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Most of my time around Bangalore is spent wit my nieces, hanging out at home,  and letting the kids run loose all over the apartment complex. The loved it! Such a change from being policed by a parent all the time. Sometimes I hung out with them while they played and sketched…

uick sketch of a grouping of palms. Apartment in the background.


Colorful stuff around the apartment. I didn’t draw int he walls, which are mango and lime green in color. Such a happy apartment!


Mochi (cobbler) at his shack on the sidewalk. Nice 3-finger stripey patterns on the inside of his shack. That was fun to paint in watercolor! Dust-colored everything.

Looking down at the kids playing.  Fun angle to draw. The kids played downstairs. I sketched at the apartment above. A gardener sat nearby hand-trimming the grass at a leisurely pace.


4th Block, Jayanagar. Vegetable market. The blue tarp cast a beautiful light over the scene.

Kavya has been sketching with me more and more these days. it’s fun to draw with her and see what she sees. Nishant sometimes hangs around and has pretty critical comments about both our sketches.

This is a pair of bearded dragons we drew at a vivarium in Berkeley. We were squished between a cage with pythons and the dragons, and I spilt my coffee on Kavya’s sketch…

This is our sketch at the Seymour Center in Santa Cruz. The tank had a leopard shark, fish and some floating kelp.

Went away for a lovely, but too-brief trip to Catalina Island over Labor Day weekend.

This couple sat in the seat in front of me on the ferry to Catalina Island. I liked the contrast of her wild, curly hair against his very closely cropped head.

The kids tried feeding some Mourning Doves, but the aggressive seagulls drove them out. I love the grey of their wings- it makes the pink legs, and orange and yellow beak all work together so well.

Quick sketch from the front porch of our hotel.The mornings were quiet until the first ferry came in, but there was already this really enthusiastic person up in a parachute.

A more leisurely sketch of the same view from the hotel.

And a view of the island from out on the pier at dusk. That large building in the background is called the casino, but was never used for gambling.

The beach was tiny, had no sand, and had awfully sharp rocks, but it was totally packed. I love the tall palm trees  and the bright hot light of southern california.

Sunset form my bedroom window.The trouble with sketching at sunset is that you’re looking directly into the glare, AND the color disappears from the scene really quickly as the sun goes down.

It’s hard enough to draw staring right into the setting sun, but couple that with sketching while sitting in a car with a dirty windshield, and it’s a disaster.

A quick sketch while Kavya takes a swim class.

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