Workshops, events, and hashtags – busy summer in Mukilteo

Yesterday I spent the afternoon at Rosehill Community center in Mukilteo with my acrylic paints, a perfect day.

Summer is here, lots going on in the world of sketching and painting. Here are a few of the events to check out.


  • May 15 – Travelsketching – the next step – 2 openings left
  • May 18 – Yes! You can travelsketch! – this one is full
  • June 1 – Nature Sketching with Nature Together
  • June 15 – Yes! You can travelsketch!

Mukilteo Sketchers

There is interest in starting some meet-ups with other sketchers to sketch in Mukilteo. I will be setting up a group page on Facebook, we can post sketches and communicate about meetings. Send me your interest and ideas.


I have started using a #MukilteoSketchers tag on Instagram, hope you will tag and post your sketches as well. Seattle has there groups, why not us?

If you have joined one of my workshops I would love it if you used #thetravelsketcher on your posted sketches, we can see how we are all progressing.

Thank you so much for making all this happen, sharing what we do is part of the thrill of art. Remember, You can sketch!

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Orcas Island weekend

Tricia and I just spent the last four days on Orcas Island, one of the San Juan Islands. it was everything you could ask for in a weekend, quiet, sunny, good food, and a lot of sketching.

Reminder: There are three workshops coming up – check Workshop page for details

  • May 15 – Travelsketching – the next step. Only 4 openings left
  • May 18 – Yes! You can travelsketch! Only 1 opening left
  • June 1 – Nature Sketching at Nature Together


Waiting for the ferry in Anacortes


The ferry stopped briefly at Lopez Island, the cars that came on had to back onto the ferry to be facing the right direction when we got to Orcas.


The first evening I set up my poshade box and did an acrylic on canvas panel. I left this as a gift for the hosts.


This pond was close by in front of our Airbnb.


Now for couple fo journal pages



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Yes! You can travel sketch

We are getting another Yes! You can Travelsketch! workshop planned. With the weather improving we will get outside to sketch. This workshop is for those who have never sketched or even think “I can’t.” For those with some experience you will get some new ideas.

Everyone who attends gets a complete Travelsketching kit.

Register soon, we have a limit of 8, and already have four signed up. Register on the Workshop page above.

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Nature Sketching at Nature Together

Nature Together hosted a workshop for Nature sketching. It was so amazing the art that came from a group with no sketching experience, the photos are the proof. We will do this again I am sure.

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Remembering Notre Dame

Along with many millions of people around the world I am mourning the damage done to the cathedral of Notre Dame de Paris, grateful for the many times I have been there, sorry that so many will never get to see her as she was.

We have been to Paris many times, each time we checked in at Notre Dame, it would be an incomplete visit to miss her. It took five trips to finally go up the Eiffel Tower, a disapointing experience due to the intense crowds, no desire to go back. Notre Dame is different.

The first time we visited Paris and Notre Dame we climbed the stairs to the bell towers, over 600 steps up a narrow spiral staircase. Visions of the Hunchback of Notre Dame – Hugo or Disney – crept into our minds and conversation.

In 2005 Pope John Paul II died while we were in Paris, I went into the Cathedral. It was quiet and quite empty, most who visit, tourists and Parisians alike, go for the architecture and the history rather than meditation and prayer. The only voice I heard was the priest, standing near the alter, offering a prayer. I remember that day well.

One reason I am such an advocate of travelsketching is that it is a tool to connect with a moment and place – at the time you are traveling or later as you re-connect and remember. So last night I did a couple of sketches from photos taken years ago. One, that day in 2005 when I stepped inside, another from across the Seine River. Each stirred up a bit of the feeling of the moment all those years ago.

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Nice work at Yes! You can travelsketch!

Saturday six travelsketchers joined me for a workshop at the Red Cup in Mukilteo. The wind and the temperature made it unrealistic to be outside so Kris at Nature Together generously opened their space for us to use.

This one sold out quickly, so I have another on the calendar for May 18, check the Workshop page above for details and to register, we are limited to 8 and registrations are already coming in.

Here are some photos from yesterday

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What I learned about sketching from birds

Most of us have something that intimidates us when we think of doing a sketch. Some fear buildings because of perspective issues, others its people and faces, for me it is (was) birds. Past attempts were usually disappointing.

Thanks to Lyanda Lynn Haupt the author of Crow Planet, and Nature Together in Mukilteo, WA, I was challenged to paint birds. Crow Planet stimulated my awareness of the nature around me, which includes birds. Nature Together is sponsoring my Nature Sketching workshop on April 17; I have sketched a lot of leaves, flowers, and rocks in preparation, but, what if someone asked about birds, oh no! 

I have sketched a lot of leaves, flowers, and rocks in preparation. But, what if someone asked about birds, oh no! 

So I had a little talk with myself, I do that often, trying not to let people see me. “Terry, you tell people to stop thinking about lines and paint the shapes, so do it with birds.” Wise advice from a wise person I am sure. So I gave it a go. 

“Don’t define, don’t think of lines just look at the shapes and paint them with globs of paint.” This is how I teach people to paint anything because it works – and I discovered it works with birds. The temptation is always to want to outline the shapes with the brush, but it is better to work from the center and push the paint outward into the shape. Then use a bit of Micron ink for some details.

These two robins were my first attempts with the technique, and I must say I am quite pleased. When you follow the technique it works, wether it is buildings, flowers, shells, or even birds. Now I am finding birds are a favorite. And I am confident that I can pass this on to others.

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