Why Sketch From Nature?

I don’t think I can say it much better than British artist Frank Brangwyn, but I’ll add my own thoughts, too. “Get some paper and a pencil. Not a beautifully bound sketch book – they’ll be afraid to spoil the paper! I often sketch on the back of an old envelope. Fear is the first […]

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New Art For A Great Project!

An artist friend was kind enough to give me a referral to a wonderful project, “Coloring Nature”, an on-going series of coloring books featuring different regions and ecosystems of the United States. The next one will be the Atlantic coast from north to south, including tidal areas. I signed on immediately. Perusing the species still […]

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New Sketches! Poppy Seed Cases

It’s that time of year when flowers start to go to seed. These are from Papaver rhoas, the Flanders poppy, named when millions of bloomed in the summer following the end of WWI, covering the pulverized ground in France where huge battles were fought. To this day, in England and France, this red poppy is […]

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More August Garden Sketches

It’s been quite warm this August for Humboldt County, so nice weather to sit outside and sketch. Above: “Silk Road Lilies” Kakuno fountain pen with Prismacolor pencils. I drew them directly with the pen, no pencil underdrawing in a Stillman and Birn Zeta sketchbook.

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August Flowers In Pen And Ink

I sketched some of the flowers in our garden yesterday morning and worked directly with the pen, no pencil underdrawing. From sitting in one spot on my rucksack/stool I did Gaura Lindhemeri, Crocosmia ‘Lucifer’ and the still-green seed heads of a Papaver somniferum. I used a Pilot Kakuno pen with a Pilot Black Namiki cartridge […]

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Getting Started: Seeing Simple Shapes, Part 2

Continuing on from Part 1, which you can read here, I want to show you another way to approach seeing the big shapes and capturing those before you dive into detail. At the top is a finished pen and ink drawing of a white rhino. But you can draw just this… and anyone who has […]

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Testing My Current Inks for Water Resistence

I did this test last week because I’d like to be able to combine dip pen drawings and watercolor for working on location, either drawing first or watercolor first or back and forth, my choice without having to worry about it. The former means that I need ink that can take as wet a wash […]

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Sketches & Photos From Our Spring Trip

Last month we took a short trip down to Santa Rosa and then came back on Highway 1 via Bodega Bay and Fort Bragg. We stayed two nights in Fort Bragg at the Beach House Inn. Super dog-friendly and the rooms have balconies overlooking an estuary. We saw lots of birds, including a pair of […]

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