Category Archives: Sketching tools

“Look at That!”…but where do I start?

Well my dear friends, I have launched my wonderful book on Amazon, and I couldn’t be more pleased. eBook: I struggled with three separate versions of the ebook, each one with its own drawbacks, and finally settled on one I … Continue reading

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Today’s the day! “Look at That!”

My book is finally a reality! I am so proud to announce that a book that began its life as a twinkle of a notion of an alternative sort of art class three years ago, has turned into a lighthearted, … Continue reading

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The Quickest Way to My Heart is via a Fountain Pen

Another fun Sunday out sketching with my friend Patrick. This past weekend we enjoyed an unseasonably warm patch of weather, and took advantage of the afternoon light right here in town. This is Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church, a beautiful … Continue reading

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A piece of unexpected art equipment

If you’re like me and you haven’t totally divorced yourself from Amazon, you probably have received more than one piece of blue-and-white bubble wrap packaging from them. That packaging may be hard to recycle, but it’s dead simple to repurpose. … Continue reading

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“Look at that!” said the soon-to-be author.

I’m writing a book.  Yes, I’m as surprised as you are. I see now why, for the past two months, I have written so many blog posts about staying grounded, finding equanimity with outside distractions, and not letting your lists … Continue reading

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Reopening the World: Will you forfeit what you have gained?

Although I would never say this worldwide pandemic has been a blessing in any sense, many people have discovered that running at a snail’s pace has its perks. The question is, even though you may be on the verge of … Continue reading

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Have you ever taken a nap with your eyes open?

That’s pretty much what sketching felt like today. I was gently focused on what I was doing and at some point I thought, “Yeah, I think I’m done.” ( I wish you could hear how I enunciated that ‘yeah’—it was more like ‘yehhhhh-aaaaaah”—it had about four syllables.) When I finished, I took a picture of […]

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Episode 1/11…wherein I escape the reality of 2020 quarantine and Travel Through Time and Space to 2022 Britain

March 30th, 2022 What a crazy time it has been in the two years since that insane 2020 COVID-19 pandemic. It slapped the entire planet, sending it to its room for weeks, months on end. The rhythm of adjustment was … Continue reading

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Simmering Pots & Comrade Spirits

“The Show” is up, finally! Thanks to a good friend’s assistance, on Sunday March 1st we hung up 25 paintings, evenly spaced, along a 49′ wall. It was a very long year of learning a new approach that was both … Continue reading

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Paper-free Sketching

I went for a walk this morning (despite the wind chill of 18°F), because it was sunny and I am eager. Spring Fever has hit me early this year, and nothing says springtime like getting outside again with my sketchbook … Continue reading

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