Tag Archives: Exaggeration

Sunset along the Canyon Edge

We are camping on my brother’s land in the Colorado San Juan Mountains. I look forward to our annual family reunion here for many reasons, including the chance to paint this dramatic landscape. This week the skies in western Colorado … Continue reading

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One With the Couch

I sketched this last night shortly after sketching, End of the Last Day of the Workshop.  Today I added watercolor and ink to it. Although it is not as well drawn, I like it because it shows these three tired … Continue reading

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Planning for the Next Day

Three tired co-organizers gathered tonight to plan for the second day of their Workshop, just in time for me to sketch them with a gel pen. The figure on the right was too small compared to the other two so … Continue reading

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Backlit Tree at Pierce Point Vista

We went to Pierce Point in the Point Reyes National Seashore in the afternoon.  The sun was shining and the visibility was excellent, a welcomed change from the usual weather for the locals.  There were a few huge trees on … Continue reading

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Looking Across Tomales Bay

I am with my cousin happily sketching for three days near Inverness California. We had a great start this morning along the edge of Tomales Bay with some fog and gorgeous vistas. There was a lot of movement in the … Continue reading

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September Flowers

Continuing today with drawing in charcoal, I wanted to use it to add depth to my work. I began this sketch by chalking in the negative space and then the flowers. It had some depth at this point but was … Continue reading

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Man Waits for Microwave 

This morning our houseguest stood at the window and looked out while he waited for the microwave. I liked the way he seemed to be distracted by the morning view, with his head up and his arm limp, as he … Continue reading

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After Oral Surgery

Going to the oral surgeon is not fun. However, it does present a novel opportunity for capturing a type of body language that I do not normally see. This is a watercolor and soluble pencil sketch that was edited using Procreate.

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Curious Cows

I drew these curious cows with black marker last May while resting during a bike ride in Spain and then put it away unfinished, rest time being over. Today I pulled the sketch out to practice using gouache, my new deliberate learning … Continue reading

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Bodega Bay

I used a new paint for me today, gouache paint. Although the paint’s behavior surprises me greatly, I enjoyed using it very much. Compared to watercolor, gouache is heavy and thick. It leaves brush marks that suggest the movement of the wind … 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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Sun and Sea

I drove north of San Diego today to visit an old friend who is spending the week at a resort in Carlsbad. At the end of the day we sat on the lawn above a young woman who was soaking … Continue reading

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Dog Watches Man Clean Camper

After the six-month trip with an abundance of subjects and scenes to sketch, I am learning to see possibilities for topics in my ordinary life again. The couch, the blinds, the dog, the vet’s office, cleaning the camper, it turns out that … Continue reading

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At the Vet’s

We went to the vet’s and waited a bit after our appointment for Luke’s new meds. I had my small sketchbook along and was able to get a pen and ink sketch of the receptionist going over instructions with another … Continue reading

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Luke Sunbathes in August Heat Wave

It seems very odd to sunbathe in this August heat but our dog Luke seeks out sunlight despite my efforts to keep the blinds closed against it. If he could drive I bet he would take off for dog beach … Continue reading

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A Model Poses for the Drawing Group

This sketch is from a series I did yesterday at a drawing group. I had trouble drawing the model as he was missing many of the usual features that help define people. He was very pale, had a shaven head, small eyes, faint brows, … Continue reading

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Sunday at Fletcher Cove Park

It was wonderful to sketch today with the San Diego Urban Sketchers, especially after two weeks of staying home while repairs were being made to our house. We met at Fletcher Cove Park in Solana Beach with its lively sea and … Continue reading

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Fixing the Leak

Our watering system sprang a big leak, which is not good when water conservation is as important as it is right now in California. It had to be fixed and I got to sketch my favorite home repairman in the … Continue reading

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Luke Wants In

Luke was banished so people could work inside on the bathroom without his supervision, poor Luke! I continued to work on showing light and think the bits on the patio, furniture, and greenery convey midday California light. However, the light … Continue reading

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Perfect Leg Rest

My son put his feet up for a moment and his legs leaning up and off the sofa captivated me. I cajoled him into keeping the pose long enough to sketch him using my iPad. He did not quite hold still, … Continue reading

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Hiking through the Porquerolles Forest

Proquerolles has pine and acacia woods spread across the island, between its fields of olive and grape. This sketch is about the feeling of walking in one of these woods during the intense heat of July. Although the trees and … Continue reading

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Backlit Figure

Because of the light here in Porquerolles, I found myself continuing to work on conveying brights. This sketch began as a simple line and wash drawing that I changed many times using Procreate. I worked through many versions of this … Continue reading

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Crossing Deák Ferenc Square, Budapest

Most days in Budapest we cross the Deák Ferenc Square in the Lipótváros area several times. It is a lively place where roads, metro, busses and people converge and an interesting place to sit, sketch and people watch- if you can … Continue reading

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Umbrellas at the Beer Garden

The umbrellas against the evening sky at this beer garden in Chemnitz caught my eye and I wanted to capture it. By the time I added in people, tables and trees it distracted from the umbrellas against the setting sun … Continue reading

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A Duel between Curiosity and Sleep

A fight to dominate the mind of this man played out as I sketched. Sleep and curiosity fought each other for control. I think you can see in his eyes which won out in the short run. This is a … Continue reading

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Waiting for the National Gallery to Open

Our San Diego Urban Sketcher chapter leader, Lydia Velarde, does comic strips from time to time, and I always admire them. I thought I would give it a try too. I made many little sketches on a 3 X 4 … Continue reading

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Happy Hour at Munke Mose Park, Odense

Munke Mølle is a park in Odense that borders the city center. I was sketching there late this afternoon and it was full of people beginning their weekend, including this group of men having a beer together. I wanted to … Continue reading

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Danish Farm and Field

After driving through many hours of gorgeous farmland, we arrived in Odense Denmark late this afternoon. While in Germany, I drew a few scenes similar to this one using pen and watercolor but lost the structure of the field in … Continue reading

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From the Car Window

We had a great day driving from Beze, France to Dinklage, Germany, which is just south of Bremen. In the morning we were surrounded with huge fields of greens and yellows that stretched from horizon to horizon. I kept my … Continue reading

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Tourists Pose at Güell Park, Barcelona

For our last outing in Barcelona we visited Güell Park. The park features the work of Antoni Gaudí and is located in the hills overlooking the city and Mediterranean Sea. It is a popular place among tourists and locals with … Continue reading

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