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Orange Skies

An utterly orange bizarre day Continue reading

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Pocket Book

Small book = Lots of Sketching Continue reading

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More Mendocino Sketches

A few more sketches from Mendocino. I started this first sketch at the beach at Russian Gulch State Park. But we didn’t stay long, so I only got as far as adding a bit of color and added the dark … Continue reading

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Redwoods: Three Impressions

Painting the Redwoods on the coast near Mendocino. Continue reading

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Backyard Sketches

Backyard sketches: agapanthus, fences and chairs. Continue reading

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Summer Mornings are the Best

I love the long days of summer. The middle of the day is really hot but the mornings are glorious. I’ve taken to having my first cup of chai on the front steps of the house which face west and are still cool and shady in the morning. Continue reading

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Van Life

Van Life. Missing summer travel, painting vans in the neighborhood. Continue reading

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Wax Crayon and Oil Pastels

I grew up using wax crayons and oil pastels a lot, so going back to them makes me paint and mess around like a child, and that’s always a good thing. Continue reading

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Scratching the Surface

Some days I draw just for the joy of mark-making, to pull a mark across paper, to feel the drag, the resistance, the imperfection of the line. Drawing with less familiar tools is a little frustrating: they don’t work like I think they will, they don’t hold ink, they bend and snap… But it also makes me really aware of the marks I make. Continue reading

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Sand in my Palette

Empty beaches aren’t great for people sketching, that’s for sure. But I’ll take a safe, well-distanced beach over drawing people for now. Late in the evening last week, we drove to a deserted beach north of Davenport on the California … Continue reading

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