Contemplating Life in Your Sketchbook


Success consists of getting up just one more time than you fall. Success is not final, failure is not fatal: it is the courage to continue that counts. Winston Churchill Sketching as a traveler captures moments like nothing else I know. Of course there are times when sketching is a way to create a moment…

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…

Paris Did Have Some Answers…


Maybe I did find the answers to some questions in Paris… (For the complete context check out my last post.) Let me start with a book recommendation. This is a well researched, easy read about the Impressionist painters and how they finally found acceptance. For an insecure artist like myself, (I hide my “like count”…

Put that pen down! You’re not ready to sketch yet!


This afternoon I walked out into the field behind our house in Torchamp, Normandie. We are surrounded by dairy farms so this kind of view is c’est normal. It is late July, the hay has been cut and bailed. It lays in the field to dry and await storage – certainly worth a sketch. BUT…

“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…