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…



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



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



And this one from a photo, too…



I always love painting images of my son…



Plus other local San Fran Folks…

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


San Francisco Sketches

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


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


Sometimes right at my desk…


Sketched birds and boys and boobs and food…

Mostly things seen around the city…

It’s fun to use bright colors…


I really like the old-time architecture…

Everything’s more than a hundred years old…

Except for the 21st-Century skyline…20190323f

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.


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…


Then got myself an ice cream to say Cheers!


Can’t wait to see what next month brings!

Hola, Boca de Tomatlan

Just spent a wonderful week with Bob Masla & Friends at his Casa de los Artistas in Boca de Tomatlan, a little fishing village south of Puerto Vallarta, where the mountain-cool Rio Horcones flows into the wide warm Pacifico.

Got a lotta sketching done.

Played with watercolors, too.

Did a close study of tropical clouds.

Took a road trip to El Tuito, a little colonial ranch pueblito in a small, beautiful valley.


Took another trip north to Puerto Vallarta for dinner on the beach.


In between, played a bit with charcoal and chalk.

Now that I’m home, it’s time for a long warm bath.

Thanks, Bob!


December Sketches

Another month has come and gone, and just can’t believe how much drawing and sketching and painting I’ve done.  Never would’ve imagined I’d be so prolific with so many examples of wabi-sabi.  I’m starting to get addicted — if I’m not already.

Moleskine Sketches

Now more than halfway through this current notebook.  Drawing on lined papers makes me nostalgic for my former poetry days.  Feels like I’m still writing, only now in a language of color and line.

Sketchbook Sketches

Working through a few different sketchbooks.  One of them is very inexpensive with low-grade paper.  Like using that one most because I feel most free making mistakes.  That allows me to follow the pen and see what happens.  I’ve got a couple other sketchbooks with heavier paper, which is much much better for watercolor practice.

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Watercolor Sketches

When I want to get serious, I tape some heavyweight hot-press watercolor paper to a clipboard and get to work with watercolor washes.  So much more commitment and fear when working on better materials.  Makes surrender to the process that much more terrifying.  And pleasure with the finished product that much more rewarding.

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Miscellaneous Sketches

In some cases, I’ll draw on recycled packaging paper or on plain recycled copy paper.  Sometimes, I sketch out ideas for bigger sketches.  Or I’ll quickly sketch what’s in front of me.  It’s better than being bored!  And, of course, I keep doing color charts of the all my palettes.

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Happy New Year!