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Canadian Geese

Year after year, America’s unprotected northern border  fails to keep caravans of illegal avians from crossing into our country…

 

…What luck!

 

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San Francisco Sketches

Lotta time sketching in my first sketchbook from 2016.  It’s almost all full up.

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Sometimes, I sketch in pencil… Other times in ink with watercolor added…

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Sometimes right at my desk…

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Sketched birds and boys and boobs and food…

Mostly things seen around the city…

It’s fun to use bright colors…

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I really like the old-time architecture…

Everything’s more than a hundred years old…

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March Moleskines

Slowly coming to the end of this lined-paper Moleskine.  Mostly working with watercolor lately and need more sturdy paper.  Still, this is my go-to sketchbook when I’m out of the house.

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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!

Happy Birthday, Lila Schindler

Today’s the birthday of a dear friend, the mother of my two hermanomigos.

Since Christmas, I’ve been staring at a photograph of her from 1980.  Como se dice, el tiempo vuela.  Time flies.

So nice to have spent this past week focused on her spirit, on the kind and gentle geography of her face.

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Another Oroville Getaway

It’s nice to drive outta town, to head over mountains and follow delta rivers.  Nothing like a place to stay with nothing to do — nothing but putting marks on paper.  (Click for bigger views.)

Managed to catch this view of Oroville’s Cemetary on the back of some recycled packaging paper.

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Kept drawing fast, whatever was in front of me, then added hues with watercolor paints and pencils.