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Monday, July 21, 2014

Life's Little Mysteries, Part 2


I had two more short videos in the pipeline, both that had to be cut from my Sketchbook Skool class for reasons of length...this one agreed to be processed and uploaded, the other one didn't.  NO idea why!  Ah well, I like this one best anyway...

This is my old cabin book--I built my own cabin in the woods with the help of a young carpenter back in the late 80s or early 90s, and worked out there almost every day.  (In those days I had a computer out there and even a phone, neither of which is true today!)

And every day, I would do a sketch in my big brown-paper journal.  It's a time capsule, looking back through the pages and seeing the everyday miracles that caught my eye.

I got to write a book about the process, too...A Naturalist's Cabin; Constructing a Dream, long out of print, of course.


Yep, life is good...

Sunday, July 20, 2014

Life's little mysteries...another video!





I have no idea why, but this little video was hiding, marked Private in my YouTube set...I appear to have dropped the ball somewhere. I originally made it for one of my Quick Sketching classes, but didn't get the link OUT there!  It was from March of 2013...I spaced...

Since I made it to be shared, here it is...test drive your tools so you know what they'll do and which one to grab to get the effect you want!

Friday, July 11, 2014

And a longer video, a study of a wren, in my journal

Whew!  My newest video is up on YouTube, and it almost didn't make it!  It disappeared, then the media files were missing...but here it is, a longer video on doing a study of a bird, in my journal.


Tuesday, July 8, 2014

Another little video...this one on sketching birds!



As usual, I overproduced for my class, so I've made several new videos I'll be sharing on YouTube!  This one was cut from a longer one on sketching from nature.

I'll be editing one on doing a more complete study of a wren, soon!

Saturday, June 21, 2014

A look at our own Liz Steel's current sketching tools!



Liz has branched out into teaching a range of workshops in her home country of Australia and abroad...and continues to sketch virtually every day, inspiring and delighting hundreds of us!


Check her blog for this post on her current sketching tools...
http://www.lizsteel.com/p/current-sketching-tools.html

Thanks, Liz, for letting us share here, too!

Friday, June 20, 2014

Another Simple Journal, Double-Pamphlet Style--from Shirley Levine!

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Our dear friend Shirley Levine of the Paper and Threads blog has give permission to share her terrific blog post on making a simple, fast, lightweight journal--thank you, Shirley!

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As always, her instructions and visuals are clear and easy to follow...now I'm wanting to make one like this!  You can find the full post here: 
http://www.paperandthreads.com/2014/06/making_a_simple_sketchbook_the.php

And lots more from Shirley on bookbinding here: http://www.paperandthreads.com/2012/02/watercolor_sketchbook_tutorial.php

What a treasure she is!
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