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Wednesday, October 7 • 1:00pm - 2:30pm

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Prepare for sketching on your adventures, whether out in your garden or on mountain trails! We'll explore fundamental sketching techniques for creating colorful and expressive journal pages using ink and watercolor. We'll practice gesture, contour, and thumbnail sketches to quickly capture a sense of place and open up creative flow and inquiry. All levels welcome!

SUPPLIES: Journal, pen, colors and brush if you have them.

---Supplies used by Maria:
  •  Paper/Sketchbook: I recommend a minimum of 80lb paper for light watercolor/mixed-media. I prefer Moleskine watercolor journals and Stillman and Birn Alpha and Beta softcover sketchbooks. I used an Aquabee Super Deluxe 9” x 9” book in my workshop. 
  •  Waterproof Pen: try a waterproof pen such as a Sharpie Fine Pen or Copic Multiliner. You may also enjoy a brush pen or fountain pen. I love the Pentel Brush Pen and Platinum Carbon Fountain Pen which I used in my workshop. Other popular fountain pens for sketching include the Lamy Safari and Sailor Fude 55 pen. You can learn more about a selection of the pens I use on my blog.
  •  Watercolors: please feel free to paint with what you have! I prefer Pocket Palettes for their portability and versatile layouts. The Daniel Smith Essential Colors Set is a great starting place for watercolors. This blog post details the colors in my warm and cool Pocket Palettes from my workshop. 
  • Brushes: I prefer water brushes and travel brushes for field sketching. I like the oval barrel of Pentel Brushes, they don’t roll away! They are available in a standard and mini size, I typically use the medium tip. I use Rosemary and Co travel brushes and suggest a #8 round (such as the R10 Synthetic or R13 sable blend) as a fabulous brush to start with.
  • Extras: Collapsible water cup, paper towel or soft rag to wipe your brushes. I prefer using blue shop towels which can be rinsed and reused.
Check out the special Wild Wonder program discounts! I am happy to offer all Wild Wonder participants a 15% discount on Art Toolkit supplies (art-toolkit.com) with the code WILDWONDER.

Links and information from the class:

Just in case you don't have access to Dropbox, here's the link to the Sched page with the PDF links to the handouts (scroll all the way to the bottom) https://wildwonder2020.sched.com/event/eGSk/adventure-sketching

Maria has shared how her studio is organized, including her beautiful brush setup, on her blog: https://expeditionaryart.com/blog/2018/03/studio-update/

Here's a slightly different palette that Maria has available https://expeditionaryart.com/blog/2019/11/expeditionary-art-palette/

If you have enjoyed this session with Maria, you can also see an interview she did with John Muir Laws, available on his blog: https://johnmuirlaws.com/drawing-hummingbirds-and-conversation-with-maria-coryell-martin-video/

Maria's palettes and art toolkit are available on her website, but be sure to check the special discount section on Sched first! https://art-toolkit.com/#toolkits

Hi Everyone,
Thank you to everyone who joined me live yesterday, I loved sketching with all of you! I’ve included a recap below of how to access the reference images and class notes, as well as a list of supplies, including what I painted with during our workshop.

I’d love to keep in touch! If you’re interested in joining me for a workshop, I have a few spots left in both my upcoming Cloudscapes and Atmospheric Landscapes workshops. I also invite you to sign up for my newsletter to be the first to hear about upcooming events, demos, as well as Art Toolkit supplies.

You can see an archive of live demos on my Learn page, including a tour of my studio if you’d like to learn more about my space, and a wonderful conversation and demo I had sketching birds with Jack.

Finally, I’d love to have you join me with Daniel Smith and Jess from Greenleaf and Blueberry for a Wild Wonder Demo this afternoon at 4pm!
Happy sketching! Keep in touch and please let me know if you have any questions.

All my best,



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Maria Coryell-Martin

Expeditionary Art Inc
Maria Coryell-Martin is an expeditionary artist following the tradition of traveling artists as naturalists and educators. In 2004, upon graduating from Carleton College, Maria embarked on a year-long Watson Fellowship to explore remote landscapes through art. This experience sparked... Read More →

Wednesday October 7, 2020 1:00pm - 2:30pm PDT
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