Category Archives: Landscape

A Gardening Lesson

I went to the cactus garden at Balboa Park expecting to paint cactus. Instead, I was taken by a school group learning about public gardens. I watched them awhile and liked the way the students leaned forward as they listened … Continue reading

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Inktense and Gouache

I bought some Inktense pencils this morning and had to try them out. Inktense pencils combine qualities of traditional watercolor pencils and permanent markers. The pencil marks dissolve with water but once dry, the color is bright and durable. I … Continue reading

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San Diego’s Spring Is Near

The little rain southern California gets in December can make for a spectacular spring in January and February and this year shows great promise. This morning when I was back at Torrey Pines, I was struck by how the coastal … Continue reading

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Same Lagoon, Overworked

Sometimes, less is more in a painting, as is the case with today’s painting. Yesterday I painted with a friend at the Los Peñasquitos Lagoon at Torrey Park, just north of San Diego. I finished one painting and posted it … Continue reading

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Lagoon in Winter

I painted this morning at Los Peñasquitos Lagoon at Torrey Pines Preserve. We stood by the edge of the road and looked south across the water. I got the greens a bit too bright but with all the rain we … Continue reading

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Mission Bay Again

Two days ago when I was at Mission Bay I did a quick warm-up of the shoreline to accustom myself to the colors of the day. Today I added birds to the warm-up to make this small painting. Funny how … Continue reading

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Lake Murray Afternoon

It was a quiet December afternoon at Lake Murray in San Diego, and a perfect opportunity for a 30-minute sketch. I liked the way the eucalyptus branch was shaped like the shoreline of the lake and shortened the tree’s height … Continue reading

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