July 7, 2020

When I was doing a live video on my instagram, I was asked about urban sketchers I would recommend following. That was such a big question to answer while painting, so I decided to do a round up over here instead. It's a month or two after the fact, but here are some o...

July 1, 2020

A few notes on painting neon! I talked about lighting in this post back in May, and touched on nocturnes in general, but neon has some of its own rules! First step? Consider your palette. Do you have bright, high chroma colors that can help you replicate the glow of ne...

June 5, 2020

This week I took some time to work on making sure the art I'm seeing in my instagram feed is from a diverse group of artists (I followed some hashtags like #blackartists and #blackgirlartshow to make sure I continue to see new-to-me artists on my feed, and did some int...

May 7, 2020

Let's talk about lighting! It can tell the viewer time of day, change mood, and it can make or break a painting. To convey realistic lighting you must use both value and color to your advantage. If you want to get better at replicating lighting effects, the first step...

May 5, 2020

In Spring 2009, I was studying abroad in London. On my Spring Break I visited Italy, seeing Venice, Florence and Rome in two weeks, with my roommate as a travel companion. I took an absurd amount of photos while traveling, which is great because now I have a lot of ref...

March 28, 2020

It's happened. I finally splurged on the Etchr field case

I've also revamped both palettes! Here is what I take around with my nowadays (when I can finally leave the apartment again!)

Etchr Field Case, Woodward and Father Original Sketchboard, Woodward and Father Unlim...

March 6, 2020

 Winter is tough for an outdoor sketcher, y'all. Sometimes you see lovely things you want to stop and sketch, but it's just TOO COLD! Even without having to worry about your paint turning to ice on you, there is only so much you can expect very cold fingers to do. But...

March 1, 2020

You may have realized by now: I LOVE painting bridges. I'm often asked if I really like painting bridges or if I just do it because they sell. The answer? I REALLY like painting bridges. Brooklyn Bridge Park was a favorite sketching location long before I started selli...

February 24, 2020

 This is the first winter I've not been doing scenic work, which means I've been attempting to paint outside in colder weather than ever before. As I type we are having some unseasonably warm weather, but that hasn't always been the case this month. With temperatures h...

December 14, 2019

Hi, y'all! I know, long time no blog. I'm coming to terms with the fact that blogging regularly isn't something I can manage without cutting back on my time sketching and WOW was this a busy summer of sketching! The holiday season also started early, as I began to get...

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