Category Archives: Tips for the Travel Sketcher

Capturing the moment – Dubai and Genoa


When I look back at my sketches from the past a few evoke more vivid memories than others. The sketch triggers a sense of the moment almost as if I was right there. Here is an excerpt from my new … Continue reading

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It’s done! theTravelsketchers Guide to Travel & Sketching


Thanks to editing help from Tricia, Travels Through My Lens, my book is done. Twenty-five years of traveling for business with a sketchbook in my bag taught me a few things about travel and sketching, I am passing some of … Continue reading

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A morning plein-air at Rosehill


Getting ready for next week’s workshops while trying out a new watercolor set-up. Usually I use acrylic paint for plien air painting, but I wanted to see how my pochade box worked for watercolor. Here is the result, with a … Continue reading

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Shapes and Darks First


Shapes, darks, and colors are the building blocks of any art, be it a painting, a sketch, or a photograph. Of the three, color is the least critical, however, shapes and the relationship between dark and light are the most … Continue reading

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Workshop in July! Landscapes


With summer here and things opening up a bit, a workshop in the great outdoors seems like what we all need. If you were at the Barn Workshop then you know the venue, and the wonderful vistas. Over the last … Continue reading

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My sketching setup


Travelsketching often means sketching while sitting or standing in odd places and positions, thus making it a challenge to juggle a sketchpad, pallet, water, etc. When sketching at a cafe or a pub your setup it is pretty easy – … Continue reading

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How to Travelsketch from Photos, and some recent sketches


One of the delights of being a Travelsketcher is being immersed in a place, soaking up the sights and sounds of the people going by, the breeze blowing, while your sketchpad and paints connect you to the environment, actually making … Continue reading

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Take a journey near to home, join me


Join me on a journey close to home, sketching along the way Le Confinement has changed our travel habits,  Tolkien wrote  Roads go ever ever onUnder cloud and under star,Yet feet that wandering have goneTurn at last to home afar. … Continue reading

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Pallet reset, rethinking my colors


If you want tons of comments on a FB post just ask, “What is the best…” color, paint, pen, brush, pallet, paper, sketchpad, ink…? A myriad of sketchers will eagerly give you the right advice, while of course clarifying why … Continue reading

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5 Tips for Creating Depth in a Sketch


We may get the shapes right, the colors right, and yet the sketch looks flat, why? Objects need context for them to make sense to our brain. Here are few tools to help add depth and dimension to your sketches. … Continue reading

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