Monthly Archives: February 2017

California Highway 1 Viewpoint

We were making our way up Highway 1 in Northern California and stopped to take in the view and a few quick sketches. The Internet is spotty in this area so I could not post this yesterday. This is a … Continue reading

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Sketching with My Seatbelt On

We drove north on I-5 from San Diego and as we left the LA area behind I began to sketch. Live sketching in the car while the scenery flies past is invigorating, especially as you descend along the Grapevine. You … Continue reading

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People in a Coffee Shop

Although I have been very interested in drawing crowds lately, this is not a real sketch of a crowd. Rather it is a few seated figures at a coffee shop along with a series of  people putting in their orders … Continue reading

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Luke Will Be Missed So Much

Luke was such a good dog. He loved keeping us company, was always ready to help with the dishes, valiantly defended the house from the mailman, and was a terrific model for my sketches to boot. Funny how much you … Continue reading

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After the Storms that Broke the Drought

It was a gorgeous day and well spent with my landscape class at San Dieguito County Park. I pretty much painted the same scene from the same spot last week but several stormy days resulted in so much more greenery that the … Continue reading

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This Is What Democracy Looks Like!

This is a second sketch from the San Diego March in Solidarity with Immigrants. I made many line sketches Saturday of the march and am finishing them with gouache and comparing them for impact. Both of the two sketches, yesterday’s … Continue reading

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At the San Diego March for Immigrants

There were so many marchers at the San Diego March in Solidarity with Immigrants today and it was an amazing experience being there. As I marched along a young man approached me, doubled checked that I was his old principal, … Continue reading

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A Finished Sketch from Falstaff

I sketch often with the San Diego Urban Sketchers and one of the guidelines we follow when we post to their site is that our sketches should be completely done in a live setting from direct observation, not from photos, … Continue reading

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Live Sketching at the San Diego Opera

The San Diego Opera season opens this Saturday with Falstaff. Local artists were invited to live sketch the Wednesday working rehearsal and I was so glad to be part of the group yesterday evening. We sat in the orchestra section … Continue reading

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San Dieguito County Park

We are at that point of spring where the trees are still mostly bare but the ground cover is a gorgeous green. My landscape class visited a county park, San Dieguito, and it was perfect for capturing this seasonal moment. … Continue reading

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Bouquet for a Happy Valentine’s Day

  Sending a bouquet for a Happy Valentine’s Day to all! This is a pastel and gouache sketch on black paper.  

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Flowers in a Vase

Pastel, charcoal and gouache on black paper.

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Little Italy in San Diego

This morning I sketched with some twenty San Diego Urban Sketchers in the Little Italy section of downtown San Diego.  Little Italy is a very busy place and I think I captured a bit of its jumble in this sketch. … Continue reading

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Let Our People Stay!

I was so sad when I heard that a family was ripped apart this week by immigration officials. Guadalupe Garcia de Rayos came to the United States 21 years ago as a young teenager. She made a life for herself, worked … Continue reading

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Flowers on a Dresser

It has been a long time since I used Procreate on my iPad as the major medium for a sketch. Lately I have been so excited by gouache that I only used Procreate to occasionally make some minor adjustments to … Continue reading

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Cabrillo Bridge

The Cabrillo Bridge, sometimes known as the Laurel Street Bridge, is one of the entrances to Balboa Park and a much-loved San Diego landmark.  You may recognize the Museum of Man in the upper left corner and notice that I … Continue reading

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The Watercolor Teacher

It was the first day of the spring semester, the only day we do not paint in class. Our teacher explained what we will learn and what materials we will need. I sketched her as she spoke. At one point she described … Continue reading

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They Must Be Snowbirds

We sat on the seawall feeling cold but sketching away, bundled up in jackets and long pants. They were down on the shoreline. Their limbs were bare, the kids played in the water. How could they stand the cold? They must … Continue reading

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Father Daughter Frisbee

It was probably a little too cold to really sketch at the windy beach but I went anyway with a friend. We lasted a good hour and I caught this father and daughter as they played frisbee. The little girl … Continue reading

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A Good Place to Read

Tonight I looked to my right from my desk and sketched what I could see. Earlier I had been reading by the fire with a small blanket in my lap, and the coziness of it all caught my attention. This … Continue reading

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The Sun Was So Warm

  I was waiting for a friend on the patio of a cafe. The sun was so delightfully warm that I wanted to lean back and snooze. Looking around I noticed I wasn’t the only one with that desire and … Continue reading

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We Were Refugees, Too

This evening I attended a meeting, Immigrants and Refugees: A Jewish Call-to-Action. There was standing room only. People listened intently as a panel of elected officials, rabbis and thought leaders explained why it is imperative that we advocate for immigrants and … Continue reading

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Bird Show

Relatively few people were at the San Diego Zoo Safari Park today. Between the low attendance and gorgeous weather, conditions were awesome for a day of sketching. This is a sketch of a small audience enjoying the bird show. I … Continue reading

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Luke Takes a Nap

I intended to rework yesterday’s sketch but after a few attempts instead spent the evening sketching Luke as he slept beside me. Since last week when I saw my sister-in-law’s delightful sketch of a lamb, I had been wanting to … Continue reading

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