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Ruby Hotel, Spokane, WA

Business trip to Spokane Washington and my overriding memory will be cold to the bones and good people and good food.  WHIRLWIND, long days. I was so frozen we climbed into our not-very-good bed upon walking in the door and … Continue reading

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USk: Physical Therapy

Finally I’m hopeful that I will get the PT necessary to put my back together the way it was before the terrible terrible Dr. Im (Kaiser Permanente) cut my ureter in a routine kidney stone procedure and laid me out … 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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NaSkeFiMo, or Fill Up The Journal and Be Done with It!

Working to finish up a journal I don’t like. Not because of the paper — Strathmore paper is good paper. The journal is not falling apart (I’ve stuck with THOSE.) No, this is because the Strathmore Journal has a strange … Continue reading

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USk: Alphabet Tile Home

You might remember the sketch I did of this door and “blue” tiles at a home the other day >>  It wasn’t the first time I’d drawn the house.  I’m drawn to it: it is close to the studio, the … 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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USk: Pepso-Cola Building

I love this loopy building, and now I get to see it whenever I meet my tax gal. Fabriano A4 Watercolor journal, Lamy Joy with De Atramentis Document black ink and Platinum Carbon pen with Platinum Carbon ink; Noodler’s Lexington … Continue reading

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Tools: Painting with Ink

Inktober and two new purchases pushed me even further into playing with just inks, or mostly inks, instead of watercolor. Today I write about my first month of using inks in a painterly way… and that means I am moving … Continue reading

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USk: Thurman “Thursday” Garage Doors

Mitchell and I like to walk up Thurman Street sometimes (and should do it more!).  So many old garages and oddities and lovely gardens.  Some of the old garages look like they are never used; the vines cover the doors. … Continue reading

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Mitchell’s Birthday

We had a mixed trip, both good and harried horrendous crazy-making. Our client loved our delivery.  Always good. I’ve forgotten about California traffic (Portlanders, hear me now, you have NO right to complain!) and now they are also crazy as … Continue reading

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Mitchell’s Orange Fire Hydrant

Mitchell Boy Train Yogananda Destiny. All in the color orange….  Cherished Blogfest Starts today! July 29, 30, 31! Tell us about a cherished object: post a painting / drawing / photo, and in 500 words or less, tell us why … Continue reading

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Thursday Doors, USk: Thurman Street Face

Thurman Street is a nice “hike” up into the West Hills. Mitchell and I have been searching for good doors, and I have to say, Great houses but such mediocre doors as to be boring! However, many wealthy people who … Continue reading

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Hot Lips Pizza

Hot Lips Pizza parked outside our favorite sushi bar… Stopping in for a bite? In the final days of the first World Watercolor Month! Only a few days until Cherished Blogfest July 29, 30, 31! Tell us about a cherished … Continue reading

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Thursday Doors, USk: Grimm and Impact on 26th

26th Avenue, two doors within throwing distance of our studio. Above, on the historic American Canning Company, which then became the Multnomah County Medical Examiners offices (and then, how apropos) became the door to Grimm’s studio costuming annex. (Sitting across … Continue reading

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Thursday Doors: Monastery of the Precious Blood

Okay, I had to pull up an old sketch for Thursday Doors! A wonky urban sketch of the side doors, which is nicer than the front doors, of the Monastery of the Precious Blood in the Mount Tabor neighborhood of … Continue reading

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Thursday Doors: Justice Building Front Doors

For Thursday Doors, I am looking at the Washington State Capitol Justice Building interior is more pink-mauve than the Legislative building (see the top shell scroll), and perhaps it is because it was painted at a later date. This detracts … Continue reading

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Thursday Doors: The Doe Library’s Leather Doors

My sketch, above of the unpainted and beautiful doors in the Doe Library. The Doe Library in Berkeley still has the solid redwood doors, covered in thick hides with brass details. We were hired to assess the doors, and explain … Continue reading

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Bright Ideas, Week 5: Gratitude in Gifting

A tough week; on top of our Kamala being sick, the astrological forces (Mars retrograde or whatever is going on) have conspired to make some of the people in my life complete arseholes. Fortunately, none are very close to me. … Continue reading

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