The Sandia mountains in Albuquerque, where I’m from
So inspiring. For years I’ve meant to keep a sketchbook again, as we all did when we were starting out. I need to be more disciplined and just do it. I’ve bought sketchbooks through the years and started them, then gotten out of the habit. Your work here has inspired me to try again more earnestly. I love all the comments and they are so true. Your work is so utterly authentic and moving.
These are wonderful. I feel as if I’ve just taken a trip to Europe. I always bring a nice sketch book but find it hard to focus with so much stimulation.
Thank you Micki. I find that drawing reminds me of where I was much better than writing when I look at it later. It puts my back where I was when I made it.
Marc, actually I have many small sketchbooks filled with travel sketches as well. It helps to be travelling alone or with an understanding partner for that to happen, as sketching removes you from social interaction. We become like writers, watching and recording, “thieves of souls.”
I like this a lot. I could make a positive comment for every page. You’ll have to forgive me for saying this but a newcomer, just seeing your finished paintings might assume that you just slickly copy photographs (though any time spent carefully looking reveals your mind working). The facets you usually provide gives us insight into how your works are developed and this shows us your industriousness and thought-processes even further. I’m like Scott; I rarely even draw in my notebook when I’m ‘on holiday’. I don’t know why and I’m unlikely to pick it up (again) but I am impressed by what you have here. I especially like the paintings of the airports and the Rijksmuseum and the light on the clouds and the wing and engine of the plane…most people would take a digital photo and fall back asleep.
Thank you Martin, I like what Delacroix said about how we work not only to produce but to give value to time. Working a lot from life is the best way to learn where photography is useful, to me anyway. I feel like I have to understand what I’m seeing so that I have a way to gauge what photography gets and what it doesn’t.
This is great. I’m always so jealous of your sketch books. I remember when we were at JFK together, waiting for a plane… you sat there and made a nice little painting while I watched some stupid football game. I can never travel and work. I have to be settled before I get the urge.
Love the sketchbook, specially those little insights from the window of the plane. They are really beautiful. I wonder how can you paint in such small space without making a mess? :O What type of ink you use for your quick ink sketches? Thank you, -a
Thank you Angela, if it’s a pen sketch I use Doc P.H.Martin’s tech ink- a mix of black and brown +50%water. I’m pretty clean, depends on turbulence.
Small sketchbook November 2008-Dec 2009
Here’s another little sketchbook- everything is from direct observation. Where there’s color, it’s usually gouache on an acrylic ground.