Monthly Archives: July 2016

Where Our Bathroom Used to Be

We had some water damage while we were away for six months. A slow leak in an upstairs bathroom caused the ceiling in the downstairs bathroom to cave in. The soggy old wallboard and fixtures have now been removed, leaving … Continue reading

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A Model Poses for the Drawing Group

This sketch is from a series I did yesterday at a drawing group. I had trouble drawing the model as he was missing many of the usual features that help define people. He was very pale, had a shaven head, small eyes, faint brows, … Continue reading

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Sketching the Sketchers

This morning I sketched with a drawing group in San Diego. I have not yet built back my stamina and toward the end of the morning needed a break. Instead of sketching the last 20-minute pose by the model, I turned … Continue reading

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Lookout at Torrey Pines State Reserve

This morning I sketched at Torrey Pines Reserve in San Diego before it got too hot to be outside. I guess the lookout in the distance is about 300 feet above the beach. There are mounds of vegetation interspersed among the … Continue reading

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Figuring It Out

We sat at the table, working side by side and enjoying the moment. I liked the way the light defined the shapes in his arms and shirt and worked to capture the light and shadows in this sketch. Even more, … Continue reading

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Sunday at Fletcher Cove Park

It was wonderful to sketch today with the San Diego Urban Sketchers, especially after two weeks of staying home while repairs were being made to our house. We met at Fletcher Cove Park in Solana Beach with its lively sea and … Continue reading

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Resting

I took an overworked sketch from yesterday’s session with the North Park drawing group and used it as a reference for this sketch. Although my tendency is to completely fill a page with color, I now want to learn to … Continue reading

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Waiting

I sketched this morning with the North Park Drawing group. There was a mix-up with the models so our start time was delayed. An artist volunteered to pose while we waited and we got to it. I worked quickly, fearing the model … Continue reading

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Fixing the Leak

Our watering system sprang a big leak, which is not good when water conservation is as important as it is right now in California. It had to be fixed and I got to sketch my favorite home repairman in the … Continue reading

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The Fiddler

Sometimes you see something that makes you glad you have paper and pen handy. Today was one of those days. I could hear music and looked out the door to see my neighbor practicing for his violin lesson in the … Continue reading

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Dog Waits While Man Reads Paper

A tap, tap, tap broke the quiet of our evening.  I looked up from my book and was charmed by our dog thumping his tail as he waited for his walk. His reward for being so cute was to wait even longer … Continue reading

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Luke and I put Our Feet Up

The day got away from me and it was late when I started to sketch.  I was glad to put my feet up and Luke was glad to sit beside me. This is a Procreate sketch with some Snapseed assistance … Continue reading

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A Reading Place

Some places invite readers to open a book for hours and our living room is one of these. Two comfortable chairs and a couch, wonderful lighting and a place for coffee make this a favorite spot for me. I sketched … Continue reading

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Fruit in a Basket

I liked the way the fruit looked in the colorful woven basket on the dark wooden table and sketched it as part of a larger scene that included a bookshelf, paint box and sketchbook in the background. Later I decided … Continue reading

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That’s a Thought!

I love sketching people who are pinning down an elusive idea together. I did several quick sketches of this scene and each time caught something different in their body language that reflected the state of their thinking. The body language of building idea shows … Continue reading

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Sunlight at Toulon’s Train Station

While we waited at the Toulon Train Station in France last week, I got two quick line sketches of the station from the last platform. My eye was caught by the light and shadows from the strong summer sun. Later … Continue reading

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Luke Wants In

Luke was banished so people could work inside on the bathroom without his supervision, poor Luke! I continued to work on showing light and think the bits on the patio, furniture, and greenery convey midday California light. However, the light … Continue reading

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Luke

Luke is back and we are glad! He spent the last six months with two incredible people, their dog, cat and horses while we traveled about. It is amazing how good they were to him. I think he misses them … Continue reading

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Perfect Leg Rest

My son put his feet up for a moment and his legs leaning up and off the sofa captivated me. I cajoled him into keeping the pose long enough to sketch him using my iPad. He did not quite hold still, … Continue reading

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Friday Morning in San Diego

It is good to be back home, enjoying an early morning with my son. I am still working on light and the puzzle of showing the California early morning sun coming in the sliding door onto my son and the table was engrossing. Once I … Continue reading

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Early Morning Wait at the Airport

The good thing about flight delays is the abundance of people to sketch. This is from the Nice Airport in France while waiting for the first leg of our flight home. The skylights flooded the waiting area with morning light … Continue reading

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Showering at the City Beach in Nice, France

This is our last day in Europe, tomorrow we return home to San Diego. We spent the day at the Chagall Museum and then walked through Nice until we reached the beach in the early evening.  This is a quick … Continue reading

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Hiking through the Porquerolles Forest

Proquerolles has pine and acacia woods spread across the island, between its fields of olive and grape. This sketch is about the feeling of walking in one of these woods during the intense heat of July. Although the trees and … Continue reading

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At the Beach

All I did today was this one sketch- and a lot of tourist activities besides. I am working on showing light in the sea, that is, the reflections of the sky, the people and the waves. I did not yet … Continue reading

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