Monday, March 30, 2015

Michele in tulips

ASk at Skagit Valley Tulip Fields today

Two more days until the "official" opening of the Skagit Valley Tulip Festival and the fields are at peak already. Anacortes sketchers met across from Christianson's Nursery in Mt. Vernon today at what may be the ultimate field this year.
ASk sketching in the tulip fields today. Sketch in progress by Michele Cooper
A bystander asked if we all wanted our photo together, I gave her my camera, she took two photos and I have no idea what happened to them. I should have checked to see if she pushed the right button, I guess.

I did get some photos of Anne and Joyce sitting on their portable camp stools very close to the mud! and our group photo of sketches, a distant view of the group putting their work at the end of a row and a trophy shot of my sketch in progress.

Get 'em while you can! This time next week, the fields may be topped. They do this so that the bulbs, the main crop, will develop. You can find tulips and bulbs from the Skagit Valley in Holland, where they also have a festival this time of year.

Roozengaarde Tulips by Jude

2015-3-30 Roozengaarde Fields
2015-3-30 Roozengaarde Tulips

Saturday, March 21, 2015

A Day of Color at Gretchen's in Mt. Vernon

    Teapots galore at Gretchen's Kitchen Shop in Mt. Vernon.  
Happy Spring!

Sketch by Missy
March 2015

More sketches from Gretchen's

Mary Heath's second sketch, in progress
Sketch by Mary Heath
More sketches from last Monday's outing at Gretchen's in Mt. Vernon!

Katie Johnson's Teapots

Friday, March 20, 2015

ASk at Gretchen's

Happy sketchers! Thank you, Donna and Dianne!
Anacortes Sketchers filled their sketchbooks at Gretchen's on Monday.
The Anacortes Sketchers were welcomed at Gretchen's in Mt. Vernon on Monday, March 16. Give us a beautifully set up kitchen shop nearly all to ourselves and just see how busy we can be! So busy, it has taken me a while to put this post together!

If you are local, you may recall that this shop was set up with the assistance of Graham Kerr, whose national cooking show, "The Galloping Gourmet" was so popular. You should see the kitchen used for demonstrations and classes!
Everyone fell in love with the bright Spring teapots!
Busy, busy, busy, all over the shop!!

Sunday, March 15, 2015

Some Catch-Up Posting by Jude

2015-1-5 Aunt Dolly's Cup @ Carolyn's
2015-1-9 The Brown Lantern
2014-10 Gordon's Farm
2014-10-11 Favorite Scissors
2014-10-15 Knitting Hand
2014-10-13 Knitting Washcloths
2014-10-10 Knitting Swift
2014-10-9 Packing for Knitting Camp
2014-9-8 Rosario Beach
2014 Washington Park West Beach
2014 Edison Slough
2014 Bowman's Bay
2015-1-15 Padilla Bay Aquarium

Soroptimist Still-life

Thanks to Aleli, we had the whole place to ourselves for sketching last Monday.  I set up a little still-life.  What could be a better find than shoes (that I would never wear) in complimentary colors!  Support the Soroptimist Shop!  They give so much back to the community!!

Sketch by Missy
March 2015

Monday, March 9, 2015

Decorative fossils at Creative Surfaces/Deception Distilling

Anne E.

Deception Distillery Sketching

We had another great day last Monday at Deception Distillery with about 12 ASkers.  A group of "tasters" stopped in after traveling from Shaw Island.  The copper still was steaming after being cleaned.

Sketches by Missy
March 2, 2015

Sunday, March 1, 2015

Alley Cat Antiques Sketching

Sketching at Alley Cat Antiques is always fun as there us an endless assortment of interesting things to sketch.   My decision of what to sketch was made by finding a sunny corner of the building.  A group of us enjoyed the corner window display of tin baskets, wire forms, and such.
 Bottom Half

Top Half

Sketch by Missy
Feb. 2015