Monday, May 15, 2017

New Listing: Laguna Beach Lifeguard Tower

Laguna Beach Lifeguard Tower

Laguna Beach Lifeguard Tower
Original Watercolor
5 x 7 inches
Ebay Auction

Wednesday, May 10, 2017

Plein Air Convention and Expo PACE17 at Balboa Park, San Diego

A Lydeo of a few hundred artists painting at Balboa Park.

Saturday, April 29, 2017

Liberty Station

 Still hyper from the Plein Air Convention and Expo (#PACE17) I did a sketch after entering some pieces in the San Diego Watercolor Society monthly show. The Walk for Mental Health was just wrapping up so I got to sketch. I practiced some of the many things I tried to remember from the convention.

Thursday, April 20, 2017


Sketching at the opera last night during the dress rehearsal of LA TRAVIATA. What a great opportunity!

Monday, April 17, 2017

Stamping and painting

One of the things I like when I "clean" my studio is I find things that I didn't know I had or that I haven't used in a long time. Sometimes I walk into my studio and I am inspired right away and I don't clean it at all. Today I spent a lot of time sorting through papers and combining them into 2 flat boxes. When I was done I came across a large bird I had photographed at the San Diego Zoo Safari Park. I wasn't sure why I saved a large 8.5 x 11 print of the bird but it looked perfect for a stamp project. I sat down and carved out a small stamp using a scrap of Speedy-carve I found.

If I were to do it again I would have picked a better piece of carving material. I don't plan things out too well, I just jump in and DO IT. This bird barely fit on the stamp material. At first I used a stamp pad to ink the stamp and later used printing ink and a brayer. The paper is quite absorbent so the image came out better using more ink with the brayer.

Monday, April 10, 2017

Inez Grant Parker Memorial Rose Garden, Balboa Park

A 2:12 minute Lydeo of me and my friends at the Rose Garden this morning. A LOT of roses!

Balboa Park Rose Garden

This is the view of the museum at Balboa Park. I was trying a large brush and large shapes.

When my friends showed up I pulled out my small sketchbook and painted Stephen sketching.

Sunday, April 09, 2017

Chicken practice

No really chicken practice it's watercolor practice.

Saturday, April 08, 2017

Huntington Manor

My piece done at the Huntington Manor. I would like to simplify more. This mall piece is 5 x 7. Next I am going to practice going larger and having bolder shapes.

A 2 minute Lydeo of the San Diego Watercolor Society Paint out at Huntington Manor in Poway

Tuesday, April 04, 2017

Fisherman's Landing, Point Loma

The San Diego Urban Sketchers had a visitor from Oxford, England! This is a 3:30 minute video of the artists, our sketches and the area in Point Loma called Fisherman's Landing.

Thursday, March 30, 2017

Watercolor and a quote

Work on your work, thereby improve.
Learn to work and learn from your work.
Commit yourself to the work of your heart.

Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Sunday, March 12, 2017

Paper mache Bowl

I have been working on this bowl off and on for the last 20 years, now it is DONE!

Thursday, March 09, 2017

#oneweek100people2017 continued..

More #oneweek100people2017 and sketching at the opera. No. 45 to 70.

Wednesday, March 08, 2017


22-19 musicians from the internet and posemaniacs

30-42 Internet people and TV People

Monday, March 06, 2017

#oneweek100people (1 thru 21)

Farm Stand West with San Diego Urban Sketchers

This 3:46 minute video shows the San Diego Urban Sketchers at Farm Stand West. We sketched for 2 hours.

Sunday, March 05, 2017

Farm Stand West

Sketching the tractor at Farm Stand West in Escondido.

Saturday, March 04, 2017

Lily Pond, Balboa Park, San Diego

Sketching at the Lily Pond at Balboa Park, San Diego. Saying good bye to friend before she leaves for Japan on deployment. I painted gesso over my bullet journal calendar for last month and painted in watercolor.

Tuesday, February 28, 2017

Just give me the correct change.

Sketching at the Opera

A few weeks ago I was invited to sketch at the opera. This was not a San Diego Urban Sketcher Event but many of us were in attendance, invited by friends or other groups. We decided to submit a group post to with the opportunity to share our sketches. Here is the result posted on

Monday, February 27, 2017

Origami Wallets

Origami Wallets made from instructions found in Making Handmade books by Alisa Golden.

Time Management - Laura Vanderkam