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Colorado River

  The Colorado River is magnificent as it flows through Utah. It is stunning and I worked to capture its beauty in this sketch. Most people know that the Colorado River carved the Grand Canyon and is an indispensable source … Continue reading

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Early Morning on a Ranch

Last week we spent a night on a friend’s ranch in Utah. In the morning, I heard footsteps and looked out the window to see our host going out to start his day. It was really early. The sun was … Continue reading

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Morning Shines on the Mesa

The sandstone rocks of Southwest Utah are stunning. I did not have time to paint there so I compensated by taking as many photos as I could. Today I began to look at them, especially the ones with strong lighting. … Continue reading

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Welcome Small Human!

I have not seen him yet, but my sister sent pictures of her first grandchild, who is totally gorgeous. Is there anything as beautiful as a newborn child? I have trouble working from photos, regardless of subject. I tend to … Continue reading

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Guimarães and Children

We are in a new-to-us city, Guimarães, Portugal. It is an UNESCO World Heritage Site because the city has maintained its medieval character while also developing into a modern city. The city is quite a change for me from my … Continue reading

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Odds and Ends

We drove north from Bonn late this afternoon and stopped much later in Flensburg for the night. Since this was not a good day for sketching, I decided to post some sketches from the past week. One of the pleasures … Continue reading

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After the Party

My sister hosted a baby shower today for our nearly arrived grand nephew. Her house and garden were gorgeous and it was so much fun to visit with everyone. Afterwards we sat on the patio and talked about it while … Continue reading

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My Sister at Night with a Plant

I haven’t sketched since leaving Hawaii for San Diego and then Phoenix so it felt really good to do a quick sketch of my sister this evening. She was working on a project at the table and I liked the … Continue reading

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Along the East Coast of O’ahu

This is a sketch of the beach along Waimanalo Beach today. It was wonderful, windy, and wild, and the waves came way up on the shore.

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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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What’s with the view to her left?

This model had attitude, and it showed in the way she sat and evaluated what was going on out towards her left side.  I liked the way I captured her expression in this sketch but felt it lacked the context needed … Continue reading

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Stone Family

When we were in Mazatlan recently, I bought a small sculpture made from stones, seedpods, wire, and wood. The way the sculptor, using simple materials, was able to say so much impressed me. I have been sketching the piece because I like its rhythm … Continue reading

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PB & J at the Zoo

I sat down near a family at the zoo today and after admiring the speed with which the mother made PB & J sandwiches on the spot, decided to sketch them. I started with the baby on the right. Within … Continue reading

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A New Moon for A New Year

My brother sent a picture of the new moon from his home in Phoenix this evening. That made me go out and look at the new moon as it came up over the trees behind our home in San Diego. … Continue reading

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A Message from Afar

I have not had much time for sketching this past week but did use my iPad to sketch two people looking at a phone today. I like the way the secondary figure is faint, perhaps suggesting that he is far … Continue reading

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Sketching My Nephew on His Birthday

We skyped this evening with our nephew to offer our birthday wishes for him. It was also a good chance to sketch him on my iPad and to notice his resemblance to his father.

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Happy Holidays!

  Happy Holidays to Everyone!

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A Second Stuffed Bird

Yesterday I drew this bird but did not like the background. Today I added more gouache paint to the background and scraped it around.  Then I made the sketch less dark and cropped it by using Photos and Procreate.

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Two Stuffed Birds

Today I did something new and sketched stuffed birds. The San Diego Watercolor Society created several still life compositions featuring birds and invited members to come by for a few hours. I expected that since stuffed birds are unable to fly … Continue reading

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The Christmas Cactus Again

A good thing about keeping plants in the house is you always have something quick to sketch. This is the same plant as the one I painted on Monday, and in this version, I simplified the cactus and background but … Continue reading

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Poinsettia Season

The huge poinsettias are in the stores and that means it is time to bring a few home and paint them again. This is probably the first of several that I will sketch in the next month or so. This … Continue reading

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A Steampunk Penguin?

Today was the fourth week of my Photoshop class and the night we handed in our first assignment. We were to construct a steampunk animal by combining photographs of gears, machine parts or metal. I am not completely certain that … Continue reading

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Looking Downward

This morning I worked on figure drawing at a nearby open studio. I like this one because I caught his dejected look.

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Pumpkin

Procreate, an art app for the iPad, recently had a major update and I thought that it might be fun to work in it this evening. After sketching a pumpkin on black paper with a white pastel pencil and gouache, … Continue reading

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Hallway

I noticed the light reflecting along a hallway in Liberty Station this morning and took a photo. Later when I did a small 9 X 9 inch gouache sketch of it, I noticed how much I like the way the … Continue reading

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Elephant

This is a pastel line sketch with a some gouache for color.

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A Presence

We had a particularly expressive model today at our figure drawing class. She radiated her presence and this made capturing both her looks and personality easier than normal. But conveying the model’s mood was not the lesson’s purpose, the purpose … Continue reading

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Among the Hedges

  Our landscape class met at Alcazar Garden in Balboa Park. I had fun sketching the other artists as they worked between the hedges. This is a gouache and pastel sketch. 

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Close-up of an Unnamed Plant

This afternoon I walked up to the college and sketched closeups of the flowers and leaves that belong to a plant whose name I do not know. When I got home I propped up my two sketches on my desk … Continue reading

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Monday Afternoon

Lately I have been noticing reflected light. This afternoon I saw how the floor, table, chairs and window reflected so much of it in the afternoon light and I began to practice capturing it.  This is a gouache and pastel … Continue reading

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