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Wednesday, January 18, 2017

More Urban Sketches, Another New Artist Friend Exchange


The week started last Thursday at Barnes & Noble Café where I drew this woman, who is a regular there. Perhaps you can recognize her by now. Her friend went away from the table for a bit giving me a full view of this gal.


The next day we were at a Starbucks where these women we chatting away. And one woman facing us is balancing coffee cups on her head. (Or so it seemed)


At the same time this guy enjoyed a coffee with his wife and I am guessing, daughter.


Later that week we were at another Starbucks (we rotate around three or four of them in our area) where this sweet family was enjoying their time there.


Across the room a pair were working on something together, the guy between them was alone I believe doing his own thing, he had quite the stare; and the third guy was doing something else on a small fold up lap top unconnected to the others.


I enjoyed watching folks standing in line. I liked this woman's faux fur collar on her white jacket. She was with the short guy in his martial arts jacket. I wondered if they were going to buy something off the shelves too.


On Monday of this week I went to Oakland where I met up with a klassmate from Sketchbook Skool! You know I have been taking klasses on line in SBS for over two and half years. Maria Barci just started taking her first SBS klass a couple of months ago. She found me there. I'm so glad as we love each other's art styles, and since we live about a hour apart we decided to meet up in person and draw together.


I drew Maria from a photo I took of her after I got home. She dresses so stylishly. It was a challenge. I wasn't 100% thrilled with the outcome, because I couldn't capture her beauty, but I will try again and again hoping I eventually do.
However, she loved the drawing and was happy when I sent it to her.


Here we are together before setting out to draw and talk more at Starbucks near where she lives.  (notice the T Shirt Press for putting her art on T Shirts in the other room behind us, I'll show you more about that later in this post.)


I drew her drawing at Starbucks:


And later she drew me from a photo she took of me (see below)


I think she really got my look and joy. We both were having a very happy day together.


I continue to draw portraits from photos on the Sktchy app for IPhones.  I am using mostly Copic markers on them too.
I bought a whole bunch more at Dick Blick than the mostly skin tones I already had, and now I have a lot of bright colors too!!!!
I think I have enough for a while.
This Dick Blick in Berkeley, CA also sells the refill ink bottles and I got one of them for the skin tone color I already used up. I think it's the E00 marker. It's very cost effective to have ink to refill markers! You can buy fresh nibs there too.






 
Oops, out of order but here I am drawing Maria at Starbucks.





And finally today here I am drawing at yet another Starbucks in our town above and below on a very rainy day.


One more thing about Maria Barci, not only is she a stylishly dressed lovely young woman, and great artist, she also makes T Shirts with her art on them to sell like the one below featuring her drawing of Iris Apfel. If you would like one too, I love mine, let me know and I'll get you the contact information.

 
Thanks for coming by and leaving your comments.
They make me happy and keep me drawing!
 
Wishing you a Creative Week Ahead

23 comments:

  1. What spells inspiring? L Y N N ;) Truly love your rich, uber creativity and the artistic sunshine that you spread, but you already know that! I enjoyed reading about your week and the quirky tidbits of life you glean from your drawings... Thank you so much for the generous and special shout out. Looking forward to our budding friendship! Maria

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    1. Thanks for visiting Maria! Still feeling the joy of our day together! Wishing you lots of fun art making and tons of TShirt sales!

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  2. You live your art and enjoy it so much, which is an uplifting example to all. Great post.

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    1. Thanks so much John, yes I suppose I do!

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  3. I just love the feeling of freedom and joy in all your drawings. One of these days I'm going to get the courage to sit at a public place and sketch people in attendance. Blessings, my friend!

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    1. Oh Arnoldo, I do hope you do! It's such great fun! I promise it gets easier and less intimidating the more you do it!!! Let me know when you do I want to see your people where you are!

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  4. If you draw that woman at the top enough I feel like you'll have to put together a little online exhibition for us, with all the pictures you've drawn of her. Would be really cool to see them side by side! Happy PPF!

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    1. I so love a challenge! Thanks for your suggestion! Keep an eye out!

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  5. I love your sketches! I am always a bit nervous to be out and about sketching :)

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    1. Read my book (on side bar) about how I overcame my fear of drawing in public: One Fish Taco ...

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  6. Really lovely post. I bet the coffee shops love seeing you come. It is so nice to see a photo of you too.

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    1. Thank you Nicole! I hope they do, and don't mind! No ones yet to say anything to me about my drawing there!

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  7. I love how you sketched Maria and yourself. Your own style is great. What a rich week you had with all thouse people you drew and observed.
    Happy PPF ♥

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  8. How fun! What a treat to meet together and sketch! Wonderful work - as always!!

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  9. Hi Lynn! I have always been such a fan of your drawings! Just now realizing that we only live several hours away from each other, I would love to coffee shop hop with you and I could see you in all your creative glory! Until then, I will make a cup of coffee and read your posts. Big hugs and hope you are warm and safe. It's been some really crazy weather lately. Rasz

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  10. What a fun week you have had, Lynn. I enjoy all your sketches — great, loose style! I recognised a couple of the sktchy portraits. Lovely that you and Maria were able to meet up. She is quite talented. Happy PPF! :)

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  11. Lynn your work is always so wonderful. I just love the portraits you and Maria did of each other! She captured your spirit perfectly. I love how similar your style is!! Just amazing. I think you captured the beauty of her eyes. I see why she loves it!! That tee-shirt is awesome too!! Nice match you two!! Keep on creating...so fun to watch!

    Hugs Giggles

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  12. I just love how you make a point of meeting so many of your sketching friends. That is always fun!!! Great job on all the portraits especially the Sktchy ones. Maybe when my "30 Paintings in 30 Days" challenge is over I'll hop over there and take a look. Have a great week.

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  13. Aaah, lovely drawings, happy moments..This post made me smile - and to plan my own t-shirt :)
    Have a creative and good week ahead!

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  14. What fun to meet up with a fellow sketcher! i was impressed by her earrings! You both did a great job on your drawings.

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  15. I love Chloe and Kristina . . . they look like fantastic people I'd like to know. I think it's great you go around to different Starbucks. . .would think people in different areas would be different looking. Blessings, Janet

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