Tag Archives: ink and watercolor

Nature Sketching vs. Botanical Illustrations,o


Elisa is a friend of mine, the daughter-in-law of my friend Tim. She is one of those artists whose work leaves me speechless. Elisa does botanical illustrations, a specific form of art not for the weak of heart. Botanical Illustrations … Continue reading

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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 … Continue reading

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Diamond Knot, at Mukilteo


One of the oldest buildings on the Mukilteo waterfront is the DiamondKnot Brewpub. Originally it was a bus barn, as evidenced by the beams, brick, and roll-up door. It’s first role as a pub was Cheers Too. In the 1990’s … Continue reading

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The last few days journaling


There is something wonderful about tracking your life in sketches and words. Suhita’s blog, Sketch Away is great inspiration.

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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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Fall colors and bare branches


Looking out the window on a blustery fall morning. An abstract collage of color with bare branches crisscrossing the scene.

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San Antonio, its hot!


If anybody asks you can assure them that it is hot in San Antonio in August. My seminar schedule took me to Randolph Air Force base, which is 22 miles northeast from downtown San Antonio’s famous river walk. I spent … Continue reading

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