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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.


… When I start sketching indoors more and more- it’s always a challenge, finding new places I can sketch at while staying out of the cold. The “Hungry Hound” is a little joint in Los Gatos. I liked how the ketchup and red baskets created little points of color across an otherwise nondescript scene.

… When school begins and the soccer leagues are back at the neighborhood park. I love the long shadows and warm glow of the evening, but I need to remember NOT to be positioned so that the setting sun is right in my eyes! I admire minimalist art, but my own stuff is anything but minimalist: this sketch is pen and ink outlines, fat PITT markers to block in the shadows, watercolor and then oil pastels for little highlights of color.

… When the halloween stuff comes out… Isn’t it a little early, though? I hate funky fonts , except when I’m sketching: then they’re fun. Infact, I’ve noticed that a lot of things, like waiting in line are fun now that I sketch whenever I get a chance!

Old-style diner in Willow Glen- or is it Campbell? Those tiffany-style lamps fit right in.

I love when there’s people at the next table having really intense conversations: I can stare at them forever and sketch them and they don’t seem to notice at all.

As soon as school starts, the mommies arrive in droves at the coffee shop. And they’re there for the next couple of hours- or until their toddlers start to whine.

Finally: a real summer day! it’s over a hundred degrees outside, and I could barely see this girl with the glare from the outside…

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