Category Archives: Plein Air

March 21

Malibu

The only frame of reference I’ve had for Malibu, until just recently, was Malibu Barbie. I had a cool Barbie house that opened flat to become a beach house, or doubled up on top of itself to become Barbie’s ski chalet.  My significant’s parents live there, and when a parent fell, broke ribs, and punctured […]

March 05

Musing

#oneweek100people 2017 drawing challenge starts tomorrow. That’s daunting, but I thought I’d give it a whirl. Inspired by the writing challenge, NaNoWriMo, Urban Sketchers Marc Taro Holmes and Liz Steel  created a challenge to draw more from life. I find myself in coffee shops a lot these days anyway.   I also have a journal-notebook-paper-products-in-general stash (A.K.A. […]

March 12

Spring

Every year my town has The Big Fake Out. The rain stops, the sun shines, temperatures and good will climb day after day, week after incredible week … And then it ends until spring properly begins in 6-8 weeks. Despite the inevitable end, we love a good tease. I spent Saturday in my “sun park” […]

March 02

Hawai’i

It’s been a long time coming, but I began a visual travel diary. I went to Hawai’i for a friend’s wedding and had plenty of downtime and the luxury of penciling in, painting later, and/or returning the next day if I needed to. It was a satisfying first attempt and I’m keeping the new little […]

November 11

Fairy Fall

Last Saturday morning I made a last minute decision to meet a fellow Urban Sketcher in NW. I made a calculated decision to bring some pastels because they’re too messy to explore in my small space.  It turned out to be a glorious fall day – not entirely the chill November day I anticipated. Thus, when […]

September 08

Boats and Blues

In Lieu of ever finishing a copy of Circe (1977 Romare Bearden) I’ve been doodling and sketching at lunchtime and during my morning routine. These are grouped together from the waterfront Blues festival and a post-work-decompression-doodle-session. The piano and boats are in my 3.5 x 5.5 Moleskine Pocket Storyboard Notebook – I thought the thumbnail boundaries […]

July 11

Haystack Rock

I went to Cannon Beach on the 4th of July. It was beautiful, and there was a charming main street parade with some truly inventive “floats.” I want to do more small, on-site watercolors. This is my second attempt. I don’t yet have a solution to the awkwardness of having everything on the ground or […]