Category Archives: sketch book

Trying to Catch the Essence

I had my sketch book open, my pen was flying over the paper sketching Brent Laycock. He was demonstrating at the Utah Watercolor Society. My friend Manelle Oliphant was sketching next to me. Up the row from us I could … Continue reading

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Young Heber Valley Artists

  I had the great pleasure of presenting and visiting with some young artists at the Wasatch County Library in Heber last Thursday Evening. I was greeted by Sally Baird who made me feel welcome and got everything set up … Continue reading

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The Boy Scout Motto “Be Prepared”

        Packing your sketch book around is a great idea. There is always that question, “Do I bring it or not?” “Will I have time to sketch?” Will it just get in the way?” I’ve found it’s … Continue reading

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Running For My Sketchbook

Richard Ormond, the grandnephew of John Singer Sargeant who was being interviewed with the Boston Museum of Fine Arts over the web. As I watched the interview I got the strong urge to run and grab my sketch book and … Continue reading

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George Handel’s Messiah

  I love sketching at concerts. Somehow the intensity of the music gets into your sketches and it adds something to the visuals. Your hands and pen get into the rhythm of notes and singing. There are also some great … Continue reading

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City of Rocks

  The sketch in the sketch books seems to capture the spirit of the place better than the photo. City of Rocks is filled with amazing shapes and rocks of all sizes. It is a fun place to sketch.

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If you sit there long enough, something will happen.

That was the advice we received from the man at the front desk. We were camped in between Yellowstone National Park and Teton National Park. He said just head up the road. The campgrounds are closed because of the sequester … Continue reading

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Quotes from the Trail

  “Andrew, she needs to tie her shoe.” “Save your energy for the way out.” “I have to hang up the phone, Mom. I’m on the side of a cliff.” Mike from New York, “My momma taught me, you only … Continue reading

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Waking up in a Fog

Some mornings you wake up and the clouds have pressed down close to the earth. It appears that you are going to be wandering around all day in a fog. You want to go on a hike? How can you … Continue reading

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Field Watercolor

  Here is my Strathmore Field Watercolor Sketch book. As you can see by the cover, it has traveled a bit with me. Here are a few of the watercolors inside. It’s nice to take a few minutes at different … Continue reading

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