Sketching at LAX

A long wait at LAX…waiting for late night flight to Sydney!


It doesn’t happen overnight!

It took a while for me to become comfortable sketching people in public. It didn’t happen overnight and it happened in steps. At first I would draw people in pen and ink and made notes of the colors they were wearing. Sketching was a drawn out process.I would sketch on location and  go home and paint. As I am a fast sketcher it would sometimes mean up to 10 sketches. One day I threw caution to the wind and painted on site. It was at this point that sketching became a interesting part of my day and not the whole day!

I have not reached that comfort level when sketching buildings. So I do a lot of my sketches in the comfort of my car. Keep in mind it is also winter in the Pacific Northwest. I expect that I will reach that comfort level after attending Liz Steel’s workshop in Sydney next week. This will be followed by four weeks of travel sketching in the summer sun. I am thoroughly looking forward to the experience.

Just two days before departure and I am still organizing my sketching supplies. I have reduced. Only taking what I use now and I have thrown in a 7 x 10 Stillman & Birn Beta spiral watercolor sketchbook as a back up.

Here are some sketches from the past week.  Some very wonky buildings from my car!


The first one is the entrance of the Olympic Peninsula theater building in Sequim and the last two are of storefronts in Port Townsend.


We had another dinner meeting with the Power Squadron.  I always love sketching people at these events.  Ink and Faber Castell markers.


The last sketch is from Starbucks in Sequim using Faber Castell markers.

My next post will be from Australia!  Happy Sketching everyone!




February has arrived!

It has been another busy week.  I believe I have my supplies nailed down for my upcoming trip to Australia.

Two Stillman & Birn sketchbooks.  Both are Alpha paper for mixed media.  A hardcover 9 x 6 and softcover 8 x 10.  The softcover will be for the Liz Steel workshop. The hardcover landscape for everyday use.  The hard cover will give me added support when sketching.  I am staying with the same paper so there will  be no adjustment when moving from one sketchbook to the other.  I may take a third just in case.  The “C” indicates the front of the sketchbook.  Both sketchbooks have envelopes glued in the back so I can collect items for collage in my travels.


I am taking two palettes which are both very similar and mostly Daniel Smith I am sorry I have not labeled the colors in the sketch.  The second sketch is of my pens and pencils I will be taking.  A selection of Lamy , Sailor and Carbon fountain pens. Mechanical, water-soluble graphite and water-soluble colored pencils.  I will also be taking a sharpener and glue stick.

This is the front page of the 9 x 6 sketchbook.



I will be taking a backpack on the plane.  Not everything in the backpack will relate to sketching supplies.   When I am not on a plane I will be carrying my supplies in this bag.

I am not sure what they are called.  Something relating to sports.  They normally cost around $9.00.  It will carry my sketchbook and supplies contained in pencil cases in the bag.  It converts to a backpack and you can take everything out of it and spread on the ground to sit on while you sketch.

img_4016I will be taking two pencil cases. Experience has taught me to stay with bright colors so I can easily find things! This first one is lime green and the second one will be neon orange.I may end up taking the three Staedtler pigment liners in this case – an .3, .05, .7. Most of my pencil cases come from Jetpens!

No week is complete without a trip to Starbucks!