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Vickie's Sketchbook · 2M ago

White-throated Sparrow on Ice

The cold winter months provide opportunity for gathering inspiration, as well as, quiet indoor time to create watercolor paintings! The above painting was inspired by a harsh but beautiful i...
Vickie's Sketchbook · 4M ago

Elkmont Cabins En Plein Air

Just across the road from the Elkmont campground in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park you can explore what is often called the "ghost town" of the Smokies, cabin remnants of a vacation...
Vickie's Sketchbook · 6M ago

One Decision at a Time

I have been blogging since January of 2008--eight years!  Google sent me an email message today saying some of my links on Vickie Henderson Art are not working and I should clean them up.  G...
Vickie's Sketchbook · 6M ago

Hummingbird Inspiration!

Hummingbird migration is one of my favorite seasonal events.  In mid-July our first hummingbird nestlings fledged, more than doubling the number of hummingbirds at our yard feeders.  In a sh...
Vickie's Sketchbook · 6M ago

Art Workshop with Brenda Swenson--Skill-building, Inspiration and Community!

We are all students and always will be as long as our minds and hearts remain open and curious. Art workshops provide creative opportunities to not only learn new skills but also rub shoulde...
Vickie's Sketchbook · 6M ago

Bluebird on Ice--an Exploration

"Watercolors are not for the faint-of-heart but for those willing to explore and experiment, knowing that they risk failure, knowing that each piece of paper will not end as a 'masterpiece'....
Vickie's Sketchbook · 6M ago

Painting a Bluebird on Ice

One of the many helpful insights I've learned over the years is this simple concept: "Every painting is created one decision at a time." All you have to do to move forward is decide what one...
Vickie's Sketchbook · 6M ago

Winter Watercolor--Bluebirds and Ice

Just as we were thinking that spring was around the corner, winter decided to puff up and bring wintery precipitation of every form to east Tennessee.  In a matter of 24 hours we had an inch...
Vickie's Sketchbook · 6M ago

Winter Sketching

There is something about snow and the way it draws birds to the feeders that makes me want to step outside to sketch.  That was my urge on Friday (Jan 23rd) just after the snow stopped falli...
Vickie's Sketchbook · 6M ago

Polar Bears on the Hudson Bay

When to Use Your Camera:When there's no time to sketch.  When the subject is moving so fast that you need to freeze the action  For intricate features, lighting or details                  a...