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VSW: Basílica de Guadalupe, 2

This leaning portion of the facade of the Basílica de Guadalupe in Mexico city is from an image from Margaret Metcalfe. It was fun to do… ink then watercolor. I also tried this odd reflection and played with it, took … Continue reading

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VSW: Basílica de Guadalupe, 1

This month, we are painting the Basílica de Guadalupe in Mexico city, with images from Margaret Metcalfe (and a little help from Google maps). I am also trying, with resistance, the no line work first. I place a couple of … Continue reading

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VSW: Alamo, a Fast Study

In an effort to begin to discuss how I look at buildings in order to begin to draw them, I took an image of the Alamo and dissected it.  Most of this I do by simply looking, but what helps … Continue reading

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Thursday Doors, a day late….

I took a moment yesterday late to draw the door itself in this beautiful building that reminds me so of the Brentwood area of Southern California.  I am finishing up images of this building that I will post later, but … Continue reading

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VSW: San Antonio, 1

Thanks to a month of very fast watercolors I’ve lost some inhibitions… or left my editor in the dust. I quite like this freeing fast sketching, and throwing on of color! A page from our San Antonio River Walk: Some … Continue reading

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VSW: Capetown South Africa Beachwalk, 2

Necessity is the mother of fast sketches. I barely finished these by the end of our month on Capetown! I used a water-soluble graphite fat pencil and splashed watercolors over the sketches.  From beginning to end in about 15 minutes … Continue reading

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VSW: Capetown South Africa Beachwalk, 1

I haven’t much time this week. Necessity is making my goal for this sketchwalk to capture the essence of the view, let go of details. What stands out about the view? the buildings? the beach? the sky? the mountain? Capture … Continue reading

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USk: Smith Tower, Vancouver, Washington

I had lunch with my niece yesterday and went an hour early to find an interesting building or scene to sketch.  As I was driving into the city of Vancouver I remembered the “beer can” building, looking glum and peachy … Continue reading

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Cats: The End of a Sketchbook

Kamala and I are the only gurls in the bedroom.  She thinks she owns Mitchell, and competes with Jai, Sammy and me.  She spent eight years living outside our door in a rural area and fended for herself, with fresh … Continue reading

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Monastery of the Precious Blood Portland Oregon

Drawn on site in Mount Tabor, this is such a pretty building. Reminds me of Southern California, home home home . . . Had almost no time! Drawn in an Stillman & Birn Alpha journal on site with Caran D’ache … Continue reading

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My “Business” Sketchbook: Symmetry + South Entrance

I love it when an architect moves you through spaces, making you experience an environment as it was meant to be seen or felt.  I also love symmetry, especially in the hands of architects who know how to use it. … Continue reading

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Reclining Buddha

My feeble attempts to paint watercolor with no pencil marks continue.  This is a Reclining Buddha from the Buddha Park in Laos (Wiki image bottom.)   I had pencil/pen sketched the head a while back — now I did a very … Continue reading

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Quan Yin Sits

Blue ink with Cocoiro pen and waterbrush (lightly) on Okima OE NOTES sketchbook. Learning to be faster and less structured, less pencil, more ink. Then I played with her in watercolors: Daniel Smith and Golden’s QoR. I enjoyed hitting a new … Continue reading

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Tapestry: Timed Sketch

Gina Rossi’s sprout for the week was to paint from an embroidered piece this week. I had no embroidery in sight, though when I finished my timed sketch Mitchell reminded me of several wonderful fabric samples we have: oops. I … Continue reading

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