Cruising and sketching changes


Art is not a static endeavor, if it was it would soon be boring, it is the dynamic aspect of trying new tools, techniques, and styles that keeps it interesting, and challenging. The cruise we just returned from refined a number of changes that actually began in August on our trip to Paris. One of…

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…

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”…

OK, now we can start sketching.


In my last post I talked about the challenges of sketching broad landscapes and the need to crop and plan. Today I will show you two different approaches to actually sketching them. They are certainly not the only two, but they fit with what I often do. These were done as if I was sitting…