Category Archives: How to

Stretching outside my comfort zone

At In-N-Out Burger. Comparing line and no line in the #30x30DirectWatercolor2018 challenge. Continue reading

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June Workshops: Vegas and San Francisco

After a longish break from teaching workshops, I’m back! Here are two workshops in June, one in Las Vegas and the other in San Francisco. They might look similar at first glance, but read carefully: one is an Urban Sketcher’s … Continue reading

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Negative Thinking

A few months ago I did a wonderful negative painting workshop with Brenda Swenson. It was fantastic to paint in a style so different from my own. I came home inspired by the luminous quality of Brenda’s watercolors. But I … Continue reading

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Drawing using a grid

A simple little grid drawing, looking out the window. Continue reading

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Coffee Shop Sketches to wrap up the year

‘Tis the season for drawing in coffee shops. Because I’m a cold wimp. So come 60-ish degree weather (yes that’s cold) I’m headed indoors. Drawing in coffee shops is a great way to start at people drawing, if you find … Continue reading

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What’s in your palette?

Here’s what’s in my current palette (and some links to how to build a palette) Continue reading

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The trouble with Painted Ladies

Trying to draw the befuddling Victorians… Continue reading

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Capturing Elusive gestures

Quick capture, better stories, workshop prep. Continue reading

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Good Reads: Value Studies

Good Reads: Painting What (You Want) to See by Charles Reid. Continue reading

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Good questions: Studies versus Scenes

Another good question from someone in my¬†Figure Sketching Made Simple class on Craftsy. (I do these Good Questions posts every once in a while.)¬†This person visited a skating rink, and sketched a whole scene, skaters, ice rink and setting, and … Continue reading

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