Category Archives: Journal

Warm & Dry @ Watson’s

Urban Sketchers Tacoma sheltered from the pouring rain inside Watson’s Greenhouse.  There were enough pumpkins to satisfy my seasonal need to sketch pumpkin patches and I was happy to be able to stay dry doing so. Upon entering, I immediately … Continue reading

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Making sketch books

Today was finally the day for the rescheduled book making workshop. Frances hosted us in her studio. I first demonstrated making the book. Then I walked the group through each step together. That barely took an hour! So there was … Continue reading

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It smells like York

My two large Yorkshire Rose (rosa alba semi-plena) bushes are blooming.  These are old roses that only bloom once but while they do, the scent is gorgeous!  Made a journal page today.  Cut off 2 blooms to put in a … Continue reading

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On your side

Heard interviews with Viet Nam pilots who were POW’s at the “Hanoi Hilton” prison camp.  This is what one of them said. Tried a new ink for the drawing.  It is Graf von Faber-Castell Stone Grey.  It’s a little lighter … Continue reading

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Lettering

Despite the perfect weather for outdoor sketching, I spent most of it indoors at the “Letter Me This” workshop by Janice Berkebile at Daniel Smith. First, I was quite early in an attempt to get parking at the store, which … Continue reading

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Social Cherry Blossoms

The theme of today’s Social Watercolor at Daniel Smith was cherry blossoms.  I played around with a couple different pigments and ways of painting… splatter, sponges, splattering mask.   I ended up with this sketch from one of my own photos.  … Continue reading

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Fifth Anniversary

Today is the 5th anniversary of the first time I went to an Urban Sketchers sketch outing. On 2/26/12 I joined the group at an outing at the Stimson-Green Mansion. I didn’t do any urban sketching today but I did … Continue reading

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End of 2016

Happy New Year!  I’m discouraged and concerned by the National and World news.  But I’m hopeful there is also good news and I hope 2017 will have a lot of that, too.  And I’m hoping for many personal good experiences … Continue reading

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Sad trip

For the past week or so I’ve been off line.  The reason is Bonnie, very close friend we’ve known for over 26 years, entered hospice about 4 weeks ago.  We’d planned a trip last weekend to visit her, perhaps for … Continue reading

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Brenda Swenson workshop

This is how much I was looking forward to this workshop… I registered in early December 2015, 9 months early!  For the past 3 days I’ve been in Brenda Swenson’s “Sketching Techniques with Watercolor”. I’ve followed her blog for quite … Continue reading

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