Category Archives: Drawing

Winter Wildcat Canyon Walk Remains

I’ve started collecting items on my daily hikes with my pup to sketch in the studio since I haven’t quite worked out sketching while dog walking yet. Sometimes Millie helps me by carrying the items for me. Once they’re sketched … Continue reading

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Urban Avians and the Highway

While I was having my car’s oil changed at Toyota Albany I took a hike down to the SF Bay Trail to sketch. I followed a confusing bike and walking path that goes up onto an overpass and then down … Continue reading

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Seeing Is Believing or Drawing Is Seeing? Zach’s Snacks on Berkeley’s North Side

They say, “Seeing is believing.” I say, “Going through life without drawing is like being nearly blind. Only when I stop to look in order to draw, do I really see!” Berkeley’s Euclid Avenue ends at the north side of … Continue reading

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Loads ‘o Lillies and Winsor Newton Cotman watercolor review

I spent some time sketching and painting a calla lily that sprouted in my garden and while I was at it, tested a palette of Winsor Newton Cotman paints. Several of my friends have this clever, inexpensive Winsor & Newton … Continue reading

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Something That Scares Me (My Back) & First Aid Kit: Timely EDiM Topics

The Every Day in May cue #16 was “Draw something that scares you.” And I was mighty scared when I drew this because my back was in terrible pain. A couple times a year an old back injury flares up … Continue reading

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Something(s) For Free and a Coffee Pot: Every Day in May 7-8

“Draw Something You Got For Free” was May 7th’s cue and May 8 was “Draw A Coffee Pot.” Above is the black lacquer cabinet with carvings and gold decorations I found on the sidewalk in front of a brightly painted … Continue reading

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End of Journal Self-Portraits

OK, let’s just get this over with. At the end of each journal I sketch a self-portrait. In the one above from the end of 2012, I had new glasses but was in need of a haircut.  I put on … Continue reading

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Tickle Your Tastebuds: Gaumenkitzel

When we visited Berkeley’s very colorful Gaumenkitzel Restaurant, they offered us a large “community” table where we could sketch and snack all evening. After most of the other customers had left, one sketcher pulled her chair right up to the pastry … Continue reading

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Waiting and Watching (and Sketching)

I love the way the big guy seems to be looking at the pretty girl’s butt in her shiny black tights. In reality they got in line at different times, but my drawing took on a life of its own. … Continue reading

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Shadelands Ranch Museum Sketches

While I was in Walnut Creek to take photos of an industrial park for a painting commission I stopped at the Shadelands Ranch Museum to sketch. They were hosting a ladies’ tea that afternoon in the downstairs drawing rooms that … Continue reading

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Sketchcrawl 38 and Urban Sketchers Show

We had a fantastic time hosting sketchers from around the Bay Area at our sketching event last Saturday. There were at least 30 sketchers and a total of around 100 people who joined us at the reception for the show … Continue reading

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Sketchcrawl 38: Sketch With Us or See Our Show

The East Bay Express published a fun article about my Urban Sketchers group and the sketch event and show/reception we’re hosting today. In the article they mentioned my sketching toilet seats in the hardware store so I thought I’d bring … Continue reading

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