March 20, 2012

Cruise/New Orleans/Mardi Gras Sketchbook - New Orleans!

Monday morning the boat docked at New Orleans, and we all piled into the car, deposited our bags at the hotel and walked to the French Quarter. It was sad to leave the boat, but it was nice to be on solid ground again.

The first order of business was beignets and cafe au lait. Next, wandering around. After that we went to Pierre Maspero's for a drink and decided to stay for lunch.

I saved my little silverware holder and pasted it in my sketchbook so that I would never again forget the name of this restaurant. When we were wandering around I kept suggesting we try to find "the restaurant with the M."


March 19, 2012

Cruise Sketchbook - Last Cruise Day

Here is our perch on the last day of the cruise. We again took possession of the best table at the back of the boat, this time on the opposite side. I know there are particular words for that, but to me it's just the back of the boat, on the left. We were there from breakfast through lunch, just hanging out.

March 18, 2012

Cruise Sketchbook - More Cozumel

After moving to the shade, I made the top sketch while watching the water, drinking a margarita and eating nachos.

The bottom sketch is of an "uninhabited hotel" that is adjacent to the beach club. It probably really isn't a hotel anymore, but it seemed a little inhabited.

March 17, 2012

Painting from Photographs with Oil & Acrylic Class

It's not too late to sign up for the class I'm teaching at Flicker Street Studio, Painting from Photographs with Oil & Acrylic! The six-week class starts Tuesday, March 20th. Go to the Flicker Street Studio web site and sign up now!


March 20 - April 24 * 6 sessions * 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM Tuesdays
$225 plus $15 Materials Fee * Beginner and up
Explore composition by using photographs as your subject matter for creating paintings in both oil and acrylic.

March 13, 2012

Cruise Sketchbook - Cozumel!

The ship docked at Cozumel early Saturday morning. We got off the boat, looked around for a cab, and found Javier. He has a big taxi van and took us and about seven others to a beach club, where we claimed some beach chairs and got some margaritas and fish tacos.

March 12, 2012

March 08, 2012

Cruise Sketchbook: Day Two Perch

At lunch on our first full day at sea we grabbed a really good table. Outside, in the back, giving each of us a perfect view but covered to help with the wind and the tropical sun on our winter selves. Since there were five of us, at least one of us was there to save the table at all times while others wandered around or got more drinks. We stayed here for hours talking, eating, drinking, reading and laughing until we went upstairs on the open deck to watch the sun set.

March 07, 2012

Cruise Sketchbook: Ship Parts and Uneaten Cake

Ship parts can be fascinating.
Cake does not always taste good.

March 06, 2012

Cruise Sketchbook: Day Two























(click sketch for more detail)

March 03, 2012

Cruise Sketchbook - After-Dinner Drinks

Drinks in the Romeo and Juliet Club
(click the sketch for more detail)