Monthly Archives: November 2020

The Christmas Cactus Is Getting Ready

Our longtime Christmas cactus surprised us by bursting into its holiday colors a few weeks ago. I moved it outside in June and it seems that it relishes its new location on the patio table. I can see it from … Continue reading

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The Carver

Our model for our Tuesday Zoom sketching session was a wood block artist and he posed as though he were carving. It was a beautiful pose with strong light and shadow.

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Bayside Artist

My friend and I were painting at Kanaka Landing in Liberty Station, here in San Diego. We were standing at our easels and my friend said, “All we need is someone to come and sit on this bench.” An hour … Continue reading

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The Man with the Blue Head

It rarely works out well to skip over basic steps like making a preliminary sketch, but I am mostly too eager to paint to be disciplined. Yesterday, though, I did start Tuesday’s Zoom figure session with a 20- minute warmup. … Continue reading

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Rocks and Boulders

We went to Elfin Forest and enjoyed the fall colors, such as they are in San Diego in November. I had been meaning to improve my understanding of rocks and boulders, and the location was perfect.

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Archer or Arches?

Balboa Park has a 30- acre archery range that winds its way under Cabrillo Bridge and along a canyon full of eucalyptus and palm trees. We painted at the target practice area at the start of the trail. It was … Continue reading

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Birds of Dog Beach

I went to Dog Beach expecting to paint dogs as they ran and chased. But there were only a few dogs, surfers, and onlookers. The birds, however, were abundant and I eventually gave in and sketched them into this gouache … Continue reading

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