Clarion Calls and Lullabies - Inspired by Winifred Nicholson

oil paintings Dec 05, 2019
 

Challenging myself is a habit, a good habit in my mind. There are, however, limitations to self-challenging.  How can I challenge myself with a concept that I'm unaware of or that is so far out of my understanding that I don't know where to go with it? For the past year, I've been excavating...

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AutoArt - Sketching in a moving automobile

autoart travel art wales Nov 28, 2019
 

I had the pleasure of being a passenger on the trip from Mitchell Troy to Gower Peninsula in South Wales. A concertina sketchbook made the night before was perfect for capturing the landscape as it transitioned through rolling hills, cliffs, villages and salt marshes.

When painting...

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Designing a Sketchbook Page

design sketchbook Nov 19, 2019

Absolutely no rules exist when it comes to designing a page in your sketchbook. Sketchbooks provide the opportunity to discover your own personal preferences when it comes to design.  

For me, the design of a page evolves as I add new elements.  I maintain a flexibility when it...

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Collection of Free Art Videos

 

Urban sketching in Crockett, CA (2015)

A quick reminder that I have numerous free art videos on both my YouTube Channel and my Vimeo Channel.  The links are at the bottom of this page among the other social media links. (Scroll ALL the way down to the black bar at the bottom of the page.)...

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Let the Game Begin!

online course sketchbook Nov 08, 2019

Having completed Part Three of the Pulling the Puddle Mini-course Series, I rummaged through old sketchbooks looking for a specific botanical illustration to use as one of the examples in Part Four  - Pulling the Puddle in Small Shapes. I didn't find the sketch I was looking for but I did...

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Mini Classes!

 

There's now an additional way that you can experiment with and dig a bit deeper into the techniques I offer in the more extensive, multi-week online courses ...  Mini Courses! These shorter classes that focus on one technique at a time AND present a quick project for you to create with the...

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This is why I teach

Uncategorized Oct 27, 2019

Yesterday I received the following comment from Jane, an artist who has recently completed the Drawing Alternatives I course.

"Thank you, Chris. I have become much more aware of values - something I really hadn’t taken on board - and although I didn’t actually enjoy doing the value...

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As the World Flashes By

sketching travel Oct 14, 2019
 

Recently, on the Sketchbook & Watercolor: Tools and Techniques Facebook Group, I posted a video of sketching while riding the Coast Starlight train. Jessica commented, " Can we see more sketches to go with this? As I watch the view out the train window, I am really challenged about how I...

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Explore a Castle Village in Spain

December 12 - 17, 2019

It's a bit crazy to head off on an artist retreat in Spain right before the holidays.  And ... it might be just the adventure you need to help you survive the joy and chaos of that special time of year with family and loved ones.

This is an opportunity to experience a...

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Game of Influence

game of influence Oct 07, 2019
 

Several days ago I received a request to teach a workshop in Mumbles while I'm in Wales next month. While planning the logistics, my painting of Mumbles Pier Lifeboat Station came to mind.  It was Week Three of my self-proclaimed Year of Influence and the artist I chose to be my influence...

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