Monthly Archives: May 2017

Reflecting Pool at the Borda Garden, Cuernavaca Mexico

There are many sights to sketch in Cuernavaca but the reflecting pools at the Borda Gardens may well be among the most arresting. It was so beautiful that I had to open my small notebook and use both sides to … Continue reading

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End of Another Day

Spanish classes and then visiting the Borda Garden here in Cuernavaca made the quiet of the home where we are staying even more enjoyable this evening. This sketch is very similar to one I did a few days ago, but … Continue reading

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Homework Time

This Spanish course that the five of us are taking is really great. Not only are we learning Spanish in small groups, but we also have homework. This means my four fellow students are holding relatively still this evening while … Continue reading

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By the Cool of the Pool

The weather here is hard to beat, but even so, after walking about Cuernavaca it was delightful to relax in the shade by the pool. My goal with this sketch, as with yesterday’s, was just to capture the moment.  This … Continue reading

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Cuernavaca Start

Five of us, four sisters and a good friend, met this evening in Cuernavaca at the start of a two week stay to study Spanish and have fun. This is a quick sketch of two of my sisters as they … Continue reading

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I Want to See!

This morning I went to the zoo with a friend and we sketched giraffes, elephants and people. It was great seeing so many young children out with their families learning to appreciate our diversity. These are pen and watercolor sketches.

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Looking West from Kate Sessions Park

I painted today at Kate Sessions Park with the San Diego Watercolor Society Wednesday’s plein air group. It was a gorgeous vista full of green that was set off by the lifting fog. This is a gouache sketch on black … Continue reading

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Birthday Bouquet and Book

I got such a gorgeous birthday bouquet that I painted it all evening and time flew. In fact I over did parts of the flowers but like the simple brushstrokes in the table, book, candle holders and lower vase. Now that I … Continue reading

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A Very Thin Woman

It was good to go to figure painting class today. The model was wonderful, she was older, had a soulful expression, and her thin limbs were interesting to sketch. Our goal was to paint directly on the paper without first … Continue reading

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Spring Comes to The Homestead Trail

I took the photo that this picture is based on while biking on the Homestead Trail at Prince Edward Island National Park earlier this month. It was still pretty cold, at least to my California bones, and most of the … Continue reading

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Dining Room in Vermont

I continued today to use photos as the basis of my sketch. This is from the dining room of friends who live in Vermont. I liked the look and feel of the room and thought the way the sunlight entered the … Continue reading

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Father and Child

  On my second day of learning to sketch from photos I decided to do a companion piece from yesterday’s sketch, Mother and Child. I had a photo of the father cradling his sleeping baby while stretched out on the couch with … Continue reading

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Mother and Child

I always say I can’t draw from a photo, but I got to wondering if, after 23 months of daily sketching, if this is still true. I took so many great photos on our trip and would love to use these … Continue reading

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Near Buckeye Arizona

  In the series of travel sketches I just completed, I somehow skipped over Arizona, my home state.  I want to fill this gap by posting this sketch that I made as we drove past the irrigated fields near Buckeye yesterday. … Continue reading

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Home Is Just Over the Laguna Mountains

After a month on the road the sight of the Laguna Mountains in the distance made me so happy. As you drive west from El Centro the mountains first come into view as a faint blue smudge and within 30 minutes … Continue reading

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New Mexican Hills 

Yesterday evening at dusk we were driving across southern New Mexico. It was an arid area and the setting sun enhanced the yellows of the grasses. I liked the layers that the stretches of grass, trees and sky made and … Continue reading

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Texan Trees

I drew as we drove from Austin to New Mexico today across a mesmerizing landscape. The trees, I think live oak trees, were thick near Austin, but the further we drove the more sparse they became. They were somewhat backlit … Continue reading

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Hillside near Austin

Hillside Near Austin I sketched with pastel pencil as we drove along today, trying to get the basic feel of the landscape as it flew past us.

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An Old Pine Tree

An Old Pine Tree I sketched this at the same cemetery that we stopped by yesterday afternoon. I stood on the hillside below this huge old partially dead pine tree and drew a portion of it in a very small … Continue reading

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New England Cemetery

Driving back from Prince Edward Island, we stopped to stretch our legs and sketch a bit in Amesbury, Massachusetts. We were hoping for a park but found a cemetery instead.  This is a pastel and gouache sketch on black paper. … Continue reading

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On the Homestead Trail at Prince Edward Island National Park

  The rain stopped, the sun came out, the temperature warmed and we spent the afternoon biking on the Homestead Trail at Prince Edward Island National Park. It was incredibly beautiful.  I did something new today. I began with a … Continue reading

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Another View from Our Camping Spot

This is our third and last day in New Brunswick. Yesterday I sketched our view looking out to the sea. Today I turned 90 degrees and sketched the view looking at a fresh water pond and hill off to our … Continue reading

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Looking at the Bay of Fundy

We are at the Bay of Fundy in New Brunswick. The bay is known for having the highest change between high and low tides in the world. We spent the afternoon hiking along the cliffs of Hopewell Rocks, which are … Continue reading

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Under a Half Moon in Maine

We pretty much have had cold stormy skies since leaving California ten days ago. Tonight, though, we have a clear sky and a gorgeous half moon that lights the top of the camper and trees.  It is still a very … Continue reading

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Along Interstate 90 in Ohio

  We made our way from Chicago to western New York before stopping for the night. This is one of several pen and watercolor sketches I did along the way. I composed  it as we went along from the changing … Continue reading

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Two Listeners 

This morning before leaving Chicago we stopped for a working breakfast with a lifelong friend. First we ate and caught up on our news and then I sketched while they worked a bit. I was looking forward to this sketch … Continue reading

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