Follow Your Mind The Art Will Follow


Let me begin by reporting that Shirley is practicing her croissant sketches, though I fear she eats two for every one she sketches, thankfully they know a good boulangerie that is nearby. I know a lot of folks that read this also sketch, be sure to tag me when you post something as I would…

Aquarelle, Graphite and Shirley


This has been an interesting, well OK, challenging week as far as the French System goes, but thankfully graphite pencils, watercolor markers, and friends got me through. Last week we returned from five days in Paris with Alexis and Joe. Wednesday evening we said our goodbyes. They left early Thursday morning for CDG and flights…

Bold Colors and Paris Life


Just one year ago next month we moved to France, after 35 years of living in the Seattle, Washington area. What a difference a year makes. Seattle Metro has a population of 4,102,400 according to the 2022 census, it regularly ranks in the top ten worst traffic cities and in the top ten most expensive…

We Need a Travelsketchers Manifesto


We need a Travelsketchers Manifesto. I am an Urban Sketcher who wholeheartedly supports and embraces the Urban Sketchers Manifesto, only tagging posts with #usk if they conform. But I am also a travelsketcher, as are the majority of the Urban Sketchers out there, I have travelled with sketchbook in hand for 25+ years. So why…

Capturing and Creating Moments


As a travel and urban sketcher much of what I sketch is what I see in front of me as I “capture the moment.” Sketching is a way to immerse yourself in the time and place, it imprints the sounds and the sights far better than most anything else I know – it is as…