A Challenging Font

March 29, 2020

What a strange time this is.  My daily routine has hardly changed at all ... one of the great positive aspects of being an artist and self-employed.  While at the same time, the daily routine of most of the world has changed dramatically and will, I doubt, never return to...

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Perpetual Plant Journal

 

This is a good time to begin a Perpetual Journal whether it be of plants ... or something else.

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A year ago I’d never heard of a perpetual journal.  I was introduced to the concept last April when visiting my friend, Jill Richards, in Wales.  Each week,...

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Morning Scribbler: Feb. 20 - 26, 2020

 

Sometimes I feel I'm using my precious time poorly, spending it editing photographs, videos and text to post online in blogs, websites and learning forums. Time is so precious ... and so is the opportunity to inspire others to nurture our human instinct to be creative, to see the world around us...

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Perpetual Architecture Journal

Don't forget that the drawing to win the Super Small Watercolor Travel Kit is happening at 4pm EST this Sunday, March 1, 2020!  Post a project in on of my Skillshare Classes to enter! (See below for the link to my Skillshare Page.

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Working in my Perpetual Plant Journal has been so...

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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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Join me as a Morning Scribbler

 

Being an insomniac has advantages.  It allows me many more hours to come up with ways to demonstrate drawing and painting techniques.  It also creates more time in my day to turn some of my ideas into reality.  My goal has always been to master skills that will help me grow as...

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My new favorite brush

art tools sketchbook Jan 14, 2020
 

I arrived home from Maui to find that a new brush had arrived to be tested out. The da vinci water colour brush with a silverpoint tip is Fabulous!

The squirrel hair is shaped beautifully and holds a sufficient quantity of water and pigment to enable me to dance across the page.  I have...

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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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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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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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