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come with me on a drive to northern california. i've come over 500 miles in the last couple of days. on interstate, but also little roads that wind through a greening countryside. past many groves of nut trees & grapevines.... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at Dispatch From LA
our recent downpours have added a crispness to the air. as much as i fantasize about non-stop rain for a month, i am aware that like most angelenos, i am a storm baby. no,i didn't crawl into the closet when... Continue reading
Posted 5 days ago at Dispatch From LA
I'm just back from an unexpected trip out of town to see a friend. I snapped photos from the car on the long drive there and back. The western landscape always makes me think of largeness. And whenever I think... Continue reading
Posted 7 days ago at Dispatch From LA
rain rain rain. my morning drive on glittering streets. eventually i made my way back to a drenched garden. and a few minutes ago... honey colored clouds. no fallen trees or hurricane force winds or mud slides up here on... Continue reading
Posted Dec 12, 2014 at Dispatch From LA
I go through so many samples while making my way to a good book. I downloaded this one, first published in 1971, last year, but am only now getting a chance to dig in. So far have found it to... Continue reading
Posted Dec 10, 2014 at Dispatch From LA
i'll just be here. painting birds! dreaming of snowy mountains. sleigh rides. roaring fires. shaggy fir trees. redwoods. the pounding wintery ocean. do you see where this is going? my version of a white christmas. because blue is the new... Continue reading
Posted Dec 9, 2014 at Dispatch From LA
Sketchbookery Winter Session 2014. For info go HERE. To register go HERE. A few questions answered: Yes, it's the exact same class as version offered Summer 2014. If you registered back then you still have access to everything. If you... Continue reading
Posted Dec 6, 2014 at Dispatch From LA
wendy, a journal is whatever you want it to be. i keep a written journal for private writing and occasionally, but not always, scribble on my sketchbook pages. there aren’t rules. do whatever makes you happy. writing is strictly optional in a VISUAL journal. cool huh?
Toggle Commented Dec 1, 2014 on fireball cottage at Dispatch From LA
I've been so absorbed in sea life the last week I don't think I made an official registration-is-open announcement. So this is it! SKETCHBOOKERY has officially opened for registration with a bang. All the class info is HERE. A month... Continue reading
Posted Dec 1, 2014 at Dispatch From LA
i saw another fireball. wha huh?! it happened. wednesday night. 9:33 p.m. bedroom window. you don't know how bad i wanted someone to sock in the arm and say, "can you effing believe that?!" but there wasn't anyone, just me.... Continue reading
Posted Nov 30, 2014 at Dispatch From LA
my curiosity about a cypress tree led me to the fortuitous discovery of a woman who lived in this cottage (i am staying in) for 50 years until she died at the age of 99! she planted a cypress sapling... Continue reading
Posted Nov 26, 2014 at Dispatch From LA
what a dump! right? this is my command post. from which i do nothing. all day and night long. except stare at the islands. and pull heavy metal chaise lounges down a step and across the lawn at midnight in... Continue reading
Posted Nov 23, 2014 at Dispatch From LA
Hi there Kris, They are mostly Daniel Smith watercolors. Some of the colors I used in that top photo…off the top of my head are: quin gold, quin scarlet, perm. red, sap green, natural sienna, perm rose
Toggle Commented Nov 21, 2014 on pie at Dispatch From LA
while you're putting your bird in the oven i'll just be here staring off into the wild blue yonder. one week's worth of silence & sketching. reading & resting. falling to sleep with the waves. hope you're making happy preparations... Continue reading
Posted Nov 19, 2014 at Dispatch From LA
SKETCHBOOKERY promo new from MAM on Vimeo. I've put together a new promo video for the December session of SKETCHBOOKERY! I added and subtracted a few things and changed the music. Registration begins in about a week. If you want... Continue reading
Posted Nov 16, 2014 at Dispatch From LA
Seven Sisters and their Teacher from David Dutton on Vimeo. "While visiting South Korea last October my mom took me out to visit her art group, who meet outdoors every Wednesday to paint landscapes. The dry river that they are... Continue reading
Posted Nov 14, 2014 at Dispatch From LA
joan - that’s the kindle app on my ipad. you can download samples of books to try and see if you like before buying. i do that A LOT as you can see from my screen. love that feature. it’s saved me plenty of dough.
Toggle Commented Nov 14, 2014 on books glorious books! at Dispatch From LA
I received this email from Gretchen Gudefin about The Country of the Pointed Firs, which I am now reading. She wrote, Anything by Sarah Orne Jewett (1849-1909) . As an up and coming writer at the turn of the 20thC,... Continue reading
Posted Nov 12, 2014 at Dispatch From LA
flirting with the planner. got this blank month download from amanda hawkins who also has about a zillion fabulous DIY planner ideas - from handmade covers to inserts. when i went back to google the link for you i came... Continue reading
Posted Nov 11, 2014 at Dispatch From LA
more foolery in my visual journal. i'm in ashley goldberg's paint plan play class where pattern making & background painting have been the focus. i thought i'd share what i've been doing in the class, that i first mentioned HERE.... Continue reading
Posted Nov 9, 2014 at Dispatch From LA
marcy in another life i lived in florida. spent much time at st. augustine beach in the 80’s. drove to key west from jacksonville with my sister once. my godmother lives in fernadina beach and i’ve spent time in gainesville & fort. meyers, st. petersburg. also drove over an alligators tail once on some little road - hwy 20 i the panhandle heading towards jacksonville. total accident. the book sounds good! i’ll check it out
Toggle Commented Nov 9, 2014 on November Reads at Dispatch From LA
It was a still, deep-breathing summer night, full of the smell of the hay fields. Sounds of laughter and splashing came up from the pasture, and when the moon rose rapidly above the bare rim of the prairie, the pond... Continue reading
Posted Nov 8, 2014 at Dispatch From LA
so delicious you'll want to watch it twice. Emily Sutton at Yorkshire Sculpture Park from Yorkshire Sculpture Park on Vimeo. This is one of Emily's richly detailed illustrations. You can see more of her work HERE. Continue reading
Posted Nov 7, 2014 at Dispatch From LA
here's what i did in the desert besides read and stare into space. some quick sketches in zee tiny sketchbook. i'm having fun being a student in ashley goldberg's paint plan play class. i'm one of the art journal spread... Continue reading
Posted Nov 5, 2014 at Dispatch From LA
I walked out past the last house — past the last locust tree — and sat on the fence for a long time — looking — just looking at — the lightning — you see there was nothing but sky... Continue reading
Posted Nov 3, 2014 at Dispatch From LA