“What’s in My Bag” Sketch

I had been looking high and low for a bag that would carry my sketching supplies as well as my personal items. The criteria is that it would not get heavy on long walks but feels light when I’m running around town doing errands. The beauty of a Timbuk2 is their very adjustable strap. With just one flick I can adjust the strap without taking the whole bag off.

In my Timbuk2 Metro bag I carry my sketching supplies such as a small Moleskine Sketchbook, a Cotman Watercolor Pocket set, waterbrush, fountain pen and mechanical pencil. Also my personal items – wallet, tissue, lotion, smart phone, Epipen, waterbottle ….

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What’s in My Bag? watercolor and pen, 5 x 8 inches in Moleskine sketcbhook

Materials: Moleskine sketchbook, watercolor, TWSBI fountain pen filled with Noodlers’ Lexington Ink.

 

San Francisco Trip Sketches

My husband and I spent a few days in San Francisco. (It was a much needed rest from caring for my mother 24/7).

We stayed in a hotel right in the heart of downtown San Francisco. From our window view I can see the construction workers on the future Mexican Contemporary Art Museum.

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Construction of the Museum of Mexican Contemporary Art watercolor sketch by Marlene Lee

 

After our visit at MoMA (Museum of Modern Art), we relaxed at Yerba Buena Park. Despite the cool breezy wind, many other people also relaxed in this beautiful park.

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An Afternoon at Yerba Buena Park watercolor sketch by Marlene Lee

 

After breakfast in the following morning we stopped again at Yerba Buena Park. I was able to get a few sketches of people in while they were doing either Tai Chi, Chi Gung or dancing to music. I believe there’s a senior center nearby. Also I sketched in the rock garden there.

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Early Morning Routines watercolor sketch by Marlene Lee
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Rock Garden watercolor sketch by Marlene Lee

Pence Gallery Garden Tour

The annual Pence Gallery Garden Tour happened on a beautiful Sunday afternoon. This year private residential gardens were opened up throughout Davis. I was assigned to a small backyard garden but it was packed with native Californian plants and hidden spaces and planters with vegetables.

One of these pieces or maybe both will appear in the Garden Tour Exhibit at the Pence Gallery during June. The opening reception will be June 8th.

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Garden Fountain, pen and watercolor, 9 x 12 inches, 6 May 2018
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A Collage of Gail’s Garden, pen and watercolor, 9 x 6 inches, 6 May 2018

Sketchcrawl at the UCD Arboretum

We met at the steps of the Mrak Building on the UCD campus right along the arboretum. The regulars met as well as out-of-towners from the Sacramento area – Carmichael.

Two young girls with their mother join us. After an attempt to sketch the Taiko drummers who regularly practiced on Saturdays mornings at the top for the garage parking building, the nippy wind forced us inside the Manetti Shrem museum. Here I was able to captured the two girls.

I used Noodlers Kiowa Pecan ink filled in a TWSBI fountain pen. I love my TWSBI and the color of the ink but the ink was something to get used to. I discovered with the palm tree drawing that the ink is water soluble. I had to be very careful on the amount of water to apply without destroying the lines. Other that it produces a very interesting effect…

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Amy, 8 x 5 inches in Moleskine watercolor sketchbook, watercolor and ink by Marlene Lee
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Sophia, 8 x 5 inches in Moleskine watercolor sketchbook, watercolor and ink by Marlene Lee
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The Palm Tree, 8 x 5 inches in Moleskine watercolor sketchbook, watercolor and ink by Marlene Lee

A Sketch Collage of My Kipling Bags and Other Things

I finally found a term that best described little sketches of a collections of items – sketch collage. I discovered Brenda Swenson’s blog post of her sketch collage and she best described how she came about composing her sketches.

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I had done them in the past but never knew how to describe them.

Watercolor Sketches

Practicing more on watercolor sketches of buildings especially entryways with flowers. Love how plants add so much personality to a structure. Both sketches were done on Strathmore Visual Journal 140# watercolor CP. The ink is Noodlers Lexington Grey.

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Blue Door with Flowers, watercolor and ink
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Landscaped Front Yard, watercolor and ink

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Outside Baking Oven Sketch

Guinevere is an hole in the wall cafe that serves great Italian food. The two owners, husband and wife are the chefs and also artists. With my lunch, I was sitting outside next to the baking oven going…sending out savory smells.

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Outside Baking Oven at Guinevere Cafe in Woodland, 2/14/18, Faber Castell sepia marker and watercolor

Sketching at the Manetti Shrem Museum

“Let’s Draw Davis” sketchcrawl met at the Manetti Shrem Museum in Davis, CA. Beautiful day but a bit nippy. The Wayne Thiebaud Exhibit is on display now so I head on inside to view. I captured some of the sketchers and the iconic horse sculpture inside the museum.

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Manetti Shrem Museum sketch by Marlene Lee
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A Young Urbansketcher sketch by Marlene Lee
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Andrew’s Shoes sketch by Marlene Lee
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Horse Sculpture at the Manetti Shrem Museum sketch by Marlene Lee

30 Buildings Sketches Finished

I started these series of buildings sketches back in November. My intention was to be able to sketch buildings. Since completed 30 of them I feel somewhat comfortable. Most of the sketches were based on photos from Pinterest or Flickr. Only one is onsite. I started off with a Faber Castell Sepia S nib. Love the brown. And then later sketches were done with a TWSBI Ecco fountain pen filled with Noodlers Lexington grey ink. A big difference from working with straight black.