Category Archives: Urban Sketchers

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. […]

April 07

Rocket Man

I met him because he took a picture of my drawing of his whimsical wood and metal rocket ship perched on a rusty old wheelbarrow. His name is James Todd Rouse, a sculptor in the applied crafts program. I wish I’d at least pursued the artist names of the other two pieces I drew at Saturday’s Pacific Northwest College of […]

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 […]

December 09

Into the Woods

This is my second Thanksgiving on my Aunt’s twenty acre farm. It’s domestic in the way of humans imposing landscaped-order on nature, and wild in the ways of nature just beyond the circle of light cast by the little boiler house that provides a permanent scent of firewood and heat for the humans. Rejuvenating by day, and for this […]

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 […]

July 22

Symposium

   The West Coast Urban Sketchers Symposium coincided with the Seattle-to-Portland (STP) race, Bastille Day celebrations, a zine convention, illustrator’s convention, a bead fair … and hot humid weather. We hosted guests from all over, who stalwartly captured the city’s architecture and people despite the terrible weather. Jaded resident that I am, I escaped into […]

March 17

Spring

  Spring equinox is still three days away, but Saturday was temperate with plenty of sun breaks to make everyone cheerful. The Urban Sketchers hit the waterfront park to see the cherry blossoms edging toward wonderful while listening to some intermingled live punk-SKA music at an anti-racism demonstration. However, since at a glance everyone was […]

February 18

God Nilius

The beautiful 19th century porcelain toilet, richly decorated with botanical motifs, drew many drawers to it.  In fact, the voluminous representations of “Nilius” at the post-draw lunch made the Urban Sketchers group wonder if we should all post only our toilet drawings to our local blog page. We weren’t sure what enticed us the most: […]