Putting Up the Xmas Lights by the Park, Ink & watercolor, 7x5"

Putting Up the Xmas Lights by the Park, Ink & watercolor, 7x5"

It was such a beautiful sunny day (our drought continues) I decided to go for a walk and find a spot to paint outdoors instead of in the studio. I walked the mile to Peet’s Coffee and then, with a cup of their dark, rich (decaf) coffee in hand, I turned towards home, still looking for inspiration.

I passed the little urban creek behind Peet’s, and considered sketching it but it was shaded by trees and very chilly.  As I walked by the little pocket park alongside Albany Hill, this little cul-de-sac called out, “Paint Me!” With a handy picnic table right there to lay out my paints, how could I resist?

Although I usually sketch directly in pen, this scene was so complicated I decided to draw in pencil first. As I was completing the drawing I spotted a guy on his roof with a string of holiday lights. Do you see him? I know it looks like he’s standing on top of a tree but the roof of his house is just behind the tree. I think I made him a bit of a giant!

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Ink and watercolor wash, Landscape, Painting, Places, Plein Air, Sketchbook Pages, Urban Sketchers
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  1. What a nice sketch! I loved the description of your morning, the walk to get coffee! I love where I live but sometimes wish I were within a mile of coffee, and had more sun….

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  2. Love it. Wish I could do something like this.

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