Urban Sketching in My Own Yard

[Lydia Velarde in San Diego]  Many of our flowers and succulents are blooming now so I decided to take myself out in the yard to sketch a few. Pencil and watercolor in a handmade book.

Christmas in the Park

[By Lydia Velarde in San Diego] This sketch was created at Old Poway Park in San Diego on an 8×8 watercolor block. The staff at the park was getting ready for a big event and putting up decorations. All of the buildings had some sort of festive ornamentation and looked beautiful.

Luce Court and Legacy Plaza, San Diego

By Lydia Velarde, San Diego. The San Diego Urban Sketchers met at Luce Court and Legacy Plaza, Liberty Station, San Diego.Liberty Station was formerly known as the Naval Training Center San Diego. It welcomed its first Navy recruits in 1923. After training up to 50,000 recruits a year for over 60 years, Liberty Station is […]

10 x 10 Coming to Usk San Diego!

[By Lydia Velarde in San Diego] USk San Diego 10 x 10 Call For Instructors Join us in beautiful San Diego in 2020 for our first 10 x10 Workshop Series when we will present 10 workshops by 10 instructors. Workshops will be held in San Diego (outdoor location to be determined) during May, June and July […]

Sketching with visitors from Australia

By Lydia Velarde in [San Diego], Sketching at Balboa Park with the San Diego Urban Sketchers. It’s such a treat to welcome guests from all over the world and today we had special guests, Maria and Jim from Australia! This is my sketch of the Bell Tower and the top of the Old Globe Theatre.

Spanish Village, A Community of Art Studios

By Lydia Velarde in [San Diego], The Spanish Village Art Center is home to over 200 working artists. The Center is a beautiful place to sketch and paint. I tried this piece in a large (10 x 11 inch) watercolor sketchbook a fellow urban sketcher made for me.

Sketching in a Private Garden

[By Lydia Velarde, San Diego] One of the San Diego Urban Sketchers got us access to a private garden in Bonita, California today. The garden is an award winner and has been featured in a popular gardening magazine. There were many different sections of the garden, each having its own theme. I chose to draw […]

Chess Marathon

[San Diego] By Lydia Velarde in San Diego, Koh-i-nor Rapido Sketch Pen and Watercolor. Every year our friend drives down from Los Angeles for a Chess Retreat. He stays at our house and we play marathon chess. I am the one that warms him up because I am not as skilled as Ray and my husband, […]