Monthly Archives: March 2017

San Diego Hillside

This is a surprisingly difficult scene to sketch. At first it looked like two canna lily blossoms against a green background. The more I sketched the more I noticed all the other flowers on the hillside and soon I had a jumble of … Continue reading

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Home Again

No matter how wonderful the trip, it is always good to come back home again.  Sometimes I avoid laundry but after two weeks in a suitcase it is a pleasure to sort through and get everything clean and back in … Continue reading

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Yesterday we took a jungle walk up a creek to Stone Dam. With its clear water, rope swings, gorgeous foliage and several swimming holes it was a great place to visit but an overwhelming place to sketch.

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Breakfast in Kauai

  What better way to start the day than to sketch with pen and watercolor? Especially a sketch of breakfast in a cheerful kitchen with a backdrop of the Pacific Ocean and the Kauai landscape? I like this sketch because … Continue reading

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Two Men, Their Computers and the Kauai Night Sky

After a long day it is good to sit on the lanai, soak up the spectacular Milky Way, and enjoy the companionship of old friends. It was not until these two pulled out their computers just before bed that I … Continue reading

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Bev Makes Dinner

It is so much fun to try to capture a lively scene. My friend Bev moves around her busy Hawaiian kitchen with a confidence that inspires my deep admiration. My only complaint is that she never holds still!  I sketched … Continue reading

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The Moment of Sunset

I have been noticing how just about everyone stops talking and moving to watch the moment the sun sets. I wanted to show how people are captivated by sunsets by contrasting the vivid colors in the sky with the focused … Continue reading

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To the Airport

We are headed on to Kauai for the rest of our trip and got great seats on the airport bus for some quick sketches.  This is a pencil and watercolor sketch.

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Along the North Shore of Oahu

Yesterday we circumnavigated Oahu, stopping to sketch, swim and enjoy the island from time to time. I wanted to convey my admiration for the island, surf and the people who take pleasure in it and made a series of quick … Continue reading

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Morning at Kapi’olani Beach 

Although I did not have much time for sketching yesterday, I did get this fast sketch of early sunbathers at Kapi’olani Beach before we took off for the day at the Pearl Harbor Memorial. I think it works better than … Continue reading

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Waikiki Sunrise From a Hotel Window

Looking out the hotel window this morning at dawn, the sun was rising behind the hotel on my left. Some of the palm trees and the grass below were illuminated but the hotel’s shadow fell across most of the area … Continue reading

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Same Intersection, Different Sketches

Here are two more sketches of the same intersection as yesterday’s sketch in Old Town at Twiggs and San Diego Avenue that I dew in this past week. In each sketch I stood where a line (the double yellow line in the … Continue reading

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Working on Perspective in San Diego’s Old Town

The landscape painting class met in San Diego’s Old Town today and it was a perfect opportunity to think again about perspective. I stood in the park at Twiggs Street, looking down San Diego Avenue, where the double yellow line pointed … Continue reading

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Simplifying the Shape

It is so worthwhile to go to art class and work on projects alongside my fellow students. Not only do I have the chance to learn from the wisdom of an amazing teacher, I also see how other artists interpret the … Continue reading

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The Watercolor Critique

Yesterday I attended a watercolor demonstration and paint out. As we ended, the artist critiqued the paintings that attendees made. During the critique I drew 2 sketches of this scene with simple pastel lines on black paper. Today I added color. My major deliberate … Continue reading

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Frisbee Golf at Kit Carson Park in Escondido

I went to the San Diego Watercolor Society Paint Out in Escondido this morning for a demonstration by an inspiring landscape artist, Shuang Li . Afterwards we painted in her style along the duck pond and I was near two artists who really … Continue reading

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Final Day of the ‘One Week 100 People’ Challenge

I set off for the zoo today to draw people, not animals, and while there got to my 100th person for the One Week 100 People  challenge, hooray! Most of the sketches of people at the zoo are actually composite people, … Continue reading

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Day 4 of ‘One Week 100 People’

  I began the day sitting in the waiting room of a car dealership while my car got its 80,000 mile maintenance. While not as delightful an experience as yesterday’s live sketching at the opera, it was a great way to … Continue reading

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Day 3 of ‘One Week 100 People’

The San Diego Opera welcomed artists this evening to its working rehearsal for ‘The Tragedy of Carmen‘, which opens this Friday. It was wonderful to live sketch while listening to the music and was a delightful way to get my … Continue reading

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Day Two of One Week 100 People

Today is the second day of the #ONE WEEK 100 PEOPLE 2017 challenge. I began the day with my landscape class in Old Town and sketched two pairs of people while working on preliminary sketches for a painting. The whole day got away … Continue reading

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OneWeek 100 People 2017!

Today begins the#ONE WEEK 100 PEOPLE 2017. I am participating for the first time. The goal is to draw 100 people between Monday and Friday and I am off to a good start with 21. I got two people at my … Continue reading

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Sketching Urban Sketchers at the Farm Stand

This morning I sketched with the Urban Sketchers at the West Farm Stand in Escondido. I liked the diagonal that the row of sketchers formed against the horizon of the field. The semi rural setting was full of new spring color and I … Continue reading

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The Feeling of Spring at Tilden Park

Earlier this week we hiked at Berkeley’s Tilden Park. From time to time our son-in-law would leave some of us behind and leap across boulders and waterfalls, and I admired his confidence and agility very much. Although I did not … Continue reading

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Chart of my Gouache Paints

I bought my gouache paints haphazardly, first a small mixing set, then a few individual tubes and finally a set of 18 small tubes. In all I ended up with 37 different tubes, some so similar to each other that … Continue reading

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Evening Near Mendocino

I made many line sketches on our trip this week up California’s Highway 1 before I caught the flu. Now that I am home and recovering I am adding paint using reference photos that I took with my phone. Perhaps … Continue reading

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