Category Archives: landscape

Street Scene

I wish I knew where I obtained this image… I know it is a friend’s but I just don’t know whose! Bad on me for not labeling! Direct watercolor, done quickly. ☾ To hear about classes, follow me on Instagram, … Continue reading

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VSW: Rumpler Tropfenwagon, 4

Berlin is our city this month, with contributions from two photographers, Rich Matheson and Eli Weisz. The Rumpler Tropfenwagon is in the Duetsche Technikmuseum. It was built between 1921-1925, but only 100 were made. The Rumpler Tropfenwagon is SO OFF … Continue reading

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VSW: Berlin, 4, Tiergarten Again

Berlin is our city this month, with contributions from two photographers, Rich Matheson and Eli Weisz. I gave the Tiergarten another try, on watercolor paper and taking the whole sketch much more seriously.   I got this far and Mitchell begged … Continue reading

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VSW: Ich Bin Ein Berliner, 3

Berlin is our city this month, with contributions from two photographers, Rich Matheson and Eli Weisz, though todays image comes from the famous “Ich bin ein Berliner” speech. I played fast and loose with this sketch using a Sailor Fude … Continue reading

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VSW: Berlin, 2, Direct Watercolor

As a lover of inky lines, the class in direct watercolor changed me. I LOVED creating this very fast watercolor by diving in, no planning. I wish I had a bit more foresight about placement, (the image was crowded to … Continue reading

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USk: Oregon on Fire

Wildfire season is upon us again. I sketched this quickly in in the studio in hopes I would get the worry and the words out of my system and be able to paint today on actual projects…  It looks to … Continue reading

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VSW: Berlin, 1, Tiergarten

New month, new walk for the Virtual Sketchwalk group on FaceBook. Berlin is our city this month, with contributions from two photographers, Rich Matheson and Eli Weisz. I played fast and loose with this sketch using a Sailor Fude pen.  … Continue reading

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VSW: Luis Barragán, 2

Second installment in the series on my favorite architect, Barragán. To see the first installment, go here. Casa Barragán, above and below. In reality Opera Pink is not quite the right pink but it it the brightest pink I own … Continue reading

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PS: Even More Thinking… Testing… and Memories

My Nostalgie sketchbook really is a testing ground.  If something works a bit on the smooth sketch paper then I will try it out in one of my watercolor journals. Someday this will be a nice memory of Mitchell and … Continue reading

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VSW: Direct Watercolor vs My old Style

These paintings are from the Shanghai walk in Virtual Sketchbook… I am showing them together because it show two different approaches to similar images. Above, how I start the two images tells where they are going. On the left, I … Continue reading

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30X30 Direct Watercolor, Week 2

June is when many watercolorists participate in the “30×30 Direct Watercolor Challenge”, created by Marc Homes and Uma Kelker.  Rules are simple:  Each day post one watercolor, but no sketching, no inking, no pencil, just straight watercolor. I’m giving it … Continue reading

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VSW Windmill

Reference image of a windmill at the Dalles in Oregon was taken by me on one of our rambles exploring the Columbia River towns on both sides of the river. The colors translated nicely into this sketch to showoff Robert … Continue reading

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VSW: Walk to New Seasons

We sometimes walk to New Seasons Market in NW Portland from our studio. Snapped some images of our walk and sketched this layout across two pages. Before I started the watercolors, I used a diluted grey waterproof ink to place … Continue reading

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VSW: Porto

The colors and textures of the buildings drew me to the image. Middle of the night from images of Porto, from Virtual Sketchwalk on FB. Omigoddess I have never overworked any image like I did this one… I just kept … Continue reading

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VSW: Galway Blue

The deep blue of the water drew me to the image in the middle of the night when I couldn’t sleep.  Fast sketch in the middle of the night from images from Virtual Ribble on FB. Hahnemühle 100# Cotton Watercolour … Continue reading

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Laguna Beach 1950

  Inspired from an old postcard from the fifties, and I wanted to do it because my mom and dad honeymooned in their second marriage (a looong story, not interesting except to family) but in a nutshell married, three boys, … Continue reading

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Easter Cherry Blossoms

Very late in posting… The cherries are nearly ripe! (Not really.) The thing about the cherry blossoms in the park is that they are not only a feast for the eyes but sometimes you can smell their fragrance… Also, they … Continue reading

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VSW: Gunung Kawi Temple Fields

I love virtually sketching to other’s images… This one from Aniko’s Bali walk was especially energizing! You can always join us at Virtual Sketchwalk on Facebook (one of th few good things about FB is the artist groups! To hear … Continue reading

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