Sketching Bay View

July 21, 2014

The sketchbook of one of the Let's Sketch Bay View participants, Michele Cooper

The sketchbook of one of the Let’s Sketch Bay View participants, Michele Cooper

Yesterday I participated in an outdoor sketching event in the Skagit Valley, “Let’s Sketch Bay View,” hosted by Edna [Breazeale]’s Neighbors.  Bay View is a village on the shores of Padilla Bay, an estuary near Anacortes, WA.  Artists were invited to draw, paint and sketch from a choice of sites including the Breazeale Interpretive Center and its trails and grounds, Bay View State Park, and the Bay View community.  Several residents opened their private gardens to sketchers as well.

Morning rainbow over Padilla Bay

Morning rainbow over Padilla Bay

Hollyhocks by the blue house in Bay View

Hollyhocks by the blue house in Bay View

Ed and Mary's garden, Bay View

Ed and Mary’s garden, Bay View

Any day is a good day if it finds me with a paintbrush in my hands, especially after a too long break from sketching.  I found a comfortable spot in Ed and Mary Epps’ garden where there was a wealth of natural subjects.  It was a time for meeting a special group of friends and kindred spirits with whom I originally crossed paths because of this blog.  What a talented and fun group they are!  Sometimes I am floored by the miracle of friendship.

“Let’s Sketch Bay View” was well organized and the planning resulted in an atmosphere that was welcoming to artists of all skill levels.  Informal, yet productive.  At the end of the afternoon the participants met up at the Breazeale Interpretive Center to share their work, mingle, and enjoy cookies and lemonade.  Community and art-making — a convivial combination.

Another painter in Ed and Mary's garden

Another painter in Ed and Mary’s garden

Bonnie in the garden

Bonnie in the garden

Bonnie's sketch of cabbage (those jewel-like colors!)

Bonnie’s sketch of cabbage (those jewel-like colors!)

Jude's painting in progress

Jude’s painting in progress

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You can see more of Michele's work at www.michelecooper.com

You can see more of Michele’s work at http://www.michelecooper.com

My watercolor sketch of geranium foliage from Ed and Mary's garden

My watercolor sketch of geranium foliage from Ed and Mary’s garden

For another look at the day of sketching, follow this link to the Anacortes Sketcher’s blog.

 

 

 

 

 

 

7 Responses to “Sketching Bay View”


  1. Beautiful sketches and photos Rosemary!

  2. Bucek, Ellen Says:

    Wow! Let’s Sketch Bay View was a great success! I wish that Rosemary had included one of your sketches. Send me a photo of yours as I would love to see it.

    Cheers, Ellie

  3. Michele Says:

    What a wonderful account of a beautiful day. I love the “warm and cool” greens of your geranium foliage sketch.

  4. shoreacres Says:

    What fun that you all can get together and pursue your art. I’m not sure how that would work with writers. I don’t think I’d do very well with it, but it may be that some people do. I can’t write in coffee shops and such either.

    The watercolors and sketches are lovely, and what a setting for you all!

    • Rosemary Says:

      I think the idea of getting together with other writers would work just fine, even if you all worked on your own stuff, but the sharing at the end would definitely take longer. We just set out our paintings and sketchbooks and people wandered around looking at them. For writing, would you each need to read your piece out loud? That would take some time.


  5. You watercolor is absolutely beautiful!


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