Category Archives: architecture

USk: NW Portland USPS

The USPS moved our office which was in the Alphabet District to another location. It is not a safe location, as it is deserted and is surrounded by homeless people (not that they are all dangerous, but they attract nutcases … Continue reading

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VSW: Berlin, 2, Direct Watercolor

As a lover of inky lines, the class in direct watercolor changed me. I LOVED creating this very fast watercolor by diving in, no planning. I wish I had a bit more foresight about placement, (the image was crowded to … Continue reading

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Remembering 9-11

I created this last year on 9-11. Just couldn’t post it, don’t know why. Now, maybe, with the state of the world it is time. This was a frightening day for us. At the time there was no facebook, no … Continue reading

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VSW: Quibao

Virtual Sketchwalk (group on Facebook) from our Shanghai walk, led by Aniko; this is from the town of Quibao. I had the flu when doing these and made mistakes, oh well, and one of them is I put Aliska on … Continue reading

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Taking Classes

I enjoy taking classes — the camaraderie, and also, even if I know a lot about the subject, I always learn something. This was a class by Pat Southern Pearce, called Paperbag Blossoms.  Pat often sketches on toned paper; that … Continue reading

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Summer’s End

For me, the end of summer shows itself when our local peaches are gone. We just took delivery on three dozen yellow peaches and so, summer is over. White peaches are earlier, lovely and fleeting. Yellow peaches are in for … Continue reading

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VSW: Luis Barragán, 2

Second installment in the series on my favorite architect, Barragán. To see the first installment, go here. Casa Barragán, above and below. In reality Opera Pink is not quite the right pink but it it the brightest pink I own … Continue reading

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VSW: Luis Barragán, 1

I used line, and diluted waterproof inks, with watercolors on top for Casa Golardi, above. I went to USC’s School of Architecture at a time when the school was run by the new dean, Quincy Jones.  The school was populated … Continue reading

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Thinking, Thinking… One

My sketchbooks are not just for trying to turn out great sketches… Okay, some of that goes on…  I want a nice flip-through on a journal.  But also, experimentation that rarely gets seen by anyone but Mitchell because I may … Continue reading

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30 Posies: Nasturtiums

As kids, we called them Nasty-ursums and thought that hilarious. Kids are pretty goofy. Detail below.  Sometimes I like the sketch better without watercolor, and this is one of those times.   Full watercolor below. This 8×8 Hand Book Journal … Continue reading

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VSW: Pudong Skyline

Pudong from images by Aniko Szedlak for our FB group, Virtual Sketchwalk. I think I’ve not painted a night scene before and this was a huge challenge… And also came very close to complete Direct Watercolor. I am okay with … Continue reading

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VSW: Direct Watercolor vs My old Style

These paintings are from the Shanghai walk in Virtual Sketchbook… I am showing them together because it show two different approaches to similar images. Above, how I start the two images tells where they are going. On the left, I … Continue reading

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VSW: Shanghai Temple

When sitting waiting, I also take a couple images from our Virtual Sketchwalk group along in case the view is boring… This one from our Shanghai walk! What is one the facing page? My quick recipe i wrote in the … Continue reading

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Cat Fort

We build cat forts for the cats to play in… Elaborate or simple play area that sometimes use their travel carriers, which makes them love their carriers too. Long packing paper is woven through the carriers, and they love the … Continue reading

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30 Posies: Sunflowers with Barn

While I have been participating in Direct Watercolor, secretly… I have been drawing sunflowers… I have been inking sunflowers… This one and more… I love them, my very favorite flower! Of course, they are not just inked, but watercolors in … Continue reading

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30X30 Direct Watercolor, Week 4, The End

The month of June is when many watercolorists around the world participate in the 30×30 Direct Watercolor Challenge, created by Marc Homes and Uma Kelker. Rules are simple:  Each day post one watercolor, but no sketching, no inking, no pencil, … Continue reading

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30X30 Direct Watercolor, Week 3

The month of June is when many watercolorists around the world participate in the 30×30 Direct Watercolor Challenge, created by Marc Homes and Uma Kelker. Rules are simple:  Each day post one watercolor, but no sketching, no inking, no pencil, … Continue reading

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30 Posies: Flowering Quince

I discovered Flowering Quince when I moved to the Pacific Northwest, now it is a favorite flower/bush.  Below, stages as I worked it toward the finished product. ☾ To hear about classes, follow me on Instagram, Facebook or check out … Continue reading

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