Monthly Archives: October 2015

Happy Halloween!

This is a fast sketch of trick-or-treaters.  It is a mess but captures the fun of the evening.  I quickly jotted down movement with a brush pen and later added watercolor and watercolor pencil. The construction of the pen brush forces me to record … Continue reading

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Reading at a cafe

I am still not clear on perspective so I am taking a very helpful online Craftsy course, Perspective for Sketchers with Stephanie Bower. I am working on single point perspective and was trying to draw two streets on a hill disappearing … Continue reading

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Just using watercolor

It was open studio again today. I worked on using straight watercolor- no drawing first in pencil or pen for guidance, or later for strengthening the impact.  Odd how daring this feels; at times I drew with the paintbrush and … Continue reading

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Two men in a coffee shop

Today I joined members of the San Diego Watercolor Society in their weekly Wednesday Paint-out. I was a little intimidated but went anyway and had a good morning of sketching at Little Italy. Feeling unsure of myself when I arrived … Continue reading

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More giraffes

I had a good day sketching at the zoo and am now having a hard time deciding which sketch to post. One of my primary goals is to tell a story with images, something that does not come easy. Today I … Continue reading

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Two friends from childhood continued

So much of what passes for conversation is often not much more than predictable exchanges, pleasant but not the type of interaction that deepens understanding or advances learning. It is wonderful when two lifelong friends get together and really talk. I … Continue reading

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Two friends from childhood

Two friends from childhood meet up and what do they talk about? Research papers, of course. I am fascinated by the look and expressions of learning and was delighted to again see it in front of me and to have the … Continue reading

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Costco again

I went to Costco to sketch again, or did I go for the yogurt swirl? In any case I enjoyed both opportunities greatly. This is the same subject as my October 16 and October 20 posts.  I wanted this sketch to show more commotion that … Continue reading

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A lagging conversation

This is my post for Friday, October 23. Late Friday evening is an odd time for me to be sketching. But we were with old friends and I was able to pull out my sketchbook and get several quick sketches … Continue reading

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Focus

At open studio today I looked up from a sketch and noticed the focus and stamina of the artists.  A few sketches later I noticed it again and decided to try to capture it. So for the last pose I sketched the sketchers. … Continue reading

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More homework

I had an unsuccessful day sketching at Balboa Park and was later delighted that my poor neighbor, who I tutor, had such tedious homework tonight. This gave me an opportunity for a better sketch. My neighbor was meticulous about coloring in the states and labeling each state’s … Continue reading

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Costco food court for reals

My brother-in-law, who is an expert on all things Costco, pointed out that while my October 16 post has the word Costco in the title, that the image did not come close to capturing the spirit of  its food court. … Continue reading

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Windy day at the beach

The weather has cooled a bit. It is overcast and the wind has picked up. I wanted to capture the change of weather by focusing on the tall grass, sand dunes and the sea. I used simple shapes, muted colors, and left … Continue reading

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Hotel del Coronado

The San Diego Urban Sketchers met today to sketch the historic Hotel del Coronado,  just across the bay from San Diego. There were so many possibilities for this sketch. I walked around a bit and decided to sketch a view … Continue reading

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Near Wickenburg Arizona

This is my post for Saturday, October 17.  I got home last night too late to post. It is a wonderful thing to be a passenger with vistas such as this to draw. Saguaros, mountains, dramatic clouds, so much to … Continue reading

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Costco food court

I am doing quick sketches everywhere these days. This one is from the food court at Costco in San Diego. A sweet little family shared some ice cream just long enough for me sketch them. I liked the way the … Continue reading

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A Neapolitan look

When I saw today’s model for the open studio group, I was quick to decide that the model looks like a character from a novel I have been reading this past week or so.  I just finished My Brilliant Friend, the … Continue reading

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More spelling

On most Wednesdays my young neighbor comes by for help with his homework and some games if time allows. It takes such focus for him to complete his school assignment of writing each word five times that it gives me a lull in which to sketch him. At this … Continue reading

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A drink and a sketch

It was hot today in San Diego. I paused for a drink and my eye was caught by a woman with a cell phone at a window overlooking the parking lot. I have been trying to get the bold anime/manga feel in my sketches … Continue reading

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Sunset along Interstate 5

We drove up to Berkeley for a long weekend. I was able to get several sketches along the way from the vantage point of the front seat. The dry conditions combined with sunset made for wonderful browns and oranges. The … Continue reading

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Driving and Sketching

Although I sketched on the way to Berkeley, the image will not post from my phone so I will update early next week. October 12- Here is the sketch I was trying to post.

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Partners

Today’s sketch is based on yesterday’s, but I made some adjustments to add emphasis to the two figures and convey a stronger message that this sketch is about their relationship. The two figures now fill more of the page and the … Continue reading

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My 100th Post

This is my 100th post, a day to take stock of my progress, and a day to determine next steps. In the past few days I have been looking through my old sketchbooks and thinking about the question that drives this … Continue reading

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At the bay

This is a quick sketch from a cove at Mission Beach. I actually sketched it in ink last week but left the site before adding color. Today I experimented at home with markers and watercolor on several similar black and white sketches.  I … Continue reading

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Write each word 5 times each…

I am enjoying helping my young neighbor with his homework, and tonight am reminded about how hard it is to truly become fluent as a writer and speller. My neighbor puts such effort into his penmanship, forming each letter carefully, erasing when it is … Continue reading

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Please take your turn!

Four of us were playing a slow-moving game with each player agonizing over each move. We had our coping strategies; sketching, crossword puzzles, KenKen puzzles, pointed looks, and so on. I was content with the pace as the slower the moves, the more … Continue reading

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The speaker

This is the first time I sketched from a video. I was so moved by listening to a recording of our relative that I drew her 8 times, attempting each time to interpret her beauty, strength, integrity and generous spirit in an … Continue reading

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Appreciating the sea

It also seemed likely that I would not have enough time on this second day of October to sketch so here is another sketch from last week. I like this sketch because it suggests a sense of quiet appreciation for the sea. The figures are next … Continue reading

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Focused listening

As I looked ahead, I thought it likely that I would not have enough time on this first day of October to sketch so I posted a sketch I did a few weeks ago just as I was learning to … Continue reading

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