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What Do You Have on Hand?

It has been hectic here lately. I notice I’ve been getting grumpy. It’s not because I’m busy. I love being busy. It’s because I miss the Pentel Pocket Brush Pen (and the Pentel Colorbrush Pen cousins). All my projects involve other media right now. They leave little time in the day for my tired eyes to […]

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I Didn’t Know It But I Was Starting A New Series

Often the idea for a new series comes to us by accident. We’re working (that’s when the muse can best find us) and things we’re working with combine in new ways, jog a memory, present a challenge, and bingo a new series pops into our minds. That’s what happened at the end of March this […]

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Why I Love Snow Piles

I love snow piles because their changing shapes and volumes are fun to sketch. They are also, even in the dead of winter, a reminder that spring is coming. This winter I wasn’t able to sketch as many snow piles as usual, but as spring came on and the odd 70 degree day (followed by below freezing […]

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More Life Drawing in the Hahnemühle Nostalgie Sketchbook

Phyllis sitting at her desk, but holding her coloring book in her lap, and coloring with her Tombow dual tipped markers. (She gives those markers a two-thumbs up for was of coloring and quick application of color.) Staedtler Pigment Liner and washes of Pentel ColorBrush Black ink. I didn’t remember to include the above image […]

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Technology, Life, Letters, and Thank Goodness for Outside Biking!

I’m going through the transition period to outside cycling up here in Minnesota. The weather, in the 70s for a few brief days last month has once again climbed up to the 50s. The sun has also cooperated. I’m glad, because cycling is the perfect way to blow off steam when computers and technical things […]

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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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A Little Drawing From Life in the Hahnemühle Nostalgie Sketchbook

I didn’t remember to include the image at the left of my mother-in-law Phyllis in the last post on Hahnemühle Nostalgie Sketchbooks. It’s one of the last sketches in my very small landscape journal that I was carrying around in my pack. (Now I have a small portrait one.) I was working with a Staedtler […]

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I Don’t Look at Rodents—Usually

This post was originally published on February 13, 2017 during my site transition. Above: Several quick sketches of Cilla, the Chinchilla, owned by a friend. I was looking at body shape and outlines, and also at the eye. The first quick contour sketch, bottom left, made me think Cilla looked a lot like Master Sifu in […]

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Get Something Down on Paper, Even if You Think You’re Too Close to Your Subject

This post was originally published on January 30, 2017 during my site transition. Above: A page spread from my 8 x 9.25 inch Shinola Sketchbook. It has 112 pages of 100 lb. (148 gsm) acid free paper. I purchased it for $28 at Wet Paint in St. Paul. I’ve written about these whenever I post from it, […]

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