adventures in the real world

Seattle Plein Air = artists who enjoy painting and sketching in the real world. Here we share the adventure!

Monday, May 5, 2014

California Poppies

Went for a hike and came across these Golden Poppies growing between these cluster of rocks.

(7" x 10" Watercolors on Watercolor board)

For the past month I would see these bright orange flowers blooming along the North Bay freeway. If you haven't seen or heard of this flower it's call the "California Poppy" but also goes by "Golden Poppy" and "Cup of Gold". It's the California State Flower.


Friday, December 6, 2013

Gone Fishing - Petaluma, Ca.

Hope everyone had a good Thanksgiving! Here's a snapshot from a recent paintout at a fishing pond in Sonoma County.

The hike was pleasant and the pond was quite easy to find. It was so fun to see all the fall leaves in the background and the 2 families fishing on both sides of the pond. Already looking forward to returning and hiking to the opposite side of the trail and maybe paint one of the vista views.





Wednesday, September 11, 2013

Psychic Barber in West Seattle

I went with my husband to the Psychic Barber in West Seattle.  He's a great barber, but he's not really psychic.  As he tells it, he once shared a building with a psychic and they both had their signs in the window.  People assumed, and took it from there.  He became known as the Psychic Barber.  The psychic moved out, leaving the sign behind.  He took the sign with him when he eventually moved to a new spot.  He is closed Sundays and Mondays, and prefers you make an appointment.


This is a quick pen and ink sketch with a little watercolor splashed on.

Sunday, July 7, 2013

C and P Coffee in West Seattle

I love this little coffee place.  It's in an old bungalow in West Seattle, right on California Avenue.  The inside is very interesting, especially the original tiled fireplace.  But I'm partial to old houses.
There were people singing and playing a banjo while I was there.  Always something going on.
And the coffee is good.

Here's a little sketch of the outside, front entrance from the side.



Go there:  candpcoffee.com




Monday, June 24, 2013

Pt. Reyes Vineyards - Summer Rain!

 
(Watercolors on 12" x 16" waterboard) 

Took a day trip up to Pt Reyes with my wife. It's normally about a 45 minute drive ... unless there's RAIN..... which makes it that much more dangerous when driving through Lucas Valley's curvy roads. Luckily it rained only the first part of the day... which allowed me to park and set up.

During this type of weather I'll have to find some coverage.... in this case my SUV trunk door! As for views, the options are limited by the fog and misty air. I walked around and scoped the area.... off to the distance I spotted a barn.... and a truck loaded with hay!

Usually around this time I have to work fast because of the summer heat.... but working wet on wet with these low temperatures requires some patience to allow the watercolors to dry. I've always had a hard time approaching misty skies and usually over-work the painting.... but I think I captured the atmosphere and how the day felt from Sunday's paintout :)

Tuesday, June 4, 2013

Waiting for Husband


I went with my husband to visit the man making him a very large machine for his woodworking business.  The man's shop is filled with stuff and boxes and more stuff.  I had to limit what I sketched, but I still think I overdid it.  It's kind of a jumble, but it makes the point.  
This machine is all straight lines and angles and today I couldn't draw a straight line if my life depended on it.
This is a pen and ink sketch with a little watercolor.

Sunday, June 2, 2013

At the Water Tower


Occasionally at work, I drive the water truck.  I sketched it while refilling the tank.  A very quick and simple drawing using my fountain pen with Noodler's ink and a little water color.