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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