Sketchbook Hiking: McClaughrey VIDEO

Do you want to go on a hike with me at McClaughrey Springs Woods? We’ll find some woodland wildflowers and after that, I’ll show you a real easy step-by-step watercolor sketch. I know you can do this one! I’ll give you techniques to take a complicated landscape and create a simple watercolor for your journal.

*To avoid interruption while viewing the video, pause the video and allow it to buffer (you can see a red bar under the screen), when done buffering, play the video.

1 of 3 (10 min)

2 of 3 (9 min)

3 of 3 (9 min)

I love doing this!!!! I hope you enjoyed the videos and it helped you.


  1. What a great video! And the painting was lovely. What kind of water cup were you using? I was trying to see how you managed to hold a palette, water cup, and probably a rag all in one hand. It looks like you are using a music stand as an easel — good idea! I have been puzzling over what kind of equipment you need to do these quick sketches, when there’s no place to sit and spread out your stuff, and I now see that it can be done. Great camera work too, and nice music!

  2. Thanks so much for such a fun and informative video. You picked a pleasing natural area and a good site to paint from. The sounds of the birds and the brook were wonderful to listen to as we watched you paint. Please do more of these!

  3. Judy: Thank you so much for your kind comments! Yes, you are correct, that’s a music stand! HA! I don’t need to spend $100 on a field easel…ha ha ha. You can probably find one at a second hand store for nothing. It is vey tall when openned all the way…a tiny bit wobbly though.
    As for the water well it is actually a plastic water bottel cut in half. Free instant water well! My palette has a thumb hole so I can hold the paint and little water well. I also rubber band a paper towel around my rist to dab my brushes.
    Good question! Hard to describe…I will have to take a picture and make a post to describe saving space.
    Other that that it’s just a watercolor journal in a small tote bag.

    Diane: Thank you! I hope it helped you with your painting and encouraged you to get out there and paint! 😀

    Northern Birder: Thanks!!!! I hope to do many more! I am soooooooo blessed to live near this beautiful nature retreat. I’m glad I’m able to share it with you!

  4. Last two videos of McClaughrey painting – said not available! I’m taking a watercolor course at my local community college and love your explainations.

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