Monday, October 12, 2009

Hillside Red Barn

From the Sketchbook
8x10" Original Watercolor

This is what I would call an exploratory sketch. I painted it on location near Coupeville this summer. I had never been here before, so didn't really plan on "catching a painting".....Just interested in seeing what I could discover with my paints and my brushes.

Friends were scattered around the hillside with their plein air equipment, too. At the end of the morning, we all realized that every single one of us had chosen something different to paint. I love that!

Sunday, October 4, 2009

Free Watercolor Lesson at the Library, Oct 10

Join me on Saturday to learn basic watercolor techniques while painting a sunset. All materials supplied; preregistration required. Supported by the Friends of the Arlington Library and the Sno-Isle Libraries Foundation.

10:30 am-noon---Arlington Library
2:00 pm-3:30----Darrington Library

Learn to paint sunsets--online registration and info

Saturday, October 3, 2009

Outdoor Kit Contents

1. Windbreaker, portable easel and "healthy back" bag. The Anderson Easel is portable and has its own case. My "yoga" bag carries everything else and has a single strap. The windbreaker can be stuffed into its own pocket, making a small 5"x5" zipped up packet, which fits inside the bag, too.

2. Front pockets of my bag hold: sunscreen & insect repellent, bottled water, hand sanitizer, travel size band-aids, facial tissues.

I wear a hat and sunglasses and carry my car keys, ID and cell phone in my jeans pockets or jacket. My camera is either in my hand, on its strap on my other shoulder or inside the bag.

3. Inside bag main compartment: Spiral bound Cheap Joe's Kilimanjaro 9x12" Paintbook (every other page is 70# watercolor paper and sketch paper) A large bulldog clip keeps the wind from opening the pages.

Ziplock bag containing Daniel Smith collapsible water container/sponges, Yarka St Petersburg original set of 24 colors (holds a pencil, rigger, #8 round wc. brush and 1" flat aquarel brush inside), two blue paper towels/folded, X-acto blades, and old credit card for scraping.

Five Star stand up pencil case containing: kneaded eraser, set of drawing pencils, pencil sharpener, business cards, Berol Prismacolor pens for sketching and pen/small sticky note pad for leaving messages on the car for fellow painters.