Tag Archives: landscape

Central California Visit

At the end of May I spent about a week along the central California coast. It was a relaxing visit to reconnect with friends, enjoy the coastal views, and catch some sun.

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Waiting for the plane at SeaTac airport. I looked up from my sketch and these two peaks were gone in the clouds.

And from our plane looking through clouds at another WA beauty…

I accidentally used a water-soluble pen here. A dab of watercolor and it all ran! 

Another roadside San Luis Obispo peak…

And a barn!

Further up coast, just south of Monterey:

(5 x 3″ pen and watercolor on watercolor paper)
Displayed artwork © 2017 Kim Reading. All rights reserved.

Kaua’i Warmth

It’s really cold today in Seattle and I feel the need to share a warmth-filled sketch with you all — drawn three weeks ago during a quick trip to the Garden Island. This was one of the sunny days. And it was a warm one. Ahhhhhhh…

Makawehi Lithified Cliffs, Poipu — south coast of Kaua’i (click  to enlarge)


(3 x 5″ watercolor)
Displayed artwork © 2016 Kim Reading. All rights reserved.

Napa Valley

I spent last weekend with friends and family in Napa Valley, California. The tail of a Pacific typhoon caught the whole upper west coast so the usual warm temps and sunshine eluded us most of the weekend. No matter—we had a great time between wine tastings, a harvest festival, and a raucous birthday celebration!

Here’s a down-valley view from Miner’s Family Winery along Silverado Trail.(Click  to enlarge)

And the ubiquitous crow.

(5 x 3″ watercolors)
Displayed artwork © 2016 Kim Reading. All rights reserved.

Happy Village

A fabulously fun exercise from 2016: “Y” is for Yellow . This makes me happy every time I look at it — hence the title.

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(11 x 14″ mixed media on hot press watercolor paper)
Displayed artwork © 2016 Kim Reading. All rights reserved.

Sketching in Public

A favorite bonus (or downside, if you’re shy) to sketching in public is the curious visitor. Kids are the best because they just bound right up asking questions — no sideways glances, no quiet slow stepping to get just close enough for a peak (wouldn’t want to disturb the artist). This day, “Troy” came flying over in his awesome orange and blue monster shirt. I showed him what I was painting and what the names of the places were.

“You need blue there,” he blurted out. Well, yes indeed — I was just getting to that sky! And so he supervised my blue wash for all of 2 seconds and was off again — then back again (you know kids). I told him the best thing about sketching things is you remember that moment very clearly forever. “So every time I look at this painting, Troy, I will remember you and your monster shirt.”

Indeed I shall.

View north from Daybreak Star Cultural Center toward Golden Gardens park with Mount Baker’s peak in the distance.

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(3 x 5″ watercolors on paper)
Displayed artwork © 2016 Kim Reading. All rights reserved.

Port Townsend View

I was in Port Townsend last weekend for a wedding which extended into beach combing, hiking, sunshine basking, bird watching, cider tasting and general exploring — not a lot of time to draw.

I eeked out a quick sketch from the Northwest Maritime Center looking east across Port Townsend Bay toward Marrowstone Island, another place worth exploring.

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(3″ x 5″  micron ink pen and watercolor on Moleskine®)
Displayed artwork © 2016 Kim Reading. All rights reserved.

Hawaii Sketches 2016

Balmy Hawai’i is an irresistible  lure this time of year when I’ve about HAD it with the cold-wet-windy weather of Seattle. I easily took the bait again this year when my sweetie suggested, “So, for your BIG birthday, why don’t we go back?” And he treated me to two warm weeks on the Big Island. I know, I’m incredibly lucky, right? Spoiled is more like it.

No “sketch-a-day” like last year (sorry) but I have a good excuse. We were joined by dear friends who helped party me through the first celebratory week! I survived and had a great time. Here are a few sketches managed between the fun.

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BEAUTIFUL ARRANGEMENT GREETING US AT CONDO
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SHORE PALMS AND SURF
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BECAUSE I HAD TO…
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CHARMING LOCAL HOUSE
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FOREST IMPRESSIONS FROM OUR FINAL B&B
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CITY OF REFUGE
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(All approx. 5″ x 3″ micron pen on moleskine® sketch or watercolor paper)
Displayed artwork © 2016 Kim Reading.  All rights reserved.