Mudflats at Padilla Bay

Mudflats at Padilla Bay

Sunday’s trip to Padilla Bay was my second excursion there.  Years ago my daughter and I took a bookmaking class at the Breazeale Interpretive Center.  This time I spent an hour or so exploring the grounds.  There is a short path, past multi-colored grasses, to a beach overlook.  A spiral staircase takes you down to the beach.  The tide was out, exposing acres of mudflats, pebbly stretches at the high tide line, and eel grass.

I marveled at all the colors in these grasses.

I marveled at all the colors in these grasses.

Short tunnel under the road to the beach overlook

Short tunnel under the road to the beach overlook

Sprial staricase from overlook to the beach

Spiral staircase from overlook to the beach

Padilla Bay

Padilla Bay

Eel grass

Eel grass

Raccoon track

Raccoon track

Padilla Bay

Padilla Bay

My poor attempt at a landscape sketch of Padilla Bay.  I was unhappy with many things, including the anemic colors.

My poor attempt at a landscape sketch of Padilla Bay. I was unhappy with many things, including the anemic colors.

Can this painting be saved?  A bit better with more saturated colors, but still not redeemed.

Can this painting be saved? A bit better with more saturated colors, but still not redeemed.

Next I explored the Upland Trail through meadows and woods.  Quite a sampling of varied habitats in s small area!

Upland trail through the woods

Upland trail through the woods

Noble fir

Noble fir

Walking the Upland Trail, Breazeale Interpretive Center

Walking the Upland Trail, Breazeale Interpretive Center

Andy Goldsworthy-esque sculpture as rock quarry along the trail

Andy Goldsworthy-esque sculpture as rock quarry along the trail

Big-leaf maples

Big-leaf maples

Giant rose hips

Giant rose hips

The next time I visit, I plan to walk the Padilla Bay Shore Trail, a dike path along the estuary.

 

 

 

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.