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Travel sketches vs urban sketches, and what about plein air?


The teapot in Bath, and a street in Kyoto are both travel sketches yet they do not qualify as urban sketches. The teapot was done on location yet it does not qualify for an urban sketch due to the content. … 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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The Royal Crescent, Bath, England


Travelsketching while on the trip forces you to slow down and savor a time and place, flipping through sketchbook journals after the trip rekindles the feeling of a place better than just photos. TheTravelsketcher has discovered that doing a sketch … Continue reading

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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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Some travel sketching tips,


So where do you begin travel sketching? Let’s start with a few tips I have found along the way. Have a focal point. What is it about the scene before you that makes you want to sketch it? I learned … Continue reading

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The travel sketchers kit, Part 2


Your travel size paint set will most likely come with a paintbrush that is actually quite serviceable for the travel sketcher. Artists tend to love their brushes, some to the point of compulsiveness. There is nothing wrong with that that, … Continue reading

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