Tag Archives: San Diego

A Rare October Rain in San Diego

Rain in October is not what I expected to wake up to this morning in San Diego, never mind that it was less than a quarter inch, it still was rain. I walked up to a mesa with a terrific … Continue reading

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Painting at Los Peñasquitos Lagoon

If you get impatient while waiting for a coat of paint to dry, you can end up destroying your work. One solution is to have a second sketchbook on hand with which to distract yourself. I sketched some of the … Continue reading

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Tide Going Out At Los Peñasquitos Lagoon

The plein air group painted this morning at Los Peñasquitos Lagoon, which is part of the Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve located just north of San Diego. The lagoon winds its way through the salt marsh and emptied itself pretty rapidly … Continue reading

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Lily Pond Corner

Our plein air class went back to the Lily Pond at Balboa Park. I worked on reflections again. This time I left a large amount of black paper unpainted to suggest deep water and to contrast with the lily pads … Continue reading

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Lily Pond at Balboa Park

Our plein air class met at the Balboa’s Botanical Garden today. I sketched there but by the time I left I had a very over done sketch. Later when I came home I used my overdone sketch and a photo … Continue reading

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Lunch Break

I started to draw the round table tops on an empty lunch court and then two people came along for a late lunch. Of course I tried to squeeze them into the sketch. This is a gouache sketch with some … Continue reading

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Along the San Diego River

This sketch is of a vista along the San Diego River in the Mission Valley area of San Diego. I am often surprised at how different this river area is from the surrounding high density residences and the hills that … Continue reading

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Two Boulders on South Fortuna Mountain

This sketch is based on the one I posted two days ago, Sunset from South Fortuna Mountain. In this version the size of the boulders in increased, there is less sky, and the colors are quite a bit stronger. It … Continue reading

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Do You Mind Waiting?

As I arrived for my haircut this afternoon I was asked, “Would you mind waiting a few minutes? I am running behind.” “Not at all,” I said, “take your time!” and happily whipped out a small sketchbook with white pages, … Continue reading

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Sunset from South Fortuna Mountain

This is a quick 5 X 8 inch sketch in a small Moleskine sketchbook. We were hiking in Mission Trails Regional Park as the sun set into the Pacific Ocean. The beauty of the boulders and mountain tops against the … Continue reading

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