Fall workshop in Bothell

The Fall Edition of the weekend-long workshop that I started teaching at Cloud 9 Art School in Bothell back in March wrapped up with lots of smiles, including mine! The first day I taught how to break down a complex…

Urban sketching crash course in drizzly Bellingham

All these years in the Pacific Northwest have taught me never to let rain dampen my sketching plans. Unless is cold and windy, there’s always a place to take shelter: an entryway, a store awning, a covered passage. And sometimes…

El Castillo de Montemolín

The Castle of Montemolín, “el castillo” as I’ve called it since I was a kid, is one of more than 300 medieval fortresses embedded in the landscape of Badajoz, the Spanish province where my ancestors hail from. It started as…

Pocket Urban Sketching workshop booklet

The workshop I just taught at #USkPorto2018 was about using a pocket-size notebook for urban sketching. That format may seem small, but there’s a lot you can fit on every spread if you know how to simplify a scene. To…

Workshop in Porto

I had the privilege of teaching my Pocket Urban Sketching workshop to three groups of international sketchers during the 9th Urban Sketchers Symposium held in Porto a few days ago. The scenic rivertown in North Portugal is known for its wine industry and historic…

A sketcher’s take from Bothell workshop

Here’s a nice souvenir from the workshop I taught in Bothell this past weekend: a video-collage shared by workshop participant Karen Hoelscher, of Bellingham. The historic tree on Main Street, the vacuum robot outside the Vac Master shop, Hillcrest Bakery…