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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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Relaxing and Sketching My Favorite TV Dog

Above: A Pentel Brush Pen of Swatch on Project Runway. Background texture—metallic stamp ink and stenciling. 8.25 x 11.75 inch Hahnemühle Nostalgie Sketchbook. Click on the image to view an enlargement—and look closely at the top eye, you can see Swatch looking. After avoiding Dick's cold germs for about 10 days they caught up with […]

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Throwback Thursday: My Favorite Necklace and Fun with Holiday Cards

Left: The full holiday card, probably 1985 because we didn't have the girls yet. And they became the focus of our cards. You can see the cover, inside panel, and back panel. Our cards always had a back panel. That "Priceless" bit—didn't I ever tell you about that? When I first came into the family […]

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My Favorite TV Dog—Swatch

Above: Pentel Brush Pen and gouache sketch of Swatch from "Project Runway. (8 inch square hardbound journal with the old/defunct Folio paper). No black paint here, I'm experimenting with Helio Blue (a phthalo blue that has a bit of a green cast to it) and mixing it with it's complementary red. Click on the image […]

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Hahnemühle’s Nostalgie Paper Is Now In Elegant Sketchbooks!

Above: First sketch in my new Large A4 Nostalgie Sketchbook with Pentel Brush Pen (pigment, squeezy handle). Click on the image to view an enlargement. In August I received an email from Hahnemühle announcing their new sketchbook line containing Nostalgie paper. (Nostalgia is a 190 gsm natural white paper that has a smooth surface and is […]

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My Cunning Plan To Be Ageless and My Function on Road Trips with Linda

Above: Me in my favorite Gortex jacket—the one I went through two of when tracking with the girls; which has a very nifty zip open back that allows for a fanny pack and keeps that pack dry. Photo ©2004 Linda Koutsky. I love this photo—the balance Linda achieved in the composition. She has such a lovely eye. […]

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A Little Brush Pen Fun

Above: Pentel Brush Pen Sketch in a 9 x 12 inch journal I'm testing (full review to come; but really like how it loves the brush pen. If only the paper were slightly thicker it would be perfect, sigh). And a quotation by Kate Atkinson. Click on the image to view an enlargement. I really love […]

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Art With A Bark Opens June 25

Left: "Mr. Buttons," 12 x 12 inches, gouache on watercolor paper. A dog-park friend who is a Boston Terrier. Click on the image to view an enlargement. (Note all my paintings will be sold matted and framed.) The invitational group show "Art With A Bark" opens at the Edina Art Center on June 25. It […]

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Pass the Journal—Strathmore’s Traveling Journals

Above: If you click on the "Pass the Journal Project" link in the first sentence of this post you'll go to a page with the 12 journals listed. If you then click on "PULP" you'll see a map. If you click on the little flag in Minneapolis that I have pointed to with an arrow, […]

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I Can’t Stop Talking About Art Supplies

Left: Dog park dog sketch with brush pen and gouache (light) washes. Background is Montana Marker. I'm back on some Strathmore 500 Series Mixed Media paper and it LOVES the brush pens. Click on the image to view an enlargement. When you participate in an event like Art-A-Whirl you're set up in one spot for […]

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