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Making A Color Chart To Test My 2017 Fall Watercolor Box

Recently I purchased the new fall Schmincke Pan Watercolor Set at Wet Paint. This contains different colors than the one I purchased in the spring, added colors to, and then took to the Minnesota State Fair. While recovering from bronchitis I had some time on my hands so I decided to make a color chart […]

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I Go Into Facial Overwhelm and Play with Pre-2004 Lukas Watercolors

Left: Lukas Pan Watercolors (with pink Montana Marker background) on a Pentel Brush Pen (pigment) in an 8 inch square Seawhite of Brighton sketchbook. Click on the image to view an enlargement. Note: In this post I'm writing about pre-2004 Lukas Watercolors, read the whole post for the complete story to avoid product confusion. The availability […]

New Custom Schmincke Horadam Gouache Sets Have Arrived at Wet Paint in St. Paul!

If the above video doesn't run you can view it at this link on YouTube. A short while ago on Facebook I let a hint drop that something very fun was going to be happening in May concerning gouache! Well it happened May 4, 2016. The new Schmincke Horadam Custom Gouache Set arrived at Wet Paint […]

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Fun on a Textured Background—OK Maybe I Over Did It

Left: Pentel pigment brush pen sketch of Dick sitting in the TV room. (See shirt label at base for the only remaining ink line in the sketch. Other darks are blended neutrals in paint.) Another spread from my end-of-year Nideggen 7-1/2 inch journal. This sketch was made with brush pen and Schmincke Gouache from life working with […]

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More Giddiness with Nideggen Paper and Schmincke Pan Watercolors

Left: Pentel Brush Pen and Schmincke pan watercolor sketch on Nideggen paper, in a 7.5 inch handbound journal turned vertically. Actor James Frain as Warwick in “The White Queen.” Click on the image to view an enlargement.   Diane: Well, I don’t know if there is really any reason to ever go back to white […]

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Project Friday: Breaking Our Color Habits

Left: 9 x 12 inch brush pen and watercolor sketch. See details in the post's text. Click on the image to view an enlargement. I don’t use a lot of green. I don’t often paint landscapes. I don’t have a lot of green in the house (though now I look, I do see a photo […]

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Project Friday: No Black Paint

Above: 6 x 6 inch page in a wirebound journal. Stonehenge gray paper. Rubberstamp ink (background) with gouache painting of a Pentel Pocket Brush Pen. This is a page from my 2015 Fake Journal. I began with a very light pencil outline. It might even have been orange pencil. I mixed blacks using Dark Indigo […]

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A Little Bit of Gouache on Fluid 100 Paper (140 lb. Cold Press)

Above: Gouache sketch on a piece of Fluid 100 watercolor paper (140 lb. Cold Press surface). 12 inches square. I started with some quick lines of paint as a "sketch" and went from there. Click on the image to view an enlargement. Nope, this isn't the review I promised for this paper. I haven't been […]

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What Do I Do To Unwind After Teaching?

Left: Sketch of a Mandrill (a species of Baboon found in Western Africa). 11 x 14 inch Strathmore 500 Series Mixed Media hardcover journal. Background pre-painted with sepia and English Red acrylics. Sketched with Pentel Pocket Brush Pen. Color: NeoColorII (wet and dry) and gouache (the white muzzle and other areas). The paper bent a […]

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One More Loose Sketch: Grabbing the Impulse To Sketch

Left: Another A3 sheet of the Fabriano ecological drawing paper. Pentel Brush Pen with Golden QOR watercolors (Burnt Sienna and Indanthrene Blue) with Montana Marker for background. An 8-minute sketch made while watching the new NCIS with Scott Bakula. (I won't be cutting this piece up for collage as I discuss below. I like it […]

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