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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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Tyranny of location

There hasn’t been anything much here for 2 weeks as I’ve had a cold.  I was only really miserable a day or two.  After that, I was just listless and then developed a secondary sinus infection.  So I’ve not felt … Continue reading

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Home Gallery and culling my sketches

As I think I’ve stated here before, I have an ever growing pile of sketchbooks.  My shelves have reached capacity, unless I can get rid of other things.  I also have no one to which to bequeath them.  My solution:  … Continue reading

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Social Watercolor

Today I was able to get out for two art things. Thing 1 was my first “Social Water Color” ** gathering at the Daniel Smith mothership in Seattle.  After the horrendous news earlier this am, it was good to get … Continue reading

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A fake, but sweet, holiday

It has been declared to be National Donut Day.  I needed to pick up a new prescription for himself late in the afternoon, so I combined that trip to south end of town with other errands.  One of them was … Continue reading

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