Category Travel

Window Dressing at Raima Art Store

Exploring Barcelona’s art stores

For me, visiting art stores in Barcelona is like visiting jewelry stores with rare and unique offerings. During my stay in Barcelona I was able to visit six different art stores, each with a range of exciting art supplies and especially watercolor offerings. It was a great opportunity to check out the different types of […]

Gaudi house in Park Guell, Barcelona

Watercolors: The 100 Day Project

I’m not sure how I discovered The 100 Day Project, but I did and am now participating. In its sixth year, The 100 Day Project encourages you to commit to pursuing some personal project consistently for 100 days. The project starts on April 2 and will continue through July 11. Participants are encouraged to post […]

Vestibule in Barcelona

Barcelona Inspiration

  “We do not remember days; we remember moments.” Watercolor, pen and ink have become an unexpected addition to my ventures as an artist. I’m not completely surprised by this development. I have always enjoyed the artistic elements of being a luthier and a photographer. Exploring sound and aesthetics of art when creating flutes and […]

urban sketchers with James Richards in Winter Park

Urban Sketching workshop with James Richards and Orlando Urban Sketchers

What a treat to spend the day in Winter Park, attending Urban Sketcher James Richards’ workshop, “The Grand Illusion: Achieving a Dramatic Sense of Depth.” I follow Jim on Instagram @jrsketchbook and have taken his online Craftsy course. So I was delighted when I saw that the Orlando Urban Sketchers was having Jim do a […]

Art display at the Vine

I have always enjoyed checking out the art on the walls at a local restaurant The Vine. Each month a different artist’s work is on display – from acrylic paintings to abstract photography. I view the art while having lunch — a roasted beet sandwich on The Vine’s wonderful cranberry and walnut bread.  After eating, […]

Sketching at the beach

A trip to the beach was a different experience this summer. Usually when I’m at the beach, I’m collecting shells, reading fiction or taking photographs of birds. This time, I was sketching. I sketched smaller watercolors for postcards and larger images for upcoming art shows. Favorite paints for capturing the sand, sea, sky and foilage […]

Smoky the cat at Phillmore's

Woodworking stores & projects

Woodworking stores provided a creative break for me during a recent road trip to visit relatives. Walking through woodworking stores always gives me ideas for projects and usually includes purchasing a special piece of wood or a tool I need. Rockler – The surprise was finding a Rockler store in Sharonville, OH — one of the […]