Dragonflies are my absolute favorites, though I tend to photograph them rather than sketch them. I love your sketch, Charlie, and am enjoying your recent switch back to your Lamy Safari with sepia ink. There is a real softness with sepia that appeals to me more than the sometimes harsher black outlines.
Photographing with my heart–I like the way that sounds, Charlie. That’s a pretty apt description of how I try to approach my photography. There are a huge number of creative choices that I have to make as I frame my subjects and select the settings for the desired effect. For me, it is a whole lot easier than sitting down with a brush or a pencil…[Read more]
I love your cardinal, Charlie. It is perhaps my favorite winter bird, because even in the darkest, most dreary winter days it provides a spot of bright color. I love that you have no plans for your free time later this month. I just got back from a three week stay in Paris. I had no real plans beyond my flights and Airbnb apartment. I brought…[Read more]
The cardinals are awesome, Charlie–I love the fact that they with us all winter in Northern Virginia, bringing color into our monochromatic winter days. Even more than the drawing, though, I was struck by the beginning words of your final paragraph, “And though we should be doing more adult things like reorganizing closets, we’ll probably just s…[Read more]
The painting is impressive–it’s hard to depict shiny things so well–but your words struck me even more deeply. “In truth, anything can become special when our hearts make that decision.” You repeatedly encourage us, Charlie, to experience the world with our hearts and I think we need that constant reminder. Despite what the world screams at us,…[Read more]
I love today’s fabulously flamboyant fish–I am in awe of your skills. I may be a rare reader, though, who is drawn as much–or even more–to your stories as to your paintings. I guess that’s why I enjoy the podcasts and why I have read through your “Sketching Stuff” book in less than a week (I have a few short chapters to go). I too have come to…[Read more]
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