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Sketching in action


In my workshops I teach sketchers to paint shapes first then do the ink, that is because many new sketchers struggle to overcome the insecurity of “getting the lines right.” In reality I most often start with ink and then … Continue reading

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What a journey


Thirty-two years ago today, I loaded everything I owned in the world into my Oldsmobile Cutlass, a company-car from the import food company that I worked for. The boss “suggested” that a move to Seattle would be a good thing. … Continue reading

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Nice work at Yes! You can travelsketch!


Saturday six travelsketchers joined me for a workshop at the Red Cup in Mukilteo. The wind and the temperature made it unrealistic to be outside so Kris at Nature Together generously opened their space for us to use. This one … Continue reading

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To make scenic sketches better – get the skyline right.


A key concept for travel sketching when trying to capture a distant landscape or cityscape is to first get the skyline right, and make it just a bit more bold. Thinking back over my years of doing watercolor I remember a time I almost gave it up completely. … Continue reading

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Travel sketches vs urban sketches, and what about plein air?


The teapot in Bath, and a street in Kyoto are both travel sketches yet they do not qualify as urban sketches. The teapot was done on location yet it does not qualify for an urban sketch due to the content. … Continue reading

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Sketching in Mukilteo


It is so pleasant living in a town by Puget Sound. Here are some recent sketches. The Red Cup Cafe is a popular place for locals. It sits on the hill above the waterfront giving a sweeping view of the … Continue reading

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Mornings at Mukilteo Beach


The last two mornings I went early to Mukilteo Beach, here is the result

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