East Coast

From City to Beach

Sunday, September 08, 2019

Traveled to New York for a work conference the week before Labor Day, so I got in a few sketches before breakfast/between meetings:

190828 New York City 2

190828 New York City 1

Spent the long weekend in Mystic, CT, with family. Just as we did last year, we spent a morning watching the waves roll in at Misquamicut Beach in Rhode Island. (And cooling off with a Del's frozen lemonade, naturally.)

190831 Misquamicut Beach RI 1

190831 Misquamicut Beach RI 2

workshop

Recap: Sketching Techniques

Sunday, September 08, 2019

My workshop last month -- Sketching Techniques: Layer It On! at Arch Supplies in San Francisco -- combined outdoor sketching with indoor exercises. It was great to see everyone's exploration of mixed media, including layered watercolor and colored pencil.

Here's a peek at some of the demo sketches.







Thanks to everyone who joined!

Sunday drive

Hiking at Big Sur

Sunday, September 08, 2019

Woke up a few Sundays ago craving a leisurely pre-birthday weekend drive, a hike, a swimming hole. Big Sur River Gorge, accessed through Pfeiffer Big Sur State Park, checked all the boxes, plus rock scrambling and wading, to boot. How had I not known about this??







190818 Big Sur River Gorge

But we didn't stop there. The one-mile hike to the beach at Andrew Molera State Park gave us this view, below. In the sky, gulls and swooping pelicans. On the sand, just a smattering of people and several driftwood beach shelters. Bliss.

190818 Andrew Molera State Park Beach

local colors

Playing with Inks

Sunday, September 08, 2019

Last month I took a workshop with Judi Pettite called "Wild Ink" at the knit/sew/dye boutique A Verb for Keeping Warm in Oakland. We learned all about the process for turning materials such as indigo, buckthorn, black walnut, and eucalyptus bark into saturated inks.

I've been thinking a lot about creating a sense of place in a drawing through the palette of colors used, and it's even more interesting to consider local plants as a source of those pigments.

We had fun testing and playing with the various inks, and got to take six bottles home.