Sketching in action

In my workshops I teach sketchers to paint shapes first then do the ink, that is because many new sketchers struggle to overcome the insecurity of “getting the lines right.” In reality I most often start with ink and then go to paint. Here is a video of some flowers in a small vase I did from a photo.

Posted in Flowers, sketch | 3 Comments

Nature Sketching in the Garden

Teaming up with Nature Together and Mukilteo Community Gardens for a sketching workshop on July 13, 2019.

We will meet at the garden to cover some basics of plant, tree, flower and garden sketching. I will do a demo sketch. Then we will fan out to sketch in the garden or the nearby Japanese Gulch. New sketchers will get the basic skills to get started sketching, more seasoned sketchers will both enjoy the venue, and get tips for capturing the nature all around, even in your own back yard.

$60 Registration includes a complete travel sketching kit: pallet, water-brush, Micron pen, sketchpad, and more. If you have been to another of my workshops, and have your own materials, it is $40.

Register at the Workshop page above.

Posted in Uncategorized, Workshops | Leave a comment

Sketching Nature Again

We had another group take on sketching nature at Nature Together. We will be having another workshop in July, maybe with some new twists. Watch here for info. Thanks for all who came, thanks to Kris at Nature Together for hosting.

Posted in Uncategorized | 1 Comment

What a journey

Thirty-two years ago today, I loaded everything I owned in the world into my Oldsmobile Cutlass, a company-car from the import food company that I worked for. The boss “suggested” that a move to Seattle would be a good thing. Seattle held two attractions, my job, and Trica, whom I would marry in December. My first apartment was a deligthful basement unit on NW 61 St. within walking distance of Green Lake. Thanks to Google Maps here is a photo:

Little did I know what the next 32 years would hold. Tricia and I have traveld the world, eaten some amazing meals, and best of all we have a wonderful daughter, Alexis.

A few years later I changed my career to being a seminar speaker, a role I would have for the next 25 years. Few get to live their dream: I did. Thanks to seminars, I traveled to five countinents and 18 countries, thanks to the miles earned, Tricia and I went on many wonderful trips together. People talk about going on “the trip of a lifetime” well our life is, “a lifetime of trips.”

My sketchpad and paints soon became my constant companion and theTravelsketcher was born.

Today I went back to the old area, a lot is familiar, a lot has changed. Zoka Coffee Co. on 56th is new – if I was still in the area it would be a regular stop I am sure.

When I lived here Tricia and I went to a few plays at the Bathehouse Theater, as I am writing this I am drinking coffee from a mug I got there all those years ago. It was closed for many years, but thankfully it has reopend as Seattle Public Theater; it appears they are dong some restoration work. I sat on the grassy hill and did a painting. Nice memories.

Posted in pen, sketch | 4 Comments

Nature Sketching at Nature Together is back

Add sketching to your next hike or trip. Sit on the deck and capture a bit of your urban nature world. This workshop is for all levels, but especially for those who are a bit nervous about trying to sketch at all. So far everyone who has come left with more confidence, and some are surprised to find they could sketch after all.

Sign up soon, registrations are already coming in and we do have a limit of 6. All you need to bring is yourself, everything else is provided, including a sketching kit for you to take with you.

Check the Workshop tab above for more details and registration, email me if you have questions

Posted in Workshops | Tagged , , | Leave a comment

Workshops, events, and hashtags – busy summer in Mukilteo

Yesterday I spent the afternoon at Rosehill Community center in Mukilteo with my acrylic paints, a perfect day.

Summer is here, lots going on in the world of sketching and painting. Here are a few of the events to check out.


  • May 15 – Travelsketching – the next step – 2 openings left
  • May 18 – Yes! You can travelsketch! – this one is full
  • June 1 – Nature Sketching with Nature Together
  • June 15 – Yes! You can travelsketch!

Mukilteo Sketchers

There is interest in starting some meet-ups with other sketchers to sketch in Mukilteo. I will be setting up a group page on Facebook, we can post sketches and communicate about meetings. Send me your interest and ideas.


I have started using a #MukilteoSketchers tag on Instagram, hope you will tag and post your sketches as well. Seattle has there groups, why not us?

If you have joined one of my workshops I would love it if you used #thetravelsketcher on your posted sketches, we can see how we are all progressing.

Thank you so much for making all this happen, sharing what we do is part of the thrill of art. Remember, You can sketch!

Posted in Uncategorized | 1 Comment

Orcas Island weekend

Tricia and I just spent the last four days on Orcas Island, one of the San Juan Islands. it was everything you could ask for in a weekend, quiet, sunny, good food, and a lot of sketching.

Reminder: There are three workshops coming up – check Workshop page for details

  • May 15 – Travelsketching – the next step. Only 4 openings left
  • May 18 – Yes! You can travelsketch! Only 1 opening left
  • June 1 – Nature Sketching at Nature Together


Waiting for the ferry in Anacortes


The ferry stopped briefly at Lopez Island, the cars that came on had to back onto the ferry to be facing the right direction when we got to Orcas.


The first evening I set up my poshade box and did an acrylic on canvas panel. I left this as a gift for the hosts.


This pond was close by in front of our Airbnb.


Now for couple fo journal pages



Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment