Monthly Archives: September 2018

Beach Day!

What could be more delightful than the beach on the last day of September? I wanted to capture all the swimmers, birds, surf, splashes, waves,  and fun of summer. This is a gouache and charcoal sketch on brown paper.

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Three Giraffes

Here are three very sweet giraffes from the San Diego Zoo. This started off as a gouache and charcoal sketch on brown paper, and then I imported the sketch into Procreate on my iPad and added the gray wall and … Continue reading

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On the Rocks at Yosemite

My cousin, who is an amazing artist, has been working with gouache on brown paper. She sent me a photo of a recent painting and it was so gorgeous that it caused me to paint the day away on brown … Continue reading

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By the Pond’s Edge

We stopped by Loomis California to visit relatives and had the added bonus of a gorgeous pond. This is a 9 X 9-inch gouache sketch on black paper.

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Waiting for Morning at Yosemite

This morning I got up early from my campsite and caught the early morning light as the sun began to rise over the mountains at Yosemite National Park. This is a 9 X 9-inch gouache sketch.

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The Romantic Came Next

Yesterday, the woman who posed for our figure class brought costumes. For the second portion of the morning, she dressed as a dreamy romantic and leaned against the studio wall. I made more use of the acrylic markers in this … Continue reading

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Frida Dress-up Day

Our model today came with costumes and started the day dressed as Frida Kahlo. I used acrylic markers and gouache and had fun trying to capture the Frida spirit.

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Flowers above the Sea

I sketched from the top of the cliffs at Torrey Pines Park this morning. Today I focused on a group of dried flowers and had the sea be the background. This is a gouache, pastel pencil, and acrylic marker sketch … Continue reading

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Better Backgrounds

I really enjoy painting the models from our figure drawing group, especially the quick five-minute sketches like the one above. However, I am at a loss for what to do with the rest of the paper, that is, how to … Continue reading

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Balboa Park Courtyard

I painted this morning at Balboa Park, and this is a place I have to go back to soon.  I stood under a shade structure, and the shadows it made were lovely. The cement pathways had patterns, and the greens … Continue reading

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Flowers on a Table

  Here are There is something beautiful about flowers on a table, and I wanted to capture this in this quick gouache sketch.

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Along the Path at Torrey Pines

I was back at Torrey Pines State Nature Reserve this morning. It has been a long time since we have had rain in San Diego and the arid landscape is a lovely combination of yellows and browns. I had some … Continue reading

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Artist in the Park

I noticed an artist bent over her work and quickly sketched her. I liked her intensity as she focused on her work. This is a 9 X 9-inch (22 X 22-centimeter) gouache sketch on black paper with some pastel pencil … Continue reading

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Two Doves on the Rocks

I stopped for a few minutes at a park near my house and sketched two doves on the rocks in my small sketchbook.

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From the North Side of Torrey Pines

This was a challenging painting. It started off as a quarter sheet of paper covered with golden watercolor grounds. I have been wondering about the gold background for seascapes and today seemed like a good day to explore this, since … Continue reading

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