Body Easels - Board Accessories and Sketchbooks

 

In the recent class I published on Skillshare, Painting Hedgerows in Watercolor, I used my DIY body easel in the en plein air painting demonstration.  The above video was included as one of the lessons in the class to show how all my tools are securely attached to my easel making it far...

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Painting a Hedgerow in Watercolor

Slowly making my way back to creating en plein air videos to share with you in the current and upcoming online classes both on Skillshare.com/chriscarterart and here on ExploreWithChrisCarter.com.  To introduce this fun series I published a short class last Friday on Skillshare, Painting...

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Chasing Away the Gloom

Finally!  Power is back on after three and a half days of no power, no internet and spotty (at best) cell service.

When power is out, for days at a time, my basement studio has been flooded and even the cell towers are out of commission, what do I do?  I go to the zoo.

Silly...

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Handling the Heat en Plein Air

en plein air Jul 27, 2020

There are advantages to being at home in New Jersey during the hot and humid summer months. I can work in my Perpetual Plant Journal or on a painting, en plein air, over a period of several days without having to complete the illustration in one sitting or complete the illustration in my studio...

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New Contest Celebrating Launch of DIY Body Easel Class on Skillshare

Celebrating the launch of a new class on skillshare.com/ChrisCarterArt

DIY Body Easel for sketching and painting when standing.

The winner will be drawn at 4 pm (Eastern Standard Time) on Thursday, March 26, 2020. The drawing will be live on both Instagram and Facebook.

The...

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Value Sketches When Traveling Light

 

Caput mortuum is my favorite pigment for monochromatic en plein air sketches.  I fell in love with it when I first began focusing on architecture sketching on the streets of Belleville, Paris.  Finding one pigment that can produce atmospheric dark values and beautiful light values makes...

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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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Beach houses in Kitty Hawk, North Carolina

Early this morning, before it became too hot and sticky for me to be able to concentrate, I did the watercolor sketch below.  I've been asked to show the stages of a sketch I do directly in watercolor without a preliminary drawing of any sort.  Here it is.

I began in a very small...

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Sketching in St. Ives, UK - Part Four - Values Shapes Dominance

Sketching in St. Ives, UK - Part Four

Values - Shapes - Dominance

What do I look for when I'm out in the world sketching? What are the questions I ask myself before I touch my pen or brush to the paper?

Question 1: What grabs my attention?

Question 2: Why does (blank) grab my attention: shape;...

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Sketching in St. Ives, UK - Part Three - Twenty Steps

 

Sketching in St. Ives, UK - Part Three - Twenty Steps

Posted: February 28, 2019

The video above was filmed many years ago on a cold, winter day in Ashville, North Carolina shortly after I invented one of my drawing/painting games.  Taking twenty steps and forcing myself to draw something...

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