Monthly Archives: August 2015

Study Area

I walked up to the college and stopped to sketch near Scripps Cottage, a green space that was full of students calmly studying, sleeping and socializing. I am working explicitly on light this week and think this sketch catches some of … Continue reading

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Finding a voice

Being an audience member is a wonderful opportunity for a sketcher, so I was delighted to accept an invitation from a friend to attend her recital, the culmination of  a 10-week course in singing for people who believe they are unable … Continue reading

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Lunch

My friend can make scrumptious meals in an instant. We stopped by for an impromptu lunch, red in the face, after exercising on this hot day.  I wanted to convey both the sense of comfortable friendship and my friend’s command … Continue reading

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Whose story?

I really liked the energy of the waitress. She was everywhere and on top of it all. I caught her industry in the swing of her body and the focus of her attention as she squeezed through tables. But I … Continue reading

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Double dejavou

Today, even though I sketched at a life drawing open studio, I was strongly reminded of my past years in schools. First of all, in the midst of artists who could sketch for three hours, I felt like the reader … Continue reading

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A Listening Mom

We sat near a mother with four children today in a restaurant. I got two quick sketches of the group and later combined the images into the one above.The baby is reaching for mom. The older sister is reaching for her … Continue reading

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What Are We Doing?

I walked back up to the college today. It is a great place if you are a sketcher looking for people to draw. I sat across the walkway from two students and was able to capture the gist of their expressions … Continue reading

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Need help?

It is the first day of classes over at San Diego State University and I thought to walk up for a quick sketch. I like the exuberance of the lines in this one, and the way the yellow and pink … Continue reading

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Reunion

I don’t normally draw from photos because I get tight and it shows. But I wanted to mark this day, the anniversary of my father’s death, with a reminder of his impact on our large family. My brother Joe shared a … Continue reading

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Mathematicians Socializing #2

I sketched both of the ‘Mathematicians Socializing’ yesterday but did not get a chance to finish them until today. My intent with both was to show the hard work of thinking productively. I frequently sketch people engaging in casual interactions, but … Continue reading

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Mathematicians Socializing

I have been wanting to convey people thinking together. We had an early arrival for dinner Friday and as our guest began to socialize I was able to capture two sketches of people thinking together. I did not get the hand … Continue reading

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Dog Beach

It is interesting to contrast this sketch to the one I did yesterday. The content and media are similar- dogs and people playing at the beach as shown with pencil and watercolor. However, the stories conveyed are different. Yesterday’s was alive and vital but … Continue reading

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Ocean Beach

The beach in San Diego is a great place to sketch. I wanted to convey the enthusiasm of owners and dogs chasing balls and frisbees. I used a soluble pencil to quickly capture the gist of what I saw. I am liking the soluble pencil … Continue reading

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Sleeping in my own bed again!

Our dog Luke seems very happy to be home with his assortment of beds throughout the house. Today I used line not only to draw Luke and his bed, but also to suggest the texture of the stone floor, the … Continue reading

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Alone in a Group

Twenty people or so with name badges were finishing lunch up at the college. They seemed a little old for undergraduates but too young for new staff. A woman sitting alone at a table for four caught my eye. Her shoulders sagged, her head drooped … Continue reading

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Coffee and Pie

We stopped for lunch Friday in Williams Arizona, a small town where my brother-in-law grew up. I sent a few snapshots of the downtown area to him and he commented on how the town has changed, “Williams was a busy … Continue reading

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Layers

On our last evening at the Grand Canyon, a cluster of people gathered to watch the sunset and listen to a flute player at Hopi House. There was an interconnection among the layers of clouds in the sky, the layers of earth in the canyon … Continue reading

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Happy to Be Here

There is something about the Grand Canyon that seems to evoke awe, lift spirits, and cause happiness. I hope this is conveyed in this sketch of a mother and daughter enjoying a moment together on the rim, as it is one of the … Continue reading

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Looking for the Perseid Meteor Shower

My goal this week is using a variety of line to tell a story. This is a sketch of an individual searching the sky the Grand Canyon for the Perseid Meteor at dawn. This sketch is mostly line with some … Continue reading

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It will be even nicer with you in it!

I hurriedly sketched a small family as they posed for a photo while the older daughter grumbled, “Just take it without us!” I loved her mother’s response, “But it will be even nicer if you are in it!” I was charmed by this little family, the dad was so proud … Continue reading

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Grand Canyon

This is the blog I should have posted on Monday, August 10. We are camping at the Grand Canyon and do not have internet access, so I could not upload last night. The Grand Canyon is a great place for using a variety of … Continue reading

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Gesture Landscapes

Today we drove from Telluride across the Navajo Nation to the Grand Canyon. As we drove I sketched, completing ten or so of these. The landscape did not hold still. I used a water soluble pencil together with watercolor to capture … Continue reading

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Where are we?

Two men stopped on a path, blocking my view of the mountainside I was sketching. They pulled out a smart phone and consulted it for directions. I turned a page and began to sketch them, thinking they would leave before I could … Continue reading

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The Reading Lesson

As I was reading in the library today, I became aware of the halting voice of a beginning reader and the murmur of a teacher. I moved closer, listened a bit to the lesson and got out my sketchbook. The child was … Continue reading

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Last Telluride Town Talk

The last town talk of the summer took place in the historic New Sheridan Hotel. I love going to these because the speaker is fair game for a sketcher. This time the speaker stood on the stage, well above the … Continue reading

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Limber Limbs

My goal this week is exaggerating body language to tell a story but there was no need to do so with the two subjects of this sketch. I stopped for coffee in the middle of the day and noticed two limber sisters lounging … Continue reading

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Window Washing

I was on my way to the library when I noticed a man up on a ladder washing windows. I found a perch and began sketching him. My goal this week is to exaggerate body language to clearly tell a story … Continue reading

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A last streak of light

I did not have much success with my plan for sketching exaggerated body language today. However, after a rainy afternoon the sun lit a streak on the hillside and I tried my hand at capturing it. While not satisfied, I do … Continue reading

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Hey There!

We stopped at a restaurant for lunch and sat near the bar. Two of the people sitting up at the bar caught my eye and I reached for my sketchbook. There was a lot going on between these two and … Continue reading

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All in a Morning

I keep a sketchbook as a way of remembering and understanding. This morning I sat and sketched four relatives, squishing them all into the same sheet of paper, not caring too much about the impossible overlapping of the space and … Continue reading

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