Waiting for my dinner, ink & watercolor, 5x7"

Waiting for my dinner, ink & watercolor, 5x7"

When we sketch at Saul’s Deli, a favorite during the dark winter Tuesday nights, I often feel overwhelmed by the complicated architecture with diamond patterned floors and maybe 70 booths and tables. So I started with something easier: what was on the table. Immediately I screwed up the ellipse of the glass but am learning to say, “that’s OK” and just move on.

Saul's people, ink & watercolor, 7x5"

Saul's people, ink & watercolor, 7x5"

After I ate I started drawing people. The place was packed since it was Thanksgiving week and there were many guests in town. I asked the waiter if it was a problem we were hogging three tables and he said we were doing him a favor by lightening his load.

Guys with hidden people

Guys with hidden people

These guys were having a good time and I enjoyed drawing them. Then for some reason I drew some other people on the same page but tried to hide them when I painted it since they didn’t belong there.

More people eating and talking

More people eating and talking

I messed up her lips and tried to fix it and made it worse. I’ve noticed my sketching has suffered a bit lately from neglect as I’ve been working on some 16×20 oil portraits and all my drawing efforts have been on the paintings. It’s amazing how quickly I lose sketching fluency without daily practice…so I’m back to it now.

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  1. what an amusing blog i forget all my worries and enjoy your art thank you dear J

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  2. This brings back memories’ a few years ago’ of eating corn beef hash and sketching a victorian house in the distance outside the window. I sure do enjoy your blog and glad to have time to get back to it.

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    • Thanks Carole! I actually had their corned beef hash topped with a poached egg for breakfast a few Sundays ago and I liked it so much I went back the next week to have it again! I think I know which Victorian you’re referring to. Is it the one I sketched the top of here that has a grocery store at street level? Jana

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  3. Definitely the same Victorian. I’m getting hungry just thinking about that corned beef hash.

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  4. Funny a couple of years ago I was visiting a friend in Berkley and we decided to walk by Chez Panisse and see if it was open, we ended up at Saul’s and had a delicious meal. BTW, your
    drawings don’t look rusty to me but it would be fun to see the portraits you are working on.

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