Category Archives: sketch book

Science and Imagination

Robert Henri, in his book The Art Spirit, said, “To have ideas one must have imagination. To express ideas one must have science.” One way to get the “science” is drawing the model from life. You will train your eye … Continue reading

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Sketching quietly during the Messiah

Dave’s mom sings the Messiah every year with the Oratorio Society so we get to go and see her every year. She has recruited her sons and granddaughters and daughter in laws. I bring my sketch book because it is … Continue reading

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Dead Skunk on the Side of the Road

Years ago, I was riding my bike.  My eye was on a new white stripe painted on the side of the road. My feet spinning, my hands on the handle bars, my eyes on the road, I followed the white … Continue reading

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Of Crocodiles and Bygone Mansions

Your art can take you many places. One moment you can be painting a home from the past, a home where you want to get the details right. The next moment you are painting from pure imagination, a cover for … Continue reading

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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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