Category Archives: landscape

VSW: IM Pei, Louvre, France

This was sketched quickly in waterproof inks. A lot of controversy surrounded the Pyramid in front of the Louvre, by I.M.Pei. I have some of those trepidations myself, but it has grown on me. It was created to allow for … Continue reading

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VSW: Oysterbeds, France

I rarely do a piece more than once… But I so loved this image and my first try I did not get the depth of color in my washes. I am here to say, once that happens start over, do … Continue reading

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VSW: Corbusier in Ronchamp, France

Had to do one Corbusier, and what a history this architect has with me. This is the Catholic Chapel in Ronchamp, France. Drawing this brought up so many negative memories… maybe I can begin to clear them out by getting … Continue reading

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VSW: Berlin Wall, 5, Crayons

Berlin is our city this month, with contributions from two photographers, Rich Matheson and Eli Weisz. (Note: For regular followers, I have been busy working on our business website and then got the flu… Dastardly flu bug but I did … Continue reading

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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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