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08-06-2013, 05:20 PM
Started today, August 6, 2013, notable because I got called for jury service for the first time in my life. Weirdly, even though I spent a decade in Chicago and a decade in New Orleans, I never got called for jury duty. Ever. Anywhere I lived. I wondered if it was that I moved too much or something else - but in San Francisco, I finaly got called. The one place in the country I loved most and belong to, feel like it's my city, I actually got to participate. It was cool.

I did some life sketching.

Jury Assembly Room in Hall of Justice from life
Pigma Micron pen in small Moleskine watercolor journal.
3" x 5"

Trees outside Hall of Justice from life
Pigma Micron pen and Daniel Smith watercolor on Stillman and Birn Beta journal (rough paper).
7" x 10"

When I was bored and frustrated at unsuccessful attempts to draw the judge and defense lawyer, I did an imaginary landscape.
Imaginary Landscape
Pitt Artist Pens (brush tip Landscape set) on 7" x 10" Stillman & Birn Beta Journal, rough watercolor paper. Page bottom for a page of written journal about the experience.

08-06-2013, 06:47 PM
Great use of the waiting time during jury duty. Cool sketches.

08-06-2013, 09:21 PM
Nice sketches. I always wondered if drawing was allowed during jury duty. I seem to get selected quite frequently, whereas my husband doesn't. I was an alternate once which was really boring, being able to draw would have been an excellent way to pass the time.

Terry Wynn
08-06-2013, 11:01 PM
Wow, Robert, what a wonderful way to spend your down time. You really captured the court room. Like them all.


08-16-2013, 10:44 AM
Purr thank you! Sketched again when I went out to my therapist appointment on Tuesday, but WC was down by the time I got around to coming here to post it. Took photos today and posting these finally, they're from Tuesday.

7" x 10"
Derwent ArtBars used dry and wet on Stillman & Birn Beta journal rough watercolor paper. Loved the texture I got in the foliage.

Pink lilies life sketch interrupted by van arriving, same sketchbook, watersoluble Stabilo pen. I might wash and finish this using the following reference I took.

Yes, the lilies were behind a metal grating so it was a bit odd getting their photo! Not even a chain link fence, but if I put the phone close to the fence I got them framed by it. Please feel free to use this reference as if in the RIL, I like sharing them.

And of course because he was beautiful today:
Also feel free to draw this photo of Ari. He was so cute watching me take the photos of the art that I had to include him.

08-19-2013, 08:18 PM
Great sketches. Delightful to see an Ari photo.

The sites been wonky for the better part of a week. That's why you may have not seen any responses.

08-20-2013, 09:33 PM
beautiful tree. . . love the form and flow of it as well as the color.

Nice start on the flowers.

Hi, Ari!

08-21-2013, 06:41 AM
You've been busy! I got called for jury service once but we were going on holiday so I was let off. My mother did it once and the case was a flasher, who they found guilty, but he looked so innocent. When he was sentenced there was a string of previous offences!

Nice sketches and Ari is of course beautiful.

I haven't used my art bars in a while. I must get them out.

Joan T
08-22-2013, 09:17 AM
Love that sketch of the tree, Robert!

08-24-2013, 07:25 PM
Purr, thank you! Just as the site came back online, my modem died for no reason I or AT&T could understand. So they sent me a new one, which took all week to arrive by UPS. It's here now, I'm back online and here's a couple that I did while I was offline.

Pink Lilies 2
Homerun PAS oil pastels from Sri Lanka
Bogus Recycled Rough brown sketch paper.
From my own photo taken next door to one of the clinics I visit.

Next, a landscape.
9" x 12"
Derwent ArtBars and water
Aquabee hemp paper pad
Photo reference from Artist's Digital Landscape Photo References collection, though I didn't follow it that close.

Joan T
08-24-2013, 08:12 PM
You were productive while the modem wasn't working. Nice!!

08-25-2013, 09:20 AM
love the pink lilies, and the derwent art bars give cooll results :D

08-25-2013, 04:04 PM
Seems like your modem failure was coincidental with WC having fits and you couldn't have gotten on anyway.

Super sketches. Time away from the computer well spent.

08-26-2013, 05:52 PM
Purr thank you! Yeah, I'm glad I managed to pull out of my funk and do some art. Here's today's sketch of the trees down O'Farrell, it's the same tree I did earlier with the ArtBars now with the ones behind it added. I might do this tree or those trees more often too, they're so convenient where I wait for the van and they fascinate me.

Trees on O'Farrell Street
7" x 10"
Prismacolor Watersoluble colored pencils wet and dry
Stillman & Birn Beta journal rough natural white watercolor paper.
From life, again while waiting for the van. This time I did several of them together instead of just the one in front.

Carole A
08-26-2013, 09:14 PM
Interesting trees; I like their structure. I hope you'll paint these again at different seasons. It would be an interesting group to frame them up together.

Good job on the perspective of the sidewalk squares.

Carole A

08-27-2013, 09:16 PM
Hi Rob
The oil pastel lilies are so luminous!
And, I'm with Carole, I'd like to see those lovely trees depicted in all seasons.

08-27-2013, 09:20 PM
Those are very cool trees. Lovely sketch.

08-29-2013, 03:22 PM
nice one - it would be great to revisit these through the seasons, catching the changes.

08-30-2013, 06:18 PM
Love the waiting room sketches with a bonus shot of Ari - purrrr :)

Joan T
09-02-2013, 08:40 AM
I like this one of the cluster of trees along the curb! Nice!!

09-03-2013, 03:16 PM
Wow, thanks for all the comments! I've got tons to post today, just finishing up all my August sketches - and one September sketch to start off the new month in a new thread. So here are the last of the August sketches.

I did three pieces for my door on brown paper, a psychedelic paisley name sign to replace the plain black and white Robert Sloan that I had taped up next to the snowflake to orient home care workers etc. that this was the right door for me.

Door Art Group, oil pastels on Bogus paper, more or less 9" x 12" each.

Psychedelic Paisley name sign, oil pastel on Bogus rough recycled brown paper. 9" x 12"

Seascape with foam, oil pastels on Bogus paper, 9" x 12"

Velociraptor by the Seaside
Oil pastel on Bogus paper 9" x 12" entirely from imagination.

More to come, these are just the oil pastels ones!

09-03-2013, 03:22 PM
Next, some watercolor pencils pieces in my Stillman & Birn 7" x 10" Beta journal. This journal is almost full, I only have nine blank pages left before I start a new one! Almost all are in Prismacolor watercolor pencils.

Fern sketched from life at my appointment last Wednesday.

This one's actual watercolor though, transparent watercolor painted from my own photo. Same flower as the one I did earlier from life, done from the photo I took while I was painting.
Floral 2, from my own photo, Daniel Smith and Winsor & Newton watercolors.

Two lionesses after Charles R. Knight from his book "Animal Drawing." Plus a life sketch of Ari's rear end under the chair to fill the bottom space. Prismacolor watercolor pencils again, this time with a light wash.

So that's it for August! These came out well. I'm happy with the month's sketching, definitely did much more than one per month.

09-03-2013, 04:38 PM
No one could miss knowing it's you behind that door. Like the dinosaur.