Tag Archives: In- the- moment

At Sea on the Prinsendam

Today our ship, the Prinsendam, is at Hamilton, Bermuda. We got up early to watch the ship come in through the Bermuda straights and then went on a walking tour of this lovely port. Here are three sketches from our … Continue reading

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Sunflowers for Marci

I bought five huge sunflowers and as I sketched began to think of a school counselor I worked with years ago who loves sunflowers more than anyone else I know. At the start of each year she poured her heart … 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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Monday Afternoon

Lately I have been noticing reflected light. This afternoon I saw how the floor, table, chairs and window reflected so much of it in the afternoon light and I began to practice capturing it.  This is a gouache and pastel … Continue reading

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At the Table

It was late so this was supposed to be a quick sketch of a tomato and an apple reflected on the surface of a polished table. However, I ran into trouble. I thought I would be able to transfer what … 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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Plants and People at the Food Court

This was my first sketch of the morning yesterday with the San Diego Urban Sketchers. When I got home I propped up both sketches on my desk and decided I liked the one I posted yesterday best because it had … Continue reading

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Food Court at the North County Mall

The San Diego Urban Sketchers met this morning at the North County Mall’s food court. It was a good turnout and a great location for people sketching. This gouache sketch is in an 8 X 11 inch Moleskine sketchbook. 

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Rafting the Mighty San Miguel

For the last two days I had my back to the San Miguel River and the mountains above it while I sketched thickets of cottonwood trees. The San Miguel is very shallow in this section and perfect for beginner rafters. … 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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End of the Last Day of the Workshop

I sketched these three lifelong colleagues two weeks ago on July 17 at the start of the workshop they were organizing together. Their workshop ends today and they are in the same living room sharing some last thoughts. Sketching them … Continue reading

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Zócalo de Cuernavaca

Although we are no longer in Cuernavaca, I still have a few sketches I would like to post, including this one of people enjoying the central square of Cuernavaca. This is an in-the-moment sketch, that is, a sketch where I … Continue reading

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Poolside Chat

My sisters are so much fun to sketch as they chat around the pool. I think I have now drawn my sisters and this small pool where we are staying in Cuernavaca from all four sides and am getting the … Continue reading

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Debate Sketch

Ninety minutes of debate tonight made for a rich opportunity for sketching. This is a charcoal sketch on multimedia paper. I used Snapseed to strengthen the darks in the background.

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Listening to the Teacher

Today I attended the first session of an art class I will take this fall. While we listened to the teacher explain the plan for the semester, I sketched a row of my fellow students. After years of watching middle school students listen … Continue reading

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The Apple

We were camping under the California oak trees in Sonoma County. As we chatted in the early evening I sketched without planning, just placing the images in front of me into my sketchbook. Later when I looked at this sketch of a woman holding an apple … 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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Sketching the Sketchers

This morning I sketched with a drawing group in San Diego. I have not yet built back my stamina and toward the end of the morning needed a break. Instead of sketching the last 20-minute pose by the model, I turned … Continue reading

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Figuring It Out

We sat at the table, working side by side and enjoying the moment. I liked the way the light defined the shapes in his arms and shirt and worked to capture the light and shadows in this sketch. Even more, … 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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The Fiddler

Sometimes you see something that makes you glad you have paper and pen handy. Today was one of those days. I could hear music and looked out the door to see my neighbor practicing for his violin lesson in the … Continue reading

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Dog Waits While Man Reads Paper

A tap, tap, tap broke the quiet of our evening.  I looked up from my book and was charmed by our dog thumping his tail as he waited for his walk. His reward for being so cute was to wait even longer … Continue reading

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Luke and I put Our Feet Up

The day got away from me and it was late when I started to sketch.  I was glad to put my feet up and Luke was glad to sit beside me. This is a Procreate sketch with some Snapseed assistance … 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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Luke

Luke is back and we are glad! He spent the last six months with two incredible people, their dog, cat and horses while we traveled about. It is amazing how good they were to him. I think he misses them … 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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Early Morning Wait at the Airport

The good thing about flight delays is the abundance of people to sketch. This is from the Nice Airport in France while waiting for the first leg of our flight home. The skylights flooded the waiting area with morning light … Continue reading

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Prepping for Tomorrow

The conference center where we are staying in France has very limited internet access. You have to go to an outside terrace next to a bar and then hope you are lucky and get a connection. This forces me to write … Continue reading

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People Watching

Sketching people is a form of people watching and what could be a better subject for a sketch that marks the completion of my first year of blogging? Today is the anniversary of my first Deliberate Sketching post from 2015 and … Continue reading

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Stopping between Trains

We had an hour between trains in Toulon, on our way to Porquerolles, and made use of it with a quick bite and sketch at the Terminus across from the station. It was a slow point in the afternoon and … Continue reading

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