As We Transition to a New Year

I began this journey after my parents died. A way to heal the wounds maybe, a way to process my grief and loss, or a way to say goodbye. It was not planned, it just happened. When I was a child my mother always managed to get me watercolors and that is what I went back to, and every time I picked up my watercolors, I smiled and remembered her kindness and how special she was. That brings me peace and happiness and I remember that the people who leave us actually never leave, they are always there, watching, supporting and loving. That brought me to the end of 2016 and the beginning of 2017.

Last year was an interesting one. I continued my adventure with art and discovered Urban Sketchers. I got hooked! I decided to share with all of you these adventures as well as my growing pains thru this blog and even blogging became another adventure. I have continued to fall in love with sketching the world around me as well as drawing and painting every time I can. I became a very active member of Urban Sketchers Tacoma volunteering as much as possible, organizing the blogging commitments, blogging and helping with the art shows which in fact we have two coming up in a week. I have fallen in love with art and every time I draw I feel my heartbeat raising fast as I have just found a first love. I do also find a space of peace and stillness that is very difficult to describe, I find happiness.

As I start the New Year I hope to continue drawing, painting and Urban Sketching. I plan to continue being an active member of Urban Sketchers Tacoma and we are already planning our participation in the next West Coast Sketch Crawl in Vancouver BC in August. This new year I will continue to paint and learn more about myself while drawing and sketching as I continue to share my world with all of you.

These are some of my sketches that brought the year 2016 to an end!



Tacoma Community College in Tacoma, WA



Thai Rest. Golden Teals in Tacoma WA



Barns and Nobles Newsstand in Lakewood, WA



One of a couple of pieces I did while at home (not an urban sketch). This is a view of Vancouver Downtown In BC during our last trip this past summer.



Painted from a picture (not an urban sketch), this is a view of the ocean and fisherman’s in Bali painted with watercolors from a picture taken by a coworker who was there last year. As I know she loves Bali I wanted to exchange paintings with her and decided to make this one for her.

Until next time and Happy Sketching,








About D. Abreu

I am a psychotherapist by profession but felt in love with the arts, watercolor painting and Urban Sketching. With no formal background or education in fine arts I decided to teach myself using any resources I could find and this is my journey.
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2 Responses to As We Transition to a New Year

  1. lynnefairchild says:

    Daisy, your words and sketches are a beautiful tribute to your love of sketching, and to your parents. I love your sketches; they are so full of energy and life. It was one of the highlights of 2016 for me that you and I connected. I feel a special kinship, and feel very blessed to witness the unfolding of your extraordinary sketching journey. Thank you for sharing so generously.

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