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How do you mix colors?

How do you mix colors?

  HERE IT IS! I’ve been promising to do this class on color mixing and the color wheel for a while now, and now it’s done. Here’s what it’s about: As an artist, you’re probably familiar with the color wheel, with the three primary colors of red, yellow, and blue, and the secondary colors of orange, purple, and green. But—have you ever looked at a color printer cartridge and noticed that printers don’t use ink...

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Laid-Back Lettering

Laid-Back Lettering

If you want to add more artistic, colorful, dramatic lettering to your sketchbooks, journals, and artwork, but you don’t want to put in the hours it takes to really perfect a hand-lettering style, I made this class just for you! I love all the beautiful brush pen and modern calligraphy styles I see all over Instagram, but filling out practice sheets and trying to learn upstrokes and downstrokes felt too much like work for me. So I...

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Painting Doors and Windows with Ink and Watercolor

My new class is live on Skillshare! Go here to preview the class, and this link also gives you 2 months free on Skillshare, which is plenty of time to check out everything they have to offer. One of my favorite subjects to paint is old painted doors. They have so much character and they really tell the story of the place. There are a few challenges that are particular to drawing and painting doors, including: Getting the proportions...

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Ink Your Drink! A new class on painting cocktails

NEW on Skillshare! I’m teaching the ink transfer technique I’ve been posting about lately on Instagram. To find out more about the class, and to get 2 months free on Skillshare, use this link. (And there are tons of great classes on Skillshare! I’m particularly fond of Jim Richard’s urban sketching class.) To see all the classes I’m teaching on Skillshare, here’s a link that shows you all the classes and also...

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I Went on a Sketching Trip to Mexico and I Took You With Me

I Went on a Sketching Trip to Mexico and I Took You With Me

  We just went to Mexico together! Well, almost. I took my iPad to Guanajuato, Mexico last week and filmed an online class on travel sketching–so you can watch it and it’s almost like being there! I decided to focus on the two subjects that are easiest for beginners–building facades (meaning, looking straight on, no perspective skills required) and landscapes. This class walks you through the process I use when I’m...

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Messing About with Paint

Messing About with Paint

              Here’s something new I just sort of fell into: I was messing around with a painting and made a big mess and decided the big mess looked interesting. Next think I knew, I was making these abstract watercolor paintings. I’ve been noodling away at them every day while I write my next book—or while I’m supposed to be writing, I guess. Is it procrastination? A distraction? A good way to...

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Time for Another Art Auction!

Time for Another Art Auction!

I’m auctioning off a bunch of paintings to benefit two worthwhile charities. If you want to skip the explanation and go straight to the auction, go here. Bidding ends November 17, 2019. It’s been a tough three years, friends. If you’re like me, maybe you’ve found it hard to keep going in the face of catastrophically bad news night after night, terrifying world events, and just an unbearable, soul-crushing sense that our...

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Bad Drawings Make Great Backgrounds: When a Sketchbook Page Goes Wrong

Bad Drawings Make Great Backgrounds: When a Sketchbook Page Goes Wrong

When I travel, I always take a sketchbook to keep a record of the trip (and, honestly, to entertain myself, because there are only so many old churches one can tour in a day).  Here’s a video tour of my latest sketchbook, and you can always see more on Instagram. But what happens when a page in a sketchbook goes horribly wrong? Now, I’ve filled lots of sketchbooks with practice and lessons, and every single page in those books could...

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Paintings for a Good Cause!

Paintings for a Good Cause!

It’s time to throw another art bomb at the patriarchy. I’m offering up a dozen paintings for auction on eBay, and 100% of the proceeds will go to either the ACLU or Planned Parenthood. That’s right, every single penny you spend will benefit one of these two groups–I’m not keeping anything for myself. These are mostly oil paintings, but for the first time I’m including a couple of watercolors. I started doing...

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Develop Your Internal Tutor

Develop Your Internal Tutor

I just picked up this book at Powell’s. In the introduction is the most extraordinary passage–it could apply to any creative pursuit, so I’m sharing it here: “Develop an internal tutor. When you begin drawing, often you’ll find you’re accompanied by an internal critic, pointing out your mistakes and making you question your drawing. This can be more restricting than a lack of ability. You need time to look...

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