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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...

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...

June 1, 2016

Last week I attended the annual Saturday in the Park event hosted by the Mid Valley Arts League. It was a beautiful spring day, chilly with scattered clouds. I did another in a series of architectural sketches of the original Ambassador Auditorium, and another version...

May 16, 2016

The small town of Keeler is an excellent place to wander about and sketch and paint. As a fan of architecture, I love the variety of quirky and unusual buildings. I spent a couple of afternoons there, doing both small sketchbook studies and finished paintings on Fabria...

May 9, 2016

I went to Lone Pine a few years ago for the annual Henry Fukuhara Paint Out. Watercolor artists from all over gather for this five-day workshop. We go from Lone Pine to the Alabama Hills and over to the small town of Keeler, on the shore of the Owens Lake. These next t...

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