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June 10, 2018

I will be having an exhibit of my urban collages at Judson Studios in South Pasadena during the month of July. The show will feature 45 sketches and paintings of Los Angeles and Pasadena.

Like looking at a vintage art board paste-up or the collection of notes and sketch...

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...

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 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...

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...

April 18, 2016

I ended up filling a complete sketchbook on this trip, using both sides of most of the pages. The last blog post concluded with a night scene of a church in Jackson Square, where a wedding was taking place. After that, we wandered back through the throng of Mardi Gras...

April 15, 2016

We packed up and headed out to New Orleans for the weekend. It was a rainy Saturday morning. I was a passenger for once, so I had the opportunity to do some sketching during the ride. We went from Pensacola, through Alabama and Mississippi, and over and around bays, la...

April 6, 2016

It was early and still raining when we arrived at LAX. While we waited for our delayed flight (that was ultimately cancelled), I sketched the view from the waiting room. The trip was packed with delays, which allowed many opportunities to sketch the changing scenes and...

March 29, 2016

 

This next series continues my Kauai adventure starting with dinner at an outdoor restaurant, next to a waterfall and surrounded by Tiki torches. Following that are a few quick scenes zip lining across a tree-covered valley. The set concludes with more random scenes, s...

March 22, 2016

 

Here is a series of images from a watercolor workshop I taught at the San Fernando Valley Arts and Cultural Center in Tarzana. It was a two-day workshop, demonstrating the use of the sketchbook, making value and composition studies to develop the design, and how to pa...

March 16, 2016

Lately I have been working on a series of paintings and sketches of Crystal Cove, a small community of cottages and cabins on the coast of Southern California. It is a magnet for artists of all types, and someone is always there, on the beach behind an easel. I attende...

March 16, 2016

I gave a demonstration for the California Art League in Tarzana last night. It was well-attended and the food was spectacular. Video Vic filmed everything. I painted the Colorado Street Bridge using pencil, fine point pen, and water-soluble felt tip for the drawing, an...

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