Ink in 6×9 sketchbook (Larger)

On my way home from work tonight I intended to continue reading Hensche on Painting (about an American Impressionist painter and his teachings about seeing and painting color under the influence of light). But the BART train was full of fascinating faces and I had to sketch instead. There are four stops between my office and home. The person in the seat two rows ahead of me was replaced at each stop, which made for a wonderfully random assortment of models, with 2 to 4 minutes each to draw them.

Tonight my painting group was here and we talked about whether we were going to vote for Hillary or Obama. As I wrote that sentence, I realized that it doesn’t feel right to call her by her last name or to call him by his first name. I wonder what that means and if it’s unconsciously sexist of me? Or is that I didn’t know how to spell Barack and had to look it up, even though I’ve seen it a hundred times already? Or is it because when I think “Clinton” I think of her hubby?

Susie has been reading Obama’s first book, Dreams from My Father: A Story of Race and Inheritance, about his life pre-candidacy and it has convinced her to vote for him. I’m going to download it from and listen to it.

Tomorrow night (Thursday) is the California debate between the two of them, and although I don’t get CNN on my TV, they are streaming the debates live on so I will watch it on my computer. Then I’ll make my decision and mail in my absentee ballot. (I like pretending that my vote actually matters.)

I’m just looking forward to the end of the Bush era and not having to run to turn off the sound when he’s on the radio or TV.

Every Day Matters, Faces, Life in general, People, Sketchbook Pages, Subway drawings
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  1. Just saying hello! I linked here via Paris Breakfasts who was admiring your reorganized studio. I love your dreams and the paintings that go with them!


  2. I always look forward to your comute sketches. I’m not sure how you are able to captures so much likes of people while traveling and people changing … wonderful.


  3. Wonderful page of portrait studies.


  4. Hi Jana,

    Thanks for stopping by.
    Now I have a permenant link to your beautiful studio.
    Nice sketching!



  5. hi Jana…
    your last painting of the daffodils is lovely and your quick sketches are terrific……
    I enjoyed reading your cat’s paws post and your recent computer woes…very funny 🙂


  6. These are very cool sketches. You really capture a lot with a quick sketch. The guy with the glasses is my favorite.

    “I’m just looking forward to the end of the Bush era and not having to run to turn off the sound when he’s on the radio or TV.”

    I totally agree. Less than a year left.


  7. Hah! Another who can’t bear to see/hear that puppet Bush!
    I love the quick sketches; it does sharpen your drawing when the models get off the bus, doesn’t it!


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