Monthly Archives: January 2018

Fountain at Mission San Diego Alcala

Back in San Diego, I got out to the Mission de San Diego Alcala. This is a a 9 X 9-inch gouache sketch of the fountain as seen through a massive aloe vera succelent.

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One Last Afternoon at the Beach

We spent a last afternoon on the beach yesterday and I did my best to soak up as much of the scene as possible. Mazatlan is a charming city with a gracious people. The seaside, framed by old brightly painted … Continue reading

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Sunset Comes to the Olas Altas

The busy street along Mazatlan’s Olas Altas is transformed four evenings a week into a pedestrian walkway. Children take to the street with their bikes, families stroll, neighbors touch base, young couples connect, and visitors marvel at its glorious beauty.

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The Art of Waiting

Sometimes, rather than pack up my sketching gear, it is easier to take my iPad when I go out. Yesterday my sister and I stopped for a pedicure here in Mazatlan and as I looked out I was glad I … Continue reading

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Along the Beach

It is great to be out on the beach, with the gorgeous light, breeze and activity. With so much to see and sketch, it makes me feel rich. This is part of a series of quick gesture sketches.

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Late Night Scrabble Players

While my fellow Scrabble players carefully and slowly calculated potential Scrabble moves last night, I happily documented their efforts. I like this sketch because the figure on the right seems to be thinking strategically while the figure on the left … Continue reading

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Looking North along the Olas Altas in Mazatlan

I sometimes enjoy making quick sketches, like this one from the beach yesterday. The rapid changes of the sea, people, and light lend an urgency to the decision making and leave very little time to hesitate over a difficult call. … Continue reading

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Marching in Mazatlan

Standing for your beliefs is important so when I realized I would be missing San Diego’s Second Women’s March, I felt sad that we committed to these vacation dates back in August. But while down on the beach sketching yesterday, … Continue reading

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Eating at the Isla de las Piedras

Yesterday we walked over to the harbor and then took a water taxi to Isla de las Piedras (Stone Island). The island is really a peninsula with a long sandy beach, gentle swimming, and casual restaurants. We walked, swam, sat, … Continue reading

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The News or the View

Our morning in Mazatlan begins with a competition between reading up on the morning news and seeing the morning view of the beach. This morning the news readers were plentiful which made me happy because they sit still and are … Continue reading

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Afternoon on Olas Altas Beach

Four days ago I posted a sketch of this beach drawn in the morning from a fourth floor balcony. Today’s sketch shows the same beach drawn in the afternoon from an eye level vantage point. It is interesting how the … Continue reading

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Afternoon Gathering

We seem to gather in the late afternoon, a group at the table with their crossword puzzle, a group with their books, and a lone sketcher trying to capture it all with pastel and gouache.

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The View

This sketch shows two different people looking at a view from different vantage points. As I painted, I was just sketching what I saw, that is, doing my best to copy what was in front of me. I noticed how … Continue reading

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Morning on Olas Altas Beach

I stood on the balcony early this morning and sketched people exercising along the Olas Altas Beach in Mazatlan. The colors were clear but not yet bright, the sea calm, and the waves slowly rolled up on the beach in … Continue reading

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Digital Daydreams

When I got up on this seventh day of vacationing with family and friends in Mexico, my sister Teresa Prevey, a digital artist and blogger, was already working on her photographs. She uses various apps on her iPad and transforms … Continue reading

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Detail from the Machado Plaza

Mazatlan’s historic district is full of grand old buildings painted with fresh lovely color. This is a detail of a balcony from one of these at Machada Plaza. I plan to go back with a larger sketchbook soon. This is … Continue reading

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Sun Filled Street

Our Airbnb in Mazatlan is such a good place for sketching. It is on the fourth floor, overlooks the ocean, and a very steep hill rises to the left. About an hour before sunset the sun aligns with the street … Continue reading

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Book and Vistas

I began this early morning sketch of my brother-in-law reading in the morning light on the balcony yesterday, and finished it this morning. Since we all read so much here, I would like to compose a painting that shows the … Continue reading

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What’s a Six Letter Word that Starts with a G?

The crossword solvers had to work hard this morning on their puzzle. I think I caught their thoughtful focus in this sketch.

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Settling In

We, my brother, sister, brother-in-law, husband, and I, have been here in Mazatlan less that a day and already we are settling into relaxation mode- sleeping in, reading, playing Scrabble and sketching. Although I like this sketch because it caught … Continue reading

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Delayed Flight

The good thing about a flight delay is it gives an opportunity to sketch your fellow passengers. The young women across from us fell asleep and I was able to get a rough sketch of them with pastel and gouache.

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Between Two Trees

Today I continued to try out new surfaces to paint on. This surface is black watercolor grounds applied with a roller. It made for a rough but uniform texture and absorbed the color down into its surface. I painted at Torrey Pines … Continue reading

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High Tide at Torrey Pines

There was such a high tide at Torrey Pines this morning, the lagoon was full of water and very exciting to sketch. In my enthusiasm, I painted over the shoreline and road but like the sketch anyway. Yesterday I prepared a … Continue reading

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Taco Redo

For the last 10 days or so I have been experimenting with the surfaces that I paint on. My goal is to find something that allows me to rework sections of a painting. So far I have tried painting on paper … Continue reading

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A New Moon for A New Year

My brother sent a picture of the new moon from his home in Phoenix this evening. That made me go out and look at the new moon as it came up over the trees behind our home in San Diego. … Continue reading

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