The Red Coat

Monday, January 14, 2019

Stopped in for lunch last week at Hannah Coffee on the Alameda in San Jose and was captivated by this customer in a bright red coat.

190111 Hannah Coffee San Jose

Nothing like strong colors to fight the January blahs!


More House Love

Monday, January 14, 2019

Here's a zoomed-in detail of a commission I worked on last year.

Detail of commissioned house sketch

I remember every house I've lived in, the little secret spaces and places that made each one special. I hope this sketch brings back such memories to the recipient.


Child's Play

Monday, January 14, 2019

190105 SJ Diridon morning

Best way I've found to overcome fear of the blank page? Use materials that aren't precious. Kids' art supplies are a great way to "break the ice." Decided to break out these Ooly Chunkies children's paint sticks to start off my new sketching year.

190105 SJ Diridon with Ooly Chunkies

Oh my, are they a challenge! They are so imprecise that I had to use a piece of cardstock as a stencil to get anything resembling a sharp edge. And all those bright, not-really-blendable colors meant I had to be very creative in my use of white overlays in this scene of San Jose's Diridon Station platform in early morning light.


Happy New Year!

Friday, January 04, 2019

Just back from a whirlwind holiday trip to New York, Connecticut, Massachusetts, and Rhode Island. Most of my time was spent with friends and family -- there was much reading, cooking, eating, shopping, playing of games, and visiting. And dodging raindrops!

Still, I managed to get a few sketches in.

After we took M.'s family to Sunday Eve of Christmas Eve brunch at the Weekapaug Inn, we stopped in downtown Westerly, Rhode Island, to visit the lovely Savoy Bookshop & Cafe. We ended up staying in Westerly longer than planned though, since the car battery gave out! I parked myself on a bench and sketched this while we waited for AAA to arive.

181223 Westerly Rhode Island

It's a mishmash of mixed media: ink, watercolor, colored pencil, gel ink.

This next sketch was also done while waiting -- this time, for the train from Boston's North Station to West Concord, Massachusetts, where we were meeting friends for dinner.

181227 North Station Boston

Only when we'd settled into our New Year's Airbnb rental did I have time for a more leisurely sketch. Here's the view of Indian Lake from the window of our rental house in South Kingston, Rhode Island.

181231 Indian Lake Rhode Island cropped

Thanks to everyone who reads this blog. Wishing you all a happy and prosperous new year!