Monthly Archives: February 2018

Morning Sun at Pacific Beach

I loved the wintery redwoods from last week, but it felt great to start and finish a sketch in the relative warmth of San Diego this morning. We are experiencing a cold spell here too but, as you can see, … Continue reading

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Under the Redwoods II

Using photographs from our recent camping trip in Humbolt County, I spent the day trying to convey how very large and old the redwoods are. I will need to keep working on this but want to share the two sketches that … Continue reading

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Under the Redwoods

We camped for several days in the Redwoods of Northern California. We had lots of rain, mist, cold and wind, and between hiking excursions greatly appreciated the heating system in our camper van. Although it is wonderful to be back … Continue reading

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Sitting Figure

I liked the way the model sat on the platform, centered by a hula-hoop and leaning against a wall but was at a loss about how to finish it when I drew it last Thursday. Today I added more paint … Continue reading

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What’s with the view to her left?

This model had attitude, and it showed in the way she sat and evaluated what was going on out towards her left side.  I liked the way I captured her expression in this sketch but felt it lacked the context needed … Continue reading

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Hold That Hat!

I spent some time today looking through old sketchbooks. This was an unfinished sketch. Today I added gouache color and made it more abstract.

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Waiting

It was the last pose of the morning, and our model seemed to radiate a sense of waiting. She sat on the edge of her stool, leaning back but not at rest. She looked off into the distance as though … Continue reading

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The Campanile at SDSU

We had a somewhat overcast morning, which made the colors outside seem especially rich. Or maybe it was the spring green on the treetops. In any case, the campanile, or bell tower, peeking over the communication building at San Diego … Continue reading

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Stone Family

When we were in Mazatlan recently, I bought a small sculpture made from stones, seedpods, wire, and wood. The way the sculptor, using simple materials, was able to say so much impressed me. I have been sketching the piece because I like its rhythm … Continue reading

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Spring Nudges Santee Lakes

The San Diego Watercolor Society met this morning at Santee Lakes, just east of San Diego. We are moving into spring here, although without as much green as usual since we have had very little rain. The bare trees across the … Continue reading

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The Painting Group

Our model is in the center of the room. She rotates with each new pose, and sometimes you get 20 minutes of sketching her back. Since I was not taken with this particular pose, and I am always working on … Continue reading

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Fog at Torrey Pines

It was a foggy morning at Torrey Pines State Park this morning. The mist was indecisive, coming in and out and confusing me by showing and then obscuring the vista. Eventually, I just went with the flow, painted what I … Continue reading

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Admiring Cherry Blossoms

I stopped by the Japanese Friendship Garden in San Diego’s Balboa Park today to find that the cherry trees are in bloom. There were many people walking along the canyon paths and admiring the beauty. Using my iPad, I tried … Continue reading

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PB & J at the Zoo

I sat down near a family at the zoo today and after admiring the speed with which the mother made PB & J sandwiches on the spot, decided to sketch them. I started with the baby on the right. Within … Continue reading

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Burton House at Heritage Park

I sketched this morning with the San Diego Urban Sketchers at Heritage Park, adjacent to Old Town in San Diego. Heritage Park features restored Victorian homes and the first synagogue in San Diego. This is a sketch of the Burton … Continue reading

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Walking Along Harbor Island

We walked along Harbor Island earlier this week, and I took several photos with my smartphone. Today I got to looking at the photos and composed this gouache sketch from them. I liked the interplay of the lights and darks.

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Figure from Three Different Angles

I sketched this morning at the San Diego Watercolor Society’s Paint-in.The model was angular, expressive, and wonderful to draw. We started with two-minute warm-ups, a favorite of mine. Later at home I smoothed out some of the gouache.

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