Monthly Archives: August 2016

Morning Coffee in a Camper

This is a quick Procreate sketch of my son as we waited for the chilly Colorado air to warm yesterday morning. 

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Highway 80 in Utah

While driving across Utah from Califorina to Colorado, I sketched the view ahead with pen, watercolor and waterbrush. 

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Curious Cows

I drew these curious cows with black marker last May while resting during a bike ride in Spain and then put it away unfinished, rest time being over. Today I pulled the sketch out to practice using gouache, my new deliberate learning … Continue reading

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Bodega Bay

I used a new paint for me today, gouache paint. Although the paint’s behavior surprises me greatly, I enjoyed using it very much. Compared to watercolor, gouache is heavy and thick. It leaves brush marks that suggest the movement of the wind … Continue reading

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Celebrating Tommy

I used to work at a school brimming with energy, dedication, events, and wild wonderful curriculum and I met up with some of its amazing staff yesterday. It was a bittersweet occasion because a longtime teacher was moving on to another … Continue reading

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Pensive Moment

This is another of the camping sketches that I did while sitting around chatting with our family. Normally I plan the sketch, do a thumbnail or two, and then stick pretty close to my plan. But for this series I … Continue reading

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The Apple

We were camping under the California oak trees in Sonoma County. As we chatted in the early evening I sketched without planning, just placing the images in front of me into my sketchbook. Later when I looked at this sketch of a woman holding an apple … Continue reading

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Brooding

This morning I sketched with the North Park Drawing Group. It was a good session because the model put an enormous amount of expression into his poses and it was challenging to capture them. I like this sketch because the model’s slumping posture … Continue reading

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Groups at a Chicago Restaurant

After walking through Millennium Park in Chicago, which I should have sketched, we stopped at a nearby restaurant for an early dinner, just before sunset. Several groups were enjoying a drink together and I got a chance to sketch some of … Continue reading

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Young Artist at Work

I watched my young relative draw. He got down on the floor and into his work and I admired the  gusto with which he worked. The room itself was dark and I had trouble  showing the dim lighting. This is … Continue reading

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Two Cousins and a Photo Album

We are in Chicago visiting with Peter’s relatives and staying with a cousin who is the same age and shares a special bond with Peter. There is so much to catch up on, so much news, and so many great … Continue reading

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Impression of the Olympic Opening Ceremony

I was on a plane this evening during the olympic opening ceremony, sitting between two strangers who were both watching it on their computers. The colors, flags, lights, marching athletes, waving and movement was gorgeous. I thought it might be … Continue reading

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Sun and Sea

I drove north of San Diego today to visit an old friend who is spending the week at a resort in Carlsbad. At the end of the day we sat on the lawn above a young woman who was soaking … Continue reading

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Dog Watches Man Clean Camper

After the six-month trip with an abundance of subjects and scenes to sketch, I am learning to see possibilities for topics in my ordinary life again. The couch, the blinds, the dog, the vet’s office, cleaning the camper, it turns out that … Continue reading

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At the Vet’s

We went to the vet’s and waited a bit after our appointment for Luke’s new meds. I had my small sketchbook along and was able to get a pen and ink sketch of the receptionist going over instructions with another … Continue reading

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Luke Sunbathes in August Heat Wave

It seems very odd to sunbathe in this August heat but our dog Luke seeks out sunlight despite my efforts to keep the blinds closed against it. If he could drive I bet he would take off for dog beach … Continue reading

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