Thursday, June 2, 2016

A few drawings from last week

On Tuesday, I went to visit my friend Georgina in San Pedro for lunch. Before lunch, I stopped at the Korean Friendship Bell at Point Ferman.
I might be getting better at these "I was really there" shots.
The next two mornings, I spent in the Japanese Garden at CSULB. I will definitely go there again. It is free, convenient, and open at 8AM.
I didn't finish the first day, and between sittings, all the water lilies opened and this guy showed up.
This one is from Newport Beach, on the Peninsula, looking toward Balboa.
It was a gray day.
This last one was a quick drawing, which I painted later because I ran out of time. I thought the sign was an interesting subject for a quick effort.
On the weekend, I went with my family to the Los Angeles Arboretum. It was lovely there. Benjamin and I sat next to a flower and did a quick drawing. I painted this one later too.
Thanks for looking!


Monday, May 30, 2016

A few pages in my sketchbook

I'm taking an on-line class from Jane LaFazio called Watercolor Sketchbook: Designs from Life. The first week was about flowers and creating a completed page. I started my drawings at El Dorado Nature Center for my first page. Here is the finished page, with designs added.
I made some stencil designs from the yerba mansa shape, and made some gelli prints with them. I cut the shapes out of watercolor paper as well. I think I'm going to stitch it on as a flap to the page with the yerbamansa.
I drew hibiscus flowers from my back yard for the second page.
I also painted some day lilies, but I haven't finished the page yet. The second week's assignment was to draw vegetables. We were also encouraged to make rubber stamps from some of our patterning, but I haven't done that yet.

The second week is all about vegetables. I chose radishes.
There's even a horse radish.
Thanks for looking!

Friday, May 20, 2016

El Dorado Nature Center

I had a fun day at El Dorado Nature Center today, drawing for my on-line class with Jane LaFazio.
I saw an egret, who didn't make it into my sketch book, and two squirrels who did.
That park is only two mile from my house, so I'll certainly be back. Thanks for looking.

Thursday, May 19, 2016

Fullerton Arboretum

Today I went to the Fullerton Arboretum. It was about 30 minutes away, so I'm not likely to frequent it, but it was a very nice wooded area and garden. There is a historic house of some type there that I planned to draw, but I was so taken by the diverse collection of trees that I decided to go out into the wooded area instead.
This drawing took a long time. I had to label the trees in the drawing to keep from getting confused about where the gaps were and where the trunks were. I put numbers on the frontmost trunks, and letters on the next layer back to try to keep them straight.
I am taking a Craftsy class on Travel Sketching, and in one of the lessons, Marc Taro Holmes paints without drawing a sketch by first painting the negative space. I thought to take this technique, but the tree was so complicated I decided to draw it as well. I first painted the gaps between the branches that I did draw.
And then between the four frontmost trunks.

And then I painting the four in.

I took this photo in the morning, when there were a few more shadows than when I got around to painting.
Thanks for looking!

Wednesday, May 18, 2016

South Coast Botanical Gardens

Today I went to sketch at the South Coast Botanical Gardens in Rolling Hills. It was OK, but I found the benches, though plentiful, no pointing in good direction. I took a long time strolling around, and got very little drawing done for the time I was there.

A school tour came by and I was happy to become part of the tour. The kids crowded around and asked me questions. "What are you drawing?" was my favorite. Although I was sitting nose to nose with a poppy at the time, the asker decided not to make any assumptions.
Thanks for looking!

Tuesday, May 17, 2016

Dukes in Huntington Beach

Today I went to Huntington Beach pier and drew Dukes.
See, I was really there. I was sitting in my new 7 lb director's chair in the sand next to a slew of bikinied volleyball players.

It took me a long time to do the drawing, and I had to take a break for lunch. Here's me hungry, practicing my selfies. Oops the drawing is upside down.
Thanks for looking.

First Street in Long Beach

There is a nice neighborhood with large fancy houses and near to no traffic not too far from where my kids take tennis. I sketched there two weeks in a row, and then today, I drove to the end of the street and found a few shops. I bought a coffee so I could sit there, and painted the Park Pantry across the street.
I guess I'm fond of the Spanish style houses, since there is quite a variety on 1st street, but I chose similar houses for both sketches.

I'm hoping to finish this sketch book this summer. Although I'm getting used to it, I really like the cold pressed cotton paper better than the paper in this book. Still it will be fun to have a book full of sketches. I've filled up a few books before, but not with nice sketches; those are more like notes and scribbles than actual drawings.
Thanks for looking.

Friday, April 29, 2016

Parker's Lighthouse

I went to the Marina in Long Beach a few times this week. Today, I was thinking about joining an urban sketching group from San Clemente, but it's an hour's drive, which means two hours not drawing, so I decided to stay closer to home. I went down to Rainbow Harbor in Long Beach, California. There are loads of interesting things to draw, including boats and buildings, both modern and rustic. It took me a while to settle, and in the end I chose this restaurant, called Parker's Lighthouse. I did a bunch of thumbnail warm-ups and three paintings. For the last one, Parker's Lighthouse, I took a few hours. It was a very complicated building. First I drew it in pencil, then I added ink, and then I watercolored the image. I took pictures between each step so I'd have a record in case I screwed it up.
Parker's Lighthouse - pencil sketch
Parker's Lighthouse - inked
Parker's Lighthouse - Final sketch
I tried to get a photo of my drawing and the building itself in the background, but I couldn't get things to line up.  There must be a better way, since the sketching folks do that a lot. I did take a selfie, though it was from the other side of the building and across the water.
On my other outings, I painted boats.


In the Craftsy class, Sketching the City, Shari Blaukopf Encourages us to draw thumbnails before we begin to draw a longer sketch. I'd been drawing a bit to warm up anyway, so it was easy to take up the thumbnails. When I was in Rainbow Harbor, it took me a while to settle, and I did quite a few thumbnails.



(There was a man painting poles.)
Thanks for looking!