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Maintaining Momentum and Fun in Our Daily Practice

If we want to create a daily practice, whether it’s exercise, diet, thought, or art related, we need to make sure that we contain elements of fun in that practice. It’s those elements of fun which keep us coming back to the practice. And ultimately it’s the fun that we bring into our work that […]

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Some Television Recommendations

There are so many television shows I’ve been watching lately—it’s hard to know where to start. I will try to avoid spoilers as much as possible. “Search Party” came to my awareness through a review in the New Yorker. The season was already over (fall 2016) and when I tried to watch the on-demand free episodes I […]

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Another Word about Fluid Hot Press Watercolor Paper (not Fluid 100)

I’ve been doing a lot of sketches in free moments, to decompress from the computer-internet connection issues I’ve been experiencing lately. I’m using up papers that I have on hand. I’m finding 10 minutes here and there to sketch. Often I’m sketching while waiting for the computer tech to come (there isn’t a lot I […]

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Learning about Yourself while Messing Around with Mixed Media

The other day I wanted to get some sketching done but it was late. I found a cute puppy photo on the Sktchy app and picked up a red China pencil/marker to do a quick sketch. Then I grabbed a green color pencil—lime green. I started filling in some areas with it. I didn’t have […]

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Use What You Have Out

I have a lot of students who tell me they don’t have time to sketch. They tell me they have to make a space to work or they have to get supplies out. They tell me that they don’t have time to make background textures. They also admit that they are doing about 15 other […]

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New Online Class—Textures!

If the above video doesn’t run in the post, please view it at this link on YouTube. Yes, I’ve got a new online class starting April 1, 2017.  I’m so excited about my new class “Textures: Backgrounds for Visual Journaling and Mixed Media” that I’ve made a short video to give you a peek. Simply click on […]

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Wil Freeborn’s New Watercolor Painting Book

I just purchased a copy of artist Wil Freeborn’s new book Learning to Paint in Watercolor with 50 Paintings: Pick Up the Skils, Put on the Paint, Hang Up Your Art. (Quarry, ISBN 978-1-63159-277-5) (The link is to Amazon for convenience, but I’m not affiliated, but it where you can.) I read half of the […]

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A Little Fun Drawing for the Weekend

I’m rounding out the week of Tombow Calligraphy Brush Pen and Pentel squeezy brush pen sketches with a sketch I made while watching TV. Often, while watching TV I’ll stop the TV show and sketch. Other times I’ll let it run, treating the show more like an exercise in capturing an ever changing live subject. […]

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CR Is My Best Life Model

  Dick always goes to see his parents on Saturday. I like to go on different days during the week so that they get lots of visits. Sometimes I go with Dick because I will cut CR’s hair, or I’ll go get Phyllis (she’s on a different floor) and bring her down, so they can […]

Consolidated, filthy snow pile—full of dirt and trash, at the Midway shopping center, as the sun set. Small Hahnemühle Nostalgie landscape sketchbook, Pentel squeezy pen with water-soluble dye ink, and a Tombow calligraphy brush pen. Click on the image to view an enlargement.

In Under the Wire: Sketching a Snow Pile in 2017

Typically each winter I sketch a lot of snow piles. It’s something my friend Ken Avidor got me doing. However I wasn’t out in the weather much during the 2016/2017 winter. Today with temperatures rising to the 60s for the second time (a couple weeks ago we had a stretch of high 50 degree Fahrenheit […]

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