“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…

Dad, Tricia’s retirement, moving to France – 2022


For many years I have followed Jimmy Buffett’s musical advice regarding New Years resolutions, “Yes, I’ll make a resolution/ That I’ll never make another one…” Yet that does not prevent a bit of reflecting on the past and glancing down the road ahead. As 2022 begins I am reminded that with the passing of my…

Traveling From Acrylic to iPad


Tricia (Travels Through My Lens) and I were on Orcas Island in the San Juan Islands early in our marriage. It was there that I did my first real sketch. Prior to Tricia’s encouragement most all of the input from others as well as my own insecurities convinced me that I was “not artistic,” a…

Art with a message, sometimes


Thinking more about why we do art and what, if anything we are trying to say. It strikes me that there are times when I am just looking for something to paint for the sole reason that I feel like painting. In that situation any interesting object will do. Other times the sketch is driven…

theTravelsketcher this week (2 weeks) – May 28, 2021


First off – Time to start doing workshops again -after a long le confinement it is time!!! This workshop will be for those who have always wanted to capture a moment while traveling. Perfect for “I am just not artistic.” More seasoned sketchers will pick up a tip or two as well. Check the workshop…