Monthly Archives: March 2018

What’s a Great Place for Visiting Nephews?

My two great-nephews, along with their parents and grandparents, are in town for spring break. Of course, we went out to Torrey Pines State Park, checked out the nature center, hiked the beach trail and played along the shore. And … Continue reading

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Sun on the Cliffs at Torrey Pines

I went back again to Torrey Pines and painted the same scene as I did three other times in the past week. I feel like I was able to integrate what I learned about the shape of the cliffs, the … Continue reading

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I often tell myself that I will use my sketches as a basis for a painting. But I don’t do it because making decisions about a painting when I can’t see the subject directly is tough. Today I took the sketches … Continue reading

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Student Voices

How is it that students can express simple truths while we older folk get it all muddled up? I was at the San Diego March for Our Lives this morning, listening and learning. Here are some of the simple truths … Continue reading

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Figure in Acrylic and Gouache

I continued today with using an underpainting of acrylic together with a top coat of gouache. I did a series of 20- minute sketches, and this is the final one. I had some trouble selecting a workable thickness for the … Continue reading

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Second March Morning at Torrey Pines

I painted some 30-feet away from the same spot as I did yesterday and I painted on a rectangular white watercolor board. Again, I used an underpainting of acrylic and then overpainted with watercolor and gouache. This sketch has a … Continue reading

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Torrey Pines on a March Morning

Last week I took a 30- hour workshop from Stephen Quiller and learned to use an acrylic underpainting on white paper before applying gouache. Today was my first opportunity to get out and try this technique on black paper. I … Continue reading

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