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March 17, 2018

I spent much of my early life in Colorado. I now live in Pasadena but still make annual trips there to see my family. I love it there. It is a pristine environment and has changed little since I lived there. I am currently working on a series of Colorado landscapes, tr...

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 15, 2018

My latest book will be out in April of this year. It is entitled Expressive Painting and is being published by Quarto/Walter Foster. It will be available at Vroman’s Bookstore in Pasadena, Swain’s Art Store in Glendale, Art Supply Warehouse in Westminster and many othe...

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...

October 31, 2016

In my work as an environmental graphic designer, we develop graphics for the built environment. We work with architects and developers for airports, rail systems, college campuses and health care projects. Part of my work involves preparing a theme sketch for the proje...

August 12, 2016

Last month I taught a one-day watercolor workshop at Swain’s Art Store in Glendale. Swain’s is a fantastic store, carrying every major brand of watercolor paint, brushes, paper, and sketchbooks. If they don’t have it, they can probably get it for you. They set aside pa...

August 10, 2016

We took a long weekend in Colorado last month, flying into Denver, and driving into Estes Park and over Trail Ridge Road in the Rocky Mountain National Park. I had my 6” x 9” Aquabee Super Deluxe sketchbook at hand, and did a number of quick pen sketches at the lookout...

June 13, 2016

Last Saturday my friend Dennis and I braved the unseasonal heat to paint in Eaton Canyon. We hiked up a wash and found a spot in the shade of some trees with a beautiful view of the San Gabriel Mountains. I did a few small study sketches, and a finished sketch in my la...

June 6, 2016

For a few years now I have been working on my next book entitled Los Angeles Sketchbook. It will be similar to both of my previous sketchbooks: Pasadena Sketchbook, and Redlands Sketchbook, and will be filled with sketches and paintings of Los Angeles. I am currently p...

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