Whidbey Island

Coupeville on Whidbey Island

fineliner pen, watercolor in mixed media sketchbook

Each of the small towns I’ve visited so far in Washington has it’s own character. Coupeville on Whidbey Island is no exception. I went back to my pictures from that trip in late May and picked this one of store fronts on the single main street on the harbor. I was practicing a style taught by Albert Kiefer in his Domestika workshop titled Expressive Architectural Sketching. I figured this style would meet with my desire to be freed from the rules of perspective and accuracy! After I’d finished my drawing I realized that I’d missed one of the basic lessons in the course which is to avoid drawing straight lines in order to create more movement and energy in the drawing. Haha! You’d be surprised how hard that is to do. (The course uses markers for color, but I used my favorite, watercolor) The “false wall” in the front of the building reminds me of architecture in those towns in western movies, where the walls seem to tip a bit precariously. 


brown fountain pen and watercolor in 8 X 8″ Travelogue sketchbook

A tiny lake on an island in the northwest, the kind of place we all dream about for summer sunshine, boating, hiking, fishing and sitting on the dock for hours listening to birdsong! I was on Whidbey Island off the coast of Washington for a few days last week, staying in this rustic but magical setting which had all the above delights minus the sun and warmth.

Our cold and drizzly spring continues so far here in the northwest. So this sketch was twice aborted by sprinkles. And of course the light changed so many times that I gave up trying to get it “right”, and now I realize i forgot to put in the osprey who was circling overhead for the best part of an hour and the four bald eagles at play later in the day. But this is why we sit and sketch and don’t just rely on photos, because forever after those elements will dwell in our sketches and be released even years after when we open our books!