Summer Patio Sketch

Summer. In my area it is time for summer. That time of year when the days are long and hot, the nights are short and cool and the crickets sing a soothing song. In my backyard, I have a tiny patio with a small table, perfect for getting away. When I can't escape to the … Continue reading Summer Patio Sketch

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Gull Sketch

Last week I made a visit to a local retention pond, turned park and made a quick sketch. Centennial Park has a paved walking trail and a pier. The pier had several gulls and even though they are not my favorite birds (I call them parking lot rats or flying rats), I painted them anyway.  … Continue reading Gull Sketch

Parking Lot Tree Sketch

A sketch from a parking lot? What's so wonderful about that? Nothing. Unless you make it special. What I loved about this tree is that it is crooked. I am crooked so much of the time, that I can identify with this poor tree. It will work itself out as it grows and gains experience, … Continue reading Parking Lot Tree Sketch

Backlit Pine Sketch

At 2:30pm, under a hot sun, in the midst of 83°F temperatures, this is what I was looking at. A gentle breeze accompanied me as I tried to replicate this wonderful pine. What's so special about a stupid pine tree? Why, let me tell you... The sun blared behind the pine. Did you ever see … Continue reading Backlit Pine Sketch

High Noon Summer Sketch

Determined to complete another lunch-time sketch, I headed out the door at exactly noon and went to work! Today was a beautiful warm day. Noon can be a challenge to paint, why? Think about it, where is the sun coming from? Directly overhead it radiates, so shadows are minimal and colors are bright, almost washed … Continue reading High Noon Summer Sketch