Category Archives: Travel

First 3 days of sketching from pics – sans me dèplacer


Le confinement continues. Not so bad so far. The weather has been sunny so lots of folks are walking their dogs to get a break from being inside, thus I have a parade to watch out the window. I revisited three … Continue reading

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Travel Pic Sketching: 30 days of connecting and remembering


Sketching makes me a time-traveler – care to join me? A microbe, the Coronavirus, has clipped the wings of us travelers and urban sketchers. Some are sketching what we see out of the window, our pets are getting extra modeling … Continue reading

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Travel and art – it’s all about the journey


When we travel the trip begins with the discussion of where to go, often a year before we board a plane. Searching maps, checking hotels and trains, rental cars and restaurants, are all part of the thrill of travel. A … Continue reading

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Seoul Sketching and Sumi Enchantment


Monday we flew to Seoul, South Korea, the first time there for both of us. Lots to sketch, but the amazing thing is I bought brushes for Sumi painting, which is so enticing me. Here are sketches and even a … Continue reading

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3 Times not to travel-sketch


Yes! I always have something with me so I can sketch, always. Yes! Sketching always beats taking selfies. Yes! Sketching makes travel exponentially more rewarding and memorable. Travel-sketching is all about capturing the moment, slowing down enough to actually look and … Continue reading

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Remembering Notre Dame


Along with many millions of people around the world I am mourning the damage done to the cathedral of Notre Dame de Paris, grateful for the many times I have been there, sorry that so many will never get to … Continue reading

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To make scenic sketches better – get the skyline right.


A key concept for travel sketching when trying to capture a distant landscape or cityscape is to first get the skyline right, and make it just a bit more bold. Thinking back over my years of doing watercolor I remember a time I almost gave it up completely. … Continue reading

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