Monthly Archives: January 2017

The Happiness Of It All

There are some really special moments in life and a baby shower for a much-loved teacher is surely one of those moments. Fifteen years ago a freshly credentialed young woman arrives at a middle school and takes over a position … Continue reading

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Man Carpets the Stairs

We did a lot of housework today and as the day ended I sat and sketched my husband while he placed new carpet on the stairs. He was bent over his work, I was on the level below and my … Continue reading

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Amazing Mother

We have an old black and white photograph from 1958. Most of us are sitting on a park bench in Guadalajara, about 2 weeks into a six-month trip to Mexico. The five girls are wearing matching dresses and the two … Continue reading

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At the Timken Museum

My Tuesday landscape class met at the Timken Museum, our fallback location for rainy days. Our teacher took us around and discussed the rhythm of several paintings in the museum. Afterwards I sketched a bit and tried to include more rhythm … Continue reading

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10 Actions in 1oo Days: A Postcard for the First Action

The Women’s March has launched a new campaign, Ten Actions in 100 Days. The first action is to write a postcard to our senators explaining why we march. We are asked to post a photo of the cards to social media … Continue reading

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Signs from the Women’s March in San Diego

I spent the afternoon reworking my sketch from yesterday. Although I liked the chaotic energy of yesterday’s sketch, I also wanted to make it more of a cohesive story. In this redone sketch I have groups of figures standing together. … Continue reading

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The Women’s March- San Diego

How uplifting to be part of the San Diego Women’s March on Washington and to use our voices and bodies to demonstrate for an inclusive America. The validation of being among so many people who are willing to call out the bullies … Continue reading

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Fierce Afternoon Storm

A wild storm swept in this afternoon, the second of three storms that may end our seven- year drought here in Southern California. We had high winds and, for San Diego, a lot of rain. The trees on the canyon side … Continue reading

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So Tired He Can’t See Straight

Some of the most interesting facial expressions I have captured in my year and a half of daily sketching are on people under the influence of jet lag. This tired house guest of ours is no exception. The saying, ‘so … Continue reading

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Nearly Naptime

  This sketch is based on one of the many photos I took of family members during our Mazatlan trip. Painting from a photo is a less intuitive process for me than drawing from real life, perhaps because thinking about a photo is … Continue reading

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Afternoon Connection

I am especially drawn to sketching people as they connect with each other. As I waited for a friend this afternoon I was caught by what looked to me like the body language of stressful reflection and sympathetic listening. The … Continue reading

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Garage Sale

I had a terrific view of my neighbor’s garage sale from my bedroom window.  I liked the action of people looking over items on the tables and, now that we have finally had some rain in San Diego, the contrast of the … Continue reading

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Into the Waves

One of the joys of Mazatlan is body surfing in its warm strong waves. I love catching a wave at the perfect moment and then being propelled a long way up onto the beach. I wanted to capture this feeling … Continue reading

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Beach Frisbee

I am now back in San Diego and have a few sketches from the Mazatlan trip that I have not yet posted. I did a few sketches of people playing frisbee along the shoreline and like the action of the … Continue reading

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Machado Plaza Wall in Mazatlan

Today I sketched with a large group at the Machado Plaza in Mazatlan. We sat across the plaza from a small hedge and a lovely bright wall. I loved all the different textures and colors of the scene and turned … Continue reading

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Resting on the Couch

My sister was resting in the cool of our seaside rental after sightseeing in Mazatlan all morning. I was glad she was holding still because that meant that once again I had a terrific model to sketch. Her body language … Continue reading

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Sitting on a Seawall

I was bogged down in a complicated sketch of the sea and city beyond it when two women came and sat on the seawall near me. They looked over the edge, perhaps admiring the breakers below. I liked the way … Continue reading

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All the Time In the World for a Good Book

Vacations are great. It is such a treat to have an abundance of time for reading and sketching. This morning my brother-in-law was at that point in his book where he could not put it down and so was a … Continue reading

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Into the Sun

Sunshine floods the common area of our rental in the afternoon. I like the way the afternoon light falls across the tile floor and was working to capture it in this sketch. As I was completing it my nephew went … Continue reading

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At the Beach

We left the historic area of Mazatlan for the day and went some 20 miles north to Los Cerritos Beach. We could see people out enjoying the many beaches along the coastline, much like along the southern California coast in … Continue reading

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Beachcomber

At the beach this afternoon a girl wading along the shoreline searching for shells and stones caught my eye. I noticed her focus as she bent forward to peer into the water and liked the way the wind blew her … Continue reading

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Seaside Glow

We welcomed in 2017 with our house full of kids again. It was wonderful and we loved each busy moment of it.  Then they all left and we set off for the warm seaside in Mazatlan, Mexico. We were out … Continue reading

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