San Francisco Streets

I’ve been spending some time painting outside with watercolor and my Sakura Microperm pen.  I definitely get into moods where ink + watercolor is the only way to capture the feeling of what’s in front of me.  I’ve always liked the ephemeral quality of watercolor mixed with the hard contrast of black ink . I feel like the pen captures the way my brain is communicating with my hand very directly. My watercolor is usually less controlled and finds it’s own way of landing and that is a big part of what I love about it.  It’s always a balancing act between control and letting go with confidence.  I hope you enjoy these and I’m sure there will be more.




Watercolor Sketch-1

Brian Bailey © 2015

Watercolor Sketch-2

Brian Bailey © 2015

I’ve been working on some watercolor sketches lately.  I’m starting with a pen and ink drawing and adding a limited amount of watercolor.  It’s an interesting exercise to go through each drawing and decide which areas to paint and what to leave alone.  Pretty happy with the results and hope to incorporate some of the sketch qualities into more finished paintings.  Thanks for looking!


I was updating everyday for quite a while but I’ve decided that I need a few days between posts to get caught up with changes and new ideas. I’m reading The Art Spirit by Robert Henri in bits and pieces along with looking through blogs and listening to podcasts to keep refreshing the well of ideas and inspiration for new works. I still draw and paint each day and walk outside, looking for new perspectives.  I was in a cafe this morning, looking and drawing over a cup of coffee.  The things that I notice are sometimes striking and pull my thoughts in a new direction and sometimes everything feels like a mystery.  The faces of people eating breakfast or reading through emails are happy faces or blank faces or the faces of waiting or remembering.  Each day, I’m looking and trying to see clearly. Sometimes all the lines in all the faces come together and make a picture. Other times, each face is a tangent. I’ll be updating whenever there is more to report, probably once a week for a while, and I thank you for your support.

Watercolor Sketch

Brian Bailey © 2015

Day 7: The Finish Line…For Now

I only had time for a quick sketch today, but I found an awesome Volkswagen Beetle to draw and am pretty happy with the result.  The car looked like it just came off of the showroom floor so I had to take a moment to admire.

I made it to day 7 of sharing my sketches and am very happy with how it feels.  I want to continue using this blog to share my San Francisco sketching adventures and am thinking of some tweaks the future. The idea of a sketchbook, itself, as a work of art is very compelling to me and something I want to continue to explore.  Until then, here’s my sketch of the Beetle.