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The Rebecca Diaries

The Rebecca Diaries

In December I started an art project based on Daphne du Maurier’s novel REBECCA.  I don’t know when I’ll finish it. It’s more like a book than an art project in that way: I can finish a painting in a day or two, but a book takes years, and it’s always an open question whether I’ll be able to finish a book at all. These paintings are like that. Unlike a book manuscript, there’s no way to save earlier...

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Urban Sketching in New York City!

Urban Sketching in New York City!

  My new art class is live on Skillshare now. Use this link to check out the class and get 2 months free to explore everything they have to offer. Do you love New York? So do I! It’s my favorite spot for urban sketching, travel sketching, and kind of exploring and art-making. In this class, we’re going to focus on the one skill you really need to paint a city like New York: Perspective. We’ll use Manhattan for our laboratory to...

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Anybody dreaming of Italy?

Anybody dreaming of Italy?

  Ah, Italy! I was there exactly one year ago, and I wish I was there right now! At least we can dream. My new Skillshare class is all about simplifying a classic Italian village scene. Go here to preview the class and get 2 months free on Skillshare, which is more than enough time to travel the world (virtually, anyway) and improve your sketchbook skills! First, we’ll focus on getting the major shapes in place by measuring how they fit...

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How to Paint a Chicken

How to Paint a Chicken

My new Skillshare class is called How to Paint a Chicken. Guess what it’s about??? For about ten years I raised chickens in my backyard. I can tell you from experience that chickens are wonderful subjects to paint! My style is to paint them against a simple, neutral backdrop, as if they are sitting for a formal portrait. With this style they look almost like members of the family, and you can capture their unique personalities. (Yes,...

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Come sketch with me in a French village!

Come sketch with me in a French village!

  OK, we’re not actually GOING to France. But you can practice being in France with your sketchbook! Take this class on Skillshare now, and get 2 months free with this link: https://skl.sh/3hXKhyN Join me on a travel sketching adventure in the beautiful village of Cambos-Les-Bains, France! We’re going to paint a scene that addresses one of the biggest challenges of travel sketching: how to give a scene depth, so that you feel that...

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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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Kopp Sisters Collages

  For a long time, I wasn’t at all interested in making any kind of art that had anything to do with the books I write. I just didn’t have any ideas along those lines. Sometimes my publicist would want me to make some art that could be used in some way for marketing purposes, and I absolutely hated that idea. The last thing I want is for art to become a thing that has deadlines and emails attached to it.I have always wanted art...

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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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