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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