A Fude Pen Week


A few weeks ago I replaced by Duke Confucius Fude Pen with a Duke Ruby. For some reason the Confucius started leaking, and for the life of me I can not figure out why. I clean it all, fill the converter, then the next time I pick the pen up there is ink all over….

Travelsketching – the journey


“Life is a journey not a destination.” Ralph Waldo Emerson To paraphrase: L’art est un voyage, non une destination. (Art is a journey not a destination.) Most people begin a journey of art as a child, then as they approach their teenage years they give it up, enticed by other pursuits or intimidated by insecurity….

Capture the moment! Everyday


When you find other people who are as insightful and brilliant as you are there is a compulsion to spread the word, or at least revel in the free therapy message that you are not alone with your “issues.” Such a person is Danny Gregory, the author of “Art Before Breakfast.” This book hid on…

“Happy mistakes” while travelsketching


Time, logistics, and the weather all add to the challenge of travelsketching. For a variety of reasons we do not always get to sit on a comfortable bench on a sunny day, with unlimited time to produce a work of art. So what is one to do? Here are a few thoughts on how to…

The New Normal in Normandie


Back from L’Isle sur la Sorgue we set about establishing a normal routine, though we are learning that often in France the normal is detours or deviations – just when you think the autopilot is turned on you hit a bit of turbulence, better get used to it as I think it is the norm….