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!




Keeping Current!

I have spent most of this past week updating other blogs and not mine.  So I am working on a system to keep current with my blog.  Maybe it is weekly.  At least I will give it a try.

No week is complete without a trip to Starbucks.


These gentlemen were sitting approximately three feet in front of me in Starbucks.  I sketched and painted the man with the beige hat first and then added the second person.  They were discussing technical details sharing what looked like wiring diagrams.


I missed going to Life Drawing last week but sat in front of a yoga video to capture figures.


I started a new sketchbook.  This is a Stillman & Birn Alpha sketchbook, landscape 6 x 9 inches.  This is the same size I will be taking on my trip to Australia.  I wanted to adjust to the size and paper before the trip.  I will start a new sketchbook for the trip.  Those colors at the top of the page are new from Daniel Smith.

We are still not an official Urban Sketcher Chapter although we have been advised to use the name – Urban Sketchers Port Townsend.  We should know by mid March. Yes, landscapes, a subject I need to work on.   The first was sketched from the car while I waited for my friend to arrive before taking off to the Old Alcohol Plant for a sketch outing.  The second is the view from the restaurant at the Old Alcohol Plant.  Yes it is  still too cold to sketch outside.

Finally I did a selfie of myself looking in the mirror while I watched Code Black on my computer.  So serious but I needed to update my profile photo on Facebook.  I would say the look on my face reflects how I feel after visiting Facebook these days.



Testing art supplies….

Colored pencil was my media of choice for over twelve years however in a completely different style of art.  I can’t part with my colored pencils.  Thanks to artists like Veronica Lawlor I am rediscovering colored pencils for sketching.

I always sigh when winter comes.  It means people will start wearing drab colors and lots of hoodies!  At my most recent trip to Starbucks I sat behind three women in bright colored clothes.   I was  able to captured them twice.


The first time in ink & watercolor.  The splashes of color behind did not really work.  Starbucks has an unusual wall hanging.  A collage of photos.   Next time I will try something different.


The second capture is colored pencil with some collage. This one I do like.   I chose not to illustrate the wall hanging.  Just an outline of the sections of collage which make up the wall hanging.   So now to decide. Do I take colored pencils on my trip or could I do the same thing with my watersoluble colored pencils.


Just 4 weeks…

Just 4 weeks until I take off to Australia. I have been trying to prepare. Sorting my travel palette. Which sketchbooks to take. What I will use to sketch on the plane. I know it will all fall into place by the time we leave.

Great strides in setting up the Urban Sketcher Port Townsend Chapter. We are still not official but were advised by USk to add Urban Sketcher to our blog and Facebook group. So getting close. Setting up the blog and Facebook group has kept me busy but not too  busy to sketch and explore new (old) tools. I am also participating in the  online course with Sketchbook Skool ‘A Drawing a Day’ with Veronica Lawyer. Lots of fresh ideas!

When I first start sketching I became fascinated with markers and then put them away.  I always hold onto supplies because you never know where you will be with your art two years from now.

Faber Castell big brush markers.   I don’t have all the skins tones so I made do and I found a photo to work from in the Sktchy App.