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…

Shapes and Darks First


Shapes, darks, and colors are the building blocks of any art, be it a painting, a sketch, or a photograph. Of the three, color is the least critical, however, shapes and the relationship between dark and light are the most important – black and white photographs use only shapes and darks often with striking results….

My sketching setup


Travelsketching often means sketching while sitting or standing in odd places and positions, thus making it a challenge to juggle a sketchpad, pallet, water, etc. When sketching at a cafe or a pub your setup it is pretty easy – you have a table in front of you. So the only real decisions are which…

3 Times not to travel-sketch


Yes! I always have something with me so I can sketch, always. Yes! Sketching always beats taking selfies. Yes! Sketching makes travel exponentially more rewarding and memorable. Travel-sketching is all about capturing the moment, slowing down enough to actually look and see what you spent all that money and vacation time to be standing in front…

Three reasons to dig out your viewfinder.


Someone may have given you one as a gift or you picked one up out of curiosity – a viewfinder. Or you were shown the neat trick of using your hands as a viewfinder, reminiscent of movie directors in comedies about movie directors. (The hand thing really is a good tool which should be used…