What art supplies should I take on my trip to Italy?

I’ve been asking myself what art supplies to take on my trip to Italy. I’m going for about a week and my luggage is minimal. I remember that, in the past, I’ve enjoyed sketching people and buildings while traveling. People who are sleeping are best because they stay in one place long enough to draw.…

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Starting the special characters as people

I’ve ordered the clay to start building these 31 special characters that will be human and not mermaid-well maybe some mixing will happen! I’ve added a seahorse in 6 already. I’m inspired by the many athletes and the beautiful expressions the body can make. Clay tools I’m not a novice but I’m just getting into…

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Painting on Original odyssey cards

In Original Odyssey is a puzzle that when put together creates a map. It’s 20 cards that fit in five columns and four rows. The first time you assemble the map can be a challenge. A good starting project is to construct the map and then add your marks for the north, south, east, and…

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Stream of consciousness and creative ritual 

It’s not easy to dream big and hope for the impossible to become possible, but it’s the only way to really live. Expanding every day by making art and telling stories about all the places, people, family, friends, and creatures. Exploring new things makes the world turn upside down and inside out.  Overtime the changes…

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Drawing warm up exercise 

Walking in the neighborhood where I grew up today and feeling nostalgic and grateful for this season Creek. Playing with the water, watching the animals and insects. This photo taken on a bike path bridge today.  The warm up is easy and you don’t need much to do it. Substitute the materials to match what…

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Posters for mobile art studio in progress

The mobile art studio is taking shape! The details are taking shape and launch date is July 1st. These sketches were made on recycled brown paper and three layers of ink: black, white, and gold.

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Painting Romeo and Juliet

Why Romeo and Juliet? William Shakespeare wrote a number of famous plays that have had a profound impact on the US culture. Many of his play’s include tragic love stories, perhaps the most famous being Romeo and Juliet. It was the first Shakespeare play that I saw – on TV – the 1968 version that…

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Animal Pencil Sketch Inspiration – Birds at Rincon Beach

I love birds – and all animals really. They move and have a personality – something that makes drawing more challenging and fun. Sea birds – seagulls tend to come in flocks and are all over the coastline. I took my pencils and sketchbook to the beach and practiced drawing birds – also took photos…

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