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New Mexico Palette

Custom Paint Palette: Shades of Santa Fe I recently began making my own paint with gouache binder medium and pigment powders. It’s very rewarding to see the medium and powder combine into the final result, and to be able to personalize the color exactly how I want for any given project. The ability to make my own custom paint palette inspired me to create specific colors for the places I visit. The mixing supplies are too cumbersome to take on the road with me, so I pack lightweight tools in… Read more New Mexico Palette

Santa Fe Pen Sketches

Hard to distill the essence of Santa Fe into a few drawings. But what really stood out to me there was the contrast and coexistence between the city’s rich cultural heritage and rugged natural beauty, and its thriving and progressive modern art scene. Here are two sketch studies with gel pen, marker and pastel that I will draw from for a more detailed piece and writing later on.

Travel Palette, Santa Fe, NM

In my previous post, I showed a Peerless watercolor palette as part of my artist travel bag. While it’s lightweight and versatile in its packaged form, I decided to lighten my load even more and use it to customize a palette specifically for the trip I am planning through West Texas and New Mexico. Santa Fe will be my final destination, so that’s where I imagine I’ll have the most time to do some quick sketches inspired by what I see or have seen along the way. With that in… Read more Travel Palette, Santa Fe, NM

Santa Fe Artist Kit

Part of the fun of traveling is putting together my artist travel kit. It differs slightly for each destination, depending on space, weather and the trip’s planned activities. For this particular adventure, we are driving Southwest, so I made sure to have many desert-inspired colors to choose from, plus some metallics to accent. I didn’t want to include pastels or anything that might easily melt. Watercolor-infused paper and water-soluble pencils keep things versatile and compact. Even though we will have room in the car, I travel pretty light. I keep… Read more Santa Fe Artist Kit

Denton, TX

We recently took a day trip to Denton, Texas which is about 45 minutes from where we live, and where I went to college. The town has changed so much since those days, so when I’m there it feels like I’m visiting somewhere new. Photography ended up being the theme of the day – something that happens a lot when you’re traveling with a photographer! Art: The reason for our trip was to check out Jason Lee’s photo exhibition, “A Plain View,” at the Greater Denton Arts Council. We enjoyed… Read more Denton, TX