Notes from an Artistic Journey

Sketchbooks I Have Known and Loved

Sketchbooks I Have Known and Loved

When I first started sketching I was overwhelmed with sketchbook choices. I remember going into New York Central Art Supply and getting totally confused with the variety of books with different size, thickness, color of paper, binding, textures, recommended usage, and...

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A Summer of Art Exploration in Maine

A Summer of Art Exploration in Maine

The summer of 2015 was the first time I really set out to explore art and develop my skills in Maine.  I sketched and painted like crazy.  Spent days wandering the DownEast coastline towns such as Rockland, Camden, Southwest Harbor, Bass Harbor, and Belfast, visiting...

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Video and Plein Air Setup for Painting Lowes Covered Bridge

Video and Plein Air Setup for Painting Lowes Covered Bridge

This post is for anyone interested in technical specs for video of my plein air painting of Guilford Covered Bridge. The camera is a Nikon Z6 mounted on a Vanguard Alta Pro tripod with a tilt arm that can stretch over the painting, but needs counterweight so it doesnt tip over.  I used my camera bag loaded with river rocks for this purpose.

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Painting the Historic Bridges of the Catskill Mountains

Painting the Historic Bridges of the Catskill Mountains

Few places match the mystique and gentle beauty of the Catskill Mountains.  Dotted with old barns and lush with winding streams, the Catskills are a lovely place to paint and enjoy fresh air only two hours from New York City. Thus far I painted four historic bridges in the Catskills.  This post discusses each bridge along with photos and information on the materials used with each painting.

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Capturing A Moment of Inspiration in Maine’s North Woods

Capturing A Moment of Inspiration in Maine’s North Woods

Plein air painting in Maine’s North Woods during the Fall season was exhilarating, but I was totally awed when getting a glimpse of the endangered Atlantic Salmon leaping upstream to spawn.  My agenda included sketching a waterfall, and while asking directions a local fisherman told me about salmon sightings at Toby Falls on Big Wilson Stream in the town of Willimantic. 

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Adrian Hill: War Sketcher, Art Therapist, Artist

Adrian Hill: War Sketcher, Art Therapist, Artist

In times of the Covid pandemic, with added stress and isolation in the lives of many, there has never been more need for the therapeutic aspects of art and creativity.   For those who use art to cope and heal from trauma and inner scars, the spirit of Adrian Hill will live on.

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