BORN TO SWIM, watercolor, 22x30 in

Matthew swims for pleasure, to compete in waterpolo, and for his job, saving lives. I tried to give this painting the energy and life he displays.   I just finished this 22x30 in. watercolor, it's ready to frame. 

Matthew swims for pleasure, to compete in waterpolo, and for his job, saving lives. I tried to give this painting the energy and life he displays.   I just finished this 22x30 in. watercolor, it's ready to frame. 

Cannery Row sketch

Visiting Cannery Row, in Monterey, California, I enjoyed some quick sketching around town. This is a small ink sketch in my notebook. 

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ROPA TENDIDA, watercolor on Yupo

ROPA TENDIDA, watercolor on Yupo, 20x26 in (51x66 cm.) found a new home yesterday, in La Jolla, California. It was bought at the Juried March Exhibition of the San Diego Watercolor Society.

I painted this watercolor a few years ago, inspired by rooftops and hanging laundry in Lisbon, Portugal. I have "a thing" for rooftops and hanging laundry. Love them! I guess it reminds me of when I was a little girl in Mendoza and Córdoba, in Argentina. There is no nicer smell than the clothes from the line hanging in the sun, is there?

JUNE LAKE LIBRARY, ink and watercolor sketch

JUNE LAKE LIBRARY, ink and watercolor sketch in my sketchbook.
Spending time in the town of June Lake, in northern California, I visited the enchanting thrift shop and the library. The librarian, a lovely lady called Vanisia, was very friendly and welcoming. We talked about watercoloring, sketching, and how you comcentrate and pay so much more attention to details when you have to draw something, than when you are just looking.


BIRDWATCHING FROM JEAN'S WINDOW, ink and watercolor

BIRDWATCHING FROM JEAN'S WINDOW, ink and watercolor in my sketchbook. "oh, baby, it's cold outside!" While in here we are warm, reading, sketching, and enjoying the variety of birds that come to the birdfeeders just outside the living room window in Jean's house.

A real treat, to start the year like this, snowing in June Lake, California. Happy New Year!

VISIT TO MANZANAR, ink and watercolor on sketchbook

VISIT TO MANZANAR, ink and watercolor on sketchbook, 6x6"
About  200 miles north of Los Angeles, on US Route 395, is this Memorial to the Japanese people held prisoners of war here between 1942 and 1945. Men, women, children, old people, even parents of soldiers fighting FOR THE US abroad. How these families managed not only to survive, but to overcome, to make do with what they had, TO MAKE ART! The visitor center is amazing, I was impressed with the stories, the memorabilia, the books, films, photographs.

MATTHEW DRIVING, watercolor and ink

MATTHEW DRIVING, ink and watercolor in my sketchbook.
My grandson  Matthew, driving part/most of the way from San Diego to June Lake, on December 29th. He had also brought podcast to listen: lectures of History by Dan Carlin. It was a pleasure for me at several levels: Matthew was driving, which freed me to do what I like: sketch and paint and read. Second: my grandson makes me proud by enjoying so much History lectures. 

My last few entries for 2015 in my sketchbook, are coming up! Stay tuned!