Monthly Archives: January 2016

At the Dead Sea

Our friends said a day of sunshine is the best antidote for jet lag so off we all went to the En Gedi Nature Reserve, on the shore of the Dead Sea, for a long sunny hike. This sketch is … Continue reading

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View of Jerusalem

  This is the view from the balcony where we are staying in Jerusalem. Hebrew University is in the distance and there are many more buildings in a valley between it and our apartment that I did not include. It … Continue reading

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Over the Atlantic Ocean

  At some point as we crossed the Atlantic it was morning local time. The sky, clouds and sea seemed to have uncertain boundaries. This sketch was done on my iPad using Procreate, a perfect tool for a window seat … Continue reading

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Doodling

This began as a simple doodle of the Anthurium plants on the hotel patio. It slowly took over and dominated my attention, leaving no room for other sketching today. I became too focused on all the details and so had … Continue reading

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From the hotel window

What a restful day we had after all the effort of getting ready for our long trip. Monday was about sleeping late, eating out, running errands, talking and of course drawing. This is a late evening sketch of our son … Continue reading

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Leaving Luke

  Funny how much you can love and worry about a dog. Luke has only been with us for a year and a half but leaving Luke was such a hard part of beginning our half year trip to Israel … Continue reading

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Almost done

  Our son came down from the Bay Area to help us and we have been working away on readying our house for renters while we are away for the next six months. We were all a little bleary eyed … Continue reading

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San Diego Harbor

I waited at Harbor Island for an arrival at the nearby airport. I intended to sketch the silhouette of downtown buildings but was distracted by a sailboat and the sun glistening on the sea. I sketched in ink and watercolor. … Continue reading

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Violin practice

This is a quick sketch of my neighbor practicing the violin. He was very serious and focused as he made his way through the required pieces, one by one, and was very happy to complete the task. His long arms … Continue reading

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Corner coffee shop

While waiting to meet a friend at a corner coffee shop I happened to sit down near a couple on the patio. They were having an audible disagreement about her parents. Their body language was not friendly and I wondered if the nonverbal signals were contributing to an escalation of the disagreement. She … Continue reading

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Repair job

I noticed the look a person has when concentrating on repairing a small item. The eyes are focused up close on the work and hands. The lips are pursed, the head slightly tilted, and the body is held very still, as though … Continue reading

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Sketching the Urban Sketchers

This morning the San Diego Urban Sketchers met at the West Coast Clydesdale Ranch. We spread out and sketched buildings, horses, chickens, vegetation, corrals and the vista. As usual my attention was more focused on people and I did several different … Continue reading

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Luminance

I have been thinking about how to show the reflection of light since sketching snowscapes two weeks ago and especially since sketching a puddle from some minor flooding last week.   This morning the light came in the window and through a … Continue reading

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Near the art store

One of my goals for this blog is to tell a story through image and this little sketch tells a story a few men who were people watching in a square and a few women who were walking briskly past the men. … Continue reading

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Open studio

At open studio today I worked on defining the figure with strong lines and accentuating the lines with strong color. I played with exaggerating the angles of the elbow, wrist, shoulder and face. I worked with a Sharpie marker and watercolor. Later I scanned … Continue reading

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Burning ideas

Sitting around the fire pit on a cold January night makes for perfect conditions to exchange ideas. This sketch is part of an occasional study of what it looks like when people are learning individually or in groups. All three figures are holding their hands … Continue reading

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Buildings on a corner

I scanned in an ink sketch I did up at the college and then selected areas of the sketch to fill in with color. I like the unpolished look it gives. This style of sketching is perfect for a day … Continue reading

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Restoration

I began this sketch in late December and finished it today. One of my learning goals is to communicate ideas through the way I use images and I worked on this sketch today with this goal in mind. Over the holidays our home was full … Continue reading

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Minor flooding

We arrived home in San Diego yesterday after heavy rains earlier this week. Rain had come in through the sliding doors and we had quite a puddle on the slate floor. Luke thought it was the best tasting water ever … Continue reading

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Reading on a plane

On the two- hour flight home this morning I sat near a man who read the whole time. He was a perfect model for a quick sketch in Procreate. One of my major learning goals is to convey a story … Continue reading

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Snowscape 4

Today’s sketch is pretty much the same view from my warm hotel room as yesterday,’s sketch, but the treatment is more abstract. When I was studying snowscapes on the internet I noticed I have a strong preference for simplified paintings. … Continue reading

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Snowscape 3

  I continued to work today on drawing snow from my hotel room window, a much warmer place for sketching than the ski slope. I began with six 5-minute sketches with a goal of letting my hand and eye work … Continue reading

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Ski slope 2

  My main goal for this blog is to learn to convey a message by using image. I came closer in today’s sketch to expressing the feeling of skiing but drawing snow continues to challenge me. The cloudy skies don’t … Continue reading

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Ski slope

Yesterday I tried to sketch skiers on snowy slopes and then put it aside in frustration. Today I completed four more sketches and became even more puzzled about how to convey both snow and skiers. I know that the issue … Continue reading

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Redo of a view

One of my major learning goals for this blog is to learn to use image to tell a story. Although I liked yesterday’s sketch well enough to post, I was bothered by it. I felt that it confused the story … Continue reading

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View from a window seat

The view from an airplane window seat allows you to see straight ahead, 45 degrees to the left if you look out the window ahead of you, and 90 degrees to the left if you turn and look straight out. … Continue reading

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View from the cell phone lot

I used to dislike waiting but how can I complain with a view like this from the San Diego airport cell phone lot? I wanted to catch the animated feeling of the holiday traffic so I drew with quick gestures, holding … Continue reading

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Waiting for the New Year

We had family from the east coast for New Year’s Eve and played games in order to keep them up while we waited to celebrate here on the west coast.  I sketched a bit while waiting for my turn. I liked … Continue reading

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