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Contour Line Sketches Are a Great Way to Warm Up

This post was originally published on February 17, 2017 during my website transition. Left: Here’s a less than 5-minute contour sketch I made of my husband Dick as he sat in the TV room. I used a fine point fountain pen. The sketch is in an 8 inch square journal. The squiggles in the hair […]

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Art Materials Nostalgia—Work It

Above: The set of 24 with some extras of my favorite colors—Berol Karisma Colour Pencils. In the front, a Global padded pencil case. Click on the image to view an enlargement. Decades ago a large portion of my artwork was in color pencil. It's a labor-intensive medium (stroke after stroke after stroke) but it allows for […]

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Gouache In the Hahnemühle Nostalgie

Above: In the 8.27 x 11.69 inch (A4) size Hahnemühle Nostalie Journal I sketched this finch from pet store photos. I used a Faber-Castell Pitt Calligraphy pen and then painted with gouache. I played with different layers and reworked areas, specifically in the background because I wanted to push the paper—it was so fun to put paint […]

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Exquisite Corpse with Wet Paint

Above: An 18 x 30 inch acrylic painting I made on Stonehenge white. I began with a series of sketches and thumbnails. I blew elements up and composed them into place. I then drew my sketch with the Pentel Pocket Brush Pen and painted with Daniel Smith Acrylics, using large filberts—about 1- and 2-inches wide. Click on […]

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It’s Fall—I Sketch a Pumpkin

Above: 8 x 8 inches. Pentel Brush Pen with pigment ink (gray squeezy barrel) and Schmincke gouache on OLD (and defunct and no longer available) Folio paper. Click on the image to view an enlargement. Left: Here's a detail section from the above image. Click on the image to view an enlargement.  Dick showed up […]

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A Bit of Watercolor in the Seawhite of Brighton Sketchbook

Note: I discovered while creating this post that I've been listing this commercially bound journal as "Seabright" not "Seawhite." I apologize for the confusion if this has caused you any. I just have to plead stress and exhaustion from some family duties. I'm not using this journal every day and I simply failed one day […]

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Changing Your Point of View

Left: Brush pen and acrylic marker sketch in a Shinola Sketchbook. See below for additional details. Click on the image to view an enlargement. I think it’s important when working in a series to change your point of view frequently. On this day I tried to get a handle on my friend’s features from a […]

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Learning a New Face

Above: Water-soluble ink brush pen and light layers of gouache in a Shinola Sketchbook. Click on the image to view an enlargement. For the past several months, off and on. I've been drawing a friend who has been kind enough to mug for the camera—all those faces that pass in an instant that I wanted to […]

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