Monthly Archives: June 2017

Near Estero Trail

I am in Colorado now but want to post this last sketch made earlier this week along the Estero Trail in Inverness California. Some of the water in the estuary glistened from the setting sun and some was far more … Continue reading

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Annie, Painting Above Inverness

I spent three days painting with my cousin, Annie Lewis.  Annie is an accomplished and talented artist whose work can be found at the Door Art Gallery. She is also a tremendously generous teacher.  It was wonderful to paint alongside … Continue reading

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Saint John’s Wort

This is a pastel and gouache sketch of Saint John’s Wort.

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Backlit Tree at Pierce Point Vista

We went to Pierce Point in the Point Reyes National Seashore in the afternoon.  The sun was shining and the visibility was excellent, a welcomed change from the usual weather for the locals.  There were a few huge trees on … Continue reading

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Looking Across Tomales Bay

I am with my cousin happily sketching for three days near Inverness California. We had a great start this morning along the edge of Tomales Bay with some fog and gorgeous vistas. There was a lot of movement in the … Continue reading

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Balboa Park, on the Sixth Avenue Side

I did such a quick sketch and then told myself I would finish it at home. I had no time yesterday and this morning I found that I like it the way it is, especially the rough shapes and the … Continue reading

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Agapanthus and Friends

I had more fun today painting in the back yard.  This is a gouache sketch on black paper.

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Along the Patio’s Edge

This is a sketch of the edging along our irregular back patio in San Diego. It is amazing what a difference the end of the drought makes to our flower bed. For the past few years this bed featured dirt … Continue reading

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Thinking about the Shapes

I attended a one-day class today where we painted using a drawing supplied by the teacher. Although the teacher wanted us to use our time to apply paint, not draw, we did do a simple value sketch before beginning to … Continue reading

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Discussion at the Fire Pit

This is the unfinished sketch from yesterday with gouache added today.  By the time I finished today I had unintentionally changed the mood of the sketch from upbeat to tense. The figure on the right now has his lips pursed and … Continue reading

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An Unfinished Sketch

The day got away from me what with celebrating Father’s Day and obsessing over the details of a totally captivating book, The Last Painting of Sara de Vos by Dominic Smith. I need an early start tomorrow and so this sketch … Continue reading

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Happy Father’s Day!

How could I not keep sketching these two as they worked together, and how can I not think of their father/ son relationship as I sketch on this Father’s Day eve? My father worked with his six sons, teaching them … Continue reading

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A Vase for June Flowers

Today’s sketch is a variant of yesterday’s. It is a sketch of the same bouquet but with some of the leaves removed. This time I wanted to make the vase more transparent and used highly diluted paint for most of … Continue reading

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June Flowers

I have wanted to learn to paint without first making guidelines on the paper. The flowers are everywhere this June and I picked a bouquet to practice with, thinking that if the parts did not fit together properly that it … Continue reading

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So, Let’s Talk About How to…

Our son, a programmer, came home for a few days to help his dad set up some experiments. It is wonderful to have him home and to listen to the collegial talk between them as they work together. I cannot … Continue reading

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A Last Sketch from Cuernavaca

I was sketching in a cafe off of Cuernavaca’s city square while my sisters were taking a salsa lesson. When they came to get me I was not quite ready to go. Although I told myself I would finish this … Continue reading

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Zócalo de Cuernavaca

Although we are no longer in Cuernavaca, I still have a few sketches I would like to post, including this one of people enjoying the central square of Cuernavaca. This is an in-the-moment sketch, that is, a sketch where I … Continue reading

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Cooking Together at Rocio’s

Rocio is one of our Spanish teachers and she offers a cooking class in her home. The participants go and buy the ingredients and then, under her supervision, make a Mexican meal. It was a wonderful opportunity but I found … Continue reading

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Sheila Speaks to Students at CONALEP Plantel Temixco

My sister Sheila Polk gave a presentation to students at CONALEP Plantel Temixco, a technical high school near Cuernavaca, and I jumped at the chance to go along. Retired or not I still love going to schools and this one … Continue reading

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Back to Cuernavaca’s Borda Garden

Last week I sketched one of the reflecting pools in the Borda Garden in Cuernavaca and I had to go back again today for another sketch. The garden is the kind of place that calls you; it is tranquil, harmonious and … Continue reading

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Poolside Chat

My sisters are so much fun to sketch as they chat around the pool. I think I have now drawn my sisters and this small pool where we are staying in Cuernavaca from all four sides and am getting the … Continue reading

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At the Xochicalco Pyramids

  We went to the Archaeological Monument of Xochicalco, which features the ruins of a huge commercial and religious center of the Olmeca-Xicallanca people. There is a museum and extensive excavated ruins of what once was a very large town … Continue reading

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Climbing up to Tepoztlan Pyramid

Tepoztlan is a small town near Cuernavaca with many attractions, including a gorgeous path up its rocky mountainside to the remains of an old Toltec pyramid. Today it was filled with families enjoying their Saturday by climbing up the mountain … Continue reading

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In the Pool

   I drew this the other day and then painted it tonight from a photo. I liked the reflections on the water and the way the rectangles of the pool, windows and building framed the figure. I wanted to capture … Continue reading

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Cuernavaca Cathedral and the Guide

  Another impressive sight in Cuernavaca is the cathedral, part of which was first built in the early 16th century. It has been added to and remodeled many times over in the five centuries since it then. We went by … Continue reading

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