Monday, December 04, 2006

Lawn Bowls Drawing practice

Practicing with an old crayon marker that must be 10 years old.
A lady lawn bowls in Balboa Park, San Diego, CA.

Saturday, December 02, 2006

Friday, December 01, 2006

Paint Out at Poway Lake

Susan and I had a relaxing day at the lake.
She drew a boat and I did a few art cards.
Here is one of them - a view of a few homes that overlook the lake.

Tuesday, November 14, 2006

San Diego History Museum

After my delivery to the San Diego Art Institute I checked out the free museum of the day, the San Diego History Museum. I usually skip that one, but not this time, and I was glad I didn't. Most of the work they had by Belle Baranceanu (1902-1988), was of San Diego in the early 40s. I have been wanting to paint street scenes of Poway and these were just what the doctor ordered to get me inspired. Most of the exhibit was in oil but they also showed linocuts, life drawing in charcoal, and her sketch work for murals.
The gallery cafe was the only place I took out my sketch book. Maybe it was because of the rain. I intended to do some sketching outside but it just felt so cozy in that little coffee area, I didn't want to step out into the dampness again.
I had the most delicious Veggie sandwich. I didn't order right away. I had to ponder and figure out what cukes meant.

Sunday, November 12, 2006


Rocky is part boxer. Rocky is a common name but the other choices were Evander which was just too long ("Evander! Evander! Here Evander!"), and Tyson which was just too mean. (I could just see him biting all the time...) Rocky is a nice name.

He loves balls, when I come up the drive way, he'll push one, or two under the gate waiting for a throw. If we put all the balls away and out of sight he'll grab a rock and drop it in front of us, sad but true. I guess Rocky was a good name after all.

Saturday, November 04, 2006

Friday, November 03, 2006

NCSFA Sketch and Paint Out

November 3rd
Old Poway Park
(Sharpie and watercolor)

Wednesday, November 01, 2006

Muscles of Expression

Cartooning practice. Muscles of expression from the book Cartooning the Head and Figure by Jack Hamm.

Sunday, October 29, 2006

Interactive 10 Ways

Interactive 10 ways is a cool website. I especially like this part, sent to me by my niece.
Give it a minute to load.
Keep clicking on the pictures. Hit "Refresh" on your browser to go back.

Friday, October 27, 2006

Thursday, October 26, 2006

It's not polite to stare.

The North County Society of Fine Arts Sketch and Paint Out
was held at the San Diego Wild Animal Park today.

We met at the Lowland Gorilla exhibit where the big giant gorillas kept moving because they consider staring a sign of aggression. They just didn't like us staring at them. When the big fella finally got used to it he stared back, growled and looked like he might be able to stare us down.

I remember the vultures looking like interesting characters the last time I was there so I left my partner, Edith to take a look at the . . . Vultures. It took forever to find them and they weren't quite what I expected.

The lagoon is where Edith settled down
and did a pretty nice finished piece on watercolor paper.

I just sketched people and the pelicans.

Whoa, the lagoon gets pretty crowded at feeding time.

Clementine was there too but we lost her.

Wednesday, October 25, 2006

Tuesday, October 24, 2006

Current Favorite Pen

The best part of this sketch was using my new
Pentel Pocket Brush Pen from
Wet Paint: Artists' Materials & Framing

I have probably owned every brush pen on the market,
including a few real Japanese brush pens with real hair. . .
Thinking that sketching with a brush may help painting brush work.

This Pentel Brush Pen has a synthetic tip but it is not stiff like some others I have used.
The best surprise came when I put a watercolor wash on my sketch and it didn't feather out all over the place. Now if I can just keep from losing this one . . .

Monday, October 23, 2006


Stephanie Goldman gave the critique at the NCSFA meeting. She kept stressing drawing from life, "to expand your memory bank". She could tell which paintings were painted from life by the absence of camera colors. I have never attended a critique like that before, it was quite interesting AND educational.

When I draw from photos I feel I am "cheating" even though I only use my own photos. I agree with the memory bank thing. I have always tried to make compositions on my sketchbook pages but as always the subject moves, or something moves in front of it. Why not use my memory bank to finish the darn thing? Just make something up.

Tuesday, October 17, 2006


That's all I expect from myself.

Monday, October 16, 2006

Cloud Shadow (or EDM #44)

A trip to the mountains to visit the inlaws and the grandpets. This is "Shadow", the parakeet. I really think they should have named it "Cloud" because it's brother is named "Sky" and besides.... It is pure white except for a few little spots of blue . . . sky. Do you hear me?

This is also Every Day Matters Challenge #44 - Draw An Animal

Thursday, October 12, 2006

Susan's back in town!

These were done a few weeks ago before I started feeling like poo poo. My friend Susan is back and ready to go out sketching again. This sketch was done at the Rancho Bernardo Winery. We don't drink the wine, we just sketch! We had lunch too. Man . . . It's good to have her back . . .

Wednesday, October 11, 2006

North County Society of Fine Arts Sketch and Paint Out

I haven't been feeling up to par. I think you can tell by the sketches and paintings I did at the NCSFA Sketch and Paint out Oct. 6th. I had to go because I am the chairperson. Luckily there were 4 people there. That would have been sad if I was the only one. I tried 2 little pieces on the same sheet of paper, Joan (center) worked with acrylics on canvas board, and Margaret worked in watercolor. Clementine took pictures of the scenery which was awesome! We met at the Orfila Winery in Escondido.

One of my ink and w/c pieces on watercolor paper.

Sketch book journal entry.

Japanese brush pen with watercolor.

The 2 sketches above are just HUGE sketchbook entries.
11 x 14 inches.

Sunday, September 24, 2006

The Weekly Painting #3

La Jolla, Californa
Original Watercolor

Image: 5.5 x 8.5
Click here to bid.

Saturday, September 23, 2006

EDM Challenge #4 - Draw a mug or a cup

This is my current favorite mug.

When I went to Arizona I bought everyone in my family a little souvenir.
I found the perfect gift for myself at this little shop on the way home.
I know it's a messy drawing. I don't use an eraser.
This habit has helped me to not care
about being a perfectionist with my sketching.
"It's just a sketch"

Thursday, September 21, 2006

Wednesday, September 20, 2006

Monday, September 18, 2006

Fear of Flying (or EDM Challenge #70)

I am afraid of flying. VERY afraid. That's why I didn't sign up for the BIG training seminar in Dallas, Texas. My manager was kind enough to sign me up so. . . up . . . up . . . and away . . . I went. I calmed my nerves by drawing. My doc also gave me a pill to calm me down during the flight. This is evidenced in panel 5 of my cartoon journal.

Sunday, September 17, 2006

The Weekly Painting Number 2

The weekly painting blog didn't turn out so weekly. This is number 2.

Thursday, September 07, 2006

Thin, Crinkly, Sketchbook Paper

North County Society of Fine Arts Sketch and Paint Out
Wow, there were 4 people at the paint out today!
It was fun painting, drawing and talking art with the group!
The weather at the winery was perfect in every way.
We sketched and painted in the patio,
checked out the new shops and walked around the loop.

Wednesday, September 06, 2006


grocery shop
when you are hungry
or order fast food
when you are starving

Tuesday, September 05, 2006

Sunshine makes me happy

Sunshine on my shoulders
Makes me happy
Eating fruit
Makes me sleepy

Monday, September 04, 2006

Sunday, September 03, 2006

Another Painting of the Week - Part 1

In the spirit of A Painting a Day and Sketchbook Drawing a Week (Other sites on the web)
I have decided to try my hand atpainting and posting a painting a week.
This first piece is Cows, Oil on Canvas, 8x10 unframed.
Click here to bid.
Thanks for looking.

Saturday, September 02, 2006

Friday, September 01, 2006

BIG FAT Pencil

I met a kid in Texas that turned me on to my current favorite pencil.
It's called the Koh-I-Noor Hardmuth Magic.

It's a big, fat, fun pencil.
If you haven't used one yet, I suggest you give it a try.

Friday, August 18, 2006

Friday, August 11, 2006

Pot Lesson 6 - Glazing

Spraying is one technique for applying glaze.
Valerie ran the glaze through a sieve to make it smooth and creamy then used her air compressor and a wheel that turns while she applied the glaze. In this picture she is applying a transparent glaze over my Chinese lettering pot that says Eternity (not Harmony).
The red lid protects the bottom from being sprayed and the rock protects the red lid from being blown off.

This pot had a lot of texture so I tried Valerie's suggestion of painting on the glaze while the wheel was turning it round and round. The indented areas are left without glaze.

The glazed pots ready to be fired.