Monthly Archives: November 2015

Catching up on work

What if everyone liked their work so much that if they needed to rest a bit from the rigors of vacationing that they could do this by retreating to their work? This possibility reverses the typical relationship between work and holiday and … Continue reading

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At the museum

A visit to the San Diego Museum of Man gave me a chance to think about using empty space along with line and color to better communicate a message, my practice goal for the week. I wanted to say something about the range of reactions visitors … Continue reading

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KenKen in a different light

  This is the same sketch as yesterday’s ‘KenKen’ but developed further. I had been admiring Rosin Cure’s use of white space in her sketches and was practicing including more white space in mine. However, in yesterday’s sketch it gave the look of daylight … Continue reading

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KenKen

KenKen is the type of puzzle that keeps you up late at night trying your best to make digits fit nicely onto a grid. It is addictively relaxing.  I drew 6 versions of this trying to convey the relaxed nature of an interesting … Continue reading

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Clean-up team

Every great meal should end with a clean kitchen. This team has it covered, one focused on licking the dishes clean, the other on rinsing and stacking the dishwasher. I put down lines using a quick gesture style because it conveys the … Continue reading

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Happy Thanksgiving!

Developing an image for Thanksgiving was a different type of challenge than my usual interpreting and sketching of an observable scene. I had to think which symbols of Thanksgiving aligned with my own thoughts. Then there was choosing a style … Continue reading

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More Poinsettias

I was sketching a houseguest but having trouble conveying her depth and personality.  Impulsively, I brought in a poinsettia and drew it on both sides of her. Suddenly the slight tilt of her chin downward was echoed by several of the red leafs. The red leafs also accentuated the bits … Continue reading

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Poinsetta

My favorite holiday decoration may be poinsettias. I placed a sprig of one into a vase and spent some time in the last few days sketching it.  I tried a variety of mediums and somehow this bold angular version in markers grabs my eye. I sketched in ink … Continue reading

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Watching the dancers

This is a revision of a sketch from a wedding last week. The original sketch did not tell a story, which is one of my goals for this blog, so I made a few changes. While the bride and groom were … Continue reading

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Urban Sketching at Summers Past Farms

The San Diego Urban Sketchers gathered today at Summers Past Farms in El Cajon. Summers Past is a family owned nursery, gift store, garden, wedding venue and interesting sketching location. I chose a rusted out truck on the far edge … Continue reading

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Brophy reflection

You might not know that Phoenix has canals full of water and edged by trails that people walk along for exercise and enjoyment. This is a section near Brophy Chapel and this sketch shows its reflection in the Grand Canal just after … Continue reading

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The living room

This is a late evening sketch of a room that was central to our lives for so many years, our family living room. It is not completely put back in order after a party tonight and now all the others are in … Continue reading

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Individual downtime

In every reunion there comes a time to check on families, work and news, and to get a little down time. My sisters were doing just this, on their devices, holding still and behaving like excellent models, which gave me … Continue reading

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Reconnecting

Reunions mean catching up on all the news in a deep and sincere way by people who care about each other. Improving my skill at telling a story through image is my major goal for this blog and I kept … Continue reading

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Sister reunion

Four of us sisters met up in Phoenix and began talking right away, even though it was late. I thought to convey the closeness of the relationships by showing conversation, placing the figures close together, and using similar colors for … Continue reading

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This can’t be the optimal control of the quantum oscillator, can it?

This is the fourth day I listened on the sideline as two scientists pursued an elusive relationship among their equations. Many of my sketches are about the visual beauty of people learning and thinking together. This sketch is about the labor … Continue reading

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The wedding party

We attended an amazing wedding today that started at a Buddhist temple and ended with a garden luncheon. I was charmed by the three smallest members of the wedding party and pulled out my sketchbook to see if I could … Continue reading

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Elbow to elbow, knee to knee

Even though this is an in-the-moment sketch of a Friday evening get together, I did interpret and tell a story through the emphasis I put on two figures who had different points of view. I was intrigued with the elbows on the table, the proximity of their knees … Continue reading

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Learning at a store

I happened to be in another place today where learning was going on and I was able to quickly sketch it.  I was getting technical help at the computer store, as was the customer adjacent to me.  The customer showed his need … Continue reading

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The third day of watercolor demonstrations

I am very interested in learning and what the body language of learning looks like.  Today was the third and final day of a workshop I have been attending at the San Diego Watercolor Society and a terrific opportunity to … Continue reading

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A trainer, her dog and five enthusists

I sketched this evening at our little gym and tried to capture the essence of what happens there in an hour. I wanted to convey a bit of what the different figures may be feeling along with showing motion. Our trainer … Continue reading

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Watercolor demonstration

I am taking a three-day workshop at the San Diego Watercolor Society on mixing luminous skin color. The studio is gorgeous with a teaching station and a separate desk area. The teaching station has a huge mirror above the teacher so … Continue reading

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Can’t stop sketching

I did not sketch today and so went back through my un-posted sketches from this week looking for a stand-in.  This unplanned sketch is from the Wednesday Paint-out with the Watercolor Society in Old Town. I was ending the morning by … Continue reading

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Grape Park, Escondido

There was a big turnout today when the San Diego Urban Sketchers met in Escondido at Grape Park. There were many historic buildings from Escondido’s past to sketch, including the depot and train from the Santa Fe Rail line, which is … Continue reading

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Rachael’s sketching group

Today I sketched with Rachael’s group in Spanish Village, part of Balboa Park in San Diego. Many of the artists sat in a gazebo drawing scenes from the surrounding area. I wanted to capture this and through it tell a story of kindred spirits spending … Continue reading

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The over-the-hill gang hits the gym

Six of us exercise together each week and since I sat this session out I got a chance to capture the efforts of my compatriots. One of my main goals is to convey a story and I like this image because the range of exercise- running, … Continue reading

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Learning

The San Diego Watercolor Society met today at Old Town, a park that commemorates local history with buildings, museums and educational programs. Just as I got settled for painting, a class and a museum docent gathered for a lesson at … Continue reading

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Torrey Pines on a windy day

Our rainy season is beginning in San Diego and people were out on Torrey Pines State Park enjoying the change of weather. The surf was wild this morning.  I was bundled up trying to keep my sketches from blowing away but the … Continue reading

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Luke keeps an eye out

Communicating a story through image is one of my major goals for this blog. This sketch tells the story of a loyal dog guarding his household. Luke’s alert head and his choice of a location where he can monitor the front door … Continue reading

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November patio

I would like to be more adept at capturing landscapes and so am beginning to practice this type of sketch. At the moment I am puzzled by how much detail to draw in clearly and how much to imply. If too much … Continue reading

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