Montaña de Oro State Park

The travel sketchbook is out again! First vacation of the “post-pandemic” times took me to the beautiful California Central Coast, where I sketched the rugged seascape at Montaña de Oro State Park and the impressive haystack-shaped rock at the entrance…

June gloom over Gas Works Park

June 13, 2021. This morning the @uskseattle group gathered to sketch in person for the first time in 16 months. It was a typical June-gloomy day of drizzle and clouds but everyone seemed really excited for the return of the regular monthly…

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…