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VSW: New Caledonia Pier

The Virtual Sketchwalk group on Facebook is exploring New Caledonia this month with wonderful images from Aniko Szedlak (pic below)! They are a balm to this beach-loving gurl’s soul. I am so oriented around linework, but wanted to try a … Continue reading

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Tools: Updated M.Graham Palette

Recently I reorganized my palettes, and the M.Graham was moved into a smaller Schminke palette.  I still find MG watercolors a bit stinky, but remember I returned the following pigments out of my palette and that stopped the headaches: Sap … Continue reading

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30 Posies: Lupines, or Bluebonnets

I’ve always loved lupines (or bluebonnets, as the purple ones are called). In South Laguna there were wild yellow and pink and blue lupines all over the hills. I’m still struggling to not have streaky watercolor washes in this Handbook … Continue reading

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30 Posies: Cynthia’s Sedum, Redo

I gave this image another go — see below for the first rough sketches in a Hahnemühle Nostalgie Sketchbook. Cynthia shares her gorgeous garden  images all the time, and lets me sketch from her flowers. This image unstuck me, and … Continue reading

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30 Posies: Purple Poppy

I love poppies, with their delicate paper-thin petals. Painted from an image from a friend. To hear more about World Watercolor Month visit here: Everyone can play! To hear about classes, follow me on Instagram, Facebook or check out my … Continue reading

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World Watercolor Month: Himalayan Poppy

Fell in love with the paper-thin petals in the soft blue; I’ve not seen this flower before. Painted from an image from a friend. For these watercolor posies I am trying out a new book (to me) from Hand-Book, one … Continue reading

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World Watercolor Month: Crocus

I don’t know whose image I painted from, but I thank them. flowers are so good for releasing an artist’s block. To hear more about World Watercolor Month visit here: Everyone can play! To hear about classes, follow me on … Continue reading

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World Watercolor Month: Sweet Peas / Creative Block

I am in a creative slump. I’ve been in this stuck place for weeks and pushed myself to sketch posies — which usually works — but nothing is working.  Painting these flowers has been like slogging through mud.  I told … Continue reading

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World Watercolor Month: Dan’s Purple Flower

Flower from an image by Dan Antion, a good photographer and writer-blogger, met through blogging and he is a friend who also lets me steal his images from which to paint. I love that I am starting this new book … Continue reading

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World Watercolor Month: Coffee Ritual

We have a coffee ritual.  Mitchell makes the coffee. I slice the fresh ginger for him. Beautiful cups, and sliced fresh ginger, brown sugar and milk make a heavenly coffee. Mitchell puts his finger in it for extra sweetness. I’ve … Continue reading

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Pandemic Recipes: At the Beginning, A Prayer

I am creating a new cookbook, gathering the recipes we relied upon in the last year of this crazy pandemic. I am using a journal I am unfamiliar with, created from heavy unfinished and rough paper from India, a Kadhi … Continue reading

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Rona on Grey, VSW Canal, France

Annette Morris is leading our FB Virtual Sketchwalk group this month… This fiery image was a sunset and I wanted to play with inks over watercolor. Washes underneath were created quickly. Jinhao 750 with Robert Oster Glistening Orange Rumble ink … Continue reading

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Tools: Fineline Masking Fluid

A few years ago Tracey Fletcher King turned me onto Fineline Masking Fluid. I tried others and found them sticky and thick and messy; not what I wanted in the ways I wanted to use a masking fluid. Fineline’s masking … Continue reading

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Tools: Beauregarde From Birmingham

I wanted this pen for a long time. Stunned by it’s simple beauty and clear drenched color, I waited for over a year. I was not seduced by other pens in similar colors… Then when it became available, I could … Continue reading

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VSW: Amsterdam 10, Windmills

Remember how I thought I was done with my inky version of the windmill? FPR Jaipur with Blackstone Brown Boronia ink. Thanks to Brian Thompstone for the image. To hear about classes, follow me on Facebook or check out my … Continue reading

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VSW: Amsterdam 7, Windmills

Remember how I thought I was done with my inky version of the windmill? I lied! I have some new brushes I am playing with and they called to me in the middle of the night.  The Zen pointed oval … Continue reading

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Tools: Sheaffer Vintage Desk Pen

Finally had success purchasing a vintage pen! I love this desk pen — beat up, but interesting gold nib that works! The 14k gold nib bends as if it was dropped — but that is the design. Right now it … Continue reading

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Tennessee Williams

A couple of Tennessee Williams quotes hit me in the heart and I decided to do a sketch of Tennessee Williams. *gasp… the 100 peeps in 1 week got to me* “Try to matter.  Try to care and never be … Continue reading

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