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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Seascape

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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Confined

 

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Thinking It Over

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Montrose Colorado Morning

I am in Montrose Colorado for the weekend and could not resist quickly sketching this view across the fields to the San Juan Mountains!

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California Cactus

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Staying in a Seat

Our model today was wonderfully expressive and so much fun to sketch. Selecting a favorite for the day was hard. I finally decided on this one because it reminds me of how I feel when I just want to get … Continue reading

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Torrey Pines Canyon

I painted up on the mesa at Torrey Pines today. I sketched an area with sandy ground that looks across the mesa towards the cliffs. In the end, I thought the sketch looked too flat and empty. So I added some … Continue reading

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Waders

I was painting very quickly, just doing exercises to try to capture the movement of the water. When these two youngsters walked into my sketch, there was still room for them, so I added them in, and it made a picture. The … Continue reading

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Watching the Sunset

There is something about watching the sunset that captivates us all. And there is something about watching another person who is being moved by nature that makes me want to capture their expression forever.

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Same Model, Same Hat

I did not paint today but here is one from yesterday. Same model, same hat, similar mood.

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Holding On

Our model, this morning at the San Diego Watercolor Society, was gorgeous but somehow I did not catch that aspect of her in this sketch. I like it anyway because the white diagonal that connects her two elbows catches my eye. I … Continue reading

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