The bags and supplies I use for art on-the-go

My latest YouTube video goes into what and how I pack for making art on-the-go. You don’t want your supplies and art-kit to weigh you down and become cumbersome, or you will be less likely to take it with you. And the more we take the art bag with us, the more likely we are to MAKE MORE ART – which is always the goal, right? I’ve spent years awkwardly stashing supplies in my backpack or purse and constantly moving them from bag to bag, only to discover that I don’t have what I need when inspiration really strikes. Instead, I now keep a small bag packed with exactly the supplies I need to create en plein air. I do so much more urban sketching and nature sketching from life, now that I keep a bag ready-to-go like this. I sometimes leave it in my car so it’s there to grab. That way you can more easily attach a drawing session to the end of your work day or at lunch.

I hope you go take a look at the video, and if you haven’t yet, please subscribe and hit the notifications button to catch all my future art-related videos. I’m grateful to every one of you that shares this with someone you might think will enjoy it!

New Skillshare Class Released!

I have just released my latest Skillshare class. It was recorded in 2020 and I was only now able to finish editing and publishing it. In it, students will learn drawing and painting techniques to illustrate various beverages. These are valuable still-life skills that will be applicable to rendering many different subject matter.

If you’re interested in watching the introductions to my other Skillshare classes, head over to my YouTube channel and click on the Skillshare playlist. I wholeheartedly enjoy taking classes on Skillshare. I have been a member for a few years now and I have taken classes on video editing, how-to make a Skillshare class, marketing, building a YouTube channel, business, visual art, and more. If you sign up for Skillshare using my dedicated LINK I will get a portion of your first payment. (The first month is free so you can see if you like the platform and find out all it has to offer.) While this link takes you to my teacher profile, from there you can explore various subjects like watercolor and see how many other amazing classes there are as well.

Thank you for your interest and support in my painting and teaching! I appreciate every one of you. Please share this with whoever you think might be interested!

A New Video Post on My YouTube Channel

Well, it’s been several years folks, but that does not mean the art-making has stopped! I have graduated from Texas Tech with my Masters of Fine Arts in painting and drawing media and have been working in education for several years. Over this time a few art habits have made themselves more prominent than others. It seems no matter how busy the year has been, whenever I travel or have a bit of time off, I return to drawing and painting studies in small sketchbooks.

Today I just needed to get back onto social media, so I posted a non-edited little video of me completing the last few pages of a small pocket sketchbook with some mixed media mark-making. For the moment, due to an ancient laptop, I cannot edit anything. However, I decided that shouldn’t keep me from sharing some small videos in the meantime.

So, please enjoy this tiny video of me finishing up the tail end of a cute little watercolor sketchbook. I will be filming a flip-through of this sketchbook soon so you can see every page. I don’t begin speaking until about halfway through this video, and then I just describe what I’m doing in the moment. As I said before, un-edited video!

New Academic Space

I finally got around to cleaning, lowering, and changing the angle of my drafting table in the studio. The result is a large space to pile my books and notes, sketching, reading light, beverage, computer and cats. I also imagine this will be a better place to work on watercolor painting – safe from oil paint residue.

I expect much mind expansion as a result.

ps. Can you see one of the reasons I named my cat Dragon?

pps. Please excuse my ill-fitting old t-shirt and zebra-print chair-fur-control-system

Dragon inspects new studio "thinking" space
Dragon inspects new studio “thinking” space