a limited palette and mixing my colors.  Although I can see color theory  coming into this style of painting.  It is easy to mix mud if you are not too careful!

Life Drawing Update: I have attended the class for just on four weeks.  I could not work on newsprint as suggested nor graphite or charcoal. I have settled on working with a brush pen and colored pencil on sketchbook paper.  I am hoping to bring watercolor into the mix at some stage. When we have a long pose I can finish in 5 minutes!  That leaves me to drawing the same pose a couple of times with a different tool.   Something I don’t mind doing.  When I get tired I start drawing the other artists.  It is a good deal as no one is going to get up and leave!

I was going to post a sketch from life drawing.  I have noted some artists give a warning. Maybe I need to create a separate page. I am certainly open to any ideas!

Here are my materials!

Washes:  Arches color press paper with Daniel Smith paints.
Life Drawing:  90lb sketchbook paper and Kuretake Sumi Brush Pen.

A market & potluck

Back to the Saturday market and a potluck dinner.

I have been studying and practicing perspective during the week with a view to drawing more of the surroundings with my people.  It does seem to be getting easier.



I found a young man playing a guitar and tried to capture the people watching him. Yes, I should have  captured the young man!  It was difficult. I was sitting at a picnic table and was joined by another onlooker who would not sit still however you learn to go with whatever is happening while sketching. I ended up including her in the top of the sketch.


The day ended with a potluck.  It was fun event and a chance to meet our neighbors.  I took my sketchbook along with food and wine and captured my next door neighbor!


Sketchbooks: Stillman & Birn Alpha with Platinum carbon pen.  Daler Rowney  Studio sketchbook with Pentel brush pen.



This week!

It has been a mixed bag this week.  The model did not turn up for life drawing.  I am still working on buildings and perspective (sigh)

I have signed up for a watercolor class with Jean Haines at the Daniel Smith in Seattle in October 2017.  Yes 2017!  I am excited about the workshop as I really like Jean Haines.  I have two of her books.  Here is a link to her blog   I have to admit I am also excited about visiting Daniel Smith!

Some things don’t change.  I visited Starbucks!