Sketch IX

Last weekend I took a van, a boat and a bus to Holden Village in the Cascade mountains. There I spent a fun-filled weekend with members of my book group. I had hoped to get in a lot of drawing, maybe play with some of my new colored pencils and water colors, instead I spent most of my time playing in the snow. The sky was clear, the sun was warm and really, the best place to be was outside, hiking up and down the trails. The evenings found our group sharing warm conversation over glasses of boxed wine, along with playing several rousing games of Bananagrams. My sketchbook was mostly neglected, but I did manage to dash off a scribble or two.

I hit the ground running upon my return; lots happening at work and at home, but still managed to get a bit of studio time in. I have made one color pass on my new woodcut, (I'm still in love with it) and i will share images of my progress after there is a bit more to show.
According to my computer it's 11:57pm on Saturday. Hooray, I'm getting this post in just under the wire!
PS. Don't forget to spring forward!


  1. Hi Betsy, I tried to comment on this once before but I guess it never "took." Of course I love your pen and ink sketches -- love the simplicity of only the black line. But the color washes introduce a whole new element. So illustrative! Sooo appropriate for all sorts of printed media applications(and/or web. Have you illustrated books or done editorial work for publications before? If not yet, you sure could/should! :)

  2. Thank you for the compliment, Gloria. I love playing with washes but usually I use a flair pen for my sketches and adding a wash just makes a mess. This sketch was done with a waterproof ink which i'll like play with some more.