#10 TD Zoom meeting – what’s time between sketchers?

Please remind the photographer to take at least two screen shots of the group. Well, we were all intent, anyway! (click to enlarge pics)

Bev, Jane, Sandy, Marsha, Rita, Danita, Tricia, Daisy, Bitty, Laura, BarbSo, & Hugh. We shared and talked for about 1 1/2 hours today!

     Bev’s joining us from the rainy coast in Brookings, Oregon – so she’s back to serious designing, & sketching her closet! Of course she is.

       Jane used colored pencils on colored paper, then did her  fountain pen & ink survey, and tried her soluble ink on the catkins. Whooee.

      Sandy’s starting a new sketchbook, so she’s testing her mark making tools to start. Quick sketch on the river, & follow up on suggestions!

          Marsha got sidetracked trying out her husband’s pens, then on to class assignments – she’s committed to stretching her talents!

          It’s such a pleasure to have Rita back with us, thanks to Zoom. She says she’s trying to loosen up, but why! We all think these are great!

      Danita is one of our most committed sketchers, and so put some thought into these. Well, the last one took five minutes each item.

      Tricia’s back with us, and eager to share her watercolor sketches from a workshop in South America. Lovely and lush.

      Daisy’s still sketching neighbors’ yards – “not done, come back!” OK. And taking workshops – a different way of looking at landscape.

     Bitty took group advice from last week & cut her painting in half! Then rosehips (using friskit), and the neighbor’s real house color. (!)

       Laura (& Jane) is taking Liz Steel’s “Sketching Now” class, mostly on page design & adding elements –  here: borders, boxes, color blocks.

       BarbSo tries to get a sketch done every day, so her life gets chronicled along the way. And we want to join her for tea!

         Hugh caught the glow through the trees & quickly captured it on his iPad. Then he tried watercolor to get reflections.  And now he’s trying out his new Lamy fountain pen with soluble ink. Never bored!

#9 TD Zoom Meeting – What’s up?

Guess who’s learned to use a virtual background on Zoom???

Marsha, Jane (in Trevi, Italy), Danita, Laura, Rita, Hugh (at the  coast), Bitty, Daisy, Barb So, Sandy (at the coast), and Bev.


Marsha’s 5 min. sketches. A study in light starting with a photo, then turning it into black & white to use for a painting interpretation!

Jane finished her accordion sketchbook, now what? Bee 9×9, Arteza 8.25×8.25, Etchr HP 5/75×8, S&B Zeta 7×7, Shinola 5×3.75? “What paper do you like best?” Rita said. Hmm, Arteza with the crab I did:   

Danita played with negative space – first imagined grass, then the background & splatter! And some more sketches from her “yard.”   

          Barb So had to go early, so we just got a screen shot of her sculpture sketch.  Laura is still playing with Derwent pencils – nice colors!

    Rita’s busy resolving sketches – the spacey one with mushrooms got..
more of them! Loose yard sketches were her favorites. I see why!

      When Hugh’s not out walking to pick up on people sketches, he reverts back to travel photos (which makes us want to be there!).

   Bitty’s trying her sketch skills applied to watercolor (yes, friskit on the boat masts) – great discussion on object depth with the boats.

      Daisy’s enjoying her design class, trying things outside her comfort zone and liking them! And the last neighborhood Xmas decoration.

      Bev’s using some hand carved stamps (missing our Jan. stamp-out!), and getting used to drawing boats since they’re around her now.

When Sandy can’t find people (including her husband) to sketch, she just looks around her & sketches her home! Sometimes adds dogs.

     And this just in from Ken – here’s why we haven’t seen him lately – he’s busy boxing up local artists’ archives that he had stored!

#8 TD Zoom Meeting – always something new

Zooming from home

Danita, Jane, Daisy, Marsha, Hugh, Laura, Sandy, Bev, Barb So.& Rita. Barb S-N visited & showed us some watercolor work.

       Danita did 4 views of crystal by moving the book 1/4 turn! She also did color swatches for her inherited pastels – great idea.

      Jane’s 5 min. sketch, then she took colored pencil to it. Now the question of how do you take a photo of an accordion sketchbook!

        The last of Daisy’s neighbor’s decorations (they’re coming down!). Next the beginning of a design spread…what will be added?

      First Marsha’s 5 min. sketches (you can tell she really know her colored pencil stuff!), then Bitty’s (a dracaena) with wax crayons.

Hugh is moving toward abstract by sketching on top of maps.  Laura is trying woodless Koh-I-Noor colored pencils – nice layering!

     Sandy’s doing a sketch every day – she did the figure one day in the middle one, background next day.   5th St  is a great place for people .      

      Bev is finding all kinds of things to draw around her in Brookings. She’s always been one of our most prolific sketchers. She’s back!

   Rita did a great 5 min sketch of her shears (later coloring the handle yellow!), and tried a loose watercolor of mushrooms before inking.

#7 TD Zoom Meeting – new challenges

Just because we’re sketching from home doesn’t mean we’re not taking classes, giving each other ideas, presenting challenges…

Marsha, Jane, Danita, Sandy, Hugh, Bev, Rita, Bitty, Lealan, Daisy, Barb So, Katie, Laura.

   Bitty is taking a watercolor class through OAS – watercolor washes, divide them, turn pieces, add to them. Except that last one – WOW!

     Katie had done the class before, and had an answer for how do you frame or mount these things! Click on the directions to use.

      Marsha’s taking the class, too, and shared the 5 minute sketch challenge.  Laura did a field trip & spent as long as she wished.

      Barb So’s sketches show that staying a home doesn’t have to be boring – a concert on tv, the striking bird out the window, & leaves.

     Please click to enlarge these delightful sketches from Bev who’s living down at the coast now, & seeing interesting things to sketch.

  Daisy brings her interest in sketching to her quilt making – here are some quilt blocks to capture memories of 2021, sketched in b&w.

      Staying at home for Danita means lots of room outside to explore. She’s also exploring how to add text to her sketchbook pages. Nice!

      Staying home for Hugh always means daily walking, too. That artist’s eye is busy wherever he is: desk, owl in a tree, autumn leaves.

      Jane is on a search for the “perfect” daily sketchbook. A small (4×6″) accordion fold can be one day or two. Larger 8″ square folds out too.

       Lealan has been busy capturing holiday lights with watercolor, present wraping with markers, and the eagle in a tree in b&w.

      Rita was playing with a layout for her annual “travel” (at home) journal, a crystal vase of ornaments, and a dear young friend.

     Sandy took the advice “sketch what’s in front of you” seriously – veggies on the counter top, her own feet in socks, breakfast muffin.