Extended Time With Plants

 My Perpetual Plant Journal elicits and nurtures a totally separate facet of my artwork. It gives me the opportunity to slow down, to take the time to draw carefully first in pencil (though I don't always do so), to work less energetically with my watercolors and to spend precious, extended...

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Being Prepared for en plein air

Uncategorized Jan 09, 2020
 

1. Essentials (even if you don't end up using them)

2. Hat with brim to keep the sun out of your eyes

3. Water to drink! It is very common to become dehydrated without realizing it.

4. Drawing and/or painting tool

5. Paper

6. Paint (if you plan on painting in addition to or instead of sketching)

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Sketching Habit

Waking up in Maui. I REALLY wish I could sleep on planes. Sketched first in ink with a Kaweco Sport fountain pen followed by watercolor using a waterbrush. Still not out of bed.


Creating the habit of sketching is a wise investment of time. If it were not for my habit (addiction) of sketching...

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Perpetual Plant Journal Review

 

Happy New Year - 2020!

One of the many highlights of 2019 has been working in my perpetual plant journal, documenting plants in many different parts of the world.  I love that the journal is a snapshot of the seasons as well as the places I've traveled to.  

Since I started Volume...

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Matching Paper and Pen

With Christmas only a few days away I found myself in my kitchen with counters crowded with ingredients I'd just picked up at the equally crowded grocery store. Rather than put everything away, I started cooking. My mind was on food, not the art tools I grabbed to sketch while cooking.

I...

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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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