Tag Archives: Urban Sketching

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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At the Counter

This is a quick pen and wash sketch showing a restaurant in Telluride. People are figuring out what they want and workers are taking orders and preparing food. I liked the liveliness of the scene and had fun trying to … Continue reading

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Back to Cuernavaca’s Borda Garden

Last week I sketched one of the reflecting pools in the Borda Garden in Cuernavaca and I had to go back again today for another sketch. The garden is the kind of place that calls you; it is tranquil, harmonious and … Continue reading

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At the Timken Museum

My Tuesday landscape class met at the Timken Museum, our fallback location for rainy days. Our teacher took us around and discussed the rhythm of several paintings in the museum. Afterwards I sketched a bit and tried to include more rhythm … Continue reading

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Three Giraffes and Three People

Continuing today to work with gouache, I went to the zoo in hopes of sketching people interacting with each other and the animals. This time I used the studier Bristol paper, but fumbled a bit with managing the materials in … Continue reading

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October Beach Day

Our watercolor class met today up on the Torrey Pines plateau that overlooks the sea below. We were in the midst of coastal scrub and pine trees with sandstone mesas in the distance. Lots to paint and I painted away … 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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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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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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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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Where Our Bathroom Used to Be

We had some water damage while we were away for six months. A slow leak in an upstairs bathroom caused the ceiling in the downstairs bathroom to cave in. The soggy old wallboard and fixtures have now been removed, leaving … Continue reading

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Lookout at Torrey Pines State Reserve

This morning I sketched at Torrey Pines Reserve in San Diego before it got too hot to be outside. I guess the lookout in the distance is about 300 feet above the beach. There are mounds of vegetation interspersed among the … 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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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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A Reading Place

Some places invite readers to open a book for hours and our living room is one of these. Two comfortable chairs and a couch, wonderful lighting and a place for coffee make this a favorite spot for me. I sketched … 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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Friday Morning in San Diego

It is good to be back home, enjoying an early morning with my son. I am still working on light and the puzzle of showing the California early morning sun coming in the sliding door onto my son and the table was engrossing. Once I … 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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Moonrise over Budapest

For our last day in Hungary, our cousins took us to Szentendre, a town known for its artists, museums, galleries and gorgeous location along the Danube River. We were charmed by the setting, impressed by the work of many artists … 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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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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Cafe Near the Music School, Budapest

This is a pen and watercolor sketch of a little cafe across a plaza from a large music school in Budapest.

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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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