Tag Archives: California

Painting at Los Peñasquitos Lagoon

If you get impatient while waiting for a coat of paint to dry, you can end up destroying your work. One solution is to have a second sketchbook on hand with which to distract yourself. I sketched some of the … Continue reading

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Tide Going Out At Los Peñasquitos Lagoon

The plein air group painted this morning at Los Peñasquitos Lagoon, which is part of the Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve located just north of San Diego. The lagoon winds its way through the salt marsh and emptied itself pretty rapidly … Continue reading

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The Sketcher

I was out with my plein air group today and sketched a fellow painter who was working under a nearby shade tree. The tilt of her head along with her hand raised a bit above her sketchbook suggested to me … Continue reading

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Along the San Diego River

This sketch is of a vista along the San Diego River in the Mission Valley area of San Diego. I am often surprised at how different this river area is from the surrounding high density residences and the hills that … Continue reading

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Hillside Near Rancho Bernardo

It is hot and dry in San Diego County just now and there was not a lot of shade this morning where I was sketching near the Bernardo Winery northeast of San Diego. I love the brown and yellow in … Continue reading

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Woodie Fest at Moonlight Bay

The San Diego Urban Sketchers met today at Moonlight Beach in Encinitas to sketch vintage cars at the Woodie Fest. As I was looking around I came across three men making music along the edge of the show. I quickly … Continue reading

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On the Steps of the Student Union

A group of students met up on the steps of the student union at San Diego State University  just long enough for me to do a quick sketch with pastel pencil and gouache. It was late in the day and … Continue reading

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West Side of SDSU

I had forgotten how much I like sketching up at the college. Between the gardens and patios there are many inviting scenes to sketch including this one on the west side of campus. I like the southern California feel of … Continue reading

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Deep Thoughts on a Patio

This is a quick gouache sketch of three men thinking deep thoughts at the end of the day. 

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Near Estero Trail

I am in Colorado now but want to post this last sketch made earlier this week along the Estero Trail in Inverness California. Some of the water in the estuary glistened from the setting sun and some was far more … Continue reading

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