Tuesday, July 31, 2012

Sunday, July 29, 2012

At the Art Gallery (iPad Sketch)

Drawn from life, last night.  GrayDUCK Gallery.

It was hot (around 100 degrees F outside) and crowded, last night at the art gallery. 

Sketched quickly, while waiting for the gallery owner to speak.


My first fawn photo of the season. 

Saturday, July 28, 2012

At the Bakery (iPad Sketch)

Drawn from life, at the outdoor seating at Cocola in San Jose, California.
Cocola is a great place to take your laptop and work, or take your sweetie and talk, or take your iPad and draw.

This is the bakery at which afternoon tea was taken, in my earlier iPad sketch of a man and woman.

And Santana Row is nice:  somewhat like the Grove in L.A., but with  (1) automobile traffic and (2) much greater variety of types of store.

And no canned music or trolley, so less of the Disneyland feel.

Like the Domain in Austin.

Wednesday, July 25, 2012

Woman in Orange and Blue (iPad Sketch)

Drawn yesterday morning, from life.

Created with Sketch Club iPad app.

"Use your words, Jean."

Tuesday, July 24, 2012

Woman in Yellow and Orchid

Drawn this morning, from life.

Tombow marker and water, ink, charcoal, pastel and oil pastel on watercolor paper, about 9" x 13".

Monday, July 23, 2012

Vase with Twelve Sunflowers (iPad Painting)

Drawn from imagination, starting with gray background titled "Vase with Twelve Sunflowers."

Probably started and abandoned by one of my relatives, while I was visiting Portland, Oregon last week.

My brother and sister-in-law grow a fabulous garden, and vases full of flowers fill their rooms.

So I took the title and my memory of the flowers as inspirations and started doodling.  This is the result.


An entry in the continuing effort to lower the number of mosquitoes without poisoning them (and us).

Sunday, July 22, 2012

At the Fresh Pot (iPad Sketch)

Drawn quickly from life, on iPad, in the early morning last week.

(It turned out he was looking down because a call had come in.  He went outside to take it.)

At the Fresh Pot on SW Washington, in downtown Portland.

I just got back from several weeks away from home.

The last five days I spent in Portland, Oregon.

At the Fresh Pot, I recommend the espresso, the cold brew coffee, the plain croissant, the salt bagel--everything I tried.

Also liked the friendly and helpful service and the art on the walls.

Woman; Big Hand (2005)

Woman and Big Hand are a couple of drawings from life that I did in 2005.

These are conte pencil and colored chalk on paper.


An entry in the continuing battle to lower the number of mosquitoes without poisoning them (and us).

Friday, July 20, 2012

Artichoke in Flower (iPad Painting)

Drawn from memory and imagination, this past week, in Portland.

We drove out to Sauvie Island for fresh fruit and found some flowering artichokes.

Drawn with iPad, using Sketch Club app.

I'm discovery a lot of fun features of this app, like the capability of making a photo into a "brush stroke,"  something I have done in the lower left.  (Magnify to see.)

Tuesday, July 17, 2012

Barista on Cell Phone; Barista Talking (iPad Sketches 12 and 10)

Drawn from life Wednesday and Thursday mornings at the cafe. 

Different baristas.  Same cafe, same order.

Triple espresso, over ice.

(It's hot.  Don't judge.)

Sketch Club app, single layer each.

Saturday, July 14, 2012

Seated Woman in Charcoal

Drawn from life, in Spring.

Charcoal on 18" x 24" paper.

Thursday, July 12, 2012

Afternoon Tea (iPad Sketch 11)

Drawn Wednesday afternoon, outdoors at the bakery.

This was the first time someone asked me what I was doing.

The man seated behind me asked me about what I was drawing.  We talked for awhile, until I got too self-conscious and fled.

Wednesday, July 11, 2012

At the Gym (iPad Painting Number 9)

Drawn Tuesday night, at the gym.

Still using Art Rage app, still using one layer. 

Fairly heavy use of three of the virtual palette knives, in this painting. 

Also several brushes, paint right out of the tube, pastel stick, some watercolor and markers and a couple of erasers.

And I started with an underpainting, which in this case means I had already painted an abstract painting on the screen before I painted into it and over it with the figures.

Monday, July 9, 2012

Woman Sleeping in Chair

Drawn from life, last Spring.

Charcoal on paper, about 7" x 12".


Still a good day for a swim, if you don't mind the chance of thundersorms.

Sunday, July 8, 2012

At the Gym 2 (8th iPad Sketch)

Drawn this afternoon, from life.

In the seconds it took me to suggest the position she was in, the woman finished recording her reps on this leg-work machine on her iPhone and moved away.

I was so absorbed in capturing the gesture, I didn't notice she was seated in a very similar position on a different machine right next to this one.

Saturday, July 7, 2012

Thursday, July 5, 2012

At the Shopping Mall (Fourth iPad Sketch)

Drawn from life, today, right outside the Apple store.
Had to get set-up help with the iPad this morning. 

Using this app--the Sketch Club app--does not come as naturally to me as the Art Rage app.

Wednesday, July 4, 2012

At the Cafe 3. (Third iPad Drawing)

Drawn from life, this morning, with the Art Rage app.

Tuesday, July 3, 2012

At the Cafe 2 (Second I-pad Sketch)

Drawn this morning, from life, at the cafe.  Modified this evening.

Sketch Club app for i-pad.

This app (Sketch Club) and the app I tried yesterday (Art Rage) were recommended to me by Laura Grimes.  Thanks, Laura.


Good day for a swim.

The Goddess Lounge is open:

Good day to buy a book for the beach or the vacation.

Monday, July 2, 2012

I-pad Sketch 1 (Man Reading)

Drawn this morning, from life, at the cafe.

First i-pad drawing. 

Art Rage app.


Good day for a swim.

Sleeping Woman 2

Drawn from life, last Spring.

Charcoal on paper, 18" x 24".


Good day for a swim.