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Returning to Real Life

Oakland Airport View, ink & watercolor 5x7"
Oakland Airport View, ink & watercolor 5x8"

Whew! As soon as I returned from my workshop in Arizona last month, the work on my house and studio began. Then over the past couple weeks I’ve devoted all of my free time to getting the new studio set up and moving in there, while completely ignoring my blog. At last I’m nearly finished with the work (even got to paint in the new studio today) and can begin to catch up here.

I almost didn’t make it to the airport (sketched above) because my usually reliable sister not only forgot she was driving me to the airport, but spent the night at my niece’s and left her cellphone at home. Returning from a nice walk the next morning, and just in the nick of time, my brilliant niece Sophie said, “Hey, aren’t you supposed to drive Jana to the airport this morning?” Yikes!

Superbowl at the Scottsdale Holiday Inn, ink & watercolor, 5x16"
Superbowl at the Scottsdale Holiday Inn, ink & watercolor, 5x16"

When I arrived at my hotel, the Holiday Inn Express in Old Town Scottsdale, the Superbowl was on TV in the lounge. They served a big free breakfast there every morning and hosted happy hour from 5-7 every evening, with free beer, wine, chile, nachos, and just for the Superbowl, free Subway sandwiches.

I sipped my beer, ate some chile and had fun drawing the people who sat still. There was some kind of betting game going on that I found incomprehensible, but the woman in blue sitting on a bar stool at the tall table won $20 from the nice men sitting at tables near me.

2 replies on “Returning to Real Life”

Your sketches are fabulous! It makes me impatient to add colour to mine. I have 12 pages left of my own sketchbook (which buckles at the mere hint of water), before I can start on my next, which accepts any medium. A little colour makes al the difference! Gorgeous scenes! I like both but particularly the one at the bar :0)


Lovely sketches!

@Sandra I had a moleskin sketchbook once – never again! I counted off every page until the horrid thing was filled because it wouldn’t take watercolour.


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