Category Archives: KIt and Supplies

Looking back at sketching 2020

Wellll, it’s been a year, hasn’t it? Despite the isolation, I’ve managed to do about the same amount of art, though the categories are reversed. Any other year I’d have more Urban Sketches than not. This year I count 118 … Continue reading

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Online 10×10

This morning I participated in my first fully interactive Zoom workshop. It was the Urban Sketchers Portland 10×10 workshop with Rita Sabler, titled “Quiet Reflections”. It was a 3 hour session that was almost like being in person. There was … Continue reading

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Through the windshield

It was a relatively warm and sunny day so a good one to do some car sketching.  I continue to self isolate but getting out to do interesting things.  Here’s my studio on the go: I’ve noticed this boat many … Continue reading

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Crow with Fries

This gained a spot on my sketching to-do list after I read an article about its recent installation. Today was the day. But just as I was getting ready to leave, the door bell rang. It was the mail carrier … Continue reading

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New books, new bag

Recently I wrote about the new Strathmore Watercolor Travel journal sketchbook. I thought it was expensive for what it was and that I could quickly and easily make a similar item. Which is what I did today…. times four. The … Continue reading

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Strathmore Watercolor Travel Journal

First impression of the Strathmore Watercolor Travel Journal The Strathmore Watercolor Travel Journal was announced about a month ago on Strathmore social media outlets.  It was reported to have 100% cotton, European milled paper in a portrait format. I had … Continue reading

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It begins

Inktober 2018 has begun!    I started by sketching some of my kit. Stillman & Birn Alpha softcover sketchbook;  various pens.   Platinum Preppy Medium with Platinum Carbon Black ink. I’ve been watching and re-watching tutorials on ink hatching.  What puzzled me … Continue reading

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Another sketchbook hack

Actually, this is a sketchbook I made myself rather than the hack of a commercial book. My inspiration was Brenda Swenson’s home made sketchbooks.  She makes her own using a variety of papers and then takes them to an office … Continue reading

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Removable page sketch books

So far, I’ve found 4 ways to do a removable page sketch book. But why, you ask? If the sketch book started as a spiral bound one, it’s nearly impossible to get a sharp image of the sketch on a … Continue reading

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Vendor Day 2017

Daniel Smith Vendor Day I’ve been looking forward to this for quite a while! With the new large classroom this year there were, I think, even more vendors. I think I encountered at least 10 Urban Sketchers from both Seattle … Continue reading

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