Category Archives: california

Weekend in Yosemite: Part 2

More from Yosemite National Park. This is a less-known view of Mirror Lake. Its probably only weeks now before it dries into a meadow. The more famous Mirror Lake vista reflects Half Dome in the still waters, but I sketched … Continue reading

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Weekend in Yosemite: Part 1

We did a quick weekend trip to Yosemite for Hari’s birthday. Our timing couldn’t have been sweeter: the weather was warm enough for me to enjoy sketching outside (which means it must have been close to 70 degrees), the waterfalls … Continue reading

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30×30 Direct Watercolor: Are you in?

I’m joining  Marc Holmes , Liz Steel, Uma Kelkar, and Anne-Laure Jacquart in this watercolor challenge in June. The challenge? 30 paintings in 30 days of June. Quick, Direct. No fuss. Big or small. On location. Or not. Why? Because there’s just … Continue reading

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June Workshops: Vegas and San Francisco

After a longish break from teaching workshops, I’m back! Here are two workshops in June, one in Las Vegas and the other in San Francisco. They might look similar at first glance, but read carefully: one is an Urban Sketcher’s … Continue reading

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Downtown San Jose

These three pieces are from last week when I painted with Nina Khashchina. This one is at San Jose State University, such a beautiful, green oasis in the middle of the city! We moved on to the San Jose Museum of … Continue reading

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Negative Thinking

A few months ago I did a wonderful negative painting workshop with Brenda Swenson. It was fantastic to paint in a style so different from my own. I came home inspired by the luminous quality of Brenda’s watercolors. But I … Continue reading

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Storytelling Sketches

I like to think of every sketch as a story. Not always a big one, with a grand plot and story arc. Stories can be quiet little everyday things tucked into bigger pieces.  Like this Saturday morning sketch at Social … Continue reading

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