Saturday, March 26, 2016

Reflections on ad hoc sketch outing at Eddon Boatyard

This past Thursday morning fellow sketchers Mike Maher, Ken Fulton and I made the trip from Vashon Island to Gig Harbor to attend an ad hoc sketch outing at the Eddon Boatyard. A little chill in the air but otherwise a lovely spring day allowing sketchers to take in outdoor sketch opportunities. A few clouds but otherwise morning sun casting strong shadows on boat houses and net sheds along the shore providing inspiring sketch challenges.

Having arrived early I walked the pier next to the Gig Harbor Boat Shop and saw immediately the waterfront scene I wanted to sketch. At 10:AM we gathered for introductions and soon after I took up position on the pier with my Moleskine Watercolor journal open, Micron 08 at the ready and the subject of my pleasure taking shape on the page. Derwent watercolor pencils for initial color followed by Daniel Smith watercolors to enhance the look and feel of the overall sketch.

With a few minutes left I sketched the net shed to the east of the boatyard. Same process only much faster as it was nearly 12:30 PM and time for our group sketch showing.

What a great sketch outing and on a perfect spring day at a inspiring location surrounded by a wonderful group of like-minded fellow sketchers. Three cheers for Gig Harbor! Darsie Beck

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