Monday, March 30, 2009

China Town in Shanghai

Hello artist friends, my travel companions and my new Chinese friend, Tinker Bell,

I have just survived getting all of my sketches up on my web site Look for CHINA in the fourth box down on my home page. Enjoy--and let me know if something doesn't work. I'm an artist, not a computer nerd.


Friday, March 27, 2009


We are back. China was wonderful, interesting and educational. I highly recommend going. Hello out there to my fellow travellers.

I was on an ordinary tour with minutes to paint here and there, but I still had a breakthrough. I managed to fit all of my supplies into a zip-lock bag. That was a revelation. Since there were so many people around that I couldn't sit down, I then I found that I could hold all that stuff in one hand and still paint with the other.

A painting tip that I'd lit to share now is my sketchbook. With so many variables that you have to deal with when painting out, it is best to use the paper that you always use. One less variable. So I take Arches paper to Staples (and other such stores) and have 6 pages bound together for a few bucks. Cut the paper any size and shape that you like. 

Why only six pages, though? These sketch books become very valuable as they fill. If you lost one, you don't want it to have all of your sketches in it. When I pack up to go home, I place different sketchbooks in different suitcases in case a bag is lost.

People who buy the original sketches get them with the holes punched in the top. I recommend that they frame them up so that the holes show. This guarantees that they were done on location.

Tuesday, March 10, 2009

China Here We Come!

I am off to China, and can hardly wait to see what I'll come back with and how this will affect my art. I have done some wonderful sketches on painting trips (like the one pictured here of Italy), but this is a regular tour with my sister, her husband and my husband. We will see if I can get the kind of work done that I'd like to do. 

I did buy a fishing vest with lots of pockets that holds my art stuff. I really wanted this for hiking around North Carolina, but will give it it's first try in China.

Wish me luck.