I just finished teaching a travel journal class, and created a small sewn signature sketchbook, with the help of Claire Russell who taught the class with me. We used Fabriano 90 lb. cold press watercolor paper and I've probably filled up almost half the sketchbook already. I like the way it accepts ink, and this sketch pictured left shows Santa Maria della Salute in Venice, where I'll be teaching through Il Chiostro in October of 2014. I started with a small pencil sketch, went over it with fine point pen (I'm using Pigma Micron .01 size), and then tinted it lightly with watercolor. The size of this journal is perfect for sketching on location--it fits neatly in my purse. It's going to work great in Venice when we find ourselves in the major piazze and more crowded locations. Many artists have painted the Salute, but Mark Van Doren in his wonderful book An Artist in Venice says that many have failed to achieve the proper proprotions of the 3 domes. He names Turner and Moran--only Canaletto succeeded, and he says it may be because he used the camera obscura. I totally enjoyed sketching this--proportions were not my major focus--it is the beautiful color of the blue domes that called out to me! Henry James wrote that it was the ...destiny of Venice to be painted...and painted with passion.