French Food vs Spanish Tapas


Nine months ago we moved to rural Normandie France, a long way from the food capitals of Paris and Lyon. I have come to the conclusion that French food is boring, at least in our part of France, yet according to articles in the New York Times and Forbes many are saying the same thing…

Who is your art for?


My art is for me, well OK, and Instagram. Thankfully I have sold quite a few pieces over the years, it has helped pay for paints and pens; well at least a little. Frequently I do art for gifts which is such a pleasure and I do cards and postcards for friends and family. Yet…

“Happy mistakes” while travelsketching


Time, logistics, and the weather all add to the challenge of travelsketching. For a variety of reasons we do not always get to sit on a comfortable bench on a sunny day, with unlimited time to produce a work of art. So what is one to do? Here are a few thoughts on how to…

France and my journal


We have been in France now for 10 days; so many memories already. This trip stands out in that I have been more faithful at sketching in my journal than ever before. Another twist is that I determined to make all my notes in French, keeping with the language, and learning a bit along the…

Graphite and pencils revisited


Ink, specifically a fountain pen, is my go-to sketching implement. My first sketches were with Rapidograph and Micron pens, no watercolor and rarely any pencil. Over the years the Rapidograph was retired as being too difficult to keep clean and operating, likely due to my ignorance about the perils of India Ink’s carbon particles ability…