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San Francisco Sketches

Many of these were drawn from cell-phone images taken while out on a city walk.  This first one looking north up Mission Street…20190401aThis one’s more zoomed in…

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Always something interesting to see…

20190414aEspecially the stark shadows…

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The light in San Francisco is San Frantabulous…

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Amazing colors, too…

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Lotsa sidewalk gardens…

20190424aBorder security, too…

20190422aSometimes, things seem a bit crazy…

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Mostly, things go pretty smooth…

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Lotsa Portrait Practice

Despite a computer meltdown in April that wasn’t fixed until mid-May, I kept myself busy drawing quick small portraits in my lined pocket Moleskine…

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Successfully sketched 100 people in one week for the worldwide OneWeek100People challenge…

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And some more careful studies of individual people…

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Did a fun sepia study of Uruguayan painter Juan Manuel Blanes…

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Painted this image from a photo of my parents in the mid-20th century…

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And this one from a photo, too…

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I always love painting images of my son…

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Plus other local San Fran Folks…

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Better to focus on other people than out-of-control technological snafus.

Treescape

For years, I’ve been in love with this lovely shade tree on the campus where I teach…

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Did several studies in colored pencil before attempting a painting…

Practice may not make things perfect, but it’s sure fun trying…

 

February Sketches

Started off following more drawing exercises from Ted Dodson’s Keys to Drawing.  Each time, I work to detach myself from perfection and let the imperfect have its way…

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Took some time to practice portraits, some from life, mostly from photos, all done relatively quick…

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Some portraits were more detailed and took more time…

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Worked on a  few Butte County landscapes…

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Did some architecture studies…

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Plus a couple random watercolors…

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And, of course, sketched a few things in the Moleskine.

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All in all, a very pleasing and productive month.

January Sketches

Spent a lotta time this month prepping new classes for the spring.  Still, managed to get some drawing done.  Started off right on New Years Day…20190101cCaught an awesome early year sunset…20190102aOnce back from Mexico, did a study of skies and clouds, using four different shades of blue…

Also did a detailed study of Yogi Ram from Mexico…

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Based on Teoh’s review, got Ted Dodson’s book Keys to Drawing and followed the early exercises…

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Also found time to sketch on-sight in the Moleskine…

By the end of the month, once all my prep work was done, got to meditate on this morning sunrise…

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Then got myself an ice cream to say Cheers!

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Can’t wait to see what next month brings!