This years birthday trip to Fort Bragg, California was a success and challenge in many ways. We had a beautiful place to stay that overlooked the ocean and we decided to step out of the box with our dining habits. I did a ton of sketching and photographing. This sketch is of the flowers that grow along the beach and the ocean in the background. Fog was setting in but the flowers were still crisp.
Since I don't drive well on curvy roads, I get to be the passenger. I sketch the road as we go along. As I was drawing this one Pam asked me if I ever got car sick. This is a double page spread in my Rabisco sketchbook from Portugal. I almost finished this sketchbook during our trip. The paper is top quality and its perfect for sketching.
This person showed up in some of my photos and I just had to draw her. The challenge here was to get her eyes correct and I think I did. I have never spoken to her or know much about her but she has an amazing face to study and paint. The photo was taken during the day and the reflections had numerous colors. She will show up in more of my figurative pieces.
The photo that inspired this image was taken at Abbott's Lagoon on the Point Reyes National Seashore. I was testing out a new wildlife lens. This crow was sitting on a fence post squawking up a storm. I took poetic license with the colors and used masa paper as my surface.
I am continuing to explore my sketches done during a performance by Ballet Austin. I love sketching during any event. I have even gotten good at sketching in the dark. I like the line quality you get when you really can't see much of what you are drawing. Masa paper with gesso was my surface of preference because of the irregularities in the paper. It makes one want to explore and get close.
I have missed my exit when it comes to skies like this. I like the various layers of color and the way they harmonized with one another. I also liked the challenge of trying to mimic the textures of the lower clouds. This image was meant for pastels.
I remember seeing these gentlemen at this very location almost every day as I went about being a child in Commerce, Texas. They would sit on the side of the house and check out everything. We lived "across the tracks" and this house is close to them. I took the photo that inspired the painting many years ago...perhaps in my twenties. When I was growing up, I was taught to call our community "the Norris Community". The younger generation refers to it as "the Hole".