Monthly Archives: September 2017

Two Boulders on South Fortuna Mountain

This sketch is based on the one I posted two days ago, Sunset from South Fortuna Mountain. In this version the size of the boulders in increased, there is less sky, and the colors are quite a bit stronger. It … Continue reading

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Do You Mind Waiting?

As I arrived for my haircut this afternoon I was asked, “Would you mind waiting a few minutes? I am running behind.” “Not at all,” I said, “take your time!” and happily whipped out a small sketchbook with white pages, … Continue reading

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Sunset from South Fortuna Mountain

This is a quick 5 X 8 inch sketch in a small Moleskine sketchbook. We were hiking in Mission Trails Regional Park as the sun set into the Pacific Ocean. The beauty of the boulders and mountain tops against the … Continue reading

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Hillside Near Rancho Bernardo

It is hot and dry in San Diego County just now and there was not a lot of shade this morning where I was sketching near the Bernardo Winery northeast of San Diego. I love the brown and yellow in … Continue reading

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Back to Alcazar Garden

Our landscape class painted again at Alcazar Garden in Balboa Park. Before leaving the house this morning, I looked at my sketch, ‘Among the Hedges‘, that I made on September 28 at Alcazar Garden. I thought it was much too … Continue reading

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Negative Space

In the figure drawing class today we worked on making the figure pop by developing the negative space around the figure. For example, the bedding the model is sitting on got much more emphasis than the model herself. This is … Continue reading

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Woodie Fest at Moonlight Bay

The San Diego Urban Sketchers met today at Moonlight Beach in Encinitas to sketch vintage cars at the Woodie Fest. As I was looking around I came across three men making music along the edge of the show. I quickly … Continue reading

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Plumbago over the Wall

The plumbago in San Diego is gorgeous right now and catches my eye everywhere I go. I had to stop today and try to capture this particular hedge in a gouache sketch on black paper.

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Between the Dorms and the Parking Structure

San Diego State University is always building something. I like the look of their new parking structure and their yellow and orange dorms and think they are perfect for practicing one point perspective. I also got in some practice showing … Continue reading

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Potatoes and a Bouquet for Dinner

Possibly the only good thing about being a fast eater is that it gives me extra time to sketch. I worked fast, going for the big shapes, and exaggerating the bouquet.  It is out of proportion but I had fun … Continue reading

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Torrey Pines, Sea and Sky

It was a beautiful day and I sketched at Torrey Pines State Reserve. My plan was to apply yesterday’s lesson to conveying this amazing  landscape.  I wanted to show the ruggedness of the terrain, all of its angles, bends, folds, … Continue reading

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A Presence

We had a particularly expressive model today at our figure drawing class. She radiated her presence and this made capturing both her looks and personality easier than normal. But conveying the model’s mood was not the lesson’s purpose, the purpose … Continue reading

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Light for the Sunflowers

Last Monday I sketched these sunflowers in this same setting. I liked it because it was a simple bold design. However,  after two days of looking at the sketch alongside the flowers in my living room, I decided it would … Continue reading

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As the Afternoon Ends

In this fourth sketch set in the west plaza at San Diego State University, the single figure takes up more of the space on the page and the sky does not extend beyond the row of palm trees. I think … Continue reading

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Taking in the View

After twenty-six months of sketching a new scene pretty much every day,  I am making a change. Rather than sketching a scene one day and then moving on to a new scene the next day, I will be sticking to … Continue reading

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On the Steps of the Student Union

A group of students met up on the steps of the student union at San Diego State University  just long enough for me to do a quick sketch with pastel pencil and gouache. It was late in the day and … Continue reading

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Sunflowers and a Couch

A few days ago I sketched this same scene and called it Sunflowers for Marci. I wanted to do it again with one of the sunflowers extending above the top of the couch. For this second version I also added a … Continue reading

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Among the Hedges

  Our landscape class met at Alcazar Garden in Balboa Park. I had fun sketching the other artists as they worked between the hedges. This is a gouache and pastel sketch. 

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Sunflowers for Marci

I bought five huge sunflowers and as I sketched began to think of a school counselor I worked with years ago who loves sunflowers more than anyone else I know. At the start of each year she poured her heart … Continue reading

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A View from SDSU 

This was my first sketch from yesterday. I abandoned it before adding paint because I did not like the way the second tree to the left aligned with the corner of the building. I also thought the placement of the … Continue reading

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West Side of SDSU

I had forgotten how much I like sketching up at the college. Between the gardens and patios there are many inviting scenes to sketch including this one on the west side of campus. I like the southern California feel of … Continue reading

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September Street in San Diego

I walk up this street a lot. My attention is almost always taken by the way the sidewalk disappears at the top of the hill and the lines that the tree trunks make. Today I finally stopped and sketched it … Continue reading

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Close-up of an Unnamed Plant

This afternoon I walked up to the college and sketched closeups of the flowers and leaves that belong to a plant whose name I do not know. When I got home I propped up my two sketches on my desk … Continue reading

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Torrey Pines Morning

This morning our plein air landscape class met at Torrey Pines State Reserve just north of San Diego. It was foggy and the boundary between the sea and sky seemed to shift throughout the morning. I used a large brush … Continue reading

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Monday Afternoon

Lately I have been noticing reflected light. This afternoon I saw how the floor, table, chairs and window reflected so much of it in the afternoon light and I began to practice capturing it.  This is a gouache and pastel … Continue reading

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At the Table

It was late so this was supposed to be a quick sketch of a tomato and an apple reflected on the surface of a polished table. However, I ran into trouble. I thought I would be able to transfer what … Continue reading

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Counter Reflection in Daylight

Although I liked yesterday’s sketch, ‘Counter Reflection,’ I was bothered by the upper right side where I had included a very small portion of the next room. That area was so small that I found it distracting. Then I noticed … Continue reading

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