Monthly Archives: December 2016

Hillside Path

Yesterday I was looking for a subject so I could practice applying flat color with a single brushstroke. There is a corner of our hillside yard that is shaded in the afternoon but also gets some rays of sunlight through a wooden … Continue reading

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Holiday Shopping

It was a long line and the bright bouquet in the arms of a fellow shopper kept catching my eye. I began to watch as she interacted with her companion. They seemed so glad to be with each other that it made me glad … Continue reading

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May Visions of Beauty Dance in Our Heads!

Sending everyone great good wishes for the coming year.   Happy Holidays to All!

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Two Snuggling Rhinos at the Zoo

I started this yesterday at the zoo but the rhinos got up before I finished. This is a pastel and gouache sketch on black Bristol paper.

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Three Giraffes and Three People

Continuing today to work with gouache, I went to the zoo in hopes of sketching people interacting with each other and the animals. This time I used the studier Bristol paper, but fumbled a bit with managing the materials in … Continue reading

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Hot Chocolate and Christmas Stories

  I went to a delightful ‘Hot Chocolate and Christmas Stories’ party today. It was mostly for the small children of teachers from the school I used to work at and it was wonderful to see the enjoyment they all got from … Continue reading

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More Christmas Cactus

I follow many artists on social media and study their work for inspiration. Someone I especially admire is Menina Ricci; particularly for the way she uses color and brushwork. She often paints with gouache on black paper and you can see her work … Continue reading

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Christmas Cactus

We got a wonderful day of rain, which was good for San Diego and good for indoor sketching. This is a pencil, pen and watercolor sketch.

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Bird of Paradise

My neighbor has an enormous bird of paradise plant whose colors are particularly striking on cloudy days like today. I have been eyeing this plant as I pass it but have hesitated to sketch it because its colors are so uneven … Continue reading

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The Moon above Us

The full moon over San Diego tonight is gorgeous. There are flimsy clouds that catch the reflection of the moonlight. Together with the light that our house gives off, it creates an inviting and warm feeling. I tried painting this … Continue reading

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Street Ball

The model yesterday at the figure drawing class conveyed fitness. She was strong, limber and full of energy and I caught some of her athleticism in the brush drawing of her above. One of my goals for this blog is … Continue reading

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Brush Drawing

Taking an art class means using unfamiliar mediums and this morning we drew with a paintbrush and black paint. The big difference from the way I use watercolor is that we painted directly on the paper without first drawing in pencil. … Continue reading

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Man in Plaid Grades Papers

Another weekend, another pile of papers to grade and thus a great model who is willing to still for a long time while I paint him. Not bad for a Saturday evening. I overdid the pen lines on the face but … Continue reading

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At the Park

I went over to Spanish Village today and got a few line and watercolor sketches. I liked the way this man was sitting with his foot up while he looked at his phone and had fun exaggerating it a bit. … Continue reading

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“As long as you have a good book, you are not really waiting.”

I was standing in line behind this woman in pink and overheard the receptionist tell her that she was 45-minutes early for her appointment. I was charmed by the woman’s response, “It’s OK, as long as you have a good book, you … Continue reading

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Relaxing after Dinner

  Sketching with an iPad is so relaxing. With traditional media I do not always know when to stop. I often make additions to my sketches that detract from what I have already put on the paper and then ruin … Continue reading

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Back to the Marina at Shelter Island

The landscape class met for the second time at a marina on Shelter Island. My trouble with capturing the look and feel of a marina continued and the watercolor I did was muddled. After I got home I made several … Continue reading

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Sketch on Tinted Paper

Today our figure drawing class continued to work on portraits. There were six models so we were able to get up close. I chose this particular model as her facial expression and posture are so lovely and the textures in her … Continue reading

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Palm Trees over a Parking Lot

I sat in my favorite parking lot towards the end of the day and sketched this scene, thinking hard about how to use color to show what I was seeing. Mort of this is done with Quinacridone Rose, Yellow Ochre, … Continue reading

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Waiting for a Walk

Although I continued to work on color this afternoon, this quick sketch of Luke and two guests is my favorite sketch for the day. I like the expressions and the story it suggests. This is an iPad/ Procreate sketch.

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Study of a Poinsettia

Sketching this poinsettia with watercolor was a motivating way to continue working on color and brushwork. I restricted this sketch to a triad of three cool colors, Hansa Yellow Light, Winsor Blue and Quinacridone Rose, and reminded myself of the power of keeping the paint … Continue reading

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A Huge Poinsettia

Every year I buy two of the largest poinsettias I can find and put them out on the front steps. I love seeing them as I come and go and they came in handy today as a subject for my … Continue reading

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