Tag Archives: Color

Trees on a Plaza

I walked up to the college this morning and did four rapid sketches of the trees on a plaza. All four are abstracts painted with white and the three primary colors, yellow, red and blue. I wanted to remind myself … Continue reading

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Counter Reflection in Daylight

Although I liked yesterday’s sketch, ‘Counter Reflection,’ I was bothered by the upper right side where I had included a very small portion of the next room. That area was so small that I found it distracting. Then I noticed … Continue reading

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Counter Reflections

I like the way objects are reflected on our kitchen counter and I especially like the way bright fruit is reflected.  I used gouache and a white pastel pencil on black paper for this sketch. 

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Flowers on a Scarf

Yesterday one of my friends showed a painting she did of flowers in a vase. It was so gorgeous that it inspired my choice of subjects to paint today. My garden is between flowers right now but I did have … Continue reading

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Sweet Caroline at the Pond

Although I am no longer at the ranch where I did the basic drawing for this sketch, I liked the drawing of the figure sitting on the float and wanted to finish it. I liked the way she looked off … Continue reading

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My Fresh Palette

We set off tomorrow for a five-week trip with the above gouache palette, a small set of transparent watercolors and drawing supplies. After much indecision and an incredible number of paint swatches, I finally committed to 12 gouache colors for my … Continue reading

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Chart for a Fresh Palette

I am much more likely to do an activity that I am set up for and sketching away from home is no exception. If it takes too long to get ready I sometimes end up not sketching away at all. … Continue reading

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Back to Back

Our goal today in the figure painting class was to achieve harmony by painting with a dominant color and, if necessary, small amounts of the colors adjacent to it on the color wheel. This was an awesome assignment because it made me think … Continue reading

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Frisbee Golf at Kit Carson Park in Escondido

I went to the San Diego Watercolor Society Paint Out in Escondido this morning for a demonstration by an inspiring landscape artist, Shuang Li . Afterwards we painted in her style along the duck pond and I was near two artists who really … Continue reading

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Evening Near Mendocino

I made many line sketches on our trip this week up California’s Highway 1 before I caught the flu. Now that I am home and recovering I am adding paint using reference photos that I took with my phone. Perhaps … Continue reading

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Live Sketching at the San Diego Opera

The San Diego Opera season opens this Saturday with Falstaff. Local artists were invited to live sketch the Wednesday working rehearsal and I was so glad to be part of the group yesterday evening. We sat in the orchestra section … Continue reading

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Amazing Mother

We have an old black and white photograph from 1958. Most of us are sitting on a park bench in Guadalajara, about 2 weeks into a six-month trip to Mexico. The five girls are wearing matching dresses and the two … Continue reading

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Signs from the Women’s March in San Diego

I spent the afternoon reworking my sketch from yesterday. Although I liked the chaotic energy of yesterday’s sketch, I also wanted to make it more of a cohesive story. In this redone sketch I have groups of figures standing together. … Continue reading

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Afternoon Connection

I am especially drawn to sketching people as they connect with each other. As I waited for a friend this afternoon I was caught by what looked to me like the body language of stressful reflection and sympathetic listening. The … Continue reading

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Into the Waves

One of the joys of Mazatlan is body surfing in its warm strong waves. I love catching a wave at the perfect moment and then being propelled a long way up onto the beach. I wanted to capture this feeling … Continue reading

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Beach Frisbee

I am now back in San Diego and have a few sketches from the Mazatlan trip that I have not yet posted. I did a few sketches of people playing frisbee along the shoreline and like the action of the … Continue reading

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Seaside Glow

We welcomed in 2017 with our house full of kids again. It was wonderful and we loved each busy moment of it.  Then they all left and we set off for the warm seaside in Mazatlan, Mexico. We were out … Continue reading

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Hillside Path

Yesterday I was looking for a subject so I could practice applying flat color with a single brushstroke. There is a corner of our hillside yard that is shaded in the afternoon but also gets some rays of sunlight through a wooden … Continue reading

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May Visions of Beauty Dance in Our Heads!

Sending everyone great good wishes for the coming year.   Happy Holidays to All!

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Three Giraffes and Three People

Continuing today to work with gouache, I went to the zoo in hopes of sketching people interacting with each other and the animals. This time I used the studier Bristol paper, but fumbled a bit with managing the materials in … Continue reading

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More Christmas Cactus

I follow many artists on social media and study their work for inspiration. Someone I especially admire is Menina Ricci; particularly for the way she uses color and brushwork. She often paints with gouache on black paper and you can see her work … Continue reading

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Christmas Cactus

We got a wonderful day of rain, which was good for San Diego and good for indoor sketching. This is a pencil, pen and watercolor sketch.

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Bird of Paradise

My neighbor has an enormous bird of paradise plant whose colors are particularly striking on cloudy days like today. I have been eyeing this plant as I pass it but have hesitated to sketch it because its colors are so uneven … Continue reading

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Palm Trees over a Parking Lot

I sat in my favorite parking lot towards the end of the day and sketched this scene, thinking hard about how to use color to show what I was seeing. Mort of this is done with Quinacridone Rose, Yellow Ochre, … Continue reading

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Study of a Poinsettia

Sketching this poinsettia with watercolor was a motivating way to continue working on color and brushwork. I restricted this sketch to a triad of three cool colors, Hansa Yellow Light, Winsor Blue and Quinacridone Rose, and reminded myself of the power of keeping the paint … Continue reading

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A Huge Poinsettia

Every year I buy two of the largest poinsettias I can find and put them out on the front steps. I love seeing them as I come and go and they came in handy today as a subject for my … Continue reading

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Mission Bay Morning in November

  Yesterday the landscape painting class met at Mission Bay where I did two watercolor sketches. Although the fog was pretty much burnt off by the time I started this second sketch, I continued my earlier focus on showing the … Continue reading

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Same Parking Lot, Somewhat Revised

Two days ago I posted ‘Entrance to a Parking Lot’ and since have redrawn it several times as I experimented with using pastels, a new medium for me.  Some of the changes are compositional and others have to do with … Continue reading

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View from Mount Soledad

The San Diego Urban Sketchers met this morning at Mount Soledad above the La Jolla coastline. It was overcast with some sprinkles and terrific weather for sketching in sunlight. It is wonderful to sketch with a group and so helpful … Continue reading

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Flowers in a Pot

Pastels, another medium I have not used much, is on our supply list for the art class I am taking. Today I pulled them out and used them along with charcoals and watercolor to sketch flowers in our backyard. Not … Continue reading

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