Monthly Archives: November 2016

Boats at Shelter Island

The landscape class met today for the first of three sessions at Shelter Island in San Diego. It was beautiful but I had trouble capturing the look of boats in water. I wanted to be able to define the individual … Continue reading

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Woman with a Scarf

Our figure drawing class is working on portraits, which pleases me greatly. It was wonderful to hear someone knowledgeable talk about the structure of human heads and the art of drawing likenesses. We worked on placing features and most of us … Continue reading

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Grading Exams in a Camper

Last night we sat in our camper, sharing a very small space, while Peter marked his midterms and I sketched. I liked watching his range of expressions as he considered each exam, particularly his delight, dismay, puzzlement, surprise, and approval. … Continue reading

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After the Storm

Yesterday we had a pretty good storm for San Diego and I was eager to get out to Cabrillo National Monument and enjoy its aftermath. There was a brisk breeze, the sky was cloudy and foggy, and the sea was … Continue reading

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Working with Pastels 

I went with a large group of Urban Sketchers to the Bernardo Winery this morning and sketched a nearby artist who was also working with pastels. I liked her intense focus on her work and the way her face and … Continue reading

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Street Ball

I looked out my window and saw my young neighbor shooting hoops and dribbling the ball around the street. I was able to get a few quick charcoal lines that showed his movement, drawing him several times on this same … Continue reading

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Mission Bay Morning in November

  Yesterday the landscape painting class met at Mission Bay where I did two watercolor sketches. Although the fog was pretty much burnt off by the time I started this second sketch, I continued my earlier focus on showing the … Continue reading

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A Tuesday Morning at Mission Bay Park

The landscape painting class met today at Mission Bay. Somehow I forgot my big palette and nice paintbrushes, but did have 12 X 16 inch watercolor paper, a small watercolor kit, and a very small water brush. I focused on … Continue reading

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Sunday Morning at Tuna Park

The San Diego Urban Sketchers met at Tuna Park Sunday morning. We shared the venue with tourists, all of us enjoying the gorgeous weather, the sculpture Unconditional Surrender, and the USS Midway aircraft carrier. I really got into sketching the tourists but was vexed because my … Continue reading

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Looking Down from the Second Floor of the Mission Valley Library

Today was a one-sketch day. It is the view of a library floor from the vantage point of the reading area on the level above. I think I can do better with this subject. Although I like the figures and think … Continue reading

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Sunset at Pacific Beach

Busy day but I had time at the end to swing by Pacific Beach for a quick walk and a sketch. This is a pen and watercolor sketch.

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Take Two Giraffes And Reflect in the Morning

I am having a hard time.  How is it that we elected an individual who, if he were a middle school student, would be receiving counseling and consequences for bullying, name calling, put-downs, hateful language, and inciting others to violence? … Continue reading

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Luke Keeps an Eye on Me

I have been enjoying experimenting with charcoal, pastels and water. I am getting a greater range of textures and luminance than when I use watercolor alone. And, the water fixes the charcoal and pastel, eliminating the need for the regular fixative with … Continue reading

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Peter Then and Now

To celebrate my amazing husband’s birthday today I am posting two sketches that I particularly like, the first from 1979 and the second from this past spring. My favorite person to sketch over the past 40 some years is my … Continue reading

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Happy Birthday Tara!

Turning 30 is a really special birthday and I wanted to make a card for Tara that shows how much love and joy she brings to all of us. The center of this card is Tara herself, looking out at … Continue reading

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Sunset over Downtown La Mesa

The San Diego Urban Sketchers met for a sketch at sundown in La Mesa, just east of San Diego. This is a charcoal and watercolor sketch.

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Torrey Pine Morning

It was our landscape class’ fourth and last morning at Torrey Pines State Reserve. I spent most of the three hours on another painting, which was OK, and then got experimental with this one. I began by sketching in the … Continue reading

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