Monthly Archives: June 2016

Prepping for Tomorrow

The conference center where we are staying in France has very limited internet access. You have to go to an outside terrace next to a bar and then hope you are lucky and get a connection. This forces me to write … Continue reading

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Backlit Figure

Because of the light here in Porquerolles, I found myself continuing to work on conveying brights. This sketch began as a simple line and wash drawing that I changed many times using Procreate. I worked through many versions of this … Continue reading

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People Watching

Sketching people is a form of people watching and what could be a better subject for a sketch that marks the completion of my first year of blogging? Today is the anniversary of my first Deliberate Sketching post from 2015 and … Continue reading

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Stopping between Trains

We had an hour between trains in Toulon, on our way to Porquerolles, and made use of it with a quick bite and sketch at the Terminus across from the station. It was a slow point in the afternoon and … Continue reading

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Austrian Harvest

We had a long day of travel yesterday, from Budapest to Milan, passing from the plains of Hungary up and over the Austrian Alps and then down into northern Italy. As we drove we noticed farmers harvesting crops, which I … Continue reading

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Moonrise over Budapest

For our last day in Hungary, our cousins took us to Szentendre, a town known for its artists, museums, galleries and gorgeous location along the Danube River. We were charmed by the setting, impressed by the work of many artists … Continue reading

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Crossing Deák Ferenc Square, Budapest

Most days in Budapest we cross the Deák Ferenc Square in the Lipótváros area several times. It is a lively place where roads, metro, busses and people converge and an interesting place to sit, sketch and people watch- if you can … Continue reading

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Catching Up on Shared History

My husband was once a child in Hungary. His family, like countless others, was injured by forces beyond their control including World War II, the Holocaust, forced labor and revolution. All they wanted was to live and love within their … Continue reading

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Cafe Near the Music School, Budapest

This is a pen and watercolor sketch of a little cafe across a plaza from a large music school in Budapest.

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On the Balcony in Budapest

We rented a one bedroom apartment with a balcony for the week here in Budapest. The complex is made up of three buildings, encircling a central courtyard. It is wonderful to sit outside, four stories above the busy downtown district, … Continue reading

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Detail from Saint Michael’s Church, Budapest

Budapest is located along the Danube River, which totally dominates and defines the city. The river is huge, perhaps especially so to my California eyes. It is so wide that an island, Margaret Island, fits nicely into it with plenty … Continue reading

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At the Confectionery in Budapest

Budapest is renown for its confectioneries so of course we had to go and see for ourselves. It definitely lived up to its reputation although we may need to verify this by gathering more data. This is a quick sketch … Continue reading

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On the Train to Budapest

Yesterday we crossed Austria and Hungary by train, arriving in Budapest in the early evening. A man one aisle up and across from us was working on an academic paper through much of the trip. His body language indicated reflection. … Continue reading

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German Landscape

We drove today from Chemnitz to Salzburg under cloudy skies and I used the time in the car to sketch on the iPad. Since the landscape flies past the car window faster than I can draw, this is not a … Continue reading

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Water Troubles

Like most Californians, I turn off the water tap while washing my hands, water the yard twice a week and think about saving water. I thought our state was on top of things but of course one of the benefits … Continue reading

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Umbrellas in Downtown Chemnitz Germany

Sketching outside with the iPad is tough on sunny days because the iPad screen gets washed out by the bright light. Today, however, the sky was covered with thunderheads- perfect for sketching on the iPad. And the rainy day was … Continue reading

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Augustusburg Castle

The Augustusburg Hunting Lodge Museum is close to Chemnitz Germany, where we are staying just now. Its bright walls, brick colored trim and grey roof are eye catching and a great backdrop for a courtyard cafe. I did two different sketches … Continue reading

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Euro 16

Euro 16, the European soccer championship games that take place every four years, started today with a game between France and Romania. Euro 16 opened with some commentary by sportscasters and our hosts listened, sitting on the same chair, bathed … Continue reading

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Balloon Astonishes Man

We were in the kitchen, sketching and eating. I was working on the view out the kitchen window when a hot air balloon went by, surprising us all. I loved the look of astonishment and quickly just drew in the … Continue reading

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Umbrellas at the Beer Garden

The umbrellas against the evening sky at this beer garden in Chemnitz caught my eye and I wanted to capture it. By the time I added in people, tables and trees it distracted from the umbrellas against the setting sun … Continue reading

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A Duel between Curiosity and Sleep

A fight to dominate the mind of this man played out as I sketched. Sleep and curiosity fought each other for control. I think you can see in his eyes which won out in the short run. This is a … Continue reading

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A Good Day for Sunning

As far as I can tell, any day with sun in Denmark is a good day for sunning. I passed by this park in downtown Odense twice today and both times it was full of people enjoying the warm weather. … Continue reading

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The Reader

We drove around the northern coast of Zealand and stopped for a swim at Tisvilde. Sitting near us was a young reader who could not be coaxed into the water by his family, “In a minute!” he kept saying. This … Continue reading

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Roskilde Cathedral from the North

Roskilde Cathedral from the North Side The Roskilde Cathedral is far more beautiful than this sketch suggests. It sits tall and dignified on a hill and dominates the area.  Its interior is rich in paintings, sculptures and especially graves, since … Continue reading

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I Wouldn’t Put It That Way…

Research takes time because clarity comes from considering the nuances of an idea, which is not a speedy process. Sometimes even after forty years of working together it can feel like you are just getting started at understanding an idea. … Continue reading

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Cow near a Statue Park

One of the most compelling museums ever is the Rudolph Tenger Statue Park. Many of Rudolph Tenger’s sculptures are displayed across the 35-acre park, each statue in a place where the sky and clouds are the backdrop. Deer and sheep … Continue reading

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Waiting for the National Gallery to Open

Our San Diego Urban Sketcher chapter leader, Lydia Velarde, does comic strips from time to time, and I always admire them. I thought I would give it a try too. I made many little sketches on a 3 X 4 … Continue reading

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