More sketching adventures with Liz Steel.
One of the things I like about sketching with other sketchers is that I get to sketch different stuff from what I’d usually gravitate towards. I knew Liz had been sketching the Painted Ladies in San Francisco a few days earlier, so I thought we’d visit some local Victorians on 6th street in San Jose.
Like this relatively sedately painted one. It’s color scheme might have been simple, but it more than made up for it with a maddeningly complex structure. I find that if I manage to convey the whimsical nature of these homes, it makes up for some structural issues in my sketch. Or so I like to think.
Right across the street was yet another great home. Easier to draw, and with a much more flamboyant color scheme. This one was painted in under 15 minutes, because, it was almost school pick-up time. I’ve said this often to people who ask how I learnt to work fast: there’s nothing like working around small kids to make you work quickly. My kids aren’t little anymore, but old habits die hard.
I thought we were done with painting Victorians, but later that week, Nina suggested we sketch this lovely Queen Anne Victorian in Palo Alto, so we were back at it again.