Category Archives: People

NYC Part 3: Society of Illustrators and Hopper, Magritte, Calder at The Whitney and MoMA

My second day in New York started with visiting art museums (more about that in a minute) and ended upstairs at the Society of Illustrators for costumed figure drawing from 6:30 to 9:30. Just walking through the red door, up the … Continue reading

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New York City Part 2: Battery Park, Statue of Liberty, Ellis Island and Figures al Fresco

My first morning in Manhattan I woke to sun streaming through the trees and hurried to get ready for a day of sketching in Battery Park with Shirley Levine and Pat Gaignat. Above is my first sketch of the day: … Continue reading

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New York City Trip Part 1: Three planes for the price of one

I’m back from New York, happy to be home but a little sad to leave New York behind, and even sadder to have the sniffles, thanks to all the sneezing, coughing people on my planes. Next time I fly I’m … Continue reading

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End of Journal Self Portraits

I wasn’t satisfied with the two ink and watercolor end-of-journal self-portraits (below) that completed the 8×10″ Moleskine I was working in back in June. Rose Frantzen had told me during my workshop with her that I had wonderful skin to … Continue reading

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San Francisco Sketchcrawl Part 2: Ferry Building, Ferries & Ladies Room Lines

While I waited for the Sketchcrawl to begin I started drawing the Ferry Building clock tower. The clocks weren’t really set for different times. It looks that way because I drew what I saw: by the time I got to … Continue reading

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The Exotic Loring Cafe and On a Starbucks Bag

Oakland’s Loring Cafe has the most eclectic decor and architecture I’ve ever seen in a restaurant. In addition to the arches, pillars, sculptures, palms and vibrant lighting, the restroom is like a brick-covered Hobbit house with no sink. To wash … Continue reading

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The Pub on Solano: A Cozy Spot to Sketch

The Pub on Solano near the border of Albany and Berkeley is a hidden-away, cozy place to sketch, play chess, or chat with friends or friendly strangers while sipping espresso, beer or wine and hang out as long as you … Continue reading

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Two Very Different Portraits of Very Different Women

I painted this oil painting from a 2nd generation scan of a difficult photo. The harsh shadows, eyes hidden behind sunglasses, and brilliant fall foliage in the background created a challenge. But this was the photo her husband wanted 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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Pork Bung Gut (?) at 99 Ranch Market

We made our annual pre-Chinese New Year sketching visit to 99 Ranch Market and the Pacific East Mall (an Asian marketplace) with some new sketchers who joined us for our  monthly Urban Sketchers First Tuesdays sketch night. I headed first … 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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Brennan’s Bar Backsides and Balding

The nice thing about sketching in bars, especially one that is also a cafeteria a frequented by an older crowd on a quiet Tuesday night, is that people tend to sit still long enough to draw them. I kept trying … Continue reading

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