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#OneWeek100People2019 : Flight Check?

I was sitting there cleaning some pens and packing a sketch kit – trying to remember the last time I went out drawing people?  I know I grabbed a few sketches of sketchers last summer at the USK Mini Symposium in Chicago – but other than that – I haven’t gone out people sketching since […]

Tue, 12 Mar 2019 18:48:39 +0000


Ready for year three? #OneWeek100People2019

Thu, 07 Mar 2019 01:00:12 +0000


Top Posts!

There’s a lot of stuff in these pages that maybe gets buried in the chronological nature of a web-blog. So, here are some of the more useful category searches and sub-pages: My Books and Classes < Everything I know in one place, just to save you time. Step by Step Demos < Posts with work-in-progress narration. Sketching […]

Wed, 03 Oct 2018 20:21:01 +0000


I’m moving to Instagram!

Hey everyone! I’ve set up a home for my oil paintings: @m.holmes.art. So- what’s going on? Well – I’ve been writing about sketching on location for ten years now. In that time you’ve seen me go from an itinerant sketch-book artist to a published author and online art-instructor, and eventually, a painter inducted into our national […]

Sat, 29 Sep 2018 18:19:08 +0000


Announcing a Limited Edition Print : We Own The Night

I’m excited to announce my first limited edition print “We Own The Night” From an original watercolor by Marc Taro Holmes 11×14″, printed with Epson 200-year-rated archival inks and paper Only 12 copies made $150.00 CDN + shipping Inquires by email at: marc(dot)taro(at)gmail(dot)com [detail, enlarged] This is a very limited set of only twelve impressions. I […]

Wed, 11 Jul 2018 14:43:56 +0000


Last video (for now): working a little more transparently

Here’s a portrait sketch (from a tiny black and white google-image). This is some more edge-pulling, but, with thinner, more transparent layers than I might use on location. Useful for more rendered things, that you want to look more three dimensional. This is the last of these edit and audio test projects I’d made. So […]

Sat, 07 Jul 2018 14:46:59 +0000


Watercolor in 2 (ish) Layers: Growing a Silhouette Shape + Sculpting Shadows

Here’s a bit longer demo (10ish minutes), showing how to grow a silhouette shape with plenty of color variation – which, you intend to cover later with a shadow shape. This is another sculptural subject, but of course, this is the same way I’d paint anything, from a landscape, to an architectural subject. Enjoy! And […]

Fri, 06 Jul 2018 15:08:46 +0000


Unfortunate news about Portugal – and a video by way of apology :)

I have unfortunate news, that I will not be traveling to the 2018 Urban Sketchers Symposium in Porto. I very much regret letting down the students registered for my courses, and I will very much miss sketching Portugal with friends new and old. As regular readers will know, my stepfather has progressive dementia, and we […]

Thu, 05 Jul 2018 15:02:20 +0000


#30x30DirectWatercolor2018 Guest Artist Wrapup

All too soon it is over! All great things must come to an end. We’re back to our everyday bland lives, with the post-partum, end-of-challenge depression. Or are we?!? Of course not! I think everyone is maybe glad to be done the marathon? – but – filled with a new excitement for watercolor, and – […]

Tue, 03 Jul 2018 00:51:27 +0000


Day 25 : #30x30DirectWatercolor2018; FINISHED!!!

Day 24, and 32/30! < FINISHED!!! Whoo hoo! Ding Ding! *Confetti Cannon!* *Throw’s Streamers!* All of a sudden my marathon is finished! I was thinking I’d wrap up with something easy like a set of selfies – but the day opened with great weather – and Laurel told me to take advantage of it – so […]

Mon, 25 Jun 2018 13:00:29 +0000


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