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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Method Behind Madness

 

Monday, July 13, 2020

I want to thank the multitude of friends and artists who subscribed to this blog during the last few days following the announcement that I was leaving the Facebook platform.  Thank you!

I have so many thoughts, experiments and projects to share with everyone and I...

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Contour Drawing

 

Contour line drawing of my Betty Boop Lunchbox... with added lines to create value.

I like the definition of a contour line that I quote below.

"Contour Line: in art it is a line that defines an edge or form. Contour Line Drawing: the artist only draws...

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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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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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Sketches from a trip to Wales and England - Spring 2019

 

The short video shows many of my sketches from the Wales/England trip I recently enjoyed.  As I photographed my sketchbooks I noticed that the collection of sketches is different form those I've done on previous trips.  I can see in these sketches that I was less focused.

Usually when...

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Love your sketchbook! The more you sketch ... the better you get!

bookbinding sketchbooks May 29, 2019
 

I'm addicted to making my own sketchbooks.  I can make them any size, use any combination of paper, recycle my favorite shopping bags and boxes, make them thick for home and thin for travel!

 I used old watercolor paintings for the covers of the sketchbooks pictured above. 

You...

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Sketchbook Story Time No. 9 - 1970's

 

Sketchbook Story Time No. 9

Sketches from the 1970's

A few more glimpses into my heart and mind ...

The stories behind the drawings and paintings in my sketchbooks

a few pages at a time.

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Sketchbook Story Time No. 10 - Trumpet Parts, Squiggle Drawings and Bathroom Inspiration

 

Sketchbook Story Time No. 10

February 2, 2012 to June 6, 2012

Trumpet Parts, Squiggle Drawings and Bathroom Inspiration

A few more glimpses into my heart and mind ...

The stories behind the drawings and paintings in my sketchbooks

a few pages at a time.

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