Tag Archives: White space

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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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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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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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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Waiting

I sketched this morning with the North Park Drawing group. There was a mix-up with the models so our start time was delayed. An artist volunteered to pose while we waited and we got to it. I worked quickly, fearing the model … Continue reading

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Balloon Astonishes Man

We were in the kitchen, sketching and eating. I was working on the view out the kitchen window when a hot air balloon went by, surprising us all. I loved the look of astonishment and quickly just drew in the … 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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My View from the Back Seat

While driving back to Jerusalem with our good friend,  I took advantage of my seat in the back and began this sketch on my iPad. The ride was bumpy and I told myself that I would edit out the stray … Continue reading

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Tourists at the Western Wall Plaza, Jerusalem

While our guests took a tour of the tunnels below the Western Wall in Jerusalem, I sketched the tourists in the plaza above. A few birds made their way into the sketch as well. This is mostly an ink and … Continue reading

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Jerusalem Marathon

Jerusalem closed down for its marathon today. The family run was great fun, fast moving kids, parents in search of kids, babies in strollers and brightly colored shirts on everyone. I could not keep track of the figures and limbs as … Continue reading

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At the Jerusalem Market

Today I stopped by Jerusalem’s traditional open air market, the Mahane Yehuda Market, sometimes known as the shuk. It is a very busy place and I had been trying to get my courage up to draw there. I shouldn’t have … Continue reading

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Are You Interested?

I do not know what academic topic these two were discussing today in the Hebrew University Library’s cafe, but I thought that there was a more personal and unspoken topic being considered as well. I tried to capture the positive … Continue reading

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What Does It All Mean?

  I didn’t get a chance to sketch until the end of the day but fortunately I had an excellent model, sleepy but fixated on making sense of a lecture on his computer. One of my goals is telling a … Continue reading

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Another Coffee Shop

There is no doubt about it, I like to be warm when sketching. Temperatures in the low 50’s are just too cold for my California bones. This is a scene in the warm library coffee shop at Hebrew University. The … Continue reading

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Leaving Luke

  Funny how much you can love and worry about a dog. Luke has only been with us for a year and a half but leaving Luke was such a hard part of beginning our half year trip to Israel … Continue reading

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Restoration

I began this sketch in late December and finished it today. One of my learning goals is to communicate ideas through the way I use images and I worked on this sketch today with this goal in mind. Over the holidays our home was full … Continue reading

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Minor flooding

We arrived home in San Diego yesterday after heavy rains earlier this week. Rain had come in through the sliding doors and we had quite a puddle on the slate floor. Luke thought it was the best tasting water ever … Continue reading

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Elephants

The elephants at the zoo were active today; perhaps they were enjoying our nippy weather. Their activity called for lots of watching and picture taking from the crowd, which gave me stationary models. I wanted to capture the attention and … Continue reading

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Next number please

I was waiting in a customer service line for my number to be called, along with other shoppers. It was crowded and the pace was slow so I began to sketch three women who, from my vantage point, pretty much looked like … Continue reading

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Studying on the patio

The last day of fall semester at SDSU is two days away and the patio up at the college was full of people studying, heads bent down, books and computers out and in use. Most were in groups and seemed to be … Continue reading

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Parking structure at sunset

A parking lot is an unusual subject for me. I was up at the college planning to get some end-of-semester student scenes to complement the ones I did at the start last August. I did get a few but my attention went … Continue reading

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Rio San Diego and Fenton

A red stoplight at some intersections makes me very happy because I get to pause to appreciate the view. Rio San Diego and Fenton is one of these and I had to get out of my car and sketch the canopy of palm trees and … Continue reading

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December songs

Yesterday when I was sketching at Spanish Village in Balboa Park, I was able to get three sketches of a musician who was playing as part of the December Nights weekend festivities. She had spark, spunk and energy and I wanted to capture … Continue reading

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Contentedness

I sketched today with Rachael’s group at Spanish Village where there was tremendous bustle as the shopkeepers and vendors readied themselves for the big December Nights weekend. There was live music and at some point I looked over and saw a … Continue reading

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What is so interesting about the exit?

I was at the museum and noticed people hanging out at the entrance. I was curious about the attraction of that location but glad to capture some of the figures in this sketch. Although I think this sketch meets my major … Continue reading

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Buying a treat

This is a quick in-the-moment sketch of a couple buying dessert at a little deli. Each seemed a bit put off with the other and neither could decide what to buy. I think the couple’s indecision is caught in the woman’s … Continue reading

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Catching up on work

What if everyone liked their work so much that if they needed to rest a bit from the rigors of vacationing that they could do this by retreating to their work? This possibility reverses the typical relationship between work and holiday and … Continue reading

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At the museum

A visit to the San Diego Museum of Man gave me a chance to think about using empty space along with line and color to better communicate a message, my practice goal for the week. I wanted to say something about the range of reactions visitors … Continue reading

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KenKen

KenKen is the type of puzzle that keeps you up late at night trying your best to make digits fit nicely onto a grid. It is addictively relaxing.  I drew 6 versions of this trying to convey the relaxed nature of an interesting … Continue reading

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Clean-up team

Every great meal should end with a clean kitchen. This team has it covered, one focused on licking the dishes clean, the other on rinsing and stacking the dishwasher. I put down lines using a quick gesture style because it conveys the … Continue reading

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