Wednesday, January 8, 2014

Happy New Year ...

I'm back from two weeks away for holidays, time with family! I did not draw one line
while I was away. I feared the desire and ability had left me.
But now I realize I just needed my focus to be on family, my husband, scenery, and having
a good time in other ways. It was a nice break.

Today I was back at work and had lunch at Tacos Jalisco.

"The Couple" came in at the same time I did. He held the door for me.
We both headed toward the same table. Nice of him to ask and gave it to me
then taking the one in front for he and his wife.
That gave me great drawing subjects and a wonderful way to start the new year
of drawing there. It felt like old times.
September 2013 began my third year of drawing at Tacos Jalisco.

Carlos was there and greeted me with a huge hug and kiss on my cheek.
His dad made my vegan veggie bowl.

I ate and drew feeling right at home.

 (black ink, and colored pencils)

 Then I drew these folks sitting a table in front of theirs and to the side of us.

My first SF drawing is a spot DH and I frequent often on our jaunts to the City. It's on the Marina Green, where we've many times sat under that big tree in the middle of the grass in our canvas chairs to read and watch kids play around us.

(black ink and Windsor and Newton watercolors)

We always stop at Hyde Street Pier (no relation to Ann as far as I know) to see the tall ships!

Up the street a ways is Pier 39, a tourist spot where people and sea lions hang out.

(white pen, watercolors on brown paper)

While my drawings got more and more personal I drew the church where my college graduation in 1988 was held after completing my Masters program in counseling.

Wishing everyone a healthy and happy New Year for 2014! Thanks for your frequent visits to my blog, for your wonderful comments that mean so much to me, and for being my blog land friends.
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See you there!


  1. Visiting family is a great way to start the New Year. Happy New Year to you too.

  2. I think recharging our inner batteries is important , your work is so real and I enjoy every piece!

  3. So pleased you had a good holiday with your family Lynn. Hope they are all well too. Glad you have got back 'into the groove' with drawing in TJ's. Like the coloured pencils :-)

  4. Nice job on the couple. I bet I could recognize.them from these sketches you do. All great work here.

  5. Glad you had a nice holiday. You know how much I enjoy your art. Glad you are back.

  6. fabulous drawings! Good to hear you did have fab holidays!


  7. Happy New Year to you! I'm glad you had a good restful holiday. It is refreshing to come back to drawing after a time of rest. Happy PPF!

  8. Happy New Year!!! These sketches are great!! I know what you mean when you step away from your art and just putting down that first mark is hard. But it always comes back I have found.

  9. I am glad you had a relaxing holiday with your family and now back to painting. I love the sketches and paintings you do. BTW have you ever spoken to 'the couple'?

  10. Lynn after the break I see change in your a little different but good.... love the couple and the new textures... the fish house is is pier is such a joy watching you evolve...incredible really!! Glad you had a nice holiday!

    Hugs Giggles

  11. lots of wonderful drawings Lynn, I especially love your observational work and the stories behind them.
    Happy PPF, Annette x

  12. Lots of fabulous drawings. Always enjoy your cafe/eating place sketches with people. Lovely to look at!

  13. You have really gotten back into the swing of things, Lynn. I always love to see your drawings of "the couple" so I am delighted with your post today. Also the Hyde Street pier paintings are great.

  14. Great post and wonderful drawings. I always love what you say and what you've drawings. Very much so. Your comment on my blog about my learning to draw the lay of the land, bldgs., etc., well I will be trying to learn so that I can join in the fun at Somewhere To Sketch. My drawings on bldgs. are like my doodles in my journal right now. Blah! :) Happy New Year!

  15. Happy New Year and welcome home! wonderful sketches in the 'Lynn' way.

  16. Wonderful! I love the way you feel comfortable and at home at your taco place. I still haven't been able to feel "comfortable" sitting and drawing in public. I know, I need to get over it!!

    Happy Paint Party Friday!

  17. Lovely sketches! Have a wonderful weekend!

  18. Hello Lynne,
    I'm visiting PPF for the first time today and loving it. It's all so inspiring.
    Your so talented and it's great to see how you use different media.

    I know I'm going to have lots of fun and learn so much.
    Have a wonderful weekend and thanks for sharing ;D

  19. It's been a long time since we don't go to SF, beautiful place! Fun sketches, thanks for sharing them with us, I think my fav is the Church, I love churches. Happy PPF!

  20. Beautiful drawings! Especially I like the fourth one!

  21. Wonderful drawings, love your stories, too! :) Happy New Year! <3


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