Category Archives: Tips for the Travel Sketcher

theTravelsketcher with clipped-wings


My Alaska Airlines Million-miler Boeing 737 model sits on the mantel. Just a few days over a year ago I was with Tricia (Travels Through My Lens) in Japan and Korea. Ten months ago we were in France. Our last … Continue reading

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Sketch and send a postcard – to yourself


Before Instagram there were postcards – “Don’t forget to send me a postcard.” We still send postcards, shopping for them, in my case sketching them, and then mailing them, is a way to interact with the culture, usually a pleasurable … Continue reading

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Tackling a challenging subject – a lizard in a tree


I love it when folks send a challenging subject to sketch. This one comes from my friend Lori. It is a small lizard in a tree, a lot of gray makes it hard to get the lizard to stand out. … Continue reading

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Tackle your fears – art and life


In any discipline we have strengths and weaknesses. We also have comfort zones and challenges. Much of life is dealing with both. The best advice I ever received about strengths and weakness came from a psychologist friend of mine. He … Continue reading

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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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