Tag Archives: California

Balboa Park, on the Sixth Avenue Side

I did such a quick sketch and then told myself I would finish it at home. I had no time yesterday and this morning I found that I like it the way it is, especially the rough shapes and the … Continue reading

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Along the Patio’s Edge

This is a sketch of the edging along our irregular back patio in San Diego. It is amazing what a difference the end of the drought makes to our flower bed. For the past few years this bed featured dirt … Continue reading

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June Flowers

I have wanted to learn to paint without first making guidelines on the paper. The flowers are everywhere this June and I picked a bouquet to practice with, thinking that if the parts did not fit together properly that it … Continue reading

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I Want to See!

This morning I went to the zoo with a friend and we sketched giraffes, elephants and people. It was great seeing so many young children out with their families learning to appreciate our diversity. These are pen and watercolor sketches.

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Looking West from Kate Sessions Park

I painted today at Kate Sessions Park with the San Diego Watercolor Society Wednesday’s plein air group. It was a gorgeous vista full of green that was set off by the lifting fog. This is a gouache sketch on black … Continue reading

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Home Is Just Over the Laguna Mountains

After a month on the road the sight of the Laguna Mountains in the distance made me so happy. As you drive west from El Centro the mountains first come into view¬†as a faint blue smudge and within 30 minutes … Continue reading

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Along a Petaluma Path

  This sketch is more of a record of a few hours than a sketch of a specific time. I started this sketch along a path outside of Petaluma California early this morning when the skies were gray and there … Continue reading

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Rainstorm on I-5

  There was rain on I-5 this afternoon around Los Banos. It was heavy and the cars ahead of us kicked up quite a bit of it making it seem as though the rain was more intense than it actually … Continue reading

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On Our Way

We got a very late start, finally leaving San Diego well after dark. I sketched a bit as we drove north through LA and think I captured the feeling of night driving on a freeway. I used my phone and … Continue reading

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Mounds of Daisies

I sketched today at Cabrillo National Monument where the mounds of daisies are breathtaking. It was perfect for working on one of my ongoing deliberate sketch questions, “How can I show the rhythm of nature with big shapes and repeating … Continue reading

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