Category Archives: Cityscape

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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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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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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Sunset Comes to the Olas Altas

The busy street along Mazatlan’s Olas Altas is transformed four evenings a week into a pedestrian walkway. Children take to the street with their bikes, families stroll, neighbors touch base, young couples connect, and visitors marvel at its glorious beauty.

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Detail from the Machado Plaza

Mazatlan’s historic district is full of grand old buildings painted with fresh lovely color. This is a detail of a balcony from one of these at Machada Plaza. I plan to go back with a larger sketchbook soon. This is … Continue reading

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Fixing the Sidewalk

This is a pastel and gouache sketch of a man fixing the sidewalk. I liked his bright shirt against the gray of the street.

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Musicians at Balboa Park

It is really warm in¬†Southern California just now. Today is December 15, and Balboa Park was full of people dressed for summer and enjoying San Diego’s weather, museums, green spaces, and trails. I spent the morning at the art museum … Continue reading

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Trees on a Plaza

I walked up to the college this morning and did four rapid sketches of the trees on a plaza. All four are abstracts painted with white and the three primary colors, yellow, red and blue. I wanted to remind myself … Continue reading

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At Fir and Date Streets

This morning the Wednesday painters painted in San Diego’s Little Italy. This is a sketch looking down Fir Street towards the San Diego Bay and is more of a drawing than a painting. I was going to smooth it out … Continue reading

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