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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 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...

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...

March 28, 2016

Here is a series of sketches from a trip I made to Kauai last year. All of the sketches were done in a Stillman and Birn sketchbook with a Sanford Uniball Micro pen and Holbein watercolors. As is my usual method for sketchbook work, I spend the time on location develop...

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