Sketching

Sketching with Watersoluble Line

Sketching with Watersoluble Line

Super-simple and minimal supplies: a watersoluble pen, a wet brush and a postcard or sketchbook. This is basically a form of line-and-wash, but doesn’t seem to be taught or discussed much. My favorite super-lightweight sketching strategy.

24 min.

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Jul 2019:  Finding Focus Working on Location

Jul 2019:  Finding Focus Working on Location

some strategies I use to manage the overwhelming amount of information when painting on location, so sketching enhances my enjoyment, instead of raising my stress level. And so I have a better chance of coming back with photos and sketches that I can actually use to create satisfying, personally meaningful paintings.

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Better Landscape Greens

Better Landscape Greens

The weather is beautiful here. It's the time of year when a lot of us are feeling that pull to take our paints and sketchbooks outside. It's also the time of year that a lot of people struggle with GREEN! Do the greens in your landscapes look flat and unnatural? The...

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Line and Wash – Watercolor Painting Anyone Can Do

Line and Wash – Watercolor Painting Anyone Can Do

Line and wash is a combination of line drawing with watercolor washes to suggest a scene. It’s a great way to get started with watercolor, or with travel sketching, even if you “can’t draw” and have never tried watercolor before!

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9 Tips for Better Sketches (and More Fun!)

9 Tips for Better Sketches (and More Fun!)

Yesterday, 12 intrepid sketchers from the Watercolor Minimalist class at Wet Paint descended on Como Conservatory determined to learn some tips and tricks for sketching on location in a short amount of time and with minimal stuff. It was a gorgeous day, there were...

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Empty Your Backpack

Empty Your Backpack

A couple of weekends ago, we had a beautiful 70-degree day with this year’s glorious fall colors just hitting their peak. On the spur of the moment, I grabbed my backpack and headed out to paint with a friend. I had forgotten to bring masking tape, so I couldn’t tape...

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Plein Air Painting for Everyone

Plein Air Painting for Everyone

For those who aren't familiar with the phrase, painting en plein air is just a fancy way of referring to painting on location, usually outdoors. It's a challenge! In addition to all the usual problems a painter has to solve (composition, color mixing, brush handling,...

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Be a (Mindful) Tourist in Your Own Town

Be a (Mindful) Tourist in Your Own Town

A great way to practice mindfulness and open your eyes to the world you live in every day is to play “tourist” in your own town.  Often artists keep sketchbooks not so much to accumulate sketches as to provide a way to focus their attention on the overlooked interest...

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