Citizen Sketcher



Blacks are my Favorite Colors

So – Watercolor. I was painting the other day, trying some things, came to re-realize – I really like black. This should be obvious. But you don’t always think about your own paintings. They just happen sometimes. I was trying to paint some florals from our photos of the botanical garden, as the real thing […]

Wed, 01 Apr 2020 17:44:37 +0000

At home, looking at old sketches :)

It’s always a pleasant surprise when you’re sorting out some papers, and a couple nice sketches fall out. These are from South Carolina. We had a wonderful visit a while back, teaching a workshop and jurying a watercolor show. Right now, during the self-quarantine, the old life of travel and painting with friends seems like […]

Sun, 29 Mar 2020 01:40:39 +0000

One Minute Watercolor Ep.03 – Mossy Falls

So – to be honest, this sketch is just a test of my shiny new setup for recording paintings. New overhead mount and wireless remote control for Laurel’s DSLR, new microphone for voice over, and coincidentally – Adobe has some new software called Premiere Rush – made for editing quick and easy jobs like this. […]

Sun, 22 Mar 2020 03:54:12 +0000

Fly the Flag for St. Patrick’s Day! (25% off my oil paintings + free shipping)

We just recently heard, my painting “Fly the Flag of the Republic” has been accepted into the Society of Canadian Artists 2020 Online Juried Exhibition. Just in time for St. Patrick’s Day! This was one of my early works, in a series of impasto oil paintings begun in 2018, painted from my wife’s photo, taken […]

Mon, 16 Mar 2020 18:13:22 +0000

That’s it for my #OneWeek100People 2020. Thanks everyone!

Another year of #OneWeek100People is crossing the finish line! I’m sitting here at the computer, watching people posting up on the Facebook group. Most are saying they’ve hit their 100, a few that they need the weekend to finish, but either way, it’s been a great experience. I must say, it’s so rewarding to be […]

Fri, 13 Mar 2020 22:22:21 +0000

Day Four : #OneWeek100People 2020 : In the Zone

Day Four, #OneWeek100People 2020. I said it already, but watercolor is not at all like riding a bike. You spend even a month away from it, and you lose your sensitivity. Your dexterity. I imagine this is the reason musicians are always doing scales, athletes are constantly training. I was missing something in the previous […]

Thu, 12 Mar 2020 14:24:02 +0000

Day Three : #OneWeek100People 2020 : Silhouettes on the Street

[La Vitrine, Montreal 18×24”, cropped] Day Three, #OneWeek100People, 2020. When I started thinking about my project for 2020  – I thought – OK – what’s the point of all this practice sketching people? I’m not terribly interested in portraiture right this moment. I don’t have any reportage projects lined up. That’s not something you run […]

Wed, 11 Mar 2020 13:00:44 +0000

Day Two : #OneWeek100People 2020 : From Silhouettes to Puzzle-People

Hey Everyone! It’s day two of #OneWeek100People 2020. How’s your sketching going? It’s only Tuesday – you’ve got loads of time yet! I’m still working on the my street scenes. I hope to have something to show tomorrow. In the meantime, here’s some more of my practice, practice, practice. Like a lot of you I’m […]

Tue, 10 Mar 2020 14:07:28 +0000

Day One : #OneWeek100People 2020 : Eyes on the Prize!

Welcome to day one of #OneWeek100People, 2020. I like to start with a big push – get all 100 people on the first day. That way I can be free to mess about for the rest of the week :) Well – to be honest, I hit that goal in year one, and then I […]

Mon, 09 Mar 2020 15:15:30 +0000

Warming up for #OneWeek100People with 5 minute sketches!

More warmups for this year’s #OneWeek100People! The other day I made it to a Dr. Sketchy’s Anti-Art School event. They say they have over a hundred branches in sixteen countries, so if you’re lucky, there’s one near you. This often irreverent drawing event is a local favorite. Traditional life-drawing is invaluable to an artist’s training, […]

Wed, 04 Mar 2020 19:25:32 +0000

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