April Sketches

I'm excited to show some of the watercolor sketches that I made this month. For some reason, I've been feeling particularly tired. I'm happy that I managed to keep up my art practice! 


Next week is "Golden Week" here in Japan and I took a couple of days off of work so that I could not only celebrate my fourth wedding anniversary in some special way, but also enjoy a nine day staycation. I'm looking forward to taking time for spring cleaning, some much needed rest, and of course, watercolor painting! 

Latest Sketchbook Painting

I spent my whole night working on this painting in my sketchbook. The inspiration came from a picture on Sktchy and although I had made the drawing a while back, I decided to finally paint it. I got to use a couple of my new Daniel Smith watercolors, Indigo (PB60, Pbk6) and Pyrrol Scarlet (PR255) together with some old favorites (DS Monte Amiata Natural Sienna, DS Lapis Lazuli, and Schmincke Cobalt Blue Light). I finished it off with Finetec/Coliro gold details. 


Book Release Party & Art Show

I wanted to share the good news that I've been invited by local poet Ash Good to have a piece of artwork at the release party for her new book "These Things Will Never Happen Quite Like That Again." It will take place on Friday, April 14 over at Mink Boutique on Hawthorne. Ash will read from her book, and all the artwork will be up for sale with part of the proceeds going to help women in Oregon. If you're in the Portland area, it promises to be a fun evening!

March Life Drawing


Last night, I went to a life drawing session for the first time in two years. It's something that I've been meaning to do for quite a while. Although websites like Croquis Cafe are helpful for figure practice, the experience of drawing from life definitely has something special about it. It's easy to make excuses to avoid going to life drawing sessions, so I'm proud of myself for finally just doing it. I was a little rusty, but I found that all the gestural practice for the "one week 100 people" challenge really helped me with the 1-minute poses. It also felt nice to be surrounded with other artists for a change, as most of the time I work on my paintings while home alone. I'm sharing my favorite from last night: a sketch done during a 30-minute pose on Arches hot press paper. I'm hoping to make it a habit to go once a month, so stay tuned for my next report!

"One Week 100 People" Challenge

This past week, March 6-10, I participated in the "One Week 100 People" Challenge. Created by renowned urban sketchers Liz Steel and Marc Taro Holmes, the challenge involves drawing 100 people in five days. I decided to participate at the last minute, as I figured that it would be good practice for me.

My tally came to 46/100 people. Even though I didn't make the final goal, I was quite happy that I gave it a try. I knew from the beginning that I would have to make faster paintings than usual. This forced me to try new approaches that I wouldn't ordinarily have tried, thus pushing me out of my comfort zone. Let me share some of my favorites with you: