These paintings were done back in 2015 and 2016 when I was often attending the open sessions at Patris Studio. I have to say they are not as bad as I thought. But I do need to go back and painting portraits again. Maybe that would be one of my New Year’s resolution.
I spend Saturday morning at the Community Park where most of the recreational soccer games were played. Just to sketch people…parents watching the games and the young soccer players.
I had been following Jieko on Instagram. Especially her sketches of people. I found by exaggerating the figures I felt I could captured people easier, more gestural.
Below sketch first the soccer players in watercolor. Afterward did a gestural outline of the figures.
With my busy schedules, sketching allows me to satisfy that need to draw and paint. My sketches are done in Moleskine sketchbook, 5 1/2 by 8 1/2. I usually have my TWSBI fountain pen with Noodler’s Lexington Grey ink and waterbrush attached to the Moleskine. If I have time in the early morning brushes and water on the dining table ready for a quick watercolor painting. And of course, my coffee.
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.
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.
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.
Day 21 of 30×30 Direct Watercolor 2018
The last two watercolors were overworked. Here I concentrate on less is more…Fewer glazes.
A few years ago I painted this model in a live session. Fortunately I took a photo of her and found it recently. I still remember the look she had when posing in this derby hat.
Available for purchase at my Etsy shop.
Painted this grandmother and grandson sketching at a Wayne Thiebaud’s Exhibit at the Manetti Shrem Museum on the University of California, Davis.