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!

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

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

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

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

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