Start by Tracing

When I teach drawing I always start out by having the students trace something.  Everyone can trace.  It’s a no-brainer. …

Back to Basics

In the Fall I teach drawing classes.  My primary class is Sketchbook Journaling, a how-to course in the basic principles…

Poetic License

I learned a new word recently:  ekphrasis.  It’s a Greek word meaning “description,” which would explain why spell checker has…

The Quick Draw

Towards the end of our week at Paint the Peninsula in Port Angeles (see previous post), the artists participated in…

Paint the Peninsula!

Last week I participated in Paint the Peninsula, a plein air painting competition based in Port Angeles, Washington.  A juried…

Out and About

Summer is such a great time to get out and sketch. I’ve had several short trips in the area plus…

Weekend Workshop

This past weekend I had the opportunity to take a wonderful workshop through Urban Sketchers.  It’s been a while since…