France and my journal


We have been in France now for 10 days; so many memories already. This trip stands out in that I have been more faithful at sketching in my journal than ever before. Another twist is that I determined to make all my notes in French, keeping with the language, and learning a bit along the…

Graphite and pencils revisited


Ink, specifically a fountain pen, is my go-to sketching implement. My first sketches were with Rapidograph and Micron pens, no watercolor and rarely any pencil. Over the years the Rapidograph was retired as being too difficult to keep clean and operating, likely due to my ignorance about the perils of India Ink’s carbon particles ability…

Diamond Knot, at Mukilteo


One of the oldest buildings on the Mukilteo waterfront is the DiamondKnot Brewpub. Originally it was a bus barn, as evidenced by the beams, brick, and roll-up door. It’s first role as a pub was Cheers Too. In the 1990’s the founders of Diamond Knot bought the building and it has been thus ever since.

Christmas in Mukilteo


The city Christmas tree sits on the hill overlooking Lighthouse Park, a beautiful site for this time of year.