Tag Archives: urban sketching

Urban sketching in Gatlinburg

My first trips to Gatlinburg, Tennessee, were when I was young. My parents would take our family to the mountains for camping and hiking.  Eventually we would end up visiting Gatlinburg and stroll down the main drag of Gatlinburg, inhaling the fudge fumes and eventually succumbing to a purchase or a free sample. Sometimes we […]

Lighthouse under the Bluewater Bridge

Great Lakes – painting water and sky

Water and sky present interesting challenges when painting with watercolors. A recent trip put me on the shores of two Great Lakes – Lake Huron and Lake Erie — and gave me the opportunity to paint water and sky. I painted the Gratiot Lighthouse, at the juncture of Lake Huron and the St. Clair River. […]

Selecting paints for my new watercolor palette

My new watercolor palette arrived in the mail. Now it’s time to decide which colors to include. My new palette includes 12 small pans (the containers for the paint). I have dozens of tubes of wonderful watercolor paint, but I can only choose 12 to include. A big factor for me is that I do […]

The art of business cards

I just had new business cards printed. The process of designing the new cards made we think about the evolution of my business cards and my art endeavors. When I first began my own business, my focus was on making Native American-style flutes. (I still make those flutes!) One of my goals was to make […]

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 […]

GLAM 2018 poster

GLAM Craft Show, Dec. 2

The GLAM Craft Show is a great way to find holiday gifts made by local artisans and crafters. This year’s GLAM event on Sunday, Dec. 2, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., will be held at First Magnitude Brewery. Admission is free. I’ll be selling several sizes of my fun pen, ink & watercolors. My […]

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, […]

Art display at Satchel’s Pizza

It’s been fun to work with two friends to cover all the walls at Satchel’s Pizza, with our watercolor art, urban sketches and photography.  Satchel is great at supporting local artists and providing a festive venue for art while patrons get to enjoy tasty pizza. Our work includes more than 80 pen, ink and watercolor […]

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 […]

Purple Gallinule at Sweetwater Wetlands Park

Quest for the purple gallinule

  Seeing the purple gallinule has been a quest of mine for some time. If you’ve not seen a gallinule, they are quite a visual treat.  With their bright purple-blue, green-turquoise feathers they don’t seem real. They have bright red and yellow beaks with a turquoise head marking. Only once had I seen and photographed […]