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VSW: Dublin, with a Wee Bit O’Color

Okay, you KNOW I am not big on self-criticizing… But gads the green got away from me. I think this is a good lesson in not just planning from a sketching point of view, but from a color point of … Continue reading

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VSW: Dublin Black-and-White

It started with the Monkey King tile from Christ Church in Dublin… And then I had to draw the one next to it… And then I found more… And more. They marched along the bottom of the open pages. They … Continue reading

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VSW: Oaxaca, 2

When sketches go wrong… blobs from a bad pen! *how to “fix”?  add more blobs… then smear… oops* I feel good about the looseness of these sketches. I put the brush between my teeth to get me to play fast … Continue reading

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VSW: Oaxaca, 1

Trying to keep things loose. This sketch was started in pencil in early March and finished at the yesterday. Time can make one move toward looseness! this whole sketch took a few minutes, and the color splashed on. It feels … Continue reading

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USk: Another Cal-Bag

What can I say… it is outside my office window. Feeling stuck, I turn to a material I rarely use, Watercolor charcoal big fat pencil. If that won’t loosen you up — having no control with a fat dull tip … Continue reading

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USk: SCBWI Day

Somehow I have to sketch every day… Nothing special, a doodle in front and in the lecture hall. I felt like I was coming down with something by the end of the day… so a very half-hearted attempt to finish!! … Continue reading

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USk: H&R Block, yup, Taxtime is Near….

The new construction in Portland is rather depressing. Here is the welcoming plaza between two buildings. Not one plant.  BTW, I added the green and brown… Could not stand all that grey and I am a fan of the color…. … Continue reading

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VSW: Max’s Car, 2

NOW I’m getting somewhere!  From Max Vanderwyst’s car images! Again I used grisaille to shadow, the Super5 Frankfurt ink in a water-brush. I should go back and add a bit of shadow to the columns… Very fast watercolor, middle of … Continue reading

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VSW: Max’s Car, 1

Max Vanderwyst offered his lovely car images and I still went first for the building image. What can I say? Old habits die hard.  But I’d like to do some cars, so…. It was a lovely building to draw, and … Continue reading

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VSW: Art Center, Craig Ellwood

Sketch from an image looking back at Art Center spanning the arroyo. To hear about classes, follow me on Facebook! Moleskin A4 Watercolor Journal, with a Pentalic HB woodless pencil, Platinum Carbon pen in medium and fine with De Atramentis … Continue reading

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VSW: Green Hotel, Pasadena, California

Sketch to ink to grisaille to underpainting (for brightness) to final watercolor!. I spent a lot of time in Pasadena and love the Green Hotel! Above, pencil sketches and a relaxed layout of the entry and one end of the … Continue reading

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Women’s March Portland Oregon

Along the Willamette River, estimates of 70,000 people wearing brightly colored clothing and umbrellas (not a normal sight in Oregon) in the grey rain. Moleskin A4 Watercolor Journal, with a Pentalic HB woodless pencil, Noodler’s Lexington Grey Ink, Super5 Frankfurt … Continue reading

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CA Trip: Mitchell Lived Here and Here and Here

A complicated little house not far from the Moreton Bay Fig. Not easy, lotsa mistakes…. Logic (an architectural drawing) is easier. Not my style anymore… and little fun for me! I release those days! Relying on seeing leads to charming … Continue reading

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CA Trip: The Chili Hut

Mitchell’s mom ran the Chili Hut in Santa Paula… When I sketched the building where it was I put a  couple of women in dresses as they might have been then and used a 50’s style car (made up of … Continue reading

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Random thoughts about architectural school

Musings today. And continuing to finish off this breaking apart Pentalic! Being a student in a great architectural school prior to the advent of CAD, and exposed to some amazing and innovative thinkers was a huge gift. Los Angeles was … Continue reading

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Hand-Mind Creative Connections

Liz Steel asked this morning if the architects she knows who draw needed to learn observational skills in order to sketch as artists. I sketch, practiced architecture until I left it to pursue art, and am an artist.  Most of … Continue reading

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Tools: Grey Inks for Grisaille

“Grisaille (/ɡrᵻˈzaɪ/ or /ɡrᵻˈzeɪl/; French: gris [ɡʁizaj] ‘grey’) is a term for a painting executed entirely in shades of grey or of another neutral greyish colour… A grisaille may be executed for its own sake, [or] as underpainting … working … 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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