Back Yard Sketch, Colored

I added watercolor to this pencil sketch. I’m working toward changing the emphasis of my sketching from the past year’s meditation on waiting. I would like to fill my next sketch book with colorful pen and ink and pencil drawings. To this end, I am looking for a better sketch book. Water applied to the […]

Cactus in February

Today, I take a break from February’s small watercolored sketches. The past couple have been sub par. Here is a photo of the last remaining plant in a cactus garden that I started shortly after moving west.  It seems to be flourishing, just as I hope to be in the coming year.

Loquat Tree Detail

There were too many loquats to paint yesterday (see Overdone?). Today I just painted a portion of them. This composition warrants more attention. There is potential for abstracting the curves of the leaves, the ribs within the leaves and the pattern of the fruit on their stems.

Back Yard Again

I began today’s study with concentric circles and parallel lines. I used half circles and slanted lines. I couldn’t quite figure out what to do at the intersection between the lines and the arcs, so I sat out on the porch for a while. I decided to try another version of the back yard (see […]

Hummingbird Flower

I love hummingbirds. When I lived on the east coast, I would see them from time to time, but here in California, they are everywhere. Not so much at this time of year, but I did see one just a couple of days ago. When we go to my wife’s cousin’s house, I am always […]