Keeping green in your sketching


“If you are green you are growing.” A lot of truth here, and I do not know the first time I heard the phrase, but autumn reminds me of its wisdom. The yellow and orange at this time of year are a joy for most artists, yet we are capturing the glorious finale of leaves…

Le Mont Saint Michel – visit again, not sure


We first visited Le Mont Saint Michel (MSM) in March 2020, just days before COVID shut the world down. This is Tricia standing on the bridge as we approached the island. (You should read her blogs for more history and photos of MSM.) We just revisited MSM his week, actually spending the night on the…

Who is your art for?


My art is for me, well OK, and Instagram. Thankfully I have sold quite a few pieces over the years, it has helped pay for paints and pens; well at least a little. Frequently I do art for gifts which is such a pleasure and I do cards and postcards for friends and family. Yet…

Another week of watercolor markers


I have not used a watercolor pallet for three weeks now, just the Faber-Castel makers I bought in Paris. Here are a few sketches and some things I have learned. This is one of the first things I did with the markers. The lesson here is that you can blend and lighten the colors with…

Paris Did Have Some Answers…


Maybe I did find the answers to some questions in Paris… (For the complete context check out my last post.) Let me start with a book recommendation. This is a well researched, easy read about the Impressionist painters and how they finally found acceptance. For an insecure artist like myself, (I hide my “like count”…