Some of you might be aware that Big Sur is on fire right now, and has been for weeks. Luckily, Route 1 was only briefly closed and that didn't overlap with my trip. However, it means that the hills were a little smokier than usual (though with the clouds and fog that was also in the region while I was driving, it was a little tough to differentiate what was weather and what was smoke), and also that the national parks in that area are all closed. The only real bummer for me w
I should have listened to Mark Twain. "The coldest winter I ever spent was a summer in San Francisco." But when I looked at the weather forecast and it told me it would be in the early 60's, that didn't sound so bad! But then it was in the 50's, and what with the clouds, wind, and fog it definitely felt colder. Next time, I would bring a scarf. Because even though I visited in August, it was definitely October in California! (I even missed the sweltering New York summer. Per
I just returned yesterday from a ten day trip through California! A childhood friend was getting married in Santa Monica, and as I had never been to the west coast before it seemed like a good time to take myself on a tour. I flew into San Francisco, visited the city for a couple days, rented a car, drove down route 1 (AKA the Pacific Coast Highway), stayed in Santa Monica and LA for a couple days, and drove back up to San Fran inland so I could drop the car and fly out throu
A perk of being an artist is being able to blatantly ignore my friends' wedding registries. Because really, who wants me to buy them another plate or some flatware when instead I can give them a framed watercolor that means something to them? Past endeavors have included a watercolor of Wildwood, NJ from a vintage photo for a friend who grew up going to the shore (and had at the time was living in Ohio, though now he and his wife are moving back to Jersey!) and a view from a
I spent a couple of weeks working in Long Island City, basically in the shadow of the Queensboro Bridge. As a one-time resident of Long Island City, I have a special place in my heart for the Bridge and was happy to finally get around to painting it! Here's two sketches I did on lunch breaks! I also went with some coworkers on a walk over to Roosevelt Island after work one day, and we took the tram back to Manhattan. The light was fantastic and I snapped some great photos, so
This one was a photo I had saved to my computer, and I loved the lighting and the colors and wanted to give it a shot. When I instagrammed it a friend told me it was a restaurant in Sewanee, Tennessee, and I realized I had found it while researching the area before going to her wedding.
I think most of these were "borrowed" from friends' facebooks, saved on my computer for practice. While I was awayin MA I worked from photos a lot since I didn't have much time to go out and sketch plein air.
I escaped Pittsfield one weekend to visit friends in Connecticut's picturesque Thimble Islands. I went a couple weekends last summer, and it's such a great place to sketch! Here are my two from this year, followed by a couple of last year's. These two houses are owned by my friend's family...I was staying in the one on the left. This is the view they have: I chose similar views last year too!