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VSW: Menton France Turnaround

Quick doodling sketches while waiting for yet another crazy phone call from hospital staff… NOTHING like art to  calm and soothe! Moleskin journal, Platinum Carbon Pen with DeAtramentis Document Brown ink. To hear about classes, follow me on Facebook or … Continue reading

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VSW: Basilique Saint Michel Archangel, Menton

Drawing the Basilique Saint Michel Archangel in Menton, France on our virtual sketchwalk!  This difficult image from Wikimedia caught my eye from the beginning. I started with a pencil sketch.  Again, dispelling the myth that you should not use pencils.  … Continue reading

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VSW: Menton France

Quick doodling sketches while waiting for yet another crazy phone call from hospital staff… NOTHING like art to  calm and soothe! Moleskin journal, Platinum Carbon Pen with Platinum Carbon ink waterproof cartridges, Da Vinci, Holbein, MGraham, DS Primatek and Daniel … Continue reading

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Jai’s Death

I’ve had a pencil sketch of Jai in my moleskin for two years. I sketched it from one of the last pictures we took of him. I penciled it just after he died, and I’ve been unable to finish it. … Continue reading

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Santa Candy Container

Mitchell has memories of his Mom’s ceramic Santa filled with Christmas candy. Santa’s looking much bedraggled (loved) but I restored him to his glory for the image. HO HO HO! I also discovered that you cannot mix honey based paints … Continue reading

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USk: City Market and Blue Moon Cafe

I was just getting sick the weekend of the USk worldwide walk. I managed a couple of sketches that were not painted until later — I’ve wanted to paint the marigold City Market in Autumn against fiery trees… now that … Continue reading

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USk: Yama Sushi

Yama Sushi, named after Yamantaka, apparently! First time was for our anniversary. Discovered just before we found the kitties.  A sign. Amazing sushi, clean, fresh fish, good sushi man, and a woman sushi chef (wow a first!) No more having … Continue reading

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VSW: Doolin

When I was a child my mom kissed the palms of my hand each night at bedtime and told me this prayer.  It has a special place in my heart. Images are from Doolin, courtesy Joyce, who did a grand … Continue reading

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USk: Portland Fret Works

Finally we were able to pry Mitchell’s guitar out of his hands long enough to have Mike at Portland Fret Works re-fret and restring his 12-string guitar. I only caught the back of Mike because he was working on it! … Continue reading

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Tools: Brushes

I use cheap brushes, a LOT.  I don’t want to buy hair. I’m not a vegetarian, but am particular about how what I eat (and use) is killed, and don’t want to kill a critter for my brush — too … Continue reading

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VSW: Dublin, with a Wee Bit O’Color

Okay, you KNOW I am not big on self-criticizing… But gads the green got away from me. I think this is a good lesson in not just planning from a sketching point of view, but from a color point of … Continue reading

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VSW: Constance Lloyd

Constance Lloyd married Wilde man, and bore his children. That was not all she was — feminist, adventurer, leader. Well bred, well read, an author of children’s stories. Deceptively strong, though she died at forty from a complication of surgery, … Continue reading

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VSW: Dublin Black-and-White

It started with the Monkey King tile from Christ Church in Dublin… And then I had to draw the one next to it… And then I found more… And more. They marched along the bottom of the open pages. They … Continue reading

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VSW: Oaxaca, 2

When sketches go wrong… blobs from a bad pen! *how to “fix”?  add more blobs… then smear… oops* I feel good about the looseness of these sketches. I put the brush between my teeth to get me to play fast … Continue reading

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VSW: Oaxaca, 1

Trying to keep things loose. This sketch was started in pencil in early March and finished at the yesterday. Time can make one move toward looseness! this whole sketch took a few minutes, and the color splashed on. It feels … Continue reading

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USk: Another Cal-Bag

What can I say… it is outside my office window. Feeling stuck, I turn to a material I rarely use, Watercolor charcoal big fat pencil. If that won’t loosen you up — having no control with a fat dull tip … Continue reading

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VSW: Max’s Car, 2

NOW I’m getting somewhere!  From Max Vanderwyst’s car images! Again I used grisaille to shadow, the Super5 Frankfurt ink in a water-brush. I should go back and add a bit of shadow to the columns… Very fast watercolor, middle of … Continue reading

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VSW: Max’s Car, 1

Max Vanderwyst offered his lovely car images and I still went first for the building image. What can I say? Old habits die hard.  But I’d like to do some cars, so…. It was a lovely building to draw, and … Continue reading

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