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Portugal!

Our first stop in Portugal was the town of Sintra. I stood in the middle of a busy intersection, surrounded by tourists, many of whom took an interest in my work. Several Japanese folks followed me as I moved from this location to our bus, adding color and detail as I went.Sintra-Japanese tourists

Sintra street

Cordoba

Continuing to catch up with sketches from Spain, the highlight of this town is the Cordoba Mosque. The breathtaking series of candy-striped arches is shown here, along with my attempt to capture it on paper.Cordoba mosque-1I also had the opportunity to sketch a street scene, featuring this “Marrakesh” souvenir shop. While I was working, the owner of another shop, just out of frame, came to his doorway and offered me a chair. I was nearly finished, so I declined, but I crossed the street to show him the sketch. He immediately brought me next door to meet the owner of the Marrakesh shop. He took a photo of the page, and we agreed to Friend each other on FaceBook.Cordoba street 72

Granada

We begin to see more Moorish influence in architecture and ornament. I am delighted with the colorful tile patterns on walls and domes.

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the Mediterranean sea

On our way down the coast of Spain, toward Valencia, we stopped at the little town of Peniscola, where a medieval castle was used in the filming of the 1960s epic “El Cid.” (remember Sophia Loren?). Climbing the steep and winding streets, I got a good view of  this charming house overlooking the Mediterranean.

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Medit view

Hola! I’m back from Spain & Portugal tour

After three weeks of sketching in the Iberian Peninsula, I’m eager to catch up. Let’s begin with Barcelona, the only city on this trip that I had visited before—22 years ago. The moderniste architecture was even more amazing than I remembered. Variable thickness lines in the sketch above were done with a Sailor bent nib fountain pen. When the pen dried up, I searched for waterproof ink all over Barcelona, with my new friend…Maria Picasso, a fellow member of ISCA, the International Society of Caricature Artists.

This Barcelona skyline was improvised from the terrace at our hotel. The elements were all there, but I moved them around and changed their size. Notice the Sagrada Familia cathedral in the background…it’s still not finished! The playful forms at Parc Guell are some of Antonin Gaudi’s most delightful creations.

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Onions & Artichokes

The Napa Valley workshop today was the first session of three. After some warm-up sketches in the Art store, we went on location to the produce department of Whole Foods.

Here is my sketch of some onions and artichokes, in two stages. I began with a very quick colored pencil layout, followed by an ink sketch, using the Micron .08 waterproof black pen. Additional color was thrown in: purple, olive green, bright green and dark blue for the background tone. Water effects were added, along with some bold strokes from the black Brush pen.

San Rafael sketches: people, places & things

One of my favorite venues for sketching people is the Aroma Cafe on 4th street in San Rafael, CA, a couple doors down from the award-winning Art Supply store, Rileystreet. This sketch was done with colored pencil.figure sketches 4-2-16I love this colorful victorian building on B street @ 3rd. There is a guitar store on the ground floor, and I was delighted to see this old Chevy pickup truck parked in the perfect spot.

guitar store photo

guitar store 1-2

First, I began with dark red aquarelle pencil, then added blue and green, to establish the basic structure and lay in some of the darkest values.

Guitar store 3-4Then I added some line work with a Micron black ink pen, size .08. More color, including yellow ochre, was applied. A few strong black accents were added with a Faber-Castell B (brush tip) pen. Finally, water from a Japanese water brush was used to release pigment from the colored pencil strokes.

guitar store 4-2-16

Exotic arts and crafts

Oaxaca birdThe San Rafael sketching group has found another great venue for sketching on location — The Folk Art Gallery on 4th street. Owner Sharon Christovich graciously welcomed us into this amazing shop, where we enjoyed sketching carvings, masks, textiles, figurines and a variety of ornamental objects from around the world.

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Release of Digital Painting Fundamentals with Corel Painter 12

Digital Painting Fundamentals with Corel Painter 12, by Rhoda Grossman

This book, the third in a series, is available to order now from Amazon.com.

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Rhoda Draws, the artists formerly known as Rhoda Grossman, is back once again as your tour guide to the latest version of Corel Painter.

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