Experiments in Blue // Week 34

08/22/16

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This week’s Experiment in Blue is a continuation of a body of work I started way back in January (inspired by 1970’s graphic design). I abandoned for awhile (or simply got sidetracked!). You can see & read about the original pieces I painted in the collection here (toward the bottom of the post). I’ll be continuing this series now for a show I’ll be having this Spring. I am very excited because these pieces require a large compass to create the circle and arch shapes and I finally got my hands on one!

Have a great week, friends!

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Sketchbook Roundup: France Edition!

08/18/16

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{PS: I learned after I drew this that the wording above should be La Chèvre, not Le Chèvre! My apologies!}

One of my favorite times to draw in my sketchbook is while I am traveling, especially when I am traveling alone (by the way, if you are interested, I wrote an essay on traveling alone which you can read here).

Last month I traveled in France for two weeks (to Paris, Nice and Antibes), and I drew several spreads while I meandered through these cities (though truthfully I don’t draw WHILE I am meandering). I love observing what is around me — architecture, animals, plant life, people, the general vibe of a place — and then drawing my interpretation. Here are some of the spreads I made on this trip:

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Do you dream of keeping a sketchbook but don’t know where to start? I offer two different sketchbook classes to give you a jumpstart. You can take Sketchbook Explorations here or More Sketchbook Explorations here (both via Creativebug, which is a subscription online class platform for only a few dollars a month). I also teach several other classes at Creativebug. You can see all of my offerings here.

Happy sketchbooking!

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Experiments in Blue // Week 32

08/08/16

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Hello friends! This week’s Experiment in Blue (above) is inspired by blue and white transferware. This piece is made with acrylic paint on a hard 8×10 panel. I plan on expanding this series over the next few months.

You may have noticed that I haven’t been writing and posting on this blog as often as I normally do. I think all of the travel I’ve been doing has pushed my blog to the back burner. But I miss being here, and I plan to come back with loads of new content starting this week! Stay tuned.

Hope everyone is having a great week!

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Experiments in Blue // Week 31

08/03/16

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I’m a little late in posting this week’s Experiment in Blue — this sketchbook spread I made while I was in Antibes France last week. I’m back in Portland again after two weeks vacation in France, and will be posting here more often again!

Hope everyone is having a great week!

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Experiments in Blue // Weeks 29 & 30

07/26/16

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Friends, I’ve been traveling in France, hence my silence here on the blog, but I did want to share with you my Experiments in Blue from the past two weeks!

This one below was drawn on a train from Paris to Nice, as we meandered (rather speedily) through the French countryside of Provence. It is painted entirely in one paint color, too.

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Hope everyone is having a great week so far.

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