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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.

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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!

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.

On Recycled Packaging Paper

Taking inspiration from Peter Rush, started drawing on recycled packaging paper, mostly tea boxes, pizza and cereal boxes, and aTV dinner box.  Corrugated paper didn’t work so well.  Click for larger images…

Watercolor Fun

Also started painting more, taping “practice” watercolor paper onto a clipboard, then playing with wet washes and drawing what I find in the dried paint…

Other times, drew out things in pen-and-ink, then laid in washes after that…

Turns out, drawing and painting are very separate tasks and yet so symbiotic, each depending on the other to enhance its best qualities…

Some pages got divvied up into quadrants,  so I painted out small thumbnails of things I passed on my daily walks through San Francisco.

Mostly, it’s just nice to capture a moment, to lock in the feeling that caused my hand to reach for the pen.

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September Sketches

Sketched quite a bit this month while also loading earlier drawings onto Instagram.  Though drawing only two years now, I can’t believe how much stuff I’ve produced, how many different types of sketches.   Here’s some of what I did this month:

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I’m feeling the itch to start painting again with watercolors.  Maybe, later this year, once it starts getting dark and cold, it’ll be a good time to experiment with paints and papers.  Here’s more from September:

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