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A Perplexing Result

In theory, collaboration sounds like a sweet and collegial process, but in practice, it can be quite heated. I have been listening to these two work out ideas together for more than 30 years and am still amazed at their … Continue reading

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The Critique

It was wonderful to meet again with my plein air class. Returning students were encouraged to bring a sketch for a critique since we would not be painting on this first day of the fall semester. It can be hard … Continue reading

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So, Let’s Talk About How to…

Our son, a programmer, came home for a few days to help his dad set up some experiments. It is wonderful to have him home and to listen to the collegial talk between them as they work together. I cannot … Continue reading

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Sheila Speaks to Students at CONALEP Plantel Temixco

My sister Sheila Polk gave a presentation to students at CONALEP Plantel Temixco, a technical high school near Cuernavaca, and I jumped at the chance to go along. Retired or not I still love going to schools and this one … Continue reading

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The Presenter

  One of the perks of living within walking distance of a university is the ease of sitting in on presentations by thinkers from near and far. Not only is this an opportunity to hear ideas, it is good for sketching … Continue reading

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The Feeling of Spring at Tilden Park

Earlier this week we hiked at Berkeley’s Tilden Park. From time to time our son-in-law would leave some of us behind and leap across boulders and waterfalls, and I admired his confidence and agility very much. Although I did not … Continue reading

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This Is What Democracy Looks Like!

This is a second sketch from the San Diego March in Solidarity with Immigrants. I made many line sketches Saturday of the march and am finishing them with gouache and comparing them for impact. Both of the two sketches, yesterday’s … Continue reading

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The Watercolor Teacher

It was the first day of the spring semester, the only day we do not paint in class. Our teacher explained what we will learn and what materials we will need. I sketched her as she spoke. At one point she described … Continue reading

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The Happiness Of It All

There are some really special moments in life and a baby shower for a much-loved teacher is surely one of those moments. Fifteen years ago a freshly credentialed young woman arrives at a middle school and takes over a position … 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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Holiday Shopping

It was a long line and the bright bouquet in the arms of a fellow shopper kept catching my eye. I began to watch as she interacted with her companion. They seemed so glad to be with each other that it made me glad … Continue reading

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Street Ball

The model yesterday at the figure drawing class conveyed fitness. She was strong, limber and full of energy and I caught some of her athleticism in the brush drawing of her above. One of my goals for this blog is … Continue reading

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Sketch on Tinted Paper

Today our figure drawing class continued to work on portraits. There were six models so we were able to get up close. I chose this particular model as her facial expression and posture are so lovely and the textures in her … Continue reading

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Luke Keeps an Eye on Me

I have been enjoying experimenting with charcoal, pastels and water. I am getting a greater range of textures and luminance than when I use watercolor alone. And, the water fixes the charcoal and pastel, eliminating the need for the regular fixative with … Continue reading

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Peter Then and Now

To celebrate my amazing husband’s birthday today I am posting two sketches that I particularly like, the first from 1979 and the second from this past spring. My favorite person to sketch over the past 40 some years is my … Continue reading

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Happy Birthday Tara!

Turning 30 is a really special birthday and I wanted to make a card for Tara that shows how much love and joy she brings to all of us. The center of this card is Tara herself, looking out at … Continue reading

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Thinking at a Workshop

I attended an amazing conference over the past week and had very little time to sketch. In fact, this is the only sketch I did the whole time. I had taken my eyes off the speaker and become diverted by noticing the uniform … Continue reading

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Debate Night Body Language

Another debate means I had another chance to sketch along and interpret for 90-minutes. This sketch is a composite of three different sketches, which I arranged later after the debate using Procreate. By that time I had seen enough of their … Continue reading

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Debate Sketch Revised

I wanted to improve yesterday’s sketch. In it both of the debaters appear too thin. I did catch a bit of Donald Trump’s peevishness, but did not convey Hillary Clinton’s air of confident readiness.  But what really bothered me was that although one … Continue reading

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Celebrating Tommy

I used to work at a school brimming with energy, dedication, events, and wild wonderful curriculum and I met up with some of its amazing staff yesterday. It was a bittersweet occasion because a longtime teacher was moving on to another … Continue reading

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Brooding

This morning I sketched with the North Park Drawing Group. It was a good session because the model put an enormous amount of expression into his poses and it was challenging to capture them. I like this sketch because the model’s slumping posture … Continue reading

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Catching Up on Shared History

My husband was once a child in Hungary. His family, like countless others, was injured by forces beyond their control including World War II, the Holocaust, forced labor and revolution. All they wanted was to live and love within their … Continue reading

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On the Train to Budapest

Yesterday we crossed Austria and Hungary by train, arriving in Budapest in the early evening. A man one aisle up and across from us was working on an academic paper through much of the trip. His body language indicated reflection. … Continue reading

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I Wouldn’t Put It That Way…

Research takes time because clarity comes from considering the nuances of an idea, which is not a speedy process. Sometimes even after forty years of working together it can feel like you are just getting started at understanding an idea. … Continue reading

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Enjoying a Moment Outside La Sagrada Familia, Barcelona

People throng to La Familia Sagrada Basilica in Barcelona, which has been under construction since 1882, mostly because Antoni Gaudi’s vision for a church that teaches through its design is just plain awe inspiring. While we waited in the park … Continue reading

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A Kindred Spirit

Every now and then I meet someone who has a way of seeing the world that just clicks with me. In this case I met a long retired educator who still feels the fire for putting the power of education … Continue reading

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Learning

We know how people learn, it is not a mystery. It goes best when people want to learn something specific, have resources to consult, can ask questions, work in a respectful environment, have enough time,  get feedback as they go … Continue reading

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Listening to Each Other

  I planned to sketch outside today but the heavy rain drove me into a cafe. There were artificial orchids on the tables and I got into drawing them. Soon a couple sat at the next table and my attention … Continue reading

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Fighting Jet Lag

If you traveled for twenty-four hours, had a meal, did a little sight seeing, and then worked on a tough puzzle with your father, this is what your body language might look like as you fight jet lag. The focused … Continue reading

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Canna Lilies and Geraniums

In a wild garden near us plants are free to do their own thing. Canna lily leaves and geraniums intertwine and brighten up the day of those who pass by and notice. This is a watercolor and pen sketch on … Continue reading

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