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March 16, 2018

I took a sketch trip to Death Valley late last year. It was beautiful and the perfect time of year for exploring. I used a sketchbook that I made by taking a stack of 8” x 10” Fluid watercolor sheets and wire binding them between two sheets of cardboard. I did all of t...

March 9, 2018

I was in San Diego a few years ago and had the opportunity to do some sketching. I brought a Canson 11” x 14” Montval watercolor sketchbook and decided to explore some panoramic views. Unlike my usual guerilla speed technique for grabbing as many images as I can before...

March 8, 2018

There are many opportunities to practice sketching. My sketchbook travels everywhere with me so it is always ready to go. Sitting in an airport waiting for a plane is the perfect time to get some work done. Airport subjects are both stationary and in motion so you can...

March 10, 2017

Here is another series of sketches done during a quick train ride up to Santa Barbara the day after Christmas. To me there are some advantages to sketching the subject in the heat of the moment, and painting it later in the studio: 

1. There is no pressure to get it all...

March 3, 2017

I few days later I took the Pacific Surfliner down to San Diego for the day. I arrived at Union Station early and headed up to the platform in time to make a few sketches of the train. A train station is an excellent venue to practice perspective. I did a quick sketch...

February 24, 2017

I like to take workshops as well as teach them, and back in December I had the privilege of taking a one-day workshop with Dale Laitinen at the Brea Art Gallery. Here are a few images from that day. I used an 11” x 14" Canson Montval watercolor sketchbook for all my wo...

December 17, 2016

Here are some recent sketches made during a trip on the train to San Luis Obispo last month. The ride was five hours each way, which provided ample time to sketch scenes of passing scenery and the view on board. I used a 6” x 9” Aquabee sketchbook, which is fairly ligh...

November 2, 2016

These sketches are from a trip I took to Michigan a few months ago. I used a 6” x 9” Stillman & Birn watercolor book and brought along my Winsor & Newton field sketch box filled with Holbein tube paint. The sketchbook is small enough that I could carry it everywhere an...

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