Wine makes waiting better

Waiting for flight on Phoenix,


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Posted by on December 19, 2014 in sketch, Travel, Wine


Commissioned painting of Brooks Winery in Oregon


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Posted by on December 5, 2014 in ink, pen, Wine


Thinking of Duke’s on a snowy day

Sketching and sipping at Dukes Waikiki, wishing I was there, its cold here in Seattle.


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Posted by on November 29, 2014 in Travel


Dreaming of Spring

It’s a cold November, thinking of spring


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Posted by on November 17, 2014 in ink, pen, sketch


Some travel sketching tips,

So where do you begin travel sketching? Let’s start with a few tips I have found along the way.

Have a focal point. What is it about the scene before you that makes you want to sketch it? I learned that I had a weakness in wanting to try and capture some grand, expansive, breathtaking vista on a small sketchpad. Often the results would be disappointing. There would be lines and color but the eye had no idea where it was supposed to go; nothing about the sketch stood out.

When travel sketching  we are capturing the experience as much or more than we are creating a work of art, so it is important to find some key object that puts the whole drawing into perspective. This can simplify the whole process as you add detail to the building, the tree, the vase, the glass, etc. Then the rest of the painting can be less precise, this actually makes the object that made you want to paint in the first place stand out clearly.


In this sketch it is all about the barn, the rest is given just enough attention to give the barn context.

When painting a grand vista, use something in the foreground to put it all in perspective.

Notice how in this sketch the detail of the umbrella, the railing, and the foreground trees create the idea of distance for the hills and Mt. Hood in the distance. Things that are far away will of course be less detailed and less intense in color. A whole sketch of just that would be bland, but the details in the foreground make the distant hills look just right; they actually enhance the feeling of distance and expanse.


You don’t have to sketch it all or fill the page. You are capturing a moment, and that moment may be summed up in rather briefly. This painting focuses on a portion of a fence, and some sunflowers, but it reminds me of a wonderful day sipping wine at Truitt-Hurst winery in Sonoma.


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Posted by on November 15, 2014 in ink, pen, sketch, Tips for the Travel Sketcher


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The view from Torii Mor in Oregon

The deck at Torii Mor gives you about 180 degrees of wonderful views of the Willamette Valley, with Mt Hood in the distance


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Posted by on November 14, 2014 in ink, pen, sketch, Wine



Wine O’Clock window

This painting was inspired by a wonderful lunch at favorite place, Wine O’Clock in Prosser, Washington. Part of the Bunnell Family Wineries, great food and wine. Try the flatbread with pear and other goodies, worth the drive from Seattle.

Painting is Acrylic, 22″ x 28″, on canvas. On display at Bunnell Wine Tasting room in Woodinville, Washington


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Posted by on November 10, 2014 in Wine


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