Two tasks on a hot summer day

It’s been pretty hot in Davis lately. On Thursday, we did two things to beat the heat.

We are in our sunroom a lot and it has felt super hot lately. Albert and Daniel put up some film on the side windows that get so much sun. It made a huge difference! Our sunroom is cooler by many degrees.

Daniel also made dinner for us because he likes to cook and has not yet found a job. He discovered a few months ago he likes to BBQ so he tried to make shish kabob. BBQ is great on a hot day because it keeps the heat out of the house!

We ran out of skewers so I had to run out to get some. Apparently everyone else had the same idea because all the store had left was one pack of very short skewers. However, Daniel managed to get a few pieces of food on them.

Albert showed Daniel how to use the grill. Grilling is so quick! Can you tell Daniel is Asian? He uses tongs like chopsticks.

Delicious grilled kebabs!

After dinner I sketched a leftover kebab with watercolor only. I discovered I am way too impatient when sketching to add details because you have to let watercolor dry. After it dried, I went in with pen to add details, then added more watercolor. The pen made a huge difference. I think I am a “draw-your-subject-in-pen-and-add-watercolor-for-interest” type sketcher. (I also tried different typography than my usual writing.)

Maybe one of these days I will attempt a watercolor -only painting, but I’m too lazy to do things like masking and waiting for layers and layers of paint to dry.

You never know though…

P.S. Daniel’s BBQ was delicious and we are enjoying not having our air-conditioning keep kicking off all the time because of the heat in our sunroom!

A Yee

Angela Yee is a professional designer (graphic design, stage design, interior design — and teaches leadership skills at

5 comments to “Two tasks on a hot summer day”

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  1. Corrie - June 17, 2012

    What kind of journal are you doing your watercolor/sketching in? Is it watercolor paper?

  2. A Yee

    A Yee - June 17, 2012

    It’s a Moleskin sketchbook, heavy paper that’s way heavier than the usual paper but lighter than the watercolor notebook paper.

  3. Carmen Lin - June 19, 2012

    Congratulations on Daniel’s accomplishing so much!

  4. Glen Nielsen - June 20, 2012

    I hold my bbq tongs like that as well … go figure … shared asian roots.

    I cannot believe you painted/drew that watercolor painting! I mean, wow! That is REALLY good! The textures, the shadows, the angles … have you done this before?

  5. A Yee

    A Yee - June 20, 2012

    A few times. 🙂 Never painted broccoli and meat and oranges before though…

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