I painted many 20-minutes sketches this morning of a model with the SDWS Thursday life group.
A twenty-minute sketch does not give a lot of time for planning, measuring, and color choice. You have to be fast and trust your instincts. Later you can wonder about the orange in the hair, pink stripe on the forehead, or the proportions of the thighs, but in the moment you work at the speed of light and hope for the best. It is one of my favorite ways to paint.
This is a 13 X 20-inch gouache painting on black paper.
Pretty much every time I am at Torrey Pines State Reserve, I look west and paint a view of the Pacific Ocean. Today I turned 180 degrees, looked to the east and painted an outbuilding surrounded by Torrey Pine trees. This view reminds me of my brother’s cabin in Colorado and made me nostalgic for it.
This is a 12 X 17-inch gouache painting on black paper. I used a new paintbrush, a dagger brush, for a lot of the foliage and like it quite a bit.
I intended to make and send a Thanksgiving greeting, but time got away from me. However, I painted this on Tuesday at the nearby Mission Trails Park in San Diego, and got to thinking that it summarizes much of what I am grateful for as a plein air painter- views, plants, boulders, sky, and the opportunity to try to capture it all. So here is my card after all, Happy Thanksgiving to You and Yours!
This is a gouache, colored pencil, and marker painting on a quarter sheet of black paper.
Last spring was the season for the e-bikes explosion, and this fall is the season for e-scooters. Scooters are everywhere in my neighborhood near San Diego State University, and ever so much fun to ride. The pathways up at the college are full, which means I have lots of opportunity for quick gesture sketches, like this one.
I hope to get more sketches tomorrow and then to develop a larger painting.
This is a gouache sketch on a 9 X 9-inch sheet of black paper.
My brother sent us wonderful photos of his newest grandchild, including the one this sketch is based on. I did not succeed in doing justice to the preciousness of the child or the pride of the father, but I like this painting anyway. There is something about the way the young father is looking off into the distance that suggests he is feeling the weight of his new responsibilities, and it is a look I recognize. It may be that some of the worries I felt as a new mother became imposed on my nephew’s face. In any case, I like this sketch.
We are getting bits of fall color throughout San Diego, now that it is mid-November. This is a street not too far from my house, but with a much more rural feel, especially if you position your easel so that the nearby homes are outside of the view area.
This is a gouache and colored pencil sketch on a 10 x 12-inch sheet of black paper.