Back blogging

I had been sketching and painting (not a regular practice but as well as it can be while caring for an infant), but I haven’t blogged in a long long time. Part of the reason was paucity of time (you know, pregnancy, birth of our baby girl, and caring for the said baby :-)), another part of it was being disheartened and disappointed in my art. Times like these, it is wonderful to have encouraging friends who cheer you along, make suggestions but most importantly just be there. Thanks to Suhita for encouraging me to be gentle with myself, keep things simple and mostly importantly share my work.

Today I was able to sneak out for a couple of hours to sketch in our neighborhood. I got myself a coffee and settled down to sketch.

I did the obligatory coffee sketch to get warmed up.

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Followed that by a few sketches of vignettes from the neighborhood. Here is one.

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Okay, admittedly, this is not much of a blog post, but it is a start. See you all tomorrow!

People sketching and coffee-shop hopping

We spent the evening with good friends over coffee/tea at a couple of coffee shops, and I enjoyed chatting and sketching the people.

At the second coffee shop I spotted this man at the next table who was fast asleep, so he was a PERFECT subject. I worked directly with watercolor, and I am especially happy that I stopped before I overworked the thing. I really enjoyed painting this.

man at peet's 

And just to show that not everything quite works out the way you want it to, and that it is okay to fail ... I am posting the other sketch I did that I am not happy with. Everything feels like a win if we remember that, if nothing else, it is a learning experience.

Snack collection at Starbucks

I got together with my dear friend Iva for some sketching and chatting at our neighborhood starbucks. I hadn't seen her in a few weeks, so talking to her was more important tonight than doing challenging sketches. I picked a subject I could see from where I was sitting, and just went for it. I started directly with my dagger brush and added a few pen lines at the end to bring some clarity to the sketch.

I am not entirely sure about the background. I didn't want to leave it completely white, but I didn't know how much, if any, detail I should put in the background. Any suggestions?

Starbucks tonight

I had a big sketching adventure planned today. I had my sketch bag packed, my pens filled, my sketchbooks ready ... but it just didn't happen. To make up I went to the neighborhood starbucks for a quick sketch. 

I drew this scene once before almost 2 years ago, and I remember obsessing over all the little details and it took me almost 2 hours just to do the drawing. This time I got the main lines down in 10 mins and set about with the paint. I am quite happy with the drawing, but I don't like how uninteresting the painting is.

Well, everything is a learning experience if nothing else :-)

starbucks urbans ketching in watercolor