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Watercolor Snaps from my Thumbnail Sketches

I like to do quick thumbnail sketches in my little bitty sketchbook and then paint my watercolors from memory at home. I was on the motorcycle cruising around Middle Tennessee and made plenty of mental notes as I cruised through the countryside on my Kawasaki Vulcan.  I remember as many patterns and colors as I… read more

“World’s Richest Busboy” by J. J. Brito

“World’s Richest Busboy” by J. J. Brito   This is a great book! I bought it from J. J. Brito himself at the Anastasia Pier Farmers Market. It is hard to put down and I read it in a couple days. You feel like you are right there with him as he travels through Central… read more

Trip to Florida with my sketchbook and watercolors

 We went to visit St. Augustine Florida and as usual had a good time. Of course I brought along my sketchbook and watercolors. I left the oils at home.   Cruising around town it always nice to see peoples plants and flowers.    On down the road to Matanzas it felt nice and cool under the… read more

A trip to St. Augustine Florida. Brought my watercolor sketch books along.

We just got back from a trip to St Augustine Florida. I brought my watercolors along for the ride and will post up some soon.

Great Watercolor Sketchbook is the Aquabee Super Deluxe Red Cover

 I always recommend this sketchbook to fellow watercolorists. It is the Aquabee Super Deluxe Sketchbook. It has the maroon cover. It is heavy weight drawing paper for use with wet and dry media.    It is inexpensive and you will not be afraid to slam some color on it. It has a nice textured surface… read more

Nashville Open Air: Art Show to benefit The Frist, May 31 & June 1

 I have been working on some pieces for the Frist Benefit Shaw described below…   The Chestnut Group will add to the cultural landscape of our city by hosting a series of “paint outs” at the Frist Center, on four Saturdays beginning April 13. Join in the activities by observing the artists as they work!… read more

Sketchbook From Downtown

 Here are some sketches I did in downtown Nashville at the CSX Train lot near Union Station. It is in the Aquabee Super Deluxe Sketchbook.  http://cousley.blogspot.com/2013/04/watercolor-sketche-from-downtown.html

Nashville Open Air Preparation Sketchbook

 I had a good time painting joining Sherry Levine and Denise Hawkins in down down Nashville scoping some subject matter for the Nashville Open Air Show. (See previous post)        

Watercolor Fun and Kitty

Fun with watercolor today and completed a new cat portrait. Kitty will be posted soon!

Some Watercolor Brushes I Like

I bought these synthetic watercolor brushes a few months ago at Jerry’s Artarama. They are made by Creative Mark. The black and tan ones are Beste Fountain and come in a 4 pack with a demo DVD. The all black one is the Beste Dagger Stripper 1/2. Very versatile and durable brushes. From fat washes… read more