Category Archives: Tips for the Travel Sketcher

Perspective challenge in Florence, Italy


Many of the grand buildings that inspire a travel sketch quite often are intimidating in the perspective challenges they present. Perspective seems daunting, I get that. Yet a few tips make it work. Trust the process – horizon line and … Continue reading

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Where do I start?


One of the challenges when travel sketching is where to start. Admittedly every artist has their own valid approach. Yet we often get hung up in the details, trying to create a sketch that looks like a photo, this can … Continue reading

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My new pochade box finally came!


My last blog described my transition to theTravelsketcher. Today my gift to myself finally came – Amazon left the unit number off the address, resulting in an extra day of unwelcome delayed gratification. My SOHO Urban Artist Pochade Box arrived … Continue reading

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How I became theTravelsketcher


Twenty-five years ago, this coming January, I boarded a plane at SEATAC airport headed to Racine Wisconsin. Prior to that I had been to Mexico twice, and flights for business in the Western States – a business traveler yet not … Continue reading

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Testing a new tripod


Most of the time my lap has supported my sketchpad and paints. I like to travel light so that works well. Yet after seeing so many urban and travel sketchers use a tripod for sketching I had to give it … Continue reading

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Painting a tree in Loch Ness


Here is the process I used painting a 2″x2″ canvas using acrylics and a pallet knife.

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A quick sketch of Crichton Castle


I did this in about 10 minutes as an experiment with a technique to make travel sketching easy and teachable.

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