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Learning Color and Composition from Bonnard

Looking for a Map 8×6 graphite and Watercolor on paper (available here) (sold) Look Around You Pierre Bonnard (1867-1947) was a french painter inspired by the rooms in his home, his yard and the people in his life. I can relate to this close-proximity of inspiration – the sense that everything worth painting is within […]


Pencil Drawing: Charmed – and How to Get Good Ideas for Art

Finishing Artwork After a Long Pause I started this pencil drawing on a plane while crossing the country. Have you ever sketched to pass the time on a plane with music or an audio book? Highly recommended. Time passes very quickly while you’re immersed in your own little flying art studio. 🙂  The unfinished drawing […]


Watercolor: Cruising California Rt 126 and Inspired by Sketch Artists

How Many Times a Week Do You Sketch? Hi y’all, I’ve got some sketch artists for you, to help propel your drawing and doodling inspiration. Do you want to draw and sketch more often? (I mentioned this goal in a previous post here.)  I’ve been trying to sketch in the evenings – whether I’m sitting […]


Drawing: Vin (inspired to draw more)

I want to sketch & draw more this year. I’ve commanded this to my art-making brain in years past, but as weeks ticked by on the calendar, other priorities elbowed the notion into a dark cupboard.  Very frustrated – by my very own self.  I follow the Canadian artist Marc Taro Holmes. He features tips and tricks (& fantastic art) […]


Monotype: Blue Sip Cup (& #linklove for INKtober!)

One of the most frequently discussed challenges creative people face is consistency of making things. There isn’t enough time, space, energy, inspiration or focus to sit down and create something with your hands on a regular basis.  (#quote: The secret to success is consistency of purpose. ~Ben Disraeli)  One remedy for this is month long projects, […]


Watercolor: East Coast Cottage (& a watercolor tutorial video)

After many requests for a full-length, non-speed painting tutorial in watercolor, I posted one this week (if you don’t see the video window below, you can watch it directly in my youtube channel here). It’s a bit over 40 minutes, and I’ve narrated the process from start to finish. I hope it’s helpful to all the folks […]


Monotype: Window Hat

An open open door, leading to an open window, with a vase of flowers on the sill, back-lit with hazy, afternoon sun light in a vintage bungalow bathroom in Los Angeles. A long time ago, I lived in a crooked, second story carriage house adorned with 1930’s tile and lead-weight windows with hundred-layer painted sashes. The light in those […]


Graphite Drawing: Jaimie (& tips on drawing with pencil)

I found a nice list of tips for using graphite in drawing this morning – check out the article here. And from the same studio, here are some fantastic drawing videos. Share the love.. 🙂 Happy July 4th! Art Quote Start the drawing in the middle of the face. Find an anchor; a tear duct […]


Drawing: Chesapeake

 Do you anticipate entire days in the studio with wide-eyed, fluttery fingered excitement? I have a full day of drawing & printmaking planned, and I fell asleep last night plotting the sequence of projects, bargaining what I might reasonably finish with no interruptions. Like a ravenous dog at a buffet table, I scheme my super-hero productivity with […]


Mixed Media (watercolor & colored pencil): Cabin Getaway

Cabin Getaway 8×3.5 Watercolor &  Colored Pencil   Family History as Inspiration There’s a small, barely map-worthy lake in the Connecticut town I grew up in.  I didn’t spend time there as a kid, but later, after moving to California and exploring my family’s history & genealogy,  I discovered photos of sailing and family gatherings […]