Author Archives: D. Abreu

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.

Crystal Mountain

This weekend has been a very warm one here in the Pacific Northwest! 97 degrees! Wow. We went from winter to scorching summer in one week. To cool down a bit we decided to go up to Crystal Mountain hoping … Continue reading

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Every year we are very lucky to have a Tall Ships Festival in town. This year 22 Tall Ships and a 15 ton bright yellow rubber Duck came to visit. Hundreds of people from different parts of the city and … Continue reading

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Two Weekends at the Waterfront!

It is amazing how Tacoma WA continues to change and evolve. When we moved here 20 years ago Tacoma was still the joke of the State due to its “Aroma of Tacoma” but lately there are new apartment complexes, beautiful … Continue reading

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Finally a Sunny Day!

Living in the Pacific Northwest I am used to having long winters, lots of rain and gray days but this year has been a long one. Rain and gray days since October and I must admit that it gets to … Continue reading

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The Portable Painter

I am always looking for ways in which I can make Urban Sketching portable. I always carry a “purse” which is actually my art bag but that includes my wallet. In my “purse” I always carry a couple of sketchbooks, … Continue reading

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Busy weeks, not much Art…

The last few weeks have been a challenge for me in order to go out an sketch some. The weather has been cold and rainy and the work very demanding but last week I was able to take some time off … Continue reading

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A Day at the Pantages Theater

A week ago I met USK Tacoma at the Pantages Theater in Tacoma. We had torrential rain but despite that over 30 people showed up. This is a beautiful place but also so overwhelming to sketch. I sat down in … Continue reading

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