Mount Rainier from Elliott Bay Trail

I often hesitate to use watercolor outdoors when the weather is cold —the washes take too long to dry. But the late afternoon scene by the Elliott Bay Trail the other day was too painterly for a line or tonal…

From pencil to ink

If you aim to make ink sketches with a certain degree of accuracy, it helps to block out the composition in light pencil first. I like to use an H pencil for that part of the process. The pencil marks…

Pen and Wash class at Gage Academy of Art

These are some demo sketches from an online class I taught last month through Seattle’s internationally-known Gage Academy of Art. For the winter quarter I’m planning a new class (also via Zoom) devoted to “Pen and Wash” sketching. Would you…

Sketch of green house in Greenwood

Spending a few hours working on a big sketch can be very gratifying, but it’s the small drawings I make during unexpected pockets of time that I often enjoy the most. I drew this charming little house in the Greenwood…

Pencil sketches on my pocket sketchbook

I like to fill pockets of time here and there drawing on my pocket sketchbook. Above are recent spreads done with a good-old 2B pencil. 1. Trees and geese near Green Lake. Sketched while sitting for a break after a…