There’s nothing more exciting than a sketching palette filled with fresh paint. For me, it’s a box of candy. Acid yellows, shiny reds, deep blues. My brush hovers eagerly over the paints as I decide where to dip first. And when I finally do make the plunge, there’s nothing more beautiful than that first stroke of color on a sheet of bright white paper. Can you tell that I love color? I’ve even caught myself driving and mixing the colors of a passing scene in my head—which seems a bit crazy as I think about it, but it’s true.

Urban sketching is about engaging with the world around you, truly seeing all its riches and taking the time to capture them on paper. Whether you’re in a crowded market in an exotic locale or sitting ...

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