Tag Archives: Nonverbal Communication

Late Night Scrabble Players

While my fellow Scrabble players carefully and slowly calculated potential Scrabble moves last night, I happily documented their efforts. I like this sketch because the figure on the right seems to be thinking strategically while the figure on the left … Continue reading

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What’s a Six Letter Word that Starts with a G?

The crossword solvers had to work hard this morning on their puzzle. I think I caught their thoughtful focus in this sketch.

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Making Dinner

Our hosts made dinner and so much more for us this week in Florida. And I had fun making quick sketches of them in action. I like the harmony of these two and think I caught a bit of it … Continue reading

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Nostalgia

Visiting a cousin who grew up with you long ago can cause the memories to come cascading back, especially if heightened by old photos and the music of your past.  The body language of these two cousins on a shared … 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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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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A Third Attempt to Get the Debate Sketch Right

Monday night I sketched the presidential debate in charcoal and on Tuesday I worked in Procreate to improve the sketch. My cousin Ann commented on the second sketch, “Like it but I’d put him further back on the right and … Continue reading

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Cerdos Farmers Market, Solana Beach

The San Diego Urban Sketchers met at Cerdos Farmers Market, Solana Beach today, in an attempt to stay cool as we sketched. This woman and her dog caught my eye as they sat waiting for their companion to finish his lunch. … Continue reading

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Man Watches Election News

We sat in the kitchen last night after supper, watching the latest news about the coming election.  It was so intense that I had dull the impact by pulling out my iPad and sketching. As I drew I noticed the expression … Continue reading

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Luke Waits for His Walk

I sketched and sketched Luke this evening, while he waited and waited, keeping a close eye on me. I liked this sketch because I caught a bit of his attentive look. This is a Procreate sketch.

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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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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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Groups at a Chicago Restaurant

After walking through Millennium Park in Chicago, which I should have sketched, we stopped at a nearby restaurant for an early dinner, just before sunset. Several groups were enjoying a drink together and I got a chance to sketch some of … Continue reading

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That’s a Thought!

I love sketching people who are pinning down an elusive idea together. I did several quick sketches of this scene and each time caught something different in their body language that reflected the state of their thinking. The body language of building idea shows … 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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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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Man Reflects on Injustice of Parking Ticket

There is nothing like a parking ticket in a language you have trouble reading to make you feel wronged. Especially when you bought a parking pass, displayed it on the dashboard and departed fifteen minutes before it expired. It does … Continue reading

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I Liked the Way She Stood There

I noticed her standing there looking out at the sea, with her hands on her hips and her face lifted to the light. It seemed as though she were checking on its wellbeing. I liked the way she stood there; I … Continue reading

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Posting to Facebook

After a long day of touring Jerusalem with a camera, comes an evening of reviewing, selecting and posting to Facebook. Which means a short while ago our two guests were sitting on the couch with their electronic devices, reflecting away … 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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Resting by Reading

We have friends visiting so of course we toured the Old City here in Jerusalem. When we got back we all needed to rest. My friend quickly sank into the couch and her iPad and began to recuperate, becoming interested … Continue reading

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At the Ice Cream Shop

I look for scenes that tell a story and each time I see this particular grandmother and grandson at our corner ice cream shop they get my attention. He is about 15, enthusiastic, talkative and a bit awkward. She is … Continue reading

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Pained Resignation

After eight weeks in Jerusalem we should know better than to try to rent a car in the hour before the agencies close at noon for the coming Sabbath- the Sabbath is taken very seriously in Jerusalem. But there we … Continue reading

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The Kitchen Table Catalyst

There is something about working at a kitchen table, especially late at night, that makes ideas grow. Maybe it is the conditioning from all those hours spent at the table as a child doing homework. Or maybe it is sitting … Continue reading

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It Was a Long Day

We got back to the apartment late and some of us were in need of a rest. It is a small apartment but it turns out that with cooperation, a blanket and a couch can accommodate two people very nicely. … Continue reading

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Real Reading

Savvy teachers pay attention to the body language of reading when their students read in class. And old teachers may never stop noticing a real reader when they see one. Real readers have facial expressions that change depending on the … Continue reading

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Ideas and Discussion

What is a vacation if not an opportunity to work on solving a problem of mutual obsession? Or better yet, an opportunity to sketch a type of interaction, people learning together, that has long fascinated me? The body language of … Continue reading

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Central Bus Station Security Line

Security vigilance is a constant in Israel. People and their belongings are routinely checked at bus stations, large stores, museums, theaters, and airports. In this sketch of the entrance to the Jerusalem Central Bus Station. I wanted to convey how … Continue reading

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Outside Yad Vashem

Visiting Yad Vashem, Israel’s memorial for the victims of the Holocaust, left me feeling pensive, sad and worried. How could this happen, could it happen again? Other visitors seem to feel this way too, you can see it in their … Continue reading

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