adventures in the real world

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

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.

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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.

Friday, May 31, 2013

Tulips in the Rain

Roozengaard Gardens during the Skagit Valley Tulip Festival. 11X15 watercolor on Arches 140lb cold press paper by Megan Seagren.

The Seattle Watercolor Meetup Group went to Roozengaard Gardens during the Skagit Valley Tulip Festival in April. The day was dismal and rainy, but the tulips lit up the region with beautiful color. I painted this while hiding out under the food tent.

Wednesday, May 29, 2013

Black Point - Old Dock (Novato, Ca)

(8" x 10" watercolors on 140lb. waterboard)

Took a drive down Hwy 37 and set up at the Black Point boat launch. Followed a hidden trail that led to an old dock. While sketching my layout... my tripod cracked and my portable stool broke!!!

Luckily I also packed a beach chair.... and ended up painting on my lap. The winds picked up and my umbrella kept flying away... luckily I always tie down my umbrella just in case this happens :)

Other than all the mishaps... I  had a great time here!

Monday, April 22, 2013

Old Lakeville Road # 3 - Petaluma, CA.

I drove along Lakeville Highway and turned into Old Lakeville Road # 3.

That's right.... there are three roads to choose from but # 3 is the longest road...with great landscape views of barns and farm animals.

i immediately pulled over to admire the ponies! But just behind, I noticed a large group of sheep beginning to come up and over the grassy hillside.

So I started setting up along the fence and comfortably between two eucalyptus trees.
 The sheep were long gone by the time I finished up this painting, but sure was nice they kept us company throughout the afternoon.
 (9" x 12" gouache on watercolor board)

Wednesday, January 23, 2013

Yakima Canyon Aspens

After many weeks of low winter light, I'm eagerly anticipating the bright, clear days of spring, and remembering the wonderful Yakima Canyon workshop given by Catherine Gill last April. I painted this view of the Yakima River from a path leading down to it from the lodge where we stayed.

Yakima Canyon Aspens